I kept a few hives for almost 8 years (1979-1986) on Dugualla Bay Road, Oak Harbor, WA, they were at the bottom of the hill, just across a drainage ditch, facing South into the seed crops and blueberries being grown in that field. Our Western neighbor had a Christmas tree farm planted on the majority of his property, and our Eastern neighbor was a rental property that changed tenants, regularly.
I hadn't ever even thought of your question, until seeing this thread. As has already been mentioned by other replies to this thread: I do many things on my own property, I have never felt the need to inform my neighbors about them, any more than I would expect them to inform me - actually I'd rather not know.
Sure, if you used a telescope or binoculars, you could clearly see the hives from many different locations. Like I do now, I wore street clothes to work the bees, rarely, if ever, a veil. In the Summer, brambles (wild blackberries) would grow up and partially obscure them from the South and West, otherwise they were unobstructed.
Honey bees are ubiquitous and wild creatures, even when kept in hives by humans. Once the neighbors know you keep some, suddenly every bee they sees belongs to you -- no thanks, I'd rather not take any direct responsibility for honey bees behaviors, even if they come from my hives. Despite that, I do work diligently to maintain my hives with manageable bees, and to work my bees to reduce any possibilities that they would interact in ways to negatively impact my neighbors.
I was just looking at the old place with Google Earth, and apparently Dugualla Bay Road is now N. Jones Road. I wonder how that happened.