|The glass-and-steel Malibu, CA home features a 60 foot by 12 foot pool in its yard.|
Photo: Bob Hurwitz | Hurwitz James Co.
Nothing makes summertime cooler than taking a dip in a pool, especially when the pool is in your own backyard. But forget about ordinary backyard pools--this summer we're taking the plunge with these outrageously luxurious architectural statements.
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|A cool pool deserves a special room to enjoy the view.|
Photo: Bob Hurwitz | Hurwitz James Co.
“The Henman House” estate is set on 16.9 acres and offers mountain and Pacific Ocean views from the steel and glass-built structure. Its asking price: $7.95 million.
In the backyard, you’ll find a 60 by 12 foot pool in a pasture-like grassy yard. The poolside office includes a full bath and sauna. The stairs from the office lead to a 50-foot helipad that can double as a driving range.
New York, N.Y.
|This townhouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood offers an intruiging indoor pool.|
Photo: Maggie Kent | CORE Group
An indoor pool in the heart of New York City is the ultimate luxury statement. In the 22.5-foot wide Chelsea town house at 232 W. 15th St., you can have your own indoor oasis for $10,995,000.
On the garden level, the 8-foot deep, 26-foot long pool is perfect for laps. The pool is something of a rarity in New York, where the Department of Buildings no longer permits them. The pool opens into a 16-foot high solarium sanctuary that connects to a private garden. The five-floor home also has a sauna, five working wood-burning fireplaces and a rooftop deck.
|This Connecticut home has indoor and outdoor pools on its 4.3 acres of property.|
Photo: Joseph Barbieri | Sotheby’s International Realty
Located in prestigious Field Point Park, this 100-year-old home on the Long Island Sound has been renovated and is listed for $42.5 million. You’ll be in the swim with indoor and outdoor pools included with the six-bedroom, 20,000-square-foot stone home set on 4.26 acres.
Inside, a dramatic natatorium/ballroom features an elaborate mosaic floor that lowers at the touch of a button ... and transforms into the indoor pool.
Los Angeles, Calif.
|This Los Angeles home has an “infinity pool” that seems to have no edge.|
Photo: Hilton & Hyland
Infinity pools are all the rage for the optical-illusion-loving set that enjoys a nice view. This pool offers a more urban view of L.A.
Just minutes up Doheny from Downtown, at 9066 St. Ives Drive this 5,000 square foot home designed for indoor/outdoor living is currently for sale for $6,295,000.
Adjacent to the pool is a spa and outdoor shower. Inside, there are three bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and more than enough windows to enjoy the views.
The poolside cabana is equipped with a fire pit, kitchen, barbecue and more.
|This home in Taghkanic, N.Y., won a 2004 award from the American Institute of Architects.|
Photo: Heather Croner Real Estate | Sotheby’s International Realty
This home has plenty of architectural bona-fides, including the 2004 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award. Designed by New York-based architectural firm Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 6,700 square foot home in the picturesque Hudson Valley area in upstate New York is currently on offer for $9.75 million.
The main outdoor pool is set against a spare backdrop created by famed garden designer, Dan Kiley.
Several of the manmade and natural ponds sitting on the 350 acres of farmland property look a lot like swimming pools. The indoor pool is situated beside a 7,000-square-foot substructure in a hill beneath the 1,800-square-foot pavilion. Why not take a dip?
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