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Sunshine Coast homeowner discovers a pool underneath his front yard

Baffled homeowner discovers a secret SWIMMING POOL buried under his yard – as old aerial shots reveal what it used to look like

  • Sam Letchford found the shell of a pool underneath his Sunshine Coast home
  • He was doing landscaping work on the lawn when he found concrete chunks
  • He discovered pool had been filled in during 2011 and was covered with grass
  • Mr Letchford said he has no plans to fill in the pool and will try flatten the lawn

A first-time buyer settling into his new house was shocked to learn the property came with a secret pool – but it had been buried right underneath his front yard.

Sam Letchford moved into the home in Marcoola in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in March and was doing some landscaping in his yard last weekend when he suddenly found the edges of an underground pool.

The 25-year-old had noticed concrete patches in the grass which led to a pathway towards the pool, despite his real estate agent never mentioning the hidden feature.

 

Sam Letchford said he had no idea there was a pool underneath the yard when he bought the home in March (pictured, jumping into his new garden feature)

Previous photos taken of the house show the pool in full swing in 2000 before it was filled in 11 years later

Previous photos taken of the house show the pool in full swing in 2000 before it was filled in 11 years later

Mr Letchford decided to do some research and discovered the pool was in full use in 2000 but was filled in around ten years later.

‘The guy across the road was digging out his own pool and then the previous owner of this place wanted to fill his so it happened like that,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Initially it was a bit of a shock! But it was kinda funny too because I was with my mate at the time and we were like ”what the f**k”.

‘It would have been great to know before hand, but with the market how it is, it’s so hard for first home owners to get into the market anyway. So I think I still would have bought it even if I did know.’ 

He eventually called in a team of tradies with a bulldozer revealing the complete shell of the pool underneath.

The 25-year-old said he even considered turning it into a skate bowl - but in the end decided on fixing up his kitchen instead

The 25-year-old said he even considered turning it into a skate bowl – but in the end decided on fixing up his kitchen instead

Mr Letchford says he has no plans to fill in the pool and will try to flatten the yard

Mr Letchford says he has no plans to fill in the pool and will try to flatten the yard 

Aerial shots of the home in its past life show the swimming pool in full swing just outside the front of the house.

While admitting the hidden feature to his new home was ‘annoying’, he was able to see the funny side of the bizarre discovery and said he’d even considered turning it into a skate bowl.

But Mr Letchford says he has no plans to throw a pool party anytime soon and will instead try to remove the chunks of concrete and restore his lawn. 

‘My money should probably goes towards a new kitchen,’ he said. 

Sam Letchford moved into the home in Marcoola in Queensland's Sunshine Coast in March and was doing some landscaping in his yard last weekend when he suddenly found the edges of an underground pool

He eventually called in a team of tradies where a bulldozer then revealed the shell of the former pool

Sam Letchford moved into the home in Marcoola in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in March and was doing some landscaping in his yard last weekend when he suddenly found the edges of an underground pool

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