If neighbor’s trees grow to block your view, whatcha gonna do?

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Aug• 28•07

CabinviewI’m considering leasing a darling vacation cabin near Bass Lake, but I’m concerned that the neighbor’s trees across the street will eventually block the cabin’s mountain views.

I guess I could ask the neighbors if I could pay to get their trees topped off to preserve my view, when the time comes. (It may take awhile as the tree most likely to block my view in the future is an oak.)

But would they go for it? Would I in their situation? It seems risky to buy a place whose greatest virtue — its view — may one day be gone.

Have you ever asked your neighbors to trim view-blocking trees? How did they respond?

Or, have you been asked to trim trees to preserve a neighbor’s view? And did you do it?

Bottom line: Is buying such a cabin too risky for someone who loves a view?

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  1. Jeannie says:

    Great question! A few years ago I bought a house with some small but refreshing views of the ocean. Over the last couple years my neighbor’s trees across the road grew to a point where I could barely see the ocean at all. Last year I went over and asked them if I could pay an arborist to trim their trees a little to restore my view. They were very gracious. Although they are in their late seventies, the man actually got out his own ladder and spent a couple hours trimming his trees for me instead of having me pay. I was very pleased. However, a year later, the trees are encroaching again and I don’t feel right about asking again. I think the only way to beat this problem once and for all is to build up, but that takes money and at the moment, that is not an option.

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