Pools versus Clubs

When July hits, there is nowhere else you’d probably rather be than cooling off in a pool. If you don’t have access to a community pool or live in a more rural area, your choices are limited to building your own or paying for a pool club membership. We spoke with Jamie Braddy, owner of Parrot Bay Pools, on the benefits of owning a pool versus joining the club.

Pools

Clubs

Cost

$30K and up

Starting at $750/year

Travel Time

No time at all! “If I get hot I take a dip or go inside for a little while and then stroll back out to lay in the chaise lounge under one of my pool umbrellas,” says Braddy.

Minimum 15 minutes

Design

You have input on the design turning your pool into an oasis that suits your personal style.

Less expensive clubs aren’t necessarily a retreat with plastic furniture and less shade while nicer clubs are pricier.

Privacy

“No judgment on how good I look in my bikini; night skinny dipping is allowed,” she adds.

A colorful combination of local characters, but no privacy here

Toys & Fun

No need to lug around toys, towels and coolers. Plus, it’s your house, your rules.

Most allow for toys and coolers (no glass allowed) but carting things to and from the house can be exhausting. Also, no control over music and must contend with crowds.

Social Meter

Pools are the perfect party pleaser: “My children are always at my house with their friends,” she says. “It is a place of rest and fun for them.”

Great for social butterflies but there’s no way to avoid those you don’t want to see. Kids will find instant playmates.

Upkeep

About $1,000 for electrical costs and chemicals

Thankfully no upkeep needed.

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