Swimming pools make homes more valuable

Ray White Group Analyst, Jemima White, said the typical pool will normally cost homeowners between $35,000 and $100,000 to put in, however, house prices generally increase as a result.

“Swimming pools generally increase the value of a home, at a minimum, by the amount they cost to build,” Ms White said.

“So, if you install a swimming pool for $50,000 you can expect your house price to increase by a minimum $50,000.”

She said house price growth beyond that amount is hard to quantify due to a range of factors including the different economic environments, changing demographics of interested buyers, climate, location, renovations to other areas of the house and more.

Ms White said one of the reasons a pool could add more value is because it attracts buyers.

“Ray White auction data unsurprisingly shows that when property appeals to more buyers it creates stronger competition at auction, pushing up selling prices and clearance rates,” she said.

Ms White said currently more than 300,000 homes across the country had a pool and that number was growing.

According to Ms White, Queensland has the most listings with a pool.

In total, there have been 51,212 properties listed for sale in Queensland with a pool on Domain over the past two years.

NSW came in second with 33,129 listings with a pool, followed by Western Australia with 20,043.

Not surprisingly, on a percentage of listings basis, Darwin had the most homes with a pool, with 44.9 per cent of all listings featuring a backyard pool.

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In terms of the suburbs with the most pools, again it’s QLD that makes up most of the listings.

Buderim on the Sunshine Coast has had 573 listings with a pool on Domain over the past two years, followed by Upper Coomera (431) and Helensvale (416) on the Gold Coast.

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Ms White said it made sense for owners in these states and suburbs to add a swimming pool to the backyard.

“Not having a swimming pool in these suburbs will put your home in a weaker position when competing with other homes when it comes time to sell,” she said.

Homes for sale with a pool

Buderim, QLD

7 St Martins Terrace, Buderim 

5 bed, 3 bath

Asking: $3 million-plus

This architecturally designed home has been renovated over the space of four years, with no expense spared. The home includes an 11m pool with panoramic ocean views, a seated spa with jets at one end and a large wooden sun deck.

A pool can make your home more attractive to buyers.

Upper Coomera, QLD

70 Northern Skies Terrace, Upper Coomera

4 bed, 2 bath

Asking: $2.2 million

Sitting on 7.3 acres, this semi-rural property will give you complete privacy and allow you to splash around in your own stunning 10.5m mineral pool.

The stunning mineral pool, in a semi-rural setting.

Helensvale, QLD

104 The Peninsula, Helensvale 

5 bed, 2 bath

Asking: Over $1,995,000

This waterfront residence in the prestigious Peninsula Estate sits amongst tropical gardens on a 680sq m block. The property features 16m of water frontage and boasts its own pool with water views.

This pool really does have water views.

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