Deed restricted communities verses non-deed restricted communities.  Whats the difference? In a deed restricted community, there will be tighter restrictions of what you can do with your yard and how you maintain your property more so than a a non-deed restricted community. Actual definition: A deed restricted community is where the community has a homeowner association that has rules and regulations pertaining to the use of land and the appearance of the neighborhood.  I personally live in a nice home, recently built, but not in a deed restricted community. There are other similar homes in our neighborhood, well kept, and our neighborhood has a variety of types of homes.  It is eclectic, which gives a sense of variety and laid back feel, and no one is telling us how we have to keep our yard or the color paint we can use on our exterior.  However, there are some down-sides to a non-deed restricted community. Even though you can keep a bus, boat, or trailer on your property, and choose the look of the exterior in a non-deeded community, what about if your neighbor has a commercial size cooker in their yard with much of its smoke coming into your court yard and windows? Not much you can do about this. Or if they keep trash in their yard and yet it hasn't come to the point of a code violation, but is still unsightly, what then?  There are not many restrictions for the look of your street or neighborhood, without deed restrictions.  Some communities that are deed restricted are gated communities, making a safer experience and most of the homes will be owner occupied. So consider what your neighbors, your neighborhood, and ultimately your experience will be like in the home you choose. It's not always just the house, it's the whole picture of your lifestyle.