How important are tennis courts in Alpharetta/North Fulton communities?

Asked by B&B1, Alpharetta, GA Mon Jun 24, 2013

We are considering a relocation in or near Alpharetta and notice that a lot of associations have tennis courts. We don’t play tennis ourselves but also don’t want to underestimate the significance of having a swim & tennis community on resale value and were wondering if you could help with some questions.
What amenities are most important to home buyers in the Alpharetta area ($250K-$300K range)?
A swimming pool is a must for us but how important are tennis courts in addition to a pool in terms of valuation and time on market?
What other community features could add the most value when there is no tennis court?

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Jim Haverland, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Mon Jun 24, 2013
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You're right on the "Swim" side of the question. Most agents who list a home will probably have "Wonderful Swim/Tennis Subdivision" in the headline or definitely the body of their text. And because we have a long summer season, and slightly on the warm side, the pool is a great place to cool off, gather, meet new neighbors, have adult gatherings and a central meeting place for things like the 4th of July.

Tennis courts rarely get crowded but they are still an important part of the attraction. There are MANY, MANY tennis aficionados who use the courts and are part of organizations such as ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Assoc) which is a competitive group where you compete subdivision against subdivision at your playing level. Definitely some people will want tennis courts, and many people lick up tennis because of the benefits. It is social, but can also get quite competitive - but fun.

Resale value? Definitely! It's one of the first questions I ask a potential buyer, and almost all indicate it's not mandatory, but it would be nice. The others say they definitely want it.

And listings stay on the market longer in a non-pool/tennis subdivision.
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Robert A Whi…, Agent, Roswell, GA
Fri Aug 2, 2013
In simple terms not having a tennis court will not harm your future desirability and salability as much if you have a pool - way more families will use the pool.

These are prized amenities in Atlanta area and the south in general and it is pretty rare for a developer to build a subdivision and add a pool but not a tennis court - its much more common to see small enclaves of homes built with neither amenity than one or the other.

Given the choice of a comparable home in a "swim/tennis" neighborhood and one without those amenities, families will pick the home with the amenities 90 % of the time.

Other community features that add desirability are trails, and naturalized parks, playgrounds, a neighborhood lake, a neighborhood golf course etc etc.
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Hank Miller, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Wed Jun 26, 2013
I'll answer from both the agent side as well as the appraiser side.

First as an appraiser. In my opinion with all other things being equal, there is no demonstrated advantage to having tennis courts in a community. Since most communities do a pool as well - or just a pool and no tennis - you can get an idea of what developers value. While tennis is popular, given the choice most will rather have a pool for the social setting and recreational ability.

This is also seen with most buyers. Alpharetta is a family area which reinforces the social aspects of a community. Not having these doesn't mean you're an outcast community but for many family buyers these are a plus.

At the end of the day the home and community establish value points, anything that helps with making an area/community/.home more appealing and desirable is a plus.
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Robert A Whi…, Agent, Roswell, GA
Mon Jun 24, 2013
Hi B& B1,

In that price range, having a swim/tennis option obviously is an edge because families prefer those amenities. There are may small enclave developments that do not have these amenities and the homes still sell, they just don't have quite as large a market.

One of the largest keys to good future resale prospects is having a good quality of schools, which is not hard to do in most areas of Alpharetta and North Fulton. There are other factors such as individual neighborhood characteristics, and the design, materials, and existing conditions of the individual homes under consideration. The latter characteristic (soundness, construction quality, existing conditions) is one of the unique hallmarks of my Buyer Representation. In addition to everything an experienced agent does (or should do) in sourcing ideal properties to meet your most important requirements, I perform a pre-purchase market trend analysis, and a physical building structural and major systems analysis to screen for serious and costly defects - this saves you both time and money, and makes you a much more informed Buyer.

The obvious advantage is you will have real fact based data and more comprehensive information to go along with the intangible and personal impression we all make about what feels like home, to help you cut through the marketing hype, and better distinguish the real pluses and minuses of the homes under consideration. No other agent/realtor/broker or "buyer team" provides this level of due-diligence, protection, and insight to home buyers.

I can definitely help you - reach out to me to discuss your plans and time frame in some detail, and get some pointed recommendations.

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Katherine Mo…, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Mon Jun 24, 2013
You are correct about swim/tennis community adding to market appeal, however there are a lot of people out there who don't like the associated costs that go along with those features. In the price range you are talking about, it's not a must, as that is the lower end of the market and people understand they may have to compromise, plus many of the communities in that price range don't have swim/tennis. Also, if you have a one story home, you would appeal to the older buyer and many of them are less interested in swim/tennis (especially tennis) vs. costs.

However, it's difficult to generalize and the most important issue is the house itself, it's features, size, location, condition and price. A well-maintained home that is priced well will always sell.

As far as other community features, proximity to parks, recreational areas, overall look of the community (are people taking care of their properties), sidewalks, convenience to shopping, interstates, even sidewalks are all important issues.

Get a great Realtor to help guide you through the process. One who has a lot of experience in the area you want to buy, so they can discuss the pros and cons of individual subdivisions.

Good luck!

Kathy

Katherine L. Morrison, CRS
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Team Realty Group
Alpharetta, GA
404-697-4626 direct
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Karen Roszyk, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Mon Jun 24, 2013
Hi B&B1,

I would say swim/tennis communities definitely add value for resale. Tennis is big here, however if you had to choose, say a smaller neighborhood that only offered one, go for the pool. Most everyone uses the pool, but not all families play tennis just like yourselves. Not having tennis courts will not hold you up in terms of valuation or time on market. A playground or park area could add value when there is no tennis court. Many of the amenities that are most important to home buyers in our area are the home and lot (such as granite counters in the kitchen, a screened in porch, large secondary bedrooms, basement, etc.) fenced and/or or level back yard, proximity to good schools, shopping, restaurants, and easy access to the expressways.

Good luck with your relocation and if you need a realtor here, please feel free to contact me.

Best,

Karen Roszyk
"A Reputation for Results"

PalmerHouse Properties & Associates
5755 North Point Pkwy, Suite 16
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Cell: 770-355-7833
karensellsnorthatlanta@gmail.com
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