Queensland man's shocking find in front yard of new home

·News Reporter
·2-min read

The new owner of a Sunshine Coast property uncovered a well-kept secret while doing some landscaping on his front yard.

Beneath a sturdy layer of lawn at the Marcoola home, 25-year-old Sam Letchford encountered a concrete path last weekend and, after some digging, discovered where it was leading. 

Mr Letchford said his real estate agent, who assisted his purchase in March, didn't mention the home came with not only a concrete path, but a below ground pool at the end of it.

The Marcoola home being landscaped.
Sam Letchford made a shock discovery while landscaping his new Sunshine Coast house. Source: Instagram/sammyletchford

It was only when he and a friend were prodding around the yard last week his attention became drawn to the submerged features. 

"Me and a mate were landscaping on the weekend to remove some trees and some small bits of concrete stuck in the grass... only to find out that there was a pool in my front yard," Mr Letchford told Nine.

"The previous sellers had literally covered it up and put grass over the top of the pool and the concrete path to the pool."

A quick web search revealed the property had a functioning pool in the front yard in the year 2000, which in another aerial photo taken in 2011, had been filled in with dirt, and in 2021, was covered in grass. 

Mr Letchford documented the day of the landscaping work in a series of short clips uploaded to Instagram, saying "yeah hectic, would've been cool to know this" about the surprise pool.

A photo of an underground pool at a Sunshine Coast house and a digital sketch over top.
Mr Letchford was able to make out the border of the pool, which he marked up digitally for Instagram. Source: Instagram/sammyletchford

The only previous anomaly about the lawn was a slight "hump", which now has an explanation behind it. 

While fans of his work voted he dig out the pool and restore it to its former glory, Mr Letchford has decided to remove as much of it as he can so the lawn can be properly levelled out. 

An attempt to remove the concrete with an excavator was unsuccessful because of how "robust" the pool was, Mr Letchford said. 

A bigger machine or a jackhammer will likely be required to get the job done. 

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