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Hole-in-One: Buying a Golf Course Home

buying a golf course homeIn honor of national golf month, I wanted to create a reference guide to golf course living for my dear friends and clients!

If you are anything like my husband, you may have wondered about the many beautiful homes lining the fairway. You may have also daydreamed about the joys of living on the course in an exclusive, gated community just steps away from the green.

Golf course living can be filled with gorgeous views, relaxing evenings, and moments of perfect solitude.  If you are tempted by golf course living, the following considerations can help you decide if a golf course home is right for you.

Resale Value – In general, golf course homes, especially those near the green or tee box boast a higher sales price in comparison to homes off the course.  However, each course is unique so it’s important to know the layout and future building projections to understand which location is best for you.

Watch those balls!   First and foremost, realize that life near the fairway is not necessarily one of privacy and safety! Earlier in my career, I sold homes exclusively in a golf course community and flying golf balls with loud weekend crowds were definitely the standard not the exception! Consider your own game of golf and where your errant balls might land, and make sure your potential home is not in the line of fire.  🙂

Association Rules –  Make sure that you know the rules of the golf course community you’ve selected before making an offer.  Bylaws may restrict landscaping features and netting, types of fencing or walls, or dictate the plants you use in your backyard.  Special assessment clauses may apply as well.  Save yourelf disappointment by knowing about these BEFORE you buy your golf course home.

Pesticide Use – If you are sensitive to chemical sprays or afraid of wildlife, you may want to consider a home a few streets away from the green!  Golf courses are well-maintained in part by pesticides and may be a concern if you have pets or small children.  Coyote, geese, and other local wildlife have been known to frequent golf courses here in San Diego, so make sure you are prepared for their company.

For help deciding if golf course living is right for you, feel free to call or email me. At the Pruett Group, we are always here to assist our amazing friends and clients.

All my best,

Marci Pruett

marci@pruettgroup.com or (858) 531-1119

 

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