This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
Lay the sidewalk close to the building line, and as far as possible from the curb, leaving a broad strip of lawn between the two. This may be decorated with flowers, and shrubs of dwarf-growing habit - and selected with reference to foliage and flowering effect at different seasons of the year. Advantage may be taken of the width of the broader streets to combine the two lawn spaces in one parkway running along the middle of the street, with a driveway on either side. Between sidewalk and curb, the space in the ordinary sixty-foot street being limited to eight or nine feet, only dwarf-growing shrubs should be employed.
The smaller spiraes, berberis, deutzias, azaleas, and cydonia, among the deciduous varieties, and the smaller of the evergreens for winter effect are good. The latter are better grouped in the center parkway, which will perhaps be fifteen feet in width. Here the variety of suitable shrubs may be much enlarged, the added width admitting such plants as the rhododendron and dwarf magnolia, many of the retinosporas, junipers, the mugho pine, arborvitas and some of the evergreen azaleas and mahonias.
Deciduous plants should be selected with reference to the effect of flower, foliage and fruit, the latter being most ornate after the leaves have disappeared on such shrubs as the Berberis Thunbergii, corcorus, ribes and others.
The location of houses upon plots does much to make or mar the general effect of a street and also the pleasure and comfort of its residents. Restrictions should therefore be imposed of such a nature as to regulate exactly the spot on each lot where the house shall stand. In addition to a specified distance between the front wall and the street, all houses on north and south streets should stand not farther than five feet from the north line. This throws the lawns uniformly to the south or living side of each house, and allows for the greatest distance between the houses.
Another restriction which contributes much to a beautiful appearance is that all lots in a rectangular layout should have a uniform grade. If in the laying out of the property the plots are made to break joints, as it were, so that the side line of one plot shall intersect the rear line of another at the middle, a more extended and attractive view may be obtained from the rear of each house as well as from the front. This latter requirement, with the added prohibition of all fences or hedges nearer the street than the front line of the houses, provides practically a park on either side of the street throughout the entire space between the curb and house front.