Quite the neighbor, to pull a stunt like this:
A chain saw growled as, limb by limb, the foliage fell from Bruce and Linda Baker’s cherished Chinese pine.
Soon the crew went after the denuded trunk until it, too, was gone.
The rare pine was removed Tuesday by order of the Clyde Hill Board of Adjustment, which said it unreasonably obstructed the view from the nearby home of retired baseball star John Olerud and his wife, Kelly.
The Bakers decided last month not to appeal the ruling. The pine and a Colorado spruce will be replaced with smaller plants at the Oleruds’ expense.
“I feel like I’m doing the right thing for my neighbor,” Bruce Baker said, “but I’m standing out here watching it. It just came over me I feel so sad to see the tree go.”
So a tree that blocked the view from Olerud's house had to go. Did the neighbors plant it there after he moved in, or was it there before he bought the house?
Board member Catherine McLamb said she was troubled that the city code considers the effect of a tree on the value of a property bought when the tree was already there. "One is not entitled to enhance your view," she said.
Yep, the tree was already there when Olerud bought the house. Perhaps he didn't notice it blocking his view?
Believe it or not, there is also a monetary side to this story, as Olerud's house would go up in value by $255,000. Keep in mind his house is already worth $4 million.
An appraiser hired by John and Kelly Olerud said their $4 million home would be worth $255,000 more if the rare Chinese pine and the Colorado spruce across the street were cut down and replaced with smaller plants. The Chinese pine's value is estimated at more than $18,000.
Removing the trees would widen the west-facing view from his family room by 65 percent, Olerud told the Board of Adjustment, giving his house the same amazing view of Seattle's skyline that's visible from nearby Northeast 20th Street.
I guess the neighbor who had to cut down the trees is second guessing his allowing the Olerud family to live in his house while Olerud's was being built. No good deed, right Mr. Olerud?