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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Adding a Pool - Don't dig yourself a HOLE
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Adding a Pool?  Don't dig yourself a HOLE!

If you own in a rural or horse zoned property, where you dig the pool will dramatically affect the future resale potential of the property.  
One home in the equestrian neighborhood of Old Agoura was ideal for keeping horses.  Not only was there ample area at the back of the half acre lot for corrals, the property is located across the street from the public riding arena. 
The home was purchased a couple of years ago by a couple who didn't have horses. They added a swimming pool at the back of the lot.  The city may have goofed when they issued a permit to place the pool in that location.  The zoning ordinance for the area states that a property shall not be rendered untenable for horse keeping. (Read Page 7 B-3 of the Ordinance for Equestrian Zoned property) While there still is an area on the property where horses can legally be corralled, that area is quite small, and keeping a horse so confined would be inhumane by some standards.  Also, the remaining area is too close to the pool (think dust) to be practical.  
Had the owner asked the advice of a savvy real estate salesperson, they might have located the pool closer to the residence, and kept horse the keeping potential intact.

Homes in equestrian neighborhoods that are horse friendly, will appeal to a wider pool of buyers.  In fact, folks with horses, or who have other agricultural uses in mind, will pay a premium for a property that a non-horse person might not pay. 

Posted at 5:39:47 PM
Comments: 2
Eileen OConnor on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Hi Nona, I have a question, what is the legal address for the public arenas across the street from Malibu Riders? I want to maybe look at a home you have for sale on Cheseboro and want to give the arena address to some friends, I cannot find it anywhere? Please help. You may call me to look at the property I know you have the listing my tel # is 818-456-8820. Thanks I appreciate it.
Mike Kamino on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Mike Kamino reminds me that the planning ordinance pertaining to horse keeping only pertains to the review process for new development. One someone gets their Certificate of Occupancy, nothing prevents them from digging a pool right in the middle of their yard, rendering it un- horse friendly.
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