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Lochmere residents mixed on HOA purchase of swim, tennis facilities

Posted May 26, 2010

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— The Lochmere Homeowners’ Association in Cary is considering a plan to purchase the swim and tennis facilities by the same name.

Although the facilities and the HOA share a name and location, homeowners who want to use the club pay an additional membership fee to the privately owned, non-profit corporation that runs the club

When financial pressures moved the corporation to close the facilities, the HOA proposed raising dues to take it over.

Lochmere residents mixed on HOA proposal Lochmere residents mixed on HOA proposal

The three pools, ten tennis courts and two clubhouses are located on Lochmere Drive and in the Lochmere Highlands subdivision.

“The swim and tennis club is a core element of most communities in the south and it’s really about securing that as part of the portfolio of amenities,” HOA board member Jim Davis said Wednesday.

Membership has seen a dip after many families who once used the pool are now empty-nesters and new fitness clubs with pools have opened nearby. The facility is also paying legal fees to fight noise lawsuits from a non-Lochmere resident.

To keep the club afloat, the HOA has proposed homeowners’ dues be raised by $260, bringing the total amount of HOA to $578 a year.

Ann Robinson, a real estate agent and a Lochmere resident, said the club is important for resale value.

“I do a lot of relocation in my real estate and I know families moving in really like to have a pool facility or common area,” she said.

But not all homeowners agree with the decision to raise dues to purchase the club.

“We don’t use it. We haven’t belonged to it in 10 years,” resident Len Castillo said.

Castillo doesn't think the club should be the responsibility of all homeowners.

“If the association wants to buy the club then the fees to run the club and the increase in fees ought to be paid by people using the club,” he said.

Robinson said she belongs to a local fitness center and country club, but still wants the swimming and tennis facilities open.

“It’s about property values and maintaining the integrity of the neighborhood,” she said.

The Lochmere Homeowners' Association is holding community meetings this month and next to provide details about the proposal.

Homeowners will make the final decision on whether the HOA purchases the club. Ballots will be sent in June and must be returned by July 20.

The proposal needs two-thirds of the vote to pass. If passed, the HOA could take ownership by the end of the year.

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  • haggis basher May 27, 2010

    we bought membership of the swim club years ago when our kids were young but have let it lapse now they are grown up. I will vote to buy it as its an asset the whole area benefits from in house values.

  • cary1969 May 27, 2010

    the lawsuit is probably by the same idiot who is suing over the yellow lights

  • ncguy May 27, 2010

    Wow! That's cheap! They should open it to non residents and that would pay for it. I pay 500 a year for HOA and we have a pool but no tennis.

  • blcain May 27, 2010

    The issue is not only about swim and tennis or home values, although they're fundamental considerations. The clubhouses have been underutilized for the 25 years they've been in existence but could be focal points for the Lochmere community. We have a Garden Club that's meets monthly but what about the other leisure & communal activities that could take place. For example, wine tastings, yoga, a fitness center, Quilt Club (& Crochet, Knitting), card evenings (poker, bridge, cribbage, ... ), movie nights, family parties, dances, music events and why not a library of member-donated books. The options are only as narrow as our imaginations.

  • wrx44 May 26, 2010

    Townhouse communities are way different. For your HOA dues you get all exterior maintenance covered including exterior insurance and landscaping. That is what you are paying for.

    Single home subdivisions like Lochmere don't get any of that for their money. Just common grounds maintenance and the pool. That is why their costs are a lot lower. Townhomes and condos are always going to have much higher costs for HOA cause it covers a lot more.

  • SomeRandomGuy May 26, 2010

    I REALLY want to know what the lawsuits about noise from a non-Lochmere resident are all about.

  • wakeresident May 26, 2010

    Townhome communites HOAs include maintenance to the exterior of your home and lawn service. Of course it costs that much. You may not get a pool, but if your roof leaks, it gets fixed. Your shutter falls off? It gets replaced. Check into what your dues actually cover before saying you "only" get a pool. This is NOT a townhome community, so their fees cover only a pool or whatever, and an entrance sign.

  • Bellamia May 26, 2010

    Another hard day of decision making for Cary residents.

  • Buck Farack May 26, 2010

    You get all that?!?!? I pay $1260 a year and get NO pool, NO tennis, and NO weight room!
    I went through this same thing where I used to live.
    The Lochmere HOA should go ahead and buy the pool and raise the HOA dues. The people that don't use the pool can then do so or not, but they'll still reap the benefit of the pool in their home value when they try to sell. But I would also recommend they close membership to non-Lochmere residents.

  • Whatthehey May 26, 2010

    27615, you're right. For the price of 4 Grande Mochas per month the Lochmere residents would own shares in 2 club facilities. If their HOA doesn't buy the pools, tennis courts, and clubhouses, maybe another entity can purchase them, and put in something REALLY desirable, like a swim & tennis club or soccer field for the use of ALL Wake County residents, CASL, and schools to use, or a Golden Corral, dog park, or half-way rehab house, etc. - Some people are so stubborn when they don't get their way that they will sabotage a great plan and end up with something FAR worse for their neighborhood.

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