Walden is a unique planned development of 621 properties, comprised of 533 condominiums in 16 associations and 88 individual homes. It was created and developed by Mr. Manny Barenholtz in the early 1970’s.There is an “umbrella” neighborhood association, the Walden Association, which ties the entire community of Walden together. Its officers, trustees and committees are composed of Walden residents (all Walden owners are automatically members of the Walden Association). It provides a security service for the area, maintains architectural control over the appearance of Walden, and generally administers the common activities of the entire development. However, the Walden Association plays no direct role in the governing of the separate condominium associations.
When you buy property in Walden you do not automatically become a member of the Walden Golf and Tennis Club. Many Walden residents are Club members and information on the various membership levels are available from Club Membership Sales at 330-995-3104.
The basic document which created Walden is the Master Warranty Deed and Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, which is recorded in Portage County records in Ravenna, OH. This provides that Walden is strictly a residential community – no profession or home industry may be conducted in Walden.
The Annual Meeting of the Walden Association is held on the second Tuesday of May.
Speed limits are posted on most streets in Walden. Generally, the speed limit is 15 mph on side streets within condominium associations, 20 mph on private streets such as Ridge Way, Ravines Drive and Deer Island Drive, and 25 mph on city streets such as Walden Drive.Parking and/or driving is not allowed on any grass or grass-seeded area, except when streets are being repaved or repaired.
No overnight parking in Walden is permitted of any vehicle over ¾ ton capacity or of any vehicle licensed, painted, signed, or equipped for commercial purposes, or of motor homes, boats, trailers of all kinds, or recreational vehicles.
Disabled, inoperable or abandoned vehicles may not be left on the property for more than 48 hours, and all vehicles parked on the property must have current license tags. Any vehicle found in violation of these guidelines may be towed and stored at the owner’s expense.
Vehicle repairs shall be limited to the owner’s garage or in the driveway in front of the garage for no more than twenty-four hours. Absolutely no fluids may be drained on driveways or common areas.
In condominium association common areas, visitor parking spaces are not intended for everyday use by residents, but it is understood that they may be used by visiting family members.
Dogs, cats and other household pets may be kept in Walden, subject to the ordinances of the City of Aurora requiring that they not be allowed to run at large, and that owners are responsible for immediate cleanup and disposal of pet waste.Fences to restrain pets, both visible and invisible, require the approval of the Walden Architectural Committee.
Feeding of wildlife, particularly deer and geese, is discouraged by wildlife experts, as it attracts and encourages nuisance behavior by these animals. Please help us maintain the beauty of Walden by not encouraging damage to our foliage by wildlife.
The city of Aurora contracts with a private hauler for rubbish collection. Individual owner’s contract with the hauler, currently Rumpke (800-828-8171) and pay for the type of service desired. Recyclables are collected by Portage County. Currently, both are collected in Walden on Mondays. If Monday is a holiday, collection will be on Tuesday. Generally speaking, if an Owner opts for “Super Service”, anything placed at the curb will be collected.Materials to be collected may be placed at the curb in the evening prior to collection. Rubbish containers should be removed within 12 hours of collection.
If you are disabled, and are unable to move your trash to the curb, call the City of Aurora Service Department at 330-995-9116, and request that the trash collector pick trash up at your garage door.
Except on the day of collection, rubbish, garbage and other items to be disposed of must be stored in such a manner that it is not visible from the street, other property, or common areas.
Under the provisions of the Master Warranty Deed and Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of the Walden Association, all changes to property in Walden must be approved by the Walden Architectural Committee. Specifically, any alteration which materially changes the exterior appearance of any existing structure, or it’s landscaping, or commences any new use on any Lot, requires such approval. Replacements in kind, or repairs with like materials, do not require Committee approval.Applications for the review and approval of changes to a condominium unit or house in Walden are available from the Chairman of the Architectural Committee or the office of the Walden Golf and Tennis Club located in the lower level office of the Clubhouse. Applications may also be downloaded from the Association’s Web site, www.waldenofaurora.com.
Applications from condominium owners must be approved by the Board of Managers of the appropriate condominium Association before they will be considered by the Architectural Committee. Homeowners submit applications directly to the Committee.
The Walden Architectural Standards, as revised from time to time, and a download able application, are available on line on the web site of the Walden Association, www.waldenofaurora.com.
The Master Deed Covenants covering property in Walden prohibit signs and advertising devices of any nature, except real estate “For Sale” signs not in excess of eight square feet in area. Some condominium associations may have more specific restrictions.“Open House” signs, not to exceed eight square feet in area, may be placed on streets in Walden and in front of a unit by the owner or his realtor on the day of an open house. Open houses may be held only on Saturdays, Sundays or Tuesdays. The signs must be professionally printed; no homemade signs are permitted. Signs must be removed no later than one hour after the close of the open house hours.
Any owner wishing to place a Digital Satellite System on his house or unit must submit an application to the Architectural Committee showing the location and installation plan for the DSS antenna. A plan view of the residence showing street location and neighboring dwellings is necessary. Photographs would be very helpful and are encouraged.The application will be judged on the location in reference to the neighbor’s visibility and the visibility to street traffic. It is the desire of the Committee that any such installation be as inconspicuous as possible. If the antenna can only provide satisfactory reception if installed in a location open to public view, screening of some sort must be proposed.
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