There are a variety of reasons for this type of action and none of us can accurately describe the effect on your curb appeal.
Trees are removed for any of the following reasons (and more):
1. The roots are loose in the soil, could fall and cause damage
2. The roots of the tree are invasive and are/could damage the property, water lines, etc.
3. The trees are diseased and pose a risk to other trees or vegetation
4. The trees have grown too large for the area
5. The trees have grown into a public right of way
6. The area has been reviewed by the City who have posed the trees make cause damage to public property
And the list goes on. Call the HOA and ask why the trees are being removed. In most cases there is little you (or other homeowners) can do as their reasoning for these actions are usually outlined in your HOA docs you received when you purchased the property. In other words, they act within their legal rights to do so.
Best of luck,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
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CA DRE License 01713506
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It's hard to say what the removal of these trees will do to your property values. Trees on a busy street can add some privacy and shade. If they trees are well cared for they are an asset, however, if they are not, or if they are causing damage to sidewalks it's better to removed them and replace them with more suitable plants. It's surprising how much damage some root systems can cause to homes.
It is virtually impossible for anyone on here to know exactly what would happen to the value of your unit in the event the 5 large pine trees are removed. I would like to think there is a valid reason why they are removing the trees, but you should certainly ask. I've had clients remove trees that blocked a large part of natural light from coming into unit, so to me, that was a good thing to make their places lighter and brighter.
You mentioned it is a busy street, so perhaps the trees are beneficial as far as blocking out some of the road noise, or at least blocking out having to see all the cars pass by.
Unfortunately, without knowing all the details, it is hard to know what would happen to the value, but my thoughts are that it should not have too much of an effect one way or the other.
Chad Basinger, REALTOR, CPA, CFP
Generally your home owner's association is making decisions about common property to enhance or protect the value of the property. You should go to the monthly meeting or ask to see the minutes from the meeting where the issue of the trees has been discussed. As an owner you have rights which are outlined in your home owner's association bylaws. I suggest you read the bylaws provide in your condo docs and exercise your rights as outlined. The association should have a duty to inform you of their decisions and the reasons for those decisions. They usually send notices to all owners about anything that affects the property.
The trees could be causing problems with the foundation, siding, roof, or pose a hazard to the property, owners, or public in some way. You need to determine what the issue is before deciding if there is a negative impact to your property value.
Is there a plan in place to replace the trees with other landscaping to minimize any loss of curb appeal their removal might cause? You also need to know if there will be any special assessments associated with their removal. If their removal seems to be without cause you should have rights as an owner to appeal the decision. Again, your specific rights will be outlined in the condominium documents and getting additional information from your association are you first course of action.
I hope this helps. If I can be of any further assistance, please give me a call or email.
Why not contact your HOA and ask why they're being removed, and if any other landscaping is being proposed?
Hmmm, this is a hard one. While the pine trees might be nice to look at and provide a buffer from the street noise and view, pine trees roots are notoriously troublesome. We had one bust up our septic system in the early 90s. The HOA reacted and removed all the pine trees and Shadow Pines (the name of our subdivision) has no pines anymore!
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