Starting with its name, the former Foxwood Swim Club at 123 Bee Lane in Monroeville is a unique piece of property that offers a buyer several possibilities.
Once the neighborhood pool for the Foxwood plan, an upscale development built in the 1970s and ’80s, the nearly 2 1/4-acre parcel has the remnants of summertime fun from days gone by: a Snack Shack with a weathered sign still intact, a fence that mostly encloses the lot, and a pool that could be refurbished with a little work, says Doug Brewster, the Coldwell Banker Real Estate agent marketing the property.
“It’s a beautiful neighborhood, the majority of it built in the ’70s and ’80s with houses ranging from $300,000 to $700,000,” Brewster says. “At the back of the development, they had a community pool. But the kids all grew up and stopped going to the pool, so it closed down [about five years ago]. The mechanics still work, and there’s a crack in the bottom, but it could be patched and reopened.”
That would work for someone who wants to turn the former Foxwood Swim Club into a community park and pool again — or someone who wants to build their dream home with a large, ready-made pool, he says.
Perhaps best of all is the view from the top of the hill, where the property is mostly flat, Brewster says.
“To look from the left side of the pool out over the hillside, I’ll bet you can see for 50 miles. It is so beautiful,” he says.
A water tower abuts the rear of the property, outside its fence. The property is currently owned by ATL Realty, a developer that considered reopening the pool but decided against it when construction costs soared during pandemic-related supply chain shortages.
“He decided somebody else might be in a better position to build their dream home,” says Brewster.
Priced at $169,900, 2.23 acres is a good deal for the neighborhood, he says.
“If you were going to reopen the pool, the work would involve cleaning it up and reopening the Snack Shack. But if you’re going to build a house, you’ve got to determine what you’re doing to do with the pool. It’s flat up there, so you could put a sand volleyball court up there and a walking track.”
Another developer looked at the property and considered putting townhouses there but “it just didn’t match with the neighborhood, so we pulled it off the market for a while, while they were doing their due diligence. [Together] we just determined it wasn’t the right fit,” he says.
The property lies in Gateway School District and has easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Monroeville shopping and dining.
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