Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: We live in a subdivision that was built in 1962. The houses are situated on irregularly shaped lots to form an open area that is landscaped with vistas of mature trees and a leafy, verdant backdrop. Property lines are marked with very low, split-rail fences. We have an open airy feeling in our subdivision. Our picture window looks out over a portion of a neighbor’s lot that makes a pleasant view.
As you can imagine, we live in a very sought-after neighborhood. Our neighbor is quite elderly. We are concerned that when our neighbor dies the property will be sold to someone who wants to either expand the house or demolish it and replace it with another. Either scenario could spoil our view.
We would like to buy the portion of the neighbor’s lot that frames our view. How should we proceed?
A: Longtime readers of our column know that we’re big believers in the power of being good neighbors.