Buying a new house often involves finding some “leftovers” from the old owners — but usually, it’s just a half-empty paint can or some other discarded object they couldn’t be bothered to take with them. A Texas man named John Reynolds hit the jackpot on his new home, though, and now, he’s also a proud pool owner.

A story from Mirror says that John had bought a home for about $20k knowing it would be a renovation project. The house was previously inhabited by a hoarder for twenty years, and the property was covered in junk both inside the house and in the yard. Feral cats roamed all around the property, and the house was set to be demolished before John decided to snatch it up for a relatively low cost.

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John had noticed that the garden in the back yard was a bit “boggy,” even when there was no rain. But three months after John had bought the home, a storm brought heavy rain and revealed that there was more to John’s “garden” than met the eye.

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One of John’s neighbors mentioned his “swimming pool” to him, and naturally, he was confused. He saw his backyard every day, after all, and surely he’d have noticed by now if he had a huge swimming pool. The neighbor insisted that there was a pool there, though, and John decided to investigate.

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Sure enough, beneath the debris and dirt and plants, there was a surprisingly large swimming pool right in the backyard! John had noticed the concrete edges before, but assumed that they were just part of the flower beds or patio. Who would have known that this was hiding beneath?!

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It took about $10k and 18 months, but the pool is finally clean and usable. Now, John — and his friends — are finally enjoying the full potential of his new home.

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The discovery and renovation of the pool has dramatically increased the value of the house, and building this same pool from scratch would have likely cost over ten times the amount that John paid to clean it up and get it fixed. But although John had been debating whether to live in the house or sell it, he’s decided to call it his home now. And who could blame him? There’s nothing like a gigantic surprise pool to beat the summer heat in Texas.

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