Pickleball courts need to be tactfully disclosed by home sellers nearby.
Jaye Gleyzal moved to a condo gated community six years ago. She enjoyed exploring its many walking paths and listening to the gentle buzz of busy hummingbirds on her patio.
But that idyllic tranquility didn’t last.
“Two years ago, they started pickleball,” she said with an exhausted laugh. “Oh my God, it changed my life overnight.”
Even if you haven’t played pickleball, you’ve probably heard about it from a fanatical uncle or Boston condo broker who says you’ve just got to try it.
The game is similar to tennis, but it’s played with paddles and a hard plastic ball.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. According to many who live near courts, it’s also one of the loudest. Condominium owners across the country are increasingly taking legal action to resolve pickleball noise disputes. There’s now a cottage industry of attorneys and consultants ready to jump in, and in some cases, pickleball has been banned outright in specific locations.
Never underestimate an older woman with a paddle.
The sound — “POP, POP, POP,” — is a nuisance for condo owners that’s frayed nerves. Unlike tennis, where players rally a fuzzy ball across an 80-foot court, pickleball involves rapid-fire points exchanged at the net.
“It can be up to eight hours a day, seven days a week,” one condo owner said.
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