Jim Greenwood has a brand new Ford F-150 sitting in his driveway — the virtual symbol of the Texan lifestyle. However, the Stonebriar home owners association in Frisco, Texas views the F-150 as decidedly low-brow in their high-end community and has told him to remove it. The HOA allows only the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Honda Ridgeline and Lincoln Mark LT. Ford’s new motto is “Drive One,” just don’t try to park one in Frisco.
Not long after the appearance of the new truck, he received a formal notice that read: “Mr. Greenwood, you’re violating a subdivision rule that prohibits pickup trucks in your driveway.”
Mr. Greenwood insists that the Ford F-150 isn’t much different from the Lincoln Mark LT.
However, Bill Osborn of the HOA board has said au contraire: “the high-end vehicles that are allowed are plush with amenities and covers on the back. It doesn’t look like a pickup. It’s fancier.”
Besides, he added (I hope with a certain haughty accent): “It’s our belief that Lincoln markets to a different class of people.”
Now, before you conclude that the Stonebriar HOA is a bunch of senseless snobs, they do allow you to drive a Ford or other low-brow vehicles if you keep them hidden in your garage — away from offending eyes.
The law allows HOAs to set such conditions. It is not a governmental act and thus not subject to the same rules. It is strictly a contractual matter. Greenwood consented to those conditions when he moved into the development. Besides, Ford can hardly complain. It was Henry Ford who told customers that they could have any color Model T “so long as it is black.”
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