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View lots

When you buy a view lot, be sure you get what your paying for.  Your view is very special to you and you paid a premium for it.  Unfortunately, some people buy a view only to lose their view in a very few years because trees grow to obstruct it or buildings are placed right in the way of your view.

The way to protect your view is to be sure you either own enough land to protect the view OR you have a view easement.   Protecting a view from tree growth depends on they type of trees.  A general rule of thumb I use is for a horizontal view, you must control the land that is less  75 (preferably 100) feet below you in the direction of your view.  If you are looking up at distance mountains, that can be less; if you are looking down at a valley or lake, it needs to be more.

The way I handle it with the land I sell is to offer view easements.  The buyer of the land that benefits from a view easement and the buyer who is subject to a view easement are told about the easement prior to purchasing their land.  Frequently the person who is subject to a view easement benefits from a different view easement.

Basically the easement allows the beneficiary of the easement the right to go on to the other persons land and cut trees.  They must give advance notice and they cannot leave a mess.  Frequently there is also included in this a restriction as to what can be build within the easement.

I make it a point of specifying what easements there are for a view lot.  If there isn’t a way to maintain a view, even though you can see one now, I either explain the issues or  don’t sell it as a view lot.  Check out Settlers Knoll and Frost Homestead as examples of lots with view easement.

If you wish to talk to me about this subject, give me a call at 207 653-9955.

I hope this has been helpful to you.  Tom Chadbourne

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