You might want to think again. New data reveals the popularity of pools appears to be sinking with baysiders. Property experts warn if you want to take the plunge, it might pay to think small, with figures from Bayside City Council showing the number of pool permits it has issued in the past three years has dived. The data shows 254 pool permits were issued in 2015, but just 172 have been given the green light in the year to date. RELATED: Hampton home with hefty price tag likely to be replaced by twenty apartments Highett on the way up Melbourne’s top-performing suburbs ladder 46A Regent St, Elsternwick, is the house Josh and Elyse created on The Block, where the entertainment area incorporates a smaller pool.Source:Supplied Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic said pools often didn’t increase a home’s value come sale time. “I don’t think a pool would generally add value,” Mr Valentic said. Mr Valentic said Melbourne’s cooler climate impacted the desirability, among a range of other factors. “People don’t really expect to have a pool due to the cooler climate,” he said. “If it’s a small block and the pool dominates the backyard, an upsizing family that wants space for a trampoline or a kick of the footy might be put off. “Maintenance costs of around $2000-$10,000 a year can also deter buyers.” However, Mr Valentic said a pool could make a positive addition to a backyard package. “It can add value if it’s in a beautifully landscaped garden and outdoor entertaining area and the pool is a part of that ‘whole’ package,” he said. He said the concept of the ideal pool had shifted to smaller plunge pools or lap pools. “Similar to what Josh and Elyse had on The Block,” he said. “Something like that could cost you $30,000-$40,000 to install, compared to $100,000-$150,000 for a larger pool.” RELATED: Swimming pools add value to homes, as long as they tick the boxes Iconic Bayside beach boxes on offer just in time for summer A solar-heated, salt-chlorinated plunge pool was integrated into the entertainment deck at 1 Te Hongi Court, Beaumaris.Source:Supplied Buxton Sandringham director Richard Slade said he had noticed a change in taste. “There has