We've just learned a very expensive lesson. After going through lots of stress having a new 12 x 24 Doughboy installed, our friendly neighborhood developer informed us it will have to be taken out. Total cost for pool, install, electrical work & nice deck is around $12,000. Just as the deck builders were finishing up & I was starting to feel like the hard part was over & now we could get our yard back in shape & enjoy the pool, he came through my back yard & up to my patio door to tell me this. We live in a new development so we don't have a Homeowners Association made up of homeowners until 75% of the homes are sold...the developer makes all the rules. We thought about getting a lawyer to fight it but it is in the covenants that above ground pools are prohibited. We just never thought to check & the fact that so many things are not being enforced it never occurred to us it would be a problem. Our yard is beautifully landscaped & maintained better than most. We were told that above ground pools lower property values. The pool is no piece of junk...we buried it 2 ft & had the deck built lower than the pool so it's not like we're sitting on a 4 ft tall deck peering into neighbors back yards. He told us he made another family bury theirs completely because a neighbor complained it invaded their privacy. He said he would allow it if we buried it. The only installer that does that said it would be $8,000 to $10,000 to get that done. We just don't want to have $20,000 invested in buried above ground pool. This has become such a nightmare. We can't decide if we want to just try to sell the pool & get an in ground or forget the idea of a pool altogether. I can see in the satellite pictures that neighborhoods much nicer than ours have above ground pools. It's hard to accept that you can be told what you can do in your own backyard. Just thought I'd warn people to check their covenants before they make the same mistake we did.