By Darlys Walker

Published June 12, 2013


I call Atlanta home, but I am always jealous during my property visits to Florida.  The beautiful lush landscaping, the always blooming cascading bougainvillea's, the swaying palms.  Not to mention the flowering hibiscus and rosebushes.


Most Homeowners don't want the responsibility of maintaining the grounds and often times look to the Board or LCAM to take a proactive approach in ensuring that the community has a well maintained and manicured curb appeal.  In most cases, the Association bylaws prohibit the installation of individual landscaping around ones home to prevent the appearance of chaos.


Often times we find that Homeowners have good intentions and will install fauna and flora they believe to be attractive, but remember, "BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER". What happens when a Homeowner installs a blooming plant such as a rose bush and the next door neighbor is highly allergic?  Can the Homeowner whose is violating the bylaws be held responsible for medical expenses arising from the neighbor’s severe allergies?  Can the Board be held responsible for allowing the Homeowner to violate the by-laws?  Yes, this really happens. 


There are those individuals who want to spruce up the exterior of their home and undertake landscaping upgrades such as adding floral pots, a trellis and bird-feeders. Yet, they quickly lose interest in maintaining them and the community is left with an eyesore.  What about the individual who wants to grow a few vegetables or herbs? After all, what harm can it cause? The question is, DOES IT VIOLATE YOUR BY-LAWS?


Over the past few years Boards have taken a proactive approach to this issue by designating specific areas for a "Community Garden".  Typically this area is located away from the main drive, as to not adversely affect the community appearance.  Homeowners are assigned a small area whereby they can garden whatever they chose be it fauna, flora, herbs (the legal kind) or vegetables. Many mid and high rise communities have also developed rooftop gardens offering "green space" for Homeowners to develop their landscape skills.  Has your community thought outside of the box? How have you addressed this issue?

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Darlys Walker

Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real

state management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as large mixed-use developments.  


   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.


   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  


   Her clients say it best: "Darlys really knows her stuff" ... "at the top of her profession and it shows in the caliber of her clients" ... "delivers quality resources that match up well with needs and expectations that are really rigorous."  


   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia.


   Darlys Walker and her team have been selected to manage the condominium conversion process and day-to-day operations for many of the Southeast's most high-profile condominium communities including luxury high-rises, mid-rises and garden-style homes. Most recently she has been recognized as an expert in 're-versions' of communities from condominiums to leased homes, as well as repositioning projects. A visionary and a tireless perfectionist, Darlys demonstrates hands-on leadership, working individually with each client and staff associate to achieve defined business outcomes and satisfaction.  

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