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    a $300k pool?!

    I saw this on youtube (was looking at examples of gunite slides to make sure my PB builds what I want in my upcoming pool) and am staggered it was $300k+.
    I realize there's a decent amount of rock but if I was dropping $300k on a pool I think I'd be expecting a bit more. Suspect the tile may have cost a small fortune...

    Anyway, what are anyone else's thoughts? Worth it, or not?

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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    NOT!!
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Not at my level. I just want a simple gunite pool, diving board
    (now maybe), minimal automataion. Also, no water features, but yes on a heater and safety cover. Already Im looking at 60K + but still have a few builders to talk too. Honestly a bit more than we planned, and this is with a very basic finish. Jeez! It really is unreal.

    300K ? I think not. To me that requires some wealth, and I sure wouldn't go into that much debt for a luxury.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup
    Not at my level. I just want a simple gunite pool, diving board
    (now maybe), minimal automataion. Also, no water features, but yes on a heater and safety cover. Already Im looking at 60K + but still have a few builders to talk too. Honestly a bit more than we planned, and this is with a very basic finish. Jeez! It really is unreal.

    300K ? I think not. To me that requires some wealth, and I sure wouldn't go into that much debt for a luxury.
    What threw me, is I've just committed to my pool (and hopefully start soon - pending HOA approval) and it has a grotto/waterfall/gunite slide and is in the $80k's.

    It's hard to tell how big the pool is in the video though. I suspect it is actually quite a large pool.

    I completely agree about the prices being a shock. I thought we'd be in the mid $60K range, not in the $80K+ range but we have got full automation, a fairly significant amount of deck and upgraded finishes etc.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    That is a very nice pool, but not what I would want if I had that kind of money. If I were thinking about a high end pool, I would want a work of art, something that takes your breath away.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    That is a very nice pool, but not even close to as fancy as they get for that price. If I were thinking about a high end pool, I would want a work of art, something that takes your breath away.
    I agree. I don't mean to criticize the pool in of itself, just that I would expect something a bit 'more' for that sort of money and as you say, 'takes you breath away'.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    I agree with both of you. Seems not much for the money but they had (it sounds like) a PE design the "cave" structure, so maybe he charged a little...extry. Still, if you are getting ALL that for 80's I should be way lower for what I want.

    What part of the country are you in? It is booming here and there is lot's of price gouging going on. Not sure we are seeing that with the pool costs yet, but I am starting to wonder if we won't be paying more because of the robust economy. When it booms, people spend money, and right now there is no end in sight for this one. Some things are just crazy price, and really make you say a lot.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup
    I agree with both of you. Seems not much for the money but they had (it sounds like) a PE design the "cave" structure, so maybe he charged a little...extry. Still, if you are getting ALL that for 80's I should be way lower for what I want.

    What part of the country are you in? It is booming here and there is lot's of price gouging going on. Not sure we are seeing that with the pool costs yet, but I am starting to wonder if we won't be paying more because of the robust economy. When it booms, people spend money, and right now there is no end in sight for this one. Some things are just crazy price, and really make you say a lot.
    I'm in Houston. It certainly seems to me from my research that prices are on the up here...
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    More money than brains. Absolutely a huge rip off.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    I love the tile...but 300k?? Yikes.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    That's what i was thinking. If I had 300K for a pool. Id tear down my house, build a 2500 Sqft house in its place and put the other 100K in my pool and landscaping. Yeah welcome to South GA where prices arent ridiculous
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    That is a really nice pool! Not sure about pricing so I can't really comment on that, but 300K does sound like a lot. Wish I had money to just spend like that lol
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Quote Originally Posted by edge View Post
    Yeah welcome to South GA where prices arent ridiculous
    Wow that is cheap. Here in Toronto I don't know that you would be able to build much more than a garage for $200k.
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Pool is nice... but not 300K nice. I can also say, I don't think the tanning ledge design on that pool matches the pool, nor do I think the SPA matches the pool. JMHO.

    Personally, I think MartinKennedy's pools is a lot nicer and has more class. I'm betting he spent 300K or more on his though. LOL
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    Re: a $300k pool?!

    Waldog...Your killing me. Now be gentle to me people. If you look at my posts and look at what my backyard looked like before we started our year long project (thought we would be done in 6 months) its all the extra projects that can add a lot of cost. Like all of you, we worked hard through our careers ( not done yet) . I started my working life in the U.S. Army, from there I started working in a manufacturing plant running machines and then on to be a tool & Die maker. During my time in the hourly work force, I was a card carrying UAW (United Auto Workers) member. Then I went over to the dark side (management). At that time my future wife (also still my wife) worked in the same company. Long story short, I received several promotions and after becoming a VP, I had to actually sever my wife because she would have been in a position where she would have reported to me in my new job. Never fear, Diane adjusted well to her new found freedom. So I have worked hard and know the value of a buck.

    Now on to some of those other cost:
    Perimeter stucco walls(310 linear feet) with stone $54k
    Sea wall (110 linear feet) with Trex boardwalk and Al. rail $ 32k
    A/V equipment $19k
    Landscaping and sprinkler system $30k
    Outdoor landscape lighting $16k
    Hand made Mahogany gates $16k
    Marble Lions for the pedestals of the infinity edge $8k
    Mosaic in the bottom of the pool (installed) $16k
    outdoor furniture $15k
    Additional surveillance cameras for outdoors $4k
    Pergola (made by Equinox) $18k
    Stone on the back of the house $9k

    I didn't even talk about the pool, all the stone retaining walls, kitchen, catch basin, travertine and probably some of the stuff I forgot about. There is over 850,000 lbs. of concrete and block in the backyard.

    Whew! It all adds up. So I can see where the pool in the video could be approaching $300k.

    We are blessed in life and it's all paid for. I can tell you my first 2 pools were nowhere as costly or involved as this project. Whether your pool project is your first, last or something in between, the fun and fulfillment is the same for all of us.

    By the way, I sincerely appreciate the compliment from Waldog

    just my .02 cents

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