10-metre hedge

Feuding neighbours in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs go to war over 10-metre hedge

PHOTO: Ms Simon moved into this Vaucluse home in 2014 and says that by 2018 her views of Sydney Harbour had been greatly obstructed

  • Neighbours in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs have warred over a hedge
  • Charlotte Simon paid $2.75M for home in 2014 with views of Sydney Harbour
  • Within a few years her neighbour’s trees had grown to 9.7m, blocking her view
  • NSW Land and Environment Court ordered trees be removed to return her view

When Charlotte Simon moved to exclusive Vaucluse in 2014 she paid $2.75 million for her four bedroom home featuring a pool, spa and – most importantly – views over Sydney Harbour.

But within just a few years her cherished views had disappeared – replaced by a wall of green.

As the row of cypress trees planted by her neighbours next door grew and grew, Ms Simon could no longer see the north head of the Harbour, and so in 2018 she wrote to them asking if their hedge could be trimmed.