Ela, Both Buyer and Seller in Mountainside, NJ

Hello..I will be actively looking for a single family home in basking ridge, nj in the next few months.

Asked by Ela, Mountainside, NJ Thu Jul 30, 2009

i do have some dream amenities in mind that i would like to someday be able to fulfill. I have heard that there is a 15% maximum impervious coverage in this town, which concerns me as i would like to build a pool in my property someday. My son loves the pool!. we have a budget of 1M, which might or might not be enough to find a home with a pool already in it. We have ruled out community pools as we'd like our own someday. Can anyone pls shed some light on the limitations the town imposes or what requirements i need to look for in a home to be able to someday build a pool. I would like to buy the right property and have no surprises later on. thanks a lot.

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Ela, there are several beautiful properties on the market right now in Basking Ridge under $1 million, with lovely pools. It is a great time to look! Jennifer Vogel, Weichert, Realtors Basking Ridge
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 30, 2010
You'd be surprised within the 15% limit how much coverage you may have left over for a pool, depending on the home size. What counts in the coverage is the home, driveway, patios, and existing storage sheds, etc., although not limited to this. If a deck is built above the ground, boardwalk style, that is not usually counted in.

I had a home that I sold in Basking Ridge, 4300 Square feet, 3-car garage, on less than an acre. With a little tweaking on the oversized driveway, and a raised deck instead of a patio, they were able to make it work. In the 1 MM range, you would probably have a smaller home, so it should work. There are other considerations, however, as well, and you should check with the town when you find a specific home, before you go under contract. Some of the items that must be considered is not having two fronts (you yard ends at an adjoining street), roof lines of the homes around you, wetlands, and buffer zones.

The best way to avoid surprises is to keep the above in mind to rule out blatant areas where a pool can't be built, and then, when you find a home, to go to the planning and zoning board. They have a public computer that give quite a bit of information, and are very helpful regarding a specific lot. Be cautioned, however, that wetlands / conservation easements from older homes are not always listed on surveys, and you may have to go back to the subdivision plan. Unless you receive a blessing from the town on a property, you could wind up not able to build that dream pool. There could be things that a homeowner did that do not appear even on the town's surveys.

Hope this helps -- you can never be too cautious, and certain variances are hardly ever granted.

On the flip side, pools don't necessarily increase value, and in addition to the town pool, the Basking Ridge Country Club has a wonderful pool membership for just over a thousand dollars a year.

I'd be happy to give you a tour of the area at your convenience.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 19, 2009
I am a realtor and live in Basking Ridge as well. The coverage limit is indeed 15% but variances can be requested through the zoning board. A home with a larger piece of property is something that you would want to look into in order to reach your goal. Just an FYI, the community pool is absolutely wonderful in town and just had a major renovation. It is like a water park in our own community so I would not discount a membership.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I have a daughter in the school system so I can offer helpful advice.

Thank you,
Sandra Kaiser
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 9, 2009
Try going directly to the source http://www.bernards.org/Departments_Services/Planning_Zoning…
They will be best to answer zoning and lot coverage questions. I can help you with mortgage questions michaelm@fifcorp.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 1, 2009
Hello Ela,
To answer your question in a nutshell, each property is unique and your agent and you will have to explore the question. Not only would you want to look for properties that can accomodate the impervious surface requirement if there is not an existing pool, but there are other things to consider as well. Is there a well, septic or will there be massive grading issues with landcape and hardscape?

I have a Broker's License and grew up in Morris County. Basking Ridge/Bernardsville is a great community but there are many other wonderful towns in that area as well. My listing in Mendham Township is minutes away and has a pool. It's on a private three acre lot and it may be a home you'd love with a school system that is considered blue ribbon in a town Forbes says holds it's value over most in the nation.

If you'd like to speak with me about representing you as a buyer, call me anytime at 973-768-1888. I'd love to hear from you.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 30, 2009
Hi Ela, looks like you've had your question regarding impervious coverage answered. Basking Ridge is a great community - super schools, access to transportation/highways, shopping. This is one of the communities that I actively service - and track. You'll find some great community and market information by visiting http://www.feenick.com and clicking on Local Market Commentary.

There are some very nice homes available in your price range - I think most of these will accomodate your future plan for a pool, but we'll be careful to examine that point thoroughly in our search. Take a look at the link below - I've taken the upper limit up to $1,100,000 because there may be room to negotiate.

Selecting an agent is an important first step in embarking on a successful search, negotation and closing. I encourage you to visit agent Profiles here on Trulia, visit their personal website, read Testimonials from past clients. The agent you choose really does make a difference.

You've got a lot of agents who are eager to assist you - count me among them.

Jeannie Feenick
Weichert Realtors Executive Club ~ Top 5% of Weichert agents nationwide
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 30, 2009

Nicholas offered you great information in regards to swimming pools. As he mentioned, visit Bernards.org for details and information about the town. Basking Ridge is a wonderful town. The recereation is plentiful, the homes are beautiful, and the school systems are top notch.

I''m sending along a link to a gallery report of available homes in Basking Ridge in your price range - this will give you a good sense of what is out there. I put in a criteria of 3 bedroom minimum and a maximum asking price of $1100000, hoping for some wiggle room. http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?r…

I'd be honored to assist you in any way I can. To learn more about me please visit trulia.com/profile/kaceystewartbedi. You can reach me via Trulia or directly by emailing
Kstewart@weichert.com. Please don't hesitate to contact me and you will get the results you deserve!

Kacey Stewart-Bedi
The Results You Deserve
Weichert Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 30, 2009
Hello again, Ela,

As promised, I am back with information on impervious coverage - and I wanted to note that Nick made some good comments: impervious coverage isn't a huge issue here as lots are typically pretty sizable. In addition to the pool requirements that he posted, you can check here: http://www.bernards.org and hunt around for the zoning requirements grid (I tried to post the link that I have, but Trulia is flagging it for some reason) for information on impervious coverage based on lot size and zone.

Additionally - here are some listings that are available and/or recently sold that already had pools: http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?r… ; this should give you an idea of how much you would have to choose from if you wanted a home with a pool!

Have a great day,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 30, 2009
Good morning, Ela.
Having lived in Basking Ridge for the past 10 years and having raised my children here, I can attest to the overall high quality of life and tranquility of our lovely corner of Somerset County.

The impervious coverage limitation is not really a big deal as many of the homes in town are on large lots and thus the 15% limitation becomes immaterial, especially at the price point that you are considering.

Please see below for an extract from the bernards Township engineering code regarding pools. Further information van be found at http://www.bernards.org/ .

Quick Guide for Private Swimming Pools (see 21-18.1 for details)

· The surface area of a private swimming pool shall not exceed 25% percent of the area of the rear yard. No part of any pool, including water area and surrounding patios, regardless of material, or decks shall be located closer than 20 feet to any property line. In all cases the pool shall be located behind the rear building line of existing residential structures on adjoining lots.

· No private swimming pool shall be closer than 20 feet to any on-site sanitary disposal system (this does not apply to property connected to a public sanitary sewer system) No private swimming pool shall be located within the front yard.

· The entire swimming pool area shall be fenced. The fence shall be a minimum of four feet in height and a maximum of six feet in height and shall be of such design that it controls access to the pool area. Where the pool is installed on a corner lot, and the fence is not a solid fence, the side nearest the street shall be screened with shrubs not less than four feet in height and forming a visual barrier.

· No pool shall drain into a public sanitary sewer or be located in such a manner that the water from the pool drains onto another property.

· Private swimming pools shall not be more than 1,000 square feet.

· No aboveground lighting is to be provided for use after dark.

· A permit is required.

If you would like information without obligation or are seeking personal assistance and the services of a professional Realtor, please email me at your earliest convenience.

Kindest regards
Nick Welsh
Email: nickwelsh@weichert.com
Web: http://www.nickwelsh.pro
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 30, 2009
Good morning, Ela,

You have chosen a wonderful town to look for your next home! I might be biased as I live here too! The percentage of impervious coverage varies based on the zoning rules for each neighborhood. I will look for the website that shows which zones have which limits and then I will come back and post it here. Your budget doesn't necessarily preclude any listings that might already have a pool - there are pools at all price points here in town. I will also come back and post some examples of listings that sold at or under that range that had pools already in the yards.

In the mean time, please feel free to visit my Basking RIdge website - it is full of information about property sales and community happenings!

I am happy to share any information that will help you with your search - no obligation, just information - and then when you are ready, we can get started!

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