One of the most anticipated things to happen in a new 55+ community is when the clubhouse gets finished.
It’s what many early move-in residents look forward to, and what many residents to follow fall in love with.
In our North Ogden community, Cherry Springs Villas, we are nearing completion of our clubhouse. While the interior is pretty well finished, the exterior is going through its final stages this month.
For the most part, the swimming pool is all that remains to be finished. Surely there are some asking when this is likely to happen. Tops Pools has been working tirelessly there for the last couple of weeks to prepare the pool for opening.
Soon, the deck will be poured and the fence will go in. Once both of those are completed, then the pool will get plastered. This is followed by a couple weeks of curing and balancing.
The idea was that the pool would be opened up for use later this month, even if only for a short time. If the weather stays warm, and this year, who knows what really will happen, then we might try to open it for a little while.
However, the more likely scenario is that we’ll get the pool filled and balanced right in time to winterize it. We’ll see how things progress, but its about that time of the season. The good news is, that the pool will be ready to start up in the Spring because it will be fully finished, inspected and ready to play.
Will we get to use the clubhouse?
In this year’s environment, this is a question that we’ve been asked quite often. It seems that due to Covid 19, the whole world is becoming increasingly anti-social. Not the best thing for a community with a clubhouse, right?
Well, in answer to that question, yes, the clubhouse will be available for use. As it opens, as with all our other current communities, we simply ask the residents to be cautions and respectful of other people’s health.
Ideally, we are all responsible adults, and we should be able to know when we might be putting others or ourselves at risk by being around others. So we urge careful consideration, but the clubhouse is there for the residents of Cherry Springs Villas, and we hope that you will enjoy it.
Is it worth the HOA dues?
Here’s an interesting misconception. Many people believe that their HOA dues are there to support the clubhouse. While it is true, that the clubhouse does require some maintenance, the HOA dues have nothing to do with the construction of the building itself. Nor is the clubhouse the largest part of an association’s financial obligations.
I’ve sometimes heard complaints that people didn’t want to pay HOA dues because the clubhouse wasn’t done yet. However, the largest expenses of a community like this don’t get eaten up by the clubhouse or it’s swimming pool.
The largest expenses are the landscaping, and more specifically the water. In the Summer, its all the water and mowing that make the yards look so spectacular. In the Winter, it’s the guys who remove all the water that comes in the form of snow.
Then there is also insurance and reserve funds that replace worn out exterior parts of the community as the place ages.
The clubhouse itself is an expense that we as the builder foot entirely on our own, because we know that you value this in a 55+ community. It’s the sort of place we want to build, and for you to enjoy. We have never relied on HOA dues to build your clubhouse. Often times, if we can help it, we try to get these clubhouses built in the beginning, unlike other communities who might push it off till the end, and may even then, try to shirk their promise of building one.
Anyhow, for those of you living there now, we hope you enjoy your clubhouse. For those of you still considering a move here, we look forward to meeting with you and seeing if one of our luxury 55+ communities here, or in any of the other cities we’re building in, are the fit you’ve been looking for.