I have been scouring the forums today looking for some suggestions but all the posts I came across were 4-6 years old. While looking through the information I think the Winegard HD7698P with a pre-amp may be the best choice but I want to make sure that there isn't something new out that may be a better fit. I plan on putting the antenna in the attic, it's large and spacious so it shouldnt be a huge issue. I am mainly interested in the channels to the north as the channels to the south do not cover any news/weather for my area. All the channels are UHF except for one of the ones I am interested in (WISH-TV, 9) which is VHF.
I have a similar 28 year old Winegard that is slightly bigger (more active elements) for 50+ miles. Depending on your terrain and LOS, I'd suggest mounting it on your roof with a rotor, unless your house is a two-story but even then as high up as possible, and outside, will give you the best possible trouble-free reception.
You might want to check into the legality of your HOAs restriction on outdoor antennas. Hopefully someone will post a link (I can't find it right now) but I don't think they can restrict outdoor antennas within reason. If you really want to use your attic I'd buy the antenna and try to hook it up to a small tv (portable) and see how the reception is before you invest in hardware (cables, connectors, etc).