Houses with pools
Hi, we'll be looking to rent when we get to Adelaide. Certainly for the first few years. Obviously ideally we would love a house witha pool, just to complete the dream lifestyle
But looking on realestate.com.au it doesn't seem that there are many that come with them. There are lots of lovely large houses in our prospective price range (looking at 350- 600 a week)
Is it that there aren't many houses with pools? Are they just out of our price range? I noticed also that the listings don't make a big deal of them if they do have them. Guess they are just a bit more of the "norm" over there????
Originally Posted by k8bug79
There are rentals with pools but in general they can sometimes be difficult to find. We have been here 10 weeks and are looking to purchase (the perfect house with the perfect pool) and are struggling as well. The reality is that a pool doesn't add value to the property as many aussies consider it a lot of work and money - along with issues like water restrictions, etc. Therefore for a rental property - it doesn't necessarily make sense to an investor. It costs roughly $25-35K to put an inground pool in and you'll never see that return. I often wish you coul put pool into the aus real estate search engine but it doesn't work like that. Your price range is absolutely fine and hopefully you will find one but you just have to keep looking!
If you use domain.com.au you can search for houses with a pool although it doesn't seem to have all the houses that are on realestate.
There are houses with pools , but they are hard to find, and I think if your looking at property close to the coast theres prob less demand for pools, we're in northern suburbs and managed to get one by luck more than anything as we didnt even know which suburbs were nice or anything, and a lot of rental properties have open days for you to visit, perhaps it would be best to register an interest on some property agents books and they can search for a property for you.
Goodluck with the search and move
Google maps give a good idea of the amount of pools there are (satellite photos).
Also, when you're driving round looking at houses before the opens, black-matting on the roof will indicate solar heating for a pool...
The amount of pools may be linked to amount of poms - as it's on many of our "must-have" lists - even if you're 5mins from the beaches :)
Hi - pools are actually very expensive to maintain with cleaning, chemicals etc, and we have such stringent water restrictians here that you can only refill them now and again etc, so renters generally choose not to have to hve the responsibility of it. I would recommend living somewere nearer the coast so that it's only 10 mins in the car at the most to hop to the beach on a hot day!
A pool is not all it's cracked up to be - we have one and yes it's nice to have on hot days, but does require daily maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. I reckon for over 6 months of the year, unless you have it heated, it's just going to be an unused pond in the back garden.
At this time of year it's recommended you keep the pool filter on for 8 hours a day and electricity ain't cheap over here.
If I were you I'd take it off your 'must have' list and put it on the 'nice to have' list, there's plenty of beaches nearby anyway.
About 1$ a day for the electric. Go for a salt chlorinated pool to save on chemical costs. A creepy crawley will keep it clean and get your water tested once a month over the summer( free) you get 6 good months a year use maybe 7 if you don't mind a chilly dip in april. The other 5 months it makes a great water feature for your garden and entertaining area.
I'm actually looking at landscaping my garden and putting a pool in...I was starting to doubt our decision until your post....so thanks! We always go to Bali and live by the pool so we thought why not have our own. :-)
It's true that pools aren't always going to add value to your home....because of the added maintence + cost etc...I tend to find Aussies generally (this is a put down merely an observation) want to have a easy life and can't be bothered with the extra work.
If the pool is done properly then....not just a hole with water in it surrounded by concrete then it can be a clincher....especially if you're selling during summer! ;-)
Passionate pom summed it up well.
I would add that a pool cover, pvc or liquid, will stop evaporation.
There are also 3 speed environmentally friendly pumps on the market now. Figures show the the savings on electricity will pay for the pump in no time.
Solar heating will extend usage another couple of months or so.
I dont believe they are expensive to maintain after the initial outlay. There are heaps of products to make life easier these days.