I have to say at the outset that I’m not a big fan of swimming pools. The statistics show that pools are the least valuable thing you can do to your house. If you put in a pool the chances are it’ll diminish the homes value. A nicely landscaped back yard is a much greater selling point than an in ground pool.  I’m right there with you on this pool topic…if you’re a pool hater. Just saying up front. Plus…it’s Foster City for crying out loud. How much would you even use one here?

Having said all that, I’m fascinated by the reactions I get from people when they see one at listings I have. Recently I had a listing with a big pool in the back yard and droves of people through the open house I held. This house needs updating in many places, it’s sort of dated and the roof is sort of on the downward leg of it’s journey. Never the less I heard comments like “Great house…but I just can’t take a house with a pool. I have little ones”. Or “It’s just not for us…we don’t like pools”.

OK, I get it. Like I said before. I also don’t like red and yellow shag carpet, or flocked wallpaper, or tile counters in the kitchen, or popcorn ceilings, or faux wood paneling, or glossy paint on interior walls. What I think I would do…is change those things. Can you imagine saying, “Love the house, but the furnace is old…so forget it!”

To the folks who expressed disdain over the pool I said “Why don’t you have it filled?” Each time I heard “Oh no thanks…too much work!” Or “No, we want a house with a finished yard.” Hmm, I kind of struggle understanding this. Isn’t it more work to refinish hardwood floors, paint, remodel bathrooms…etc? They’re all INSIDE too. You could fill a pool…and all the work is actually OUTSIDE. You can even watch TV in the family room while they do it. Think of it as landscaping. No? A couple of years ago I got a bid of $15,000 to fill an in ground pool. I’ve seen people spend $15,000 on new appliances.

I just don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of when you see a pool…get rid of it if you don’t like it. If you like the house don’t let that stop you from pursuing it.


  1. Janine McCormick says:

    I really LOVE pools. Sure wish our house had one, especially with today’s heat!!

  2. Michelle says:

    Now, what do you think people will say to a synthetic ice rink?

  3. Jim Minkey says:

    Michelle…are you planning on installing one?

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