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Home pools produce more pleasure than profit
Home pools produce more pleasure than profit

Paul Folino created the swimming pool in his Coto de Caza backyard as a mini version of a Shangri La he admired in Maui. The resort-style pool includes cascading rocks and waterfalls, a shallow lounging area, grotto, waterslide and spa. Folino, who figures he pumped about $250,000 into building the pool, didn't care how much he'd recoup when he sold the home. "I never designed this thinking of the actual value of the property," said Folino, a retired executive who lives in Los Ranchos Estates. "I put this in for the family's pleasure ... even the dogs go down the slide." In some areas, such as Southern California, homebuyers expect to see swimming...