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Old 05-18-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: New York City-East Village
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Hi,

We have been researching all of the threads in this forum, very handy information regarding SP and neighborhoods.

In June we'll be making the trip down to house hunt and we *think* we are going to focus on the Old NE part of town.

It seems since we're coming to Florida and it's going to be hot a better portion of the year, we should get a house with a pool, no?
The city seems to have some amazing parks with pools, and I'd love to take the kids (twins, 2 years old) there, but there's something about having your own pool in your backyard.

So if you were house hunting and had a family and could afford it--would a pool be high on your list or would you just frequent the city pools?

Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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If you can afford not only the higher purchase price with the pool but also the ongoing maintenance, then go for it. I personally would not use a public pool.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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I would say pool but make sure you take extra safety precautions with twins!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:29 AM
 
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Pools are something most people enjoy however 2 year olds and pools can make for a lethal combination. I'd hold off on the pool for a couple of years.
However if you do end up with a house with a pool make sure the kids go through some form of water safety class so if they do fall in the pool while no ones looking they will be familiar enough with the water to make their way out of the pool.
This Summer, "Waterproof" Your Child
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:01 AM
 
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I wouldn't use a public pool either...but beware, there is a lot of maintenance associated with having a pool and in the summer months that pump will have to run to keep it nice and clean, which ads to your electric bill.

Also, if you do buy one with a pool, make sure there is a fence around it.
They seem to have a great price for it and it is easy to install:
Fully Assembled Sentry EZ-Guard Child Safety Pool Fence (priced per foot) - 4' Tall - Black:::LifeFence.com

In my SP Travels I haven't seen many With a fence installed already...but it is not hard to put one in. Our pool doesn't have a fence now and so, every time we're there with my little guy it is non stop surveillance cause he's darn quick and loves that water!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:48 AM
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...we *think* we are going to focus on the Old NE part of town...would a pool be high on your list or would you just frequent the city pools?
The pool was on my list, but not high; of course preferable to the public pool, though the public pool is fine for a public pool. Two neighborhood specific things. First, most of the houses in the Old NE don't have pools, so looking for a place with a pool may limit selection. Depending on your price range this may be a non-issue, but I wouldn't sacrifice on the house to have a pool since the public pool and city beach/bay (more watersports than swimming) are right there and it's only 15 minutes to the gulf beaches. Second, most of the lots in the Old NE are small, so a pool can really dominate the yard and limit its other uses. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just worth considering the use/space tradeoffs.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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Here is a recent post on the topic, with this same group of contributors making comments:

To buy a pool or not to buy a pool?
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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The cost to get a pool is much lower if you buy a house with one than adding one later, assumming you are talking about a nice in-ground pool. Solar heat would be a nice bonus.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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here's a visual of a home there from a photoshoot last year:

as you can see, you won't have much patio left...
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Pool or No Pool in St Petersburg?-43.jpg  
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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One other bit of safety, if you do get a pool is to make sure theres no Gators, snakes or scorpions in it before you jump in or other creatures

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