Neighbor's overgrown yard blocking ours
Our house is located on a cul-de-sac, right where the road does the wide turn to go back out, so our house is kind of hidden from view until you are two houses away. Our front yard, in turn, is like the backdrop of our neighbor's front yard. I have a nice array of tree aloes (a. ferox, marlothii, arborescens, thraskii), tree ferns(cyathea cooperi, blechnum gibbum), palms (Syagrus Romanzoffiana, Howea Forsteriana, Ravenea Rivularis, Dypsis Decipiens, Dypsis Decaryi), tropical agaves (agave attenuata, desmettiana) and other exotics in the front yard, and would really like them to be visible, but our neighbor's yard completey blocks ours. The house is rented out, and new renters come and go, so the yard is very unkept. They have the standard allotment of shrubs and trees that new homes come with: an overgrown spirea, a messy and invasive pampass grass and a HUGE, unkept, overwatered chaste tree. That chaste tree is the one that completely blocks out yard from view unless you are standing directly in front of the house. It is nearly 20 feet tall and about 15 feet wide, and if i didn't trim the branches that overlap into our front yard, it would cover at least a third of our tiny front yard. As i said, it is overwatered so the flowering isn't as showy as it should be in a dry mediterranean climate. It looks ugly. Period. So i have been considering two things:
1. firstly, asking the owner of the house to remove the chaste tree. I could offer to provide a nicer looking tree in it's place. One that would have a defined trunk and allow a clear view from ground level, not like the chaste tree which is just a huge sprawling mess. I was thinking a Eucalyptus or a brachychiton populneus, both evergreen, flowering trees. (The neighbor's yard is large, ours is triangluar shaped with the narrow end near the street, hence our small front yard)
2. Give up on trying to have our yard visible from the street, and create a hedge that would hide the chaste tree from view from OUR house. A hedge of red oleander would work great to do this.
What to do?