Nothing says summer quite like the pool. The vision of floating lazily in cool, gently rippling water (with or without a mai tai in hand) is a time-worn summer tradition right along with outdoor music festivals and fireworks shows. There are pools for every occasion and every style – the lap pool, the infinity pool, the rooftop pool, the indoor pool, and resort pools with slides and lazy rivers. The enduring allure of a pool couldn’t be more fitting for today as many of us are choosing to spend more time at home and opting for “staycations” in lieu of major summer travel plans. It’s an invitation to escape – to kick off your sandals and jump into a blissful moment of relaxation or play.
In honor of the pool and the season we find ourselves in, here are five properties with dreamily designed pools that will surely inspire you to dive, dip or do a lap this summer.
1130 Carolyn Way
Beverly Hills, CA.
If you are ever faced with the question of, “Do I need a waterfall cascading from the top of my cabana and into my pool?” the answer is yes. The impressive outdoor setting in this new Beverly Hills contemporary estate – complete with a shimmering pool, spa, dreamy cabana with bathroom, heated loggia, and outdoor kitchen surrounded by sprawling lawn and framed by the panoramic vista beyond – proves the point beautifully.
11846 Ellice St
As far as infinity pools go, this 67-foot infinity pool that seemingly extends to the horizon and out to the uninhibited ocean view of Malibu’s stunning County Line Beach could be cemented as one of the one of the most visually inspiring fusions of design and nature in recent memory. It’s a near-perfect complement to the California indoor/outdoor design that defines the 10,348-square-foot warm modern Malibu masterpiece from which it flows.
7 Hillside Court
If you want to bring the whole family into the fun of pool time, why not go all out with a resort-like pool playground complete with racing slides, a swim-up bar, a lazy river, a waterfall-covered grotto, a diving board, and zero-edge entry? This sprawling custom English Country Estate just outside St. Louis promises just that.
1118 Ala Moana Boulevard Unit Villa 1/6
One glance at this 41-foot lap pool in the building designed by notable architect, James Cheng, on Honolulu’s Diamond Head, and you’ll want to head straight to the Pacific. The sleek modern Hawaiian sanctuary itself not only has direct views of Diamond Head, the boat harbor, and is mere steps to coastal waters and sandy shores – but it also has access to all of the resort amenities of the building, including the lap pool (with a flowing water feature for extra “Zen”), a spa, two sun decks, and two outdoor BBQ kitchens.
60 Golden Eagle
Not every occasion requires an outdoor setting for a pool – and the thoroughly luxurious indoor pool and spa pavilion in this palatial 15,088-square-foot Orange County villa fit the bill as a true year-round haven. Featuring a custom mosaic design and multiple levels of entertaining, this private pool space is as enticing as they come.