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Building at Fishhawk Lake? Top Questions Answered By Your Local Expert!

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Excitement about buying a vacant lot at a reasonable price at or on Fishhawk Lake with the potential to build has become more popular this season! More and more are looking towards the future...camp now, build later, or get that lot that boundaries Boxler Creek for only $20,000 MLS# 18211848 and break ground right away! (As seen in the photo above and below!) 

There are some questions that come up over and over again with my buyers about our Homeowner's Association CC&RS (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) when it comes to such things as parking your RV, or putting an outbuilding on the property, cutting down trees or fencing, just to cover a few. 

I decided to talk with one of the Architectural Committee people to get some clear (or not-so-clear) answers for my clients and for other REALTOR®s who want to show my listings. 

So, here goes:

Some important points about building

At Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community


(Vacant lakefront lot listed and sold by Gayle Rich-Boxman 2018)

  1. CC&Rs 5.6 (See below)Once you are actively breaking ground to build, you may have a temporary residence, i.e., RV, motor home, etc. to stay in for up to 10 months with approval from the architectural committee.

5.6 No shed, tent, canopy, garage, mobile home, manufactured home, recreational vehicle or Outbuilding may be used as a permanent residence. Any of the foregoing may be used as a temporary residence during construction of a permanent residence with approval of the Architectural Committee but not to exceed ten months. Tents, canopies, and recreational vehicles may be used on Lots for weekend and vacation occupancy up to a maximum of 60 days per year, subject to such Rules and Regulations as may be adopted from time to time by the Board of Trustees of the Association. Tents, canopies, and recreational vehicles are subject to the same setback requirements from the Lake as buildings. Tents, canopies, and recreational vehicles may not be stored outside on Lots and must be removed when they are unoccupied. Tents and canopies are not to be used as storage facilities. Mobile homes, recreational vehicles or outbuildings needed by the Association for temporary employees or contractors approved by the Board of Trustees are exempt from this Restriction.

2.Please have two sets of plans so as to leave one with the committee because they may need to walk the property during various phases of building and you may not be able to be there at the same time.

3. Plans do need to be to scale UNLESS you are building a shed or an outbuilding.

   You can ask for your plans back once your home is built, otherwise the management office keeps your copy in your file.

 4.  As to who patrols your RV being on site for more than 60 days unattended, there is no certain governing body that patrols that. It may just be your neighbor or someone who drives by your property consistently! Nothing says that you can’t go to the board and explain your situation and ask for an exception. There is a Fishhawk Lake Watch, volunteers who drive the area on a scheduled basis, who may also take note of something being left longer than usual.

  5. CC&Rs 4.1.4 (See below) All alders can be cut down without permission from the architectural committee. As to evergreens, 8” in diameter or above and 4’ tall above ground can only be cut down for the footprint of the property UNLESS you have an arborist who can write something to show the committee that it is a safety issue, dangerous to other trees, or dying or leaning towards powerlines, for example.

  1.   4.1.4 Plans will include identification of any evergreen trees 8 inches or greater in diameter four feet above ground level which are subject to removal. Removal is subject to approval by the Committee, but is justified for trees which are in the footprint of a Building or driveway, are dangerous, are dying, are endangering the health of surrounding trees, or interfere with power lines. Limbing of trees for view, sunlight or landscaping does not require approval. Topping of evergreen trees does require approval of the Architectural Committee.


   6.Fencing for a dog run is allowable with some restrictions. Natural fencing, like arborvitae is allowable. Here are some restrictions:

5.9 No fence, wall or hedge shall be planted, erected, located or maintained upon any of said Lots in such location or at such height as to unreasonably obstruct the view of the Lake from any other Lot or Lots in said Property. Fences shall not be erected, located or maintained on any Lot nearer than 15 feet to any street Lot line, and, on the Lake front Lots and Fishhawk and Boxler Creeks front Lots, no nearer than 50 feet from the water’s edge.

 It’s a hit-and-miss with fencing,” one of the committee members has said, and continues to say, “Most of us like the wooden fences to blend now, but it depends on where and why you want said fencing”.


  7.If building takes longer here is what you should be aware of:

5.12 The work of construction on Buildings and Structures shall be prosecuted diligently and continuously from commencement of construction until the outside of the Buildings or Structures are fully completed and painted. All Buildings and Structures shall be complete as to external appearance, including finished painting within 10 months from date of commencement of construction, unless prevented by causes beyond the Owner’s control. Any extensions to the 10-month construction period must be approved by the Architectural Committee

If you want to camp forever and NOT build, you can certainly do that at Fishhawk Lake as well!

Here is a link to the full set of CC&RS 17 pages worth for your reading pleasure. 

Fishhawk Lake Homeowners Association CC&RS

If this piques your interest to know more about Fishhawk Lake properties, give your local expert a call!

Gayle Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® John L Scott Mkt Ctr Direct: (503)755-2905
Birkenfeld OR 97016
 My website:lakehomesatfishhawk.com/
*Five Star Professional* 2017-2019


Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow...this is the perfect list of do's and don'ts from the Fishhawk Lake expert!!!

Apr 11, 2019 11:49 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty thank you so much! Should have written this long ago...

Apr 11, 2019 12:18 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a great in depth report on building in your area. Nice job. Hope you are having a great Spring. 

Apr 11, 2019 02:31 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, you did a great job with this post, really helpful information. I love the photos!  

Apr 11, 2019 05:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - This post will come in handy as you continue to sell property at Fishhawk Lake. This is a comprehensive guide for your buyers. I love the pictures... that alone will sell some homes!

Apr 11, 2019 05:38 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Sharon Lee AHHH, it's crazy around here! With our new pup, Rogue and all of his antics and two deals back-to-back (2nd one closes tomorrow, woohoo!) and impending gardening to the tune of 40' (what was I thinking?) and doing my art, it's been full speed ahead! Hope yours is going great, too. (By the way, I use the little doggie bag you got me for all of Rogue's records...it comes in so handy when heading to the vet's office--love it!)

Apr 11, 2019 05:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Gayle - very detailed and from the local Fishhawk Lake real estate expert makes it so worthwhile in many ways.  Well-done.  

Apr 11, 2019 06:07 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Beth Atalay that's so sweet of you to stop by and comment. I know this doesn't relate to all of the ActiveRain members, but it's something I felt compelled to do to clear up some mysteries! 

Thank you for loving my photos! This could be oh-so-dry without a little visual entertainment.


Apr 11, 2019 07:51 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Oh Sheri Sperry - MCNE® coming from a fellow photographer, that is an extra good feeling! Thank you. When you start one of these informational types of blogs, you just never know what you'll need to bump it up to the the next level visually. 

Apr 11, 2019 07:54 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Well Michael Jacobs it's always such a pleasure to get the thumbs up from you, as you do have discriminating taste. Made me feel good about this, thank you. 

Apr 11, 2019 07:55 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - you are much too kind.  And thank you. 

Apr 11, 2019 08:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gayle first and foremost you put Fishhawk Lake on the map or should I say the World Wide Web... so with that said anyone not using your services is doing themselves a disservice, Endre

Apr 11, 2019 11:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important information to share with prospective home site purchasers.

Apr 12, 2019 05:43 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Endre Barath, Jr. others are now reaping the benefits and agents from all over now know about Fishhawk Lake. I always ask where they discovered Fishhawk Lake and for the most part they say, I found you on the internet. That's as detailed as they can get. Hey, I'll take that!



Apr 12, 2019 07:44 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Roy Kelley  I should have put this together long ago!

Apr 12, 2019 07:46 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The only person that comes to mind when I hear Fishhawk Lake is you!  You are definitely the expert that I would refer people to!

Apr 12, 2019 09:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gayle you are clearly an expert on your market area.  Sellers and Buyers would be wise to contact you when buying, selling, or building a home.

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