While some people buy a house with the intention of living in it, other people treat it as a business, looking for a house in disrepair that they can get for cheap and then flip. There are even multiple TV shows about this process, and it can be quite entertaining to watch.

If you have ever watched a show about house flippers, you know that sometimes a house can surprise you. Often these are not good surprises. They can end up being very expensive repairs.

Then, every once in awhile, there ends up being a wonderful surprise waiting for the new homeowner. This is one of those stories.

The Sun reports that a 35-year-old man named John Reynolds bought a house in Texas for $20,000. The house needed a lot of work. He did not plan on living in the home. Instead, he planned to fix it up and sell it.

The previous owner was a hoarder, and she lived in the house for 20 years. After she died, the house sat vacant for a whole year and was set to be torn down before Reynolds bought it. 

The yard was overgrown. The house was full of feral cats and lots and lots of junk. Reynolds knew it would be a lot of work to transform the house into a place where someone would actually want to live. What he did not know was that there was an amazing surprise waiting for him in the backyard. 

Three months after buying the house, there was a big rainstorm, and the rain revealed that there was an in-ground swimming pool in the backyard. The pool had been filled with dirt and debris years and years ago, and Reynolds had no idea it was there.

Here’s what the backyard looked like when Reynolds bought the house.

Reynolds was shocked and thrilled. His thoughts of flipping the house to sell quickly changed to fixing up the house for himself. He told The Sun, “I bought it as a bit of an investment with the intention to do it up and sell it on, but it has yielded so many surprises I don’t know if I can let it go.”

Here’s what the backyard looks like now.

He ended up spending $10,000 in repairs to the pool, which is far less than it would cost to install a new pool. It took him 18 months to finish all of the repairs, but it was definitely worth it. He told The Sun, “My friends and I are in it every day for hours on end now.”