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House with a Swimming Pool

Hi all,

Okay, so the job front is looking promising which means empolyment before the new year if everything goes well. The job will mean that Zug and around the west side of the lake will be the best places for me to live.

Here is the challenge.... I would really like to find a house with a pool, but the search sites like homegate don't have the facility to do this, making this a real challenge. So, some questions seeing as I am most probably being a bit dumb about this whole situation.

1. Does this mean that I will have to go to an agency or two for specific requirements?
2. Would swiming in the lake be just as good.....are there any people who take thier swimming to heart?
3. Any major pitfalls that I would need to know about having a pool here in Switzerland.

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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

We live within 100 meters of an indoor pool. It is open before work and late 2 evenings a week. Land is expensive and limited, so not many private pools here and any place in Zug with enough land to have a pool could be prohibitively expensive.

Here's a house being built with a pool http://www.homegate.ch/kaufen/103461...ault&l=default
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Yes, at CHF 29 million, that is a little prohibitive!!! I doubt that a salary in a normal executive job will cover the mortgage.

I was thinking more about something like: http://www.homegate.ch/rent/103412357?level3=remember&a=default&l=default&cid= 4859382 although a bit closer to Zug or Cham or at least on a railway line.
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

oh colin - this had to be written by a SAF! i giggled when i saw afrikaans as you other language...
more seriously though - to my surprise i have realised that there are many people here with indoor pools (in the aargau platteland) and even a few pool shops.
so if it doesn't have it yet - build your own! we considered it and then thought the maintenance would be too much of a slog for the 5 months you can use it a year...
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I'd just take that apartment in Schwyz and be done with it ... it looks great!

Here's a website showing all the public pools in Switzerland, including indoor, outdoor, lake and river baths. You could cross-reference properties from homegate with this list.
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

Swimming in the lake is absolutely fine, from as soon as the snow is melted from the Rigi until the snow reappears. The lake up in Aegeri is also lovely, but maybe a little colder. There are plenty of designated 'Badiplatz' around both lakes which are great, most with hot showers and cafes.

Very few houses around Zug/Baar/Cham have pools because the lake is so clean and land is so expensive. There are also very good indoor swimming pools in Baar (Laettich) and Cham, which have designated lanes for lap-swimmers.

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Here is the challenge.... I would really like to find a house with a pool, but the search sites like homegate don't have the facility to do this, making this a real challenge. .
You can search on Google using the command "site", to restrict your search to the website you are interested in. See all the results from homegate if you type in the Google bar the following:

POOL ZUG site:www.HOMEGATE.CH

Some of the results are outdated, though, since the pages were indexed by google time ago and now they have been erased.
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You can search on Google using the command "site", to restrict your search to the website you are interested in. See all the results from homegate if you type in the Google bar the following:

POOL ZUG site:www.HOMEGATE.CH

Some of the results are outdated, though, since the pages were indexed by google time ago and now they have been erased.
... good idea, but you'd need to search using German terms as almost all the ads for Zug are written in German.
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

Thanks guys for all the helpful comments!
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

My friend had an indoor swimming pool in Baar.

So they are there. He was renting and it cost about 4.5k per month.
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oh colin - this had to be written by a SAF! i giggled when i saw afrikaans as you other language...
more seriously though - to my surprise i have realised that there are many people here with indoor pools (in the aargau platteland) and even a few pool shops.
so if it doesn't have it yet - build your own! we considered it and then thought the maintenance would be too much of a slog for the 5 months you can use it a year...
happy hunting!
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Thanks great link just what we are looking for
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

Colin,

In your other post I have already agreed with a recommendation of living in Kussnacht am Rigi! So now you want a Swimming Pool......I have a funny feeling you should have my house!

We have a swimming pool, everyone is always very envious when we mention we have a pool. I remember looking at the house, loving the garden and seeing the pool and thinking..."Oh no - I wish" it was grass!

We lived in Singapore for four years and having a swimming pool was the norm but there again we had our gardener, a maid and a swimming pool man to maintain it! The children love the swimming pool here but it is not heated and is really a little too cold for me! But once the lake is warm enough the children would prefer to swim at The Bade not the pool which is now warm enough. The water is clean and once it warms up we do not really use the pool at home that much. We maintain our pool at home ourselves as the pool maintainance companies charge so much but it is hard work! We have to closed it down for winter - which ia a days work and the same for opening it. There are plus points and there is nothing better than the children playing in the pool on a friday night and daddy joining them for a quick swim before bedtime....

I would choose your house near a lake (Kussnacht am Rigi - plus a brand new Badi ) and if it has a swimming pool treat it as a bonus!

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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

Having your own pool is over rated especially if you want it for swimming laps. They are normally not long enough to do any serious swimming and those jet things don't really work very well. A private pool is really only good for playing/splashing around in which is great fun for kids. You have to work on them every day to check the pH level then weekly backwash the filter, check the chlorine, vacum the bottom etc etc. Heating one is also quite expensive even if it is indoors. If you do get one & have kids make sure it is secure.
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They are normally not long enough to do any serious swimming and those jet things don't really work very well. A private pool is really only good for playing/splashing around in which is great fun for kids.
Hi Lou, yes, you are right on that one! I am a previous pool owner in South Africa so know all the pitfalls of having a pool, still I am a born water baby and having one at home completes a house for me. Training gets done in places with enough distance to work up some effort, pools are just for fun.
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Having just owned (and now sold) a house with a pool, I'd say we've had mixed results. Ours had no heating (and our understanding is that many don't), which was fine when it was sunny for more than, say, 48 hours in a row. However, this summer was disasterous, with gorgeous days followed by rainy ones that cooled the water to such an extent that even though it was glorious again on day 4, the water was unswimmably freezing and remained so for the next couple. By the time it was sufficiently warm again, it rained again, and we began the waiting process again.

Besides, as others have said, the Badis are fab, and we also saw it when buying the house and wished it was lawn instead...
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

Some flats built in the seventies / eighties have pools in the basement, my uncle's family owns one of them in Thalwil. There the caretaker looks after the pool. But they are usually too small (20 m max) for a serious swimmer. So I would get a place near a public pool / the lake and skip the additional headache of finding a place that is available, nice AND has a pool.
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Re: House with a Swimming Pool

I think you have to consider as well how difficult is to find a place in Switzerland... if your unique wish is to have a swimming-pool, you can chase all the houses with swimming-pool available until you are given one of them,... assuming you can compromise on the rest of variables in the equation: cost, location, size, etc.

If that's not the case, you better drop the idea of the swimming pool, as they are not that common here and try to get the rest of minimun standard living you wish for in your place and enjoy swimming on the lake!

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Most areas of Switzerland have an Olympic size open air pool for the Summer, and another heated and indoor one for Winter, early Spring/Autumn- and so many lakes. I'd say that to have your own pool is just too much hard work and trouble here.
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