- 2 months ago
- Wedding: October 2017
I live in Northern CA as well. When my husband and I were house hunting 2 years ago, we specifically wanted to find a house WITHOUT a pool. We have dogs and wanted a real yard where they could run and play, and we also wanted a garden and plenty of shade trees. Most of the houses we saw with pools, the pool and concrete made up basically the entire yard. If you have a nice big lot and really can have both the yard and the pool, that’s a different story. For me, I would rather join a country club and go swim there- get some social time while you’re at it- than turn my backyard into a slab of concrete.
Thank you all for your stories and experiences. It was so heartening to read, and really helps to have a full picture of both what works well, and what hasn’t been as awesome.
A few answers—it’s a chlorine pool and an older gunnite pool. However, the pool inspection shows that it’s aged well. It will likely need some work in the next few years, but nothing pressing.
I do love the idea of having my daughter learn to swim and get to spend summers in the pool. If I had my druthers, I would probably opt for a community pool that we could pay for with HOA (and not have to maintain!), however that’s not available in this neighborhood, which we love. I did a Google earth search and it actually looks like most homes in this community do have their own pools, so if we kept hunting nearby, we’d probably keep encountering the same question.
I think we’re going to offer. Of course, given the competitive market … who knows! Hopefully we’ll be having a few summery dips before fall comes, otherwise, on to a new house to fall in love with.
Where I live pools used to be a neutral in terms of resale or even a liability. That’s all changed now with the pandemic as homes with pools are being snapped up and going well above asking price with bidding wars.