Magnolia is a neighborhood of only 14 lots that are fronted by Gray Market Drive with the rears bordering Gray Bayou. This neighborhood was built by Randy Tupper Homes and captures courtyard outdoor living space with a water view.



NOTE: This supplement in addition to and not in lieu of the general requirements of the Design Guidelines. Specific areas where variances are allowed are outlined below. Except as amended or modified for the neighborhood identified above, the General Design Guidelines shall apply.

Minimum Square Footage (single story) – 1800 sq. feet

Minimum Square Footage (two story) – 2000 sq. feet (minimum 1400 sq. feet on first floor)

Maximum Square Footage – N/A

NOTE: All square footage numbers refer to air conditioned living space.

Exterior Details

Minimum 18 inches above curb measured at the center of the Unit.

May be wood, cement board, or vinyl. Plywood or metal exterior ceilings and soffits are prohibited. Fascia may be vinyl coated aluminum.

May be wood, cement board, or Smart board. Metal or vinyl siding is prohibited.

Shutters are required on the front garage elevation. All shutters must be proportionate in size to the windows. Operable shutters are not required but must have tie backs.. Shutters shall be constructed of wood or heavy plastic.

Frames shall be wood, clad wood, or vinyl. Exterior grids are required on the front of the homes. Lots #1 and #14 must have exterior grids on the street side.

Must be wood or cement board.

Architectural shingles. Roof mounted skylights are prohibited if visible from Gray Market Drive.

All residences must have a garage for storage of at least two cars. Single bay two-car garage doors are allowed. Front loaded garages are not allowed. No garage can be incorporated into the living area of the home without prior approval from the NCC.

Must be constructed of brick, wood, or cement board.

All front doors must be wood and can be stained or painted in keeping with the historical palette. Metal and fiberglass doors are allowed on the sides and rear of the residence. The use of glass sliding doors is prohibited.

Chimneys shall be constructed of Brick, stucco, or sheet hardi with applied plaster. Hardi-plank is not allowed as an exterior material on a chimney. Chimney caps must be Graywood approved design.

No variance.

Full architectural details are required for all decks and patios. Detailing of all patios and decks must be architecturally compatible with the home. Patios and decks shall be designed to serve as an extension of the house. Rails, pickets and underpinning must be painted white or to match the trim of the house. All deck flooring must be stained (light gray or color approved by NCC). Enclosed risers are required and must be painted.

Views to the underside of decks must be screened with underpinning (latticing or vertical slats, etc.) and/or landscape material large enough to provide screening upon installation. Decks more than 3’ above grade must have underpinning and plant materials.

Porch and covered entry stoop ceilings should be of wood bead board, v-groove or batten design with no visible perforation of joints.

Porch screening colors shall complement and blend with the house (Black or copper is preferred, green is not allowed). Aluminum framing and screen door may be allowed with prior approval by the NCC. Aluminum framing and screen door colors must be black or bronze only. No mill-finish aluminum will be allowed as a framing for a porch.

All houses must have a front porch or covered entry stoop. Decks, patios, and screened porches are allowed off the rear of the house.

Porches shall have a minimum projection of 8 feet. Covered entry stoops shall have a minimum front projection of 4 feet and a maximum projection of 6 feet. No porch shall exceed 12 feet in front projection. Porch floor treatments may include wood decking, brick, brick edged, and divided concrete, stone or tile. Composite materials for deck flooring is accepted, with approval of the NCC.

Minimum of six (6) ft. projection.

No variance from style & size, fiberglass is allowed.

Porch columns should be a minimum of 8 inches square or if round, 8 inches in diameter. Square brick columns are not allowed without prior NCC approval. Shaped and tapered columns are encouraged, particularly tapered columns mounted on brick, stone, or stucco railing pier. Column materials can be concrete, stucco, wood, cast stone, or fiberglass.

Railings shall consist of round, decorative or square balusters with appropriate horizontal cap and bottom rails. Intermediate or end railing posts or piers should utilize decorative newel ball caps and moldings.

Porch and deck foundations visible from the street may be a finished pier with recessed wood or brick lattice infill panels.

Decks with wood posts are allowed on the rear of houses. All support posts must be a minimum cross sectional size of 6 x 6 inches nominal. All metal posts must be boxed in wood.

Round Porch Column and Railing

Typical Porch Foundations

Tapered Porch Column and Railing

Square Porch Column and Railing

Round Porch Column and Railing

No variance.

Exterior bracket, pendant, pier and/or post lighting, ceiling fans and porch swings shall be consistent with the architectural character of the house and proportioned accordingly. Ceiling fans and porch swings are encouraged on all porches. Light fixtures should be correctly proportioned to the house façade. Gas light bracket and post-mounted fixtures are acceptable. All lighting should be low level, non-glare type and located to cause minimal visual impact to adjacent streets and properties. Exterior spotlights or floodlights must be hooded to eliminate glare onto adjacent properties.

Post or column mounted lights must be drawn and submitted for approval by the NCC.

The use of gutters is not required; however, it is encouraged. If utilized, it is highly recommended that all downspouts shall extend below grade and shall be connected to a subsurface drain or pop-up drain. Discharge onto driveways/sidewalks is prohibited. Corner downspouts that are within 10ft from the front corner of the home must discharge into a rock bed that is a minimum of 24 inches wide or subsurface with a pop-up valve. Beyond 10ft. from the front corner, the downspout can discharge directly onto the lawn. If there are landscape beds, the downspouts must be through the bed and can discharge to the lawn at the edge of the bed.

Preferred historical color palette as approved by the NCC.

Similar massing and architectural styles for residences adjacent to each other are allowed; however, identical massing and styles shall be prohibited.


A servitude for the installation and maintenance of utilities, 15’ in width, is hereby established and created adjacent to the front property line of each Lot. Likewise, a servitude for the installation and maintenance of utilities, 15’ in width, is hereby established and created adjacent to the east side property line of Lot #14. A servitude for the installation and maintenance of utilities is also hereby created on each Lot, and will be located where necessary, and be only as large as necessary, to run, connect, and maintain utility services to each residence. The location and size of these servitudes will be determined by, and at the sole discretion of, the Declarant, the Builder, and the utility providers. All dedications, limitations and reservations shown on any subdivision plat of the Property, grants and dedications of servitudes, rights-of-ways and related rights made by Declarant affecting the Property are incorporated herein by reference and made a part of these Restrictions for all purposes, as if fully set forth herein, and shall be construed as being adopted in each and every contract, deed or conveyance executed or to be executed by or on behalf of Declarant conveying any part or portion of the Property.

1.Front setbacks: The front property line for all residences shall be on Gray Market Drive. The front setback for all residences shall be 25 feet from their front property lines.
2.Rear setbacks: The rear setback of all residences shall be a maximum of 145 feet from their front property lines.
3.Side Setbacks: The side setback of the residences on Lots 2 thru 13 shall be a minimum of 6 feet from their east side property lines and a minimum of 3 feet from their west side property lines. The side set-backs of the residence on Lot 1 shall be a minimum of 6 feet from its east side property line and to the setback line shown on the neighborhood plat on its most westerly side. The side set-backs of the residence on Lot 14 shall be a minimum of 15 feet from its east side property line and a minimum of 3 feet from its west side property line.
4.No residence shall be closer to any other residence than nine feet. All dimensions specified above shall be exclusive of roof overhangs.

Where natural drainage of adjoining lots is found to exist, nothing shall be done to obstruct or impede such natural drainage. Likewise, nothing shall be done to alter, obstruct, or impede any drainage improvements made by Declarant or Builder.

It shall be the responsibility of the owners or occupants of each Unit to take appropriate measures, whether by landscaping or otherwise to protect his Unit from water running off of his or an adjacent Unit’s roof. However, neither the Declarant, the Builder, nor any owner shall have any liability or otherwise be responsible to any owner for any damage caused by such runoff.

Any residence constructed with a section of exterior wall closer than 6 feet to a side property line shall have a “Special Exterior Wall” of brick veneer construction. Operating windows, doors, or other similar openings shall be prohibited on the Special Exterior Wall. Small non-operating windows located near the top of the Special Exterior Wall are allowed. Any of the restrictions pertaining to Special Exterior Walls stated above shall also apply to any fences and/or privacy walls between two residences.

Subject to the Repair & Maintenance Easement and the Restrictions on Owners described below, a perpetual and exclusive Courtyard and Landscaping Easement is hereby created on the property of Unit #2 through and including Unit #14. Builder shall furnish each Owner with a site plan indicating all Courtyard and Landscaping easements on or adjacent to their Lot and how the Courtyard & Landscape Easements are to be used. Each adjacent Unit to the west of each said Unit is granted a perpetual and exclusive use of these Courtyard and Landscape Easements as a permanent part of their courtyard and landscaping areas. No immovable property shall be placed in these easements other than fencing, privacy walls, etc. installed by Builder.

An easement is granted to the residence containing a Courtyard and Landscaping Easement for the purpose of utilizing ladders and other equipment as may be required to maintain or repair any exterior portions or the roof of his residence. Such easement shall be of a temporary nature and shall exist only for such a reasonable period of time as is required to make such repairs or perform such maintenance. Such temporary easement shall extend for only such distance as is reasonably required to undertake and perform such maintenance and repair work. The owners or occupants of the residence containing a Courtyard and Landscaping Easement shall have the right to enter the lot adjacent to said easement as is reasonably necessary for the purpose of maintenance and repairs as stated above. Such access shall be permitted only at reasonable times and during daylight hours and with the prior knowledge of the owners or occupants of the adjacent residence. Pest control service is included in this right of access. The owneror occupants of the residence containing a Courtyard and Landscaping Easement, after completing such maintenance or repairs to said residence, shall repair or replace any damage to the Courtyard and Landscaping Easement and the courtyard of the adjacent residence, including but not limited to fencing, plantings, etc., that may have resulted from his activities.

The owners or occupants of any residence in the Magnolia Neighborhood shall be prohibited from attaching anything to any walls in a Courtyard and Landscaping Easement or from altering the walls in any way, and shall not take any action that shall interfere with the owners or occupants of any residence, including, but not limited to, refraining from attaching any objects to said walls, such as wires, trellises, plantings, etc., or allowing any such items to come into contact with the walls; defacing the walls in any manner, placing graphics, or other design work (whether painted or otherwise) on said walls, or using said walls as a playing surface for any sport. These restrictions stated above shall also apply to any fences and/or privacy walls in the Courtyard and Landscaping Easement. The front courtyard fencing of each residence is exempt from this restriction.

All fencing will be made of brick, stucco, wrought iron, or a combination thereof. No fence section shall be more than 6 feet in height and no fence columns shall be more than 8 feet in height without prior approval by the NCC. Any courtyard fencing between the front property line and the front set-back line shall be no more than 3 feet in height. Builder shall furnish each Owner with a site plan indicating fencing locations on or adjacent to their Lot.

With the exception of any fencing that may be installed by Builder or approved by the NCC during the homes construction, fencing of side and rear yards must be open fencing (i.e. wrought iron or aluminum). With the exception of any fencing that may be installed by Builder or approved by the NCC during the homes construction, side and rear fencing is not allowed beyond the front or rear set-back lines. No fence shall be more than six feet in height. Builder shall furnish each Owner with a site plan indicating any fencing locations on or adjacent to their Lot.

The cost for landscaping each Unit shall be equal to or exceed 2% of the original contract price for the Unit. Front yards shall be landscaped and sodded. In keeping with the Magnolia Neighborhood theme, at least one “Little Gem” Magnolia shall be planted in each front yard. Landscaping of side and rear yards is not required, but is highly encouraged. All lawn areas, up to the rear-set back line, shall be sodded. The remainder of the lawn from the rear set-back line to the water’s edge can be sprigged or seeded. Irrigation is not required, but is preferred. Builder shall furnish each Owner with a site plan indicating landscaping boundaries on or adjacent to their Lot. Trash containers and mechanical and utility equipment must be screened from the street view.

Each owner shall purchase the standard Graywood mailbox.

No variance

The NCC shall consider each site independently, but shall give extensive consideration to each individual plan’s impact upon adjacent homesites and view corridors. Care must be taken to locate each structure, whenever possible, so as not to infringe upon view corridors, adjacent structures and homesites, and natural amenities of the area. Consideration in this regard includes:

  1. Physical terrain of the site
  2. Views from the site
  3. Views to the site from adjacent lots
  4. Natural amenities
    • existing vegetation
    • existing water and drainage
    • channels
    • golf course
    • parks
    • open space
  5. Driveway access
  6. Height of structures

No bulldozing or clearing of trees shall be commenced until plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape and location of work have been submitted and approved by the NCC. Fill shall not be deposited at any location without prior NCC approval. Cuts and fills and drainage should be designed to complement the natural topography of the site. Each lot is responsible for drainage of all surfacewater within the confines of its own lot.

No variance

Recreational Items

Swimming pools are not permitted on the street side of the residence without permission of the NCC.

Accessory structures, such as playhouses or doghouses, shall be permitted only with specific written approval of the NCC. No tool sheds or other exterior buildings will be allowed.

No decorative objects such as sculptures, birdbaths, fountains, and the like shall be placed or installed on any lot without approval of the NCC. Fountains may be erected in the front and sides cape of the home, only if in a courtyard, where it’s not seen from the street or golf course and approved by the NCC. In the rear of the home, fountains may be erected if massed properly by landscaping, but must also be approved by the NCC.

Clotheslines shall not be permitted on lots.

Tennis Courts are allowed only with the permission of the NCC.

Basketball goals must be mounted on freestanding black metal poles and have clear backboards. Goals should be located in side or rear yards and oriented for minimal visual impact from the street. Submit site plan for approval. Basketball goals mounted to the house structure are not permitted.

Play equipment shall be allowed, however, restrictions of their location and screen shall be enforced. All play equipment shall be restricted to backyards. Brightly colored metal equipment is discouraged. Wood and recycled play equipment is highly encouraged. Trampolines are not allowed in the neighborhoods of Camellia, Primrose, Azalea, and Cypress due to size of the property and lawn maintenance issues.

Blow up toys and Jumping-Air-Houses can be up for a maximum of three days.

Recreational Vehicles

All permanent vehicles are to be parked within a garage. Lawn equipment and Recreational vehicles, such as boats, motor homes, and campers may only be stored on-site a maximum of 24 hours unless fully garaged. Otherwise, they shall be stored in an area off-site.

The use of unlicensed non street legal recreational vehicles, including golf car, four wheelers, go carts, motorized scooters, off road vehicles, or any other type of non licensed recreational vehicle, on the city streets, sidewalks, cart paths, trails, privately owned lots, or on surrounding Graywood property is strictly prohibited.

Boats, rafts, or other recreational equipment is not allowed on any waterways or body of water within Graywood.