Laurelhurst Community Club                                                     

Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood



                                                                                    June 9, 2005


 James Paynter

7342 Alonzo Avenue NW

Seattle, Washington  98117


RE:  Property Located at 4162 42nd Avenue NE


Dear Mr. Paynter:


We have received complaints from neighbors about the condition of your property at 4162 42nd Avenue NE.  The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees does its best to respond to concerns from neighbors.  We wanted to let you know about the complaints.  Our goals are to encourage everyone to be good neighbors and to point out potential Code violations should we notice any.  We hope that you will work with us.


Records at the Department of Planning and Development indicate that you are in the process of remodeling the second floor and altering the basement to create a study, and that you have applied for a permit for interior electrical work.  We are aware that your home is currently vacant during the remodeling process after a prior long-term rental.  We understand how difficult it must be keeping things in order with your project and maintaining the yard.  You have a charming home and yard and we look forward to when your project is complete and to when we have new neighbors.


In the meantime, we would like to let you know about the concerns we’ve heard from neighbors.  First, there is a toilet in the back yard.  Because it is visible from other homes, it is subject to the city’s junk storage ordinance.  This means that if someone complains to the City, an inspector will come out and likely ask you to remove it.  To avoid this, we urge you to find another location for the toilet.


Second, you have many lovely trees and shrubs in your front yard.  Because the shrubs and trees in the yard are being overgrown and choked by invasive blackberry bushes and weeds, not only is the yard unsightly, but there is a concern by neighbors that without immediate attention, the vegetation will overgrow the sidewalks.  When vegetation overgrows sidewalks or streets or when weeds take over a yard, they may be come a public nuisance and can be a health or fire hazard.  Property owners are responsible for keeping their grounds and adjacent right-of-way free of overgrown weeds and vegetation.


Neighbors take great pride in their homes and in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.  It is upsetting when homes are neglected when others work hard and do the best they can to take care of their property.  We hope you will do all you can to address the concerns we’ve heard from neighbors. 


Please let us know if you have questions about the issues that we have raised.  In the meantime, we encourage you to be a good neighbor and to maintain your property in a manner consistent with the surrounding properties.




Jeannie Hale, President                                     Heather Newman, LCC Trustee

3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE                                  3503 NE 44th Street

Seattle, Washington  98105                                          Seattle, Washington  98105

206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631                              206-525-0085 / 206-223-4916 (wk)