Shaker Bay
Architect Designs for an In-Town Country Place


HOA Structure and Functions

The standards of Shaker Bay find their origins in places like Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Many of our homes are based on houses in those places. Our examples run from 1,250 to 15,000 square feet, our lots from 1 to 15 acres. Our sites afford similar expression in our Village Common, the steep overlook of the Bay, the rolling meadows and even the forest. Having an interesting variety of architecture that compliments both the landscape and the neighboring homes is the objective of the architectural reviews.

MATERIALS are typical of these areas that our examples are from. No asphalt or fiberglass shingles. No artificial stone anywhere. No vinyl or aluminum doors or siding. No pop out muntins.

COLORS are a key aspect of the designs and follow from the architect's approved design or the approved house from which they are copied. Any changes must be approved by the HOA.

LANDSCAPE. Houses should be an integral part of the landscape which should transcend lot lines. Heavy fines are proscribed for removing trees over 4" in diameter without HOA authorization.

EQUIPMENT such as basketball hoops, jungle gyms, TV dishes, window air conditioners, solar panels, chain link fences, continually parked house trailers, dump trucks and stored junk are prohibited where they can be seen by others.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. No dirt bikes, snowmobiles or all terrain vehicles. No flood lights or outdoor audio systems that impact neighbors. No raising livestock. No animals over 200 pounds. No more than 2 animals per lot without HOA permission. No animals that pose a hazard to neighbors, no dogs that are continuously barking or barking at passerby etc.

SINGLE FAMILY OCCUPANCY. Exceptions: live in nurse, nanny or au pair. No Airbnb, borders or rentals for less than one year. Home occupations such as music lessons or an office with no more than one employee are permitted. Selling products on site, signage, or commercial parking are not permitted.

HOA STRUCTURE. Owners are entitled to one vote per lot regardless of the number of owners of the lot. Those owners that own more than one lot are still only entitled to one vote. Five directors are elected from whom a President and Vice President are chosen. A Secretary, a Treasurer and such other officers as the board may create are also chosen. The Board of Directors appoints a "Nominating Committee", an "Architectural Standards Committee" and a "Rules and Regulations Committee." Among the responsibilities of the HOA are the maintaining of the Nature Preserve and the common lands.

THE HOA HAS THE POWER to reject plans and changes to property, to place charges against property and to hire consultants. This protects the design qualities of Shaker Bay and ensures against the kind of things that destroy everyone's investment.

NOTE: This is an abbreviated summary, buyers must have a copy of the whole document. The annual fees for 2018 are around $800.00.

Walton Realty Group, 974 Albany Shaker Rd., Latham, N.Y. 12110      518 213 8791

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