Thursday, March 23, 2006


At least two more homesites are being cleared on the East Side, one up the hill (beside the Tenant's existing home) you see from the roundabout at Spanish Oaks Boulevard, another tucked in a cul-de-sac off Musket Rim.


In our opinion, the single story home at Musket Rim and Paraiso is really impressive as it appears to float over its property. Stone is up, roof is on - a very nice job! Can't wait to see the final look!


Paul and Tanya Streeter's personal home is also in early stages... a really interesting layout from the imprint. Last we looked the concrete hadn't been poured yet.


The "French Chateau" on lower Musket Rim is a large property and a huge house with an existing outbuilding. They recently cut down maybe 2 dozen smaller trees which I miss, but it's their property. Hope they don't go turf-crazy! This is a property that is embraced by S.O. but appears to actually be part of the Preserve.

comment from Kim Sadler:

Kevin and I were sickened yesterday to see that the new neighbors across from us on Musket Rim have had a tree service cut down all the gorgeous Spanish Oaks from the property.

The undesirable cedar (Mt. Juniper) had already been cleared from this property and most of what was left provided nice screen and beautiful fall color. At this point, I am not sure if they have an ignorant tree service, or if they lacking information and actually asked that this task be performed themselves.

In case anyone is new to the area and doesn't realize why this community was named Spanish Oaks, the Spanish Oak (Quercus texana/) is 15-30' native, deciduous tree with brilliant fall colors. It is cold hardy adaptable to full sun or partial shade and is drought tolerant.

Because it sometimes has a rough, gray bark and no leaves in winter, someone not knowing, may mistake it for a dead tree. When in fact, it is helping to let the sun in to warm your house or yard in the winter, then providing excellent shade to cool your house in the summer. The biggest surprise comes in the fall with the stunning orange-red to maroon color it provides.

It is too late to do anything about the trees that have been lost in our view across the street, but is there something we can do to prevent this from affecting some of our other neighbors? We will report to Pam but not sure if this is even a DRC issue.

Thanks for listening, Kim


With the rain we've had, maybe we'll see a profusion of wildflowers now.

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