Wow, when I finally got back to the boards, there were 150 messages and I couldn't post. Sooo, thank-you for all the input, good and bad. I literally have thick skin (or so my Dr. says), so all is good. I haven't even finished reading all the posts since Mid November, but will after I update this. The lawsuit finally ended, after 5 years, in November. We were the ones quoted in the paper about the loyalty oath. Since both my husband and I are veterans, we wouldn't just sign it under threat of lawsuit and we didn't. Through the original trial, then appeal, the judge sided with us. The Nazi HOA ate over $150,000 in fees just to "put us in our place" because we dared to say no to the threat. The judge said "personal honor." Anyway, yes, this HOA/neighborhood is an incurable defect.
People asked a bunch of questions, but basically, we are moving because we found and bought another lot about 3 years ago and it is the most beautiful piece of property. Remember in Colorado, views are king. As for the house it will be a similar size (limited to under 6,000 sq ft. total) unless the sprinkler system code has changed recently). We interviewed 3 new realtors and will be going back on the market in early January. The people I interviewed were on the "top 25" producers for our area so I felt they had alot of experience and really know how to market our home. The one we ended up choosing came prepared with comps from our zip code of similar sized homes (two stories) and had a comprehenive breakdown of what the pricing should be at. Now don't gasp, but she suggested in her professional opinion that we list at $550K.
As for my decor, I really must have baaaaaddddd photos. When it goes on the market, I will post again the professional ones taken (with my updated decor :) and the listing MLS. Good or bad, I am still a hopeful kind of person and know when this house is "supposed" to sell, it will.