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What to Look for in a Home with a Pool

If you picture lounging by your pool with a cool drink in hand this summer, the time to plan for it is now. Early in the year, there’s less demand for pool homes than there is once spring and summer hits, so you may have more choices and negotiating power if you start early.

Economically it usually makes sense to buy a home with a pool rather than add a pool. Finding the right home with the right pool in the right neighborhood at the right price can sometimes take a while, which is why we suggest you get started now if you’d like to have a pool home this summer.

Let’s face it, not everyone can be at the beach everyday but if you have a pool, you can enjoy a dip whenever you want.

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Pool homes come in many different price ranges. Pool homes in Long Beach, Lakewood, and surrounding communities start at about $500,000 and go up to $6 million or more.

Cost of a Pool Versus Value of a Pool

Want to add a pool to your existing home? While adding a pool doesn’t necessarily increase your home’s value, it can have a positive impact if you live in a higher end neighborhood and most of your neighbors have pools and if your yard is large enough to accommodate a pool and still have some yard left over for play or gardening.

The price for a standard pool starts at about $30,000. When you add in details like safety fences, waterfalls, lighting, landscaping, heating, and perhaps a spa, you could easily approach $100,000 or more. Costs will also depend on the type of pool you choose. Gunite is the most popular in-ground pool material. It is a mixture of cement and sand, which can be poured into almost shape. It has replaced concrete pools as the sought-after standard.

Adding a pool could increase your annual property taxes but won’t necessarily add to your home’s selling price so try to keep your total building cost between 10% and 15% of what you paid for your home so you don’t invest too much in an amenity that won’t pay you back. You’ll need to get permits for your pool and the work can take 45-60 days after you have your permits.

Pool Options

Saltwater Versus Chlorine

While chlorine pools are more common, saltwater filled pools are also an option. Though both types use chlorine to maintain sanitation, saltwater pools produce their own chlorine via a salt water generator and thus require less maintenance. If you have a chlorine pool, you will have to regularly add chlorine tablets or powder and monitor the PH levels. In general, chlorine pools tend to require more time and money to maintain, whereas saltwater pools are mostly self sustaining. However, the initial cost of a salt water generator is costly.

When choosing between a saltwater or chlorine pool, the main difference is that a saltwater pool has less chemicals (you won’t experience the red, itchy eyes that sometimes results from a chlorine pool) and doesn’t require constant upkeep. Alternatively, technology to install and operate chlorine pools has been around much longer and is often considered the easiest, safest option. Chlorine pools are also much more affordable to initially install.

Shape & Style

Choosing the shape and style of your pool is the fun part, but it can also be a tough decision. Style wise, you can choose from a variety of options including Traditional, Tropical, Mediterranean, and ModernIn addition to the style, pools today come in many shapes and sizes. If you want to use your pool for exercise, consider a rectangle lap pool. If you plan to use your pool mostly for relaxing and entertaining, an infinity pool may be your best bet. Pools are also a great way to add to the overall appearance of your home, in which case perimeter-overflow pools are a stylish option. 

Materials

The three most common materials used to build the interior of pools are concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. Concrete pools are the easiest material to use for molding pools into specific shapes. Vinyl pools are beneficial because nowadays there is a great selection of patterns and colors available. Fiberglass pools typically come pre- manufactured but can be individualized with custom jets and ceramic tiles

What Does It Cost To Maintain A Pool?

Before you either add a pool or buy a pool home, consider the maintenance. Will you handle it yourself or hire someone? In a recent survey, homeadvisor.com determined that on average, it costs $190 a month to maintain a home pool. The cost of maintenance varies depending on the type of pool you have and if you plan to do the work yourself or hire someone. However, if not properly taken care of, pools will become unsightly and unsanitary.

We’d love to help you find your dream home with a pool! If you’d like more information, fill out the form below and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

Pool Homes for Sale in Long Beach and Lakewood

  1. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 1
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,136 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1912
    Days on market: 2
  3. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,525 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 2
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,085 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 2
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 2
  6. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,272 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Days on market: 2
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,584 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1943
    Days on market: 2
  8. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,497 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 2
  9. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,131 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 2
  10. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 3
  11. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 3
  12. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,815 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 3
  13. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,434 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 3
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,138 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 3
  15. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,732 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 3
  16. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,061 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1968
    Days on market: 3
  17. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 3
  18. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 3
  19. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 898 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1943
    Days on market: 3
  20. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,270 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1946
    Days on market: 3
  21. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 832 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Days on market: 3
  22. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,990 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 2009
    Days on market: 4
  23. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,692 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Days on market: 4
  24. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 4
  25. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,778 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 4
  26. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,773 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 4
  27. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,006 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1942
    Days on market: 4
  28. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,652 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 4
  29. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,528 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 4
  30. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,616 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 4
  31. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 4
  32. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,684 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1945
    Days on market: 4
  33. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,483 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  34. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,610 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  35. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,052 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  36. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,108 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 4
  37. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Days on market: 4
  38. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 815 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  39. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 4
  40. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,146 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 4
  41. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,267 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 4
  42. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,983 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 5
  43. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,384 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Days on market: 5
  44. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 5
  45. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,710 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 5
  46. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 5
  47. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,388 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Days on market: 5
  48. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 5
  49. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,161 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 5
  50. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,016 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 5

See all Pool Homes for Sale in Long Beach and Lakewood.
(all data current as of 8/19/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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