A few weeks ago the Seattle Times ran a story about a tree whose existence is straining a long-term neighborly relationship. The feud’s between former Mariners first baseman John Olerud and his neighbor Bruce Baker, both of whom live in the Clyde Hill area (a bit north of Bill Gates’ place in Medina). Baker owns a Chinese pine (red or white, I’m not sure, but I’m guessing red based on the photos) which interferes with Olerud’s view of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline.
You can read the entire story on the link above, but I’m particularly interested in the following points from the article:
- "The tree, with a 2-foot-thick trunk, was there long before the Oleruds built their home."
- Baker "wasn’t willing to cut down a tree that his arborist called very rare and valued at $18,000."
- Clyde Hill is "one of the first in the nation to adopt a process for condemning trees that block too much of neighbors’ sunlight or scenic views."
- "You guys saw the trees," Olerud said at the board hearing. "They’re not attractive trees. I would say they’re the kind of tree that only an arborist would love."
So…what would YOU do if you were on the board making this decision? (Be sure to do your homework and read the entire article before weighing in.)