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Dive Into the Coolest Pools

By Melissa Friedling, MainStreet
August 23, 2011

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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These multimillion-dollar homes offer pools for every swimmer, whether it's the fitness buff who enjoys morning laps or the lounger who likes to relax in water after a long day. From austere infinity pools in California to quirky indoor pools in New York, these features serve as the centerpieces of homes designed for entertaining.
Check out some of the contemporary homes that are making a splash in the market now.

Malibu, Calif.

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.

Greenwich, Conn.

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.

Taghkanic, N.Y.

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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