The Friday Wall Street Journal carried an interesting piece by Amy Gamerman that profiled people's efforts to protect and import mature trees when they were remodelling homes. I can't link to it since it is behind the paywall, but I found this paragraph particularly insightful
A 2010 study by the U.S. Forest Service conducted in Portland, Ore., found that the presence of a single “street tree” in front of the home added over $7,000 to its sale price. The street-tree effect spilled over to neighboring houses, increasing property values as well as helping the homes sell faster.
Now that is Portland and this is B'game. I'm guessing you could double or triple that premium for a street tree in front of your B'game digs. The second sentence also goes to why there is a heritage tree ordinance in town for non-street trees. Since it is not the easiest thing to find on the city website, here is the link (click on Title 11) and the definition:
(1) Any tree with a circumference of forty-eight (48) inches or more when measured fifty-four (54) inches above natural grade; or
(2) A tree or stand of trees so designated by the city council based upon findings that it is unique and of importance to the public due to its unusual appearance, location, historical significance or other factor; or
(3) A stand of trees in which the director has determined each tree is dependent upon the others for survival.
I'll bet our trees are enjoying today's real rain as much as we are--or more! Now if we can just get Caltrans to pay attention.........