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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. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,623 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,688 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 1
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,619 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,122 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Days on market: 1
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,528 sqft
    Year built: 1909
    Days on market: 1
  4. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,003 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,580 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 1
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,292 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,976 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Days on market: 2
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,781 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,356 sqft
    Year built: 1983
    Days on market: 2
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,920 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,202 sqft
    Year built: 1908
    Days on market: 2
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,265 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,301 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Days on market: 3
  9. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,761 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,241 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 3
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,204 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,200 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 3
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,149 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Days on market: 3
  12. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,140 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,609 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 3
  13. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,122 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,088 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 3
  14. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,162 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,400 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 3
  15. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,261 sq ft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 4
  16. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,262 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,144 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Days on market: 4
  17. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,262 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,139 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Days on market: 4
  18. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,766 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,000 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 5
  19. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,522 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,066 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 5
  20. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 998 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,783 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Days on market: 5
  21. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,376 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,122 sqft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 5
  22. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,919 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,568 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 6
  23. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,651 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,704 sqft
    Year built: 1931
    Days on market: 6
  24. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,210 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,037 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 6
  25. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 290 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 6
  26. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 310 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 6
  27. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 250 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 6
  28. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 340 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 6
  29. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,016 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,413 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Days on market: 7
  30. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,565 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,602 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 7
  31. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,242 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,275 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 7
  32. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,302 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,919 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 7
  33. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,278 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,071 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Days on market: 7
  34. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,102 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,992 sqft
    Year built: 1977
    Days on market: 7
  35. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 240 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 7
  36. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 340 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,036 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 7
  37. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,728 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,538 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Days on market: 8
  38. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,632 sqft
    Year built: 1962
    Days on market: 8
  39. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,869 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,134 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 8
  40. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,804 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,773 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 8
  41. 6 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,893 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,328 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 8
  42. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,701 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,446 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 8
  43. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,176 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,703 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 8
  44. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,242 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,201 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 8
  45. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,191 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,820 sqft
    Year built: 1942
    Days on market: 8
  46. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,551 sqft
    Year built: 1912
    Days on market: 8
  47. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,535 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,362 sqft
    Year built: 1919
    Days on market: 9
  48. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,724 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,000 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Days on market: 9
  49. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,214 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,821 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 9
  50. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,449 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,102 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 9

See all Pool Homes for Sale in Long Beach and Lakewood.
(all data current as of 10/18/2017)

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

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