2 driveways next to ea. other. Can a fence be built between?
I'm trying like crazy to figure out what to do about my problem. Even looking at other houses (talk about desperate!) although I don't want to be driven from my house by these toxic neighbors.
There is a driveway easement, presumably in the deed, which allows me to drive onto their driveway at the point in which my sunroom (older than their house, oddly) sticks out onto half of my driveway, preventing me from accessing the back end of my driveway including my garage. I don't need to use the garage for a car and would love to lose the easement if it meant we could have a dividing fence between our two driveways. The driveways are side by side w/ no patch of grass between them. They don't use their garage for a car either. Many of the home owners in our historic neighborhood have converted garages into studios, workshops or guest houses as the separate garages aren't really large enough for today's cars anyway (not if you also want to keep other things in there like lawnmowers and rakes, etc.).
Ignore this paragraph if you don't want to read my rant about the neighbors: They keep dinging my car - even w/ witnesses - and then aren't accountable or even just friendly/apologetic about it, and they're ridiculously haughty and unfriendly, while being around the same age as us - just a bit older (I'm 40). Actually, I was surprised to just discover after several years of not knowing, that most of my neighbors save one or two have been offended by their shockingly arrogant behavior at this point. It would be funny if I didn't have to deal w/ them on a daily basis - just cause I've never met a married couple that were more well-suited for each other and were so embarrassingly self-important.
The guy's always building things and he just built a fence between our two driveways but way in the back, starting at the garages, and only coming out about 20 feet or so, where it then connects to a gate which connects to his house. It serves as extra security since they've had bikes stolen.
If I somehow figured out how to continue that fence (only I'd make it as high as is legally allowed), I'd like it to go all the way down the middle, to the sidewalk or at least beyond the point where our cars usually sit side by side. I realize I'd never have a way to put a car in the garage after that, nor would the people who live here after me if I were to do this (if it's even legal). I wish I could fill that space w/ flagstone pavers and a few columnar trees and troughs full of bamboo, too. ;) Then someday the garage could have french doors put on it and it could be converted to a workshop or studio. Ah, one can dream...
So, under the circumstances of having this easement, do you know if this would be legal, to build a fence right in between two driveways that aren't separated by even a thin patch of grass? I know every city is probably different but what I'm really asking is if you've EVER heard of this being legal, in any city? I can't seem to get through to the city to ask. I'm sure the neighbors would have to approve, and who knows if they would or not but they might be willing just cause I can only imagine the feeling is mutual (not liking each other). I mean, they don't like anyone, which definitely doesn't exclude me. :) If it's not legal, I wonder if I can extend my driveway into my yard a foot or two, to give me more room to park without getting hit. The neighbors refuse to even consider staggering our cars to prevent damage from their doors swinging out and hitting us (our doors slide), or from his backing up too quickly and side-swiping our car which he's done before, even though I only have one car to their two, and even though none of the cars would ever have to stick out onto the sidewalk if staggered.