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Old 02-28-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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A co-worker just bought a house on the east side of Allen with more than 1/2 an acre, 3 car garage and a pool for about $650k. The commute to Legacy West would be straight down McDermott or 121 would be pretty easy and probably within 30 minutes. Check to the east - home prices are a bit lower and lots are larger. The house sat on the market long enough for them to put in 2 offers a few months apart.
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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If you are buying an expensive home in Texas and like house, area, commute, school, price etc. It would be stupid to let it go because of few thousand to fill up a pool. For crying out loud, you'll pay way more to your realtor. You shouldn't let go of a nice house because of something that can be fixed. In fact, don't fill it up immediately, you may even like having one, if not then just enjoy for a while then get rid of it. It costs many times more to get a pool than to remove or renovate one. I don't know what's the big deal. Its just a matter of common sense and looking out of the box to have more homes to pick from. Why limit your options? Its no diffrent than renovating a kitchen or changing flooring.

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Old 02-28-2018, 02:51 PM
 
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If you are buying an expensive home in Texas and like house, area, commute, school, price etc. It would be stupid to let it go because of few thousand to fill up a pool. For crying out loud, you'll pay way more to your realtor. You shouldn't let go of a nice house because of something that can be fixed. In fact, don't fill it up immediately, you may even like having one, if not then just enjoy for a while then get rid of it. It costs many times more to get a pool than to remove or renovate one. I don't know what's the big deal. Its just a matter of common sense and looking out of the box to have more homes to pick from. Why limit your options? Its no diffrent than renovating a kitchen or changing flooring.
But at least when you renovate a kitchen or change flooring you get something you can look at and enjoy out of it. And those are renovations that will add value to a home. I'm not saying filling in a pool is a bad idea, but it certainly isn't an attractive one either.

I also understand why the OP doesn't want one--at this point in my life, I don't want one either. The worry with young children is legitimate.
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Old 02-28-2018, 05:54 PM
 
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In theory, yes -- but I would imagine that if this house hit the market, it would be our absolute ceiling in terms of budget.

I will say, we definitely don't need that much sq footage either. We would be happy with something as low as 3K sq-ft. But the combination is still pretty difficult to find even thinking of that it seems.
There are quite a few homes close by to DNT then that fit your budget and amenities. Just quickly searching I saw 25 properties online with 3 car, >3000ft, <$800K (most much less) in that area. Zips you might look at are 75287, 75252, 75248 because a lot of those homes were built during the late 70's to mid 80's as executive homes for EDS campus in Plano. They have tons of amenities but are aging a bit of course.
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:52 PM
 
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But at least when you renovate a kitchen or change flooring you get something you can look at and enjoy out of it. And those are renovations that will add value to a home. I'm not saying filling in a pool is a bad idea, but it certainly isn't an attractive one either.

I also understand why the OP doesn't want one--at this point in my life, I don't want one either. The worry with young children is legitimate.
For someone buying a $800k home, $10k is peanuts. When one buys a house, new or old, usually buyer adds some things to make it more suitable for their needs or stylr, just putting blinds or shutters in whole house or customizing garage costs as much or more. It opens up their options to buy a home they like, in an area they prefer and it provides good schools, commute, resale etc. From her post, it seems they'll enjoy yard more than kitchen or wood flooring, which they'll get anyways. Its almost like HGTV folks passing on an otherwise perfect house because it has blue carpet, just replace the darn carpet.
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:55 PM
 
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If you are buying an expensive home in Texas and like house, area, commute, school, price etc. It would be stupid to let it go because of few thousand to fill up a pool. For crying out loud, you'll pay way more to your realtor. You shouldn't let go of a nice house because of something that can be fixed. In fact, don't fill it up immediately, you may even like having one, if not then just enjoy for a while then get rid of it. It costs many times more to get a pool than to remove or renovate one. I don't know what's the big deal. Its just a matter of common sense and looking out of the box to have more homes to pick from. Why limit your options? Its no diffrent than renovating a kitchen or changing flooring.
Well, it is more like a removing a kitchen.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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Haha you are right but its all outside so doesn't interrupt life the way indoor construction does.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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Haha you are right but its all outside so doesn't interrupt life the way indoor construction does.
Half the work you have to do to renovate houses involves changes you can't really see. Replace the roof, windows, plumbing repairs, and foundation repair cost equally as much with no noticeable change.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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Half the work you have to do to renovate houses involves changes you can't really see. Replace the roof, windows, plumbing repairs, and foundation repair cost equally as much with no noticeable change.
True that. It is funny how people think its too complicated to fill up a pool. To be fair, most internet posters never owned a pool or never had one installed or removed so taking their advice is like taking someone's advice about your bypass surgery because his second cousin, twice removed, had a heart attack in 1998.
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:18 PM
 
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Conventional wisdom is that a pool adds no value on resale. When I was buying a house a few years ago, I would have subtracted $30k from the house price if it had a pool. I do know other people want them.
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