9 Summer-Ready Pools to Daydream About

You can practically smell the sunscreen and chlorine from here.

If you can’t make it oceanside this summer, a cool and refreshing backyard pool is the next best place to be.

Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools — any of which would be perfect for a summer staycation.

Sleek and modern with clean lines, this Los Angeles, CA, pool looks like the perfect place for a romantic midnight swim.

Photo from Zillow listing.

The high temperatures of St. George, UT, are no match for this chic desert pool with views of the mountains.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Simple but luxe, this pool in Toluca, CA, has more than enough room to host friends and family for a summer pool party.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Seamlessly blending into its tropical surroundings, this infinity pool in Longboat Key, FL, offers a luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day.

Photo from Zillow listing.

In Johns Island, SC, the natural surroundings create a lush background for a few laps on those hot summer days.

Photo from Zillow listing.

This Santa Rosa Beach, FL, pool boasts its own built-in hot tub for ultimate relaxation.

Photo from Zillow listing.

A tropical getaway or someone’s backyard? Who can tell! This pool in Key West, FL, oozes island charm.

Photo from Zillow listing.

With a classic shape and design, this lakeside Seattle, WA, pool provides plenty of space to soak in the summer sun.

Photo from Zillow listing.

 

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9 Pools That Will Make You Wish Every Week Were Shark Week

Bust out your swim fins and sunblock. It’s time to take a dip.

We’re all bummed that Michael Phelps didn’t race a real shark. Instead of heading to the beach, we’ll console ourselves during the non-viewing hours of Shark Week by splashing around somewhere we know it’s safe to go in the water: a cool and refreshing backyard pool.

Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools — any of which would be perfect for reenacting your favorite scenes from “Jaws,” “Deep Blue Sea,” or even “Sharknado.”

This San Juan Capistrano, CA pool, complete with diving board and slide, appears as though it were naturally formed into the stone.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Sleek and modern with clean lines, this pool looks like the perfect place for a romantic midnight swim.

Photo courtesy of Sprecht Architects.

The high temperatures of Palm Springs, CA are no match for this ultra-stylish pool with a water feature and views of the mountains.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Surrounded by beautiful stonework, this pool in Malibu, CA has more than enough room to host friends and family for a summer pool party.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Seamlessly blending into its tropical surroundings, this infinity pool in Longboat Key, FL offers a luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day.

Photo from Zillow listing.

In Kiawah Island, SC, the natural surroundings create a lush background for doing a few laps on those hot summer days.

Photo from Zillow listing.

This Santa Rosa Beach, FL pool boasts its own built-in hot tub for ultimate relaxation.

Photo from Zillow listing.

What could be better than your own lagoon complete with slide and waterfall? This pool in Vero Beach, FL has it all.

Photo from Zillow listing.

With a classic shape and design, this Seattle, WA pool provides plenty of space to soak in the summer sun.

Photo from Zillow listing.

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Violinist Adds Violin-Shaped Pool to His Backyard

When Jay Dweck set out to add a swimming pool to his Bedford, NY home, he faced what many homeowners encounter when renovating their homes: zoning restrictions.

Violinist Adds Violin-Shaped Pool to His Backyard

“I had a limited number of feet that could be devoted to the pool,” he explained. “I wanted a pool long enough to swim laps, say 80 to 100 feet. However, given the restrictions, such a pool would have to be very narrow.”

After considering his options, Dweck started to draw the shape that would work best for his pool.

“It reminded me of a violin,” he said. Playing the instrument himself, the former Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley executive took note of his Stradivarius’ dimensions and realized it could work — he could have a violin-shaped pool in his backyard.

“The next challenge was finding someone willing to build it,” he said. Chris Cipriano of New Jersey-based Cipriano Custom Pools and Landscaping turned out to be just the guy. His company specializes in tricked-out pools with fancy lighting, slides, king-and-queen chairs and more.

Violinist Adds Violin-Shaped Pool to His Backyard

Violinist Adds Violin-Shaped Pool to His Backyard

“The trend is continuing to grow for specialty pools and water features,” Cipriano said. “Perimeter overflow, vanishing edge and all-glass tile swimming pools are very popular.”

Dweck’s pool has 440,000 individual pieces of glass tile and more than 5,600 individual strands of fiber optic lights woven into the strings of the violin. A spa sits where you would expect the chin rest to be, and black stone around the perimeter mimics the purfling on a violin.

Dweck also plans to use his programming skills to coordinate underwater lights and music piped through speakers.

Violinist Adds Violin-Shaped Pool to His Backyard

“Let’s say I play some violin piece,” he told Bloomberg Luxury, comparing the effect to the “Guitar Hero” video game. “I can just make it so that it’s like the strings are being played in the appropriate place.”

Jay Dweck in his high-tech home.

Jay Dweck in his high-tech home.

The project is part of the work of Dweck’s new company, Live Better Systems LLC.

“I am planning on using the house to continue to develop automation innovations, and as sort of a demonstration facility for Live Better Systems,” he said. As the name suggests, Dweck hopes to help bring technology into others’ homes that will improve the quality of life.

Such innovations may come with a high price, however. While a typical pool built by Cipriano costs between $300,000 and $500,000, Dweck’s pool and equipment cost about $1.5 million.

Dweck sees it all as an investment that will pay off in the future.

“I do expect the pool, as well as the integrated patio and landscaping, [to] add significant value to [my] property,” he said.

Pool photos courtesy of Cipriano Custom Pools and Landscaping.

This article was originally published by Catherine Sherman on Zillow Blog. To see the original article, click here.

Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design. Read more of her work here.

 

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7 Luxury Home Features That Buyers Demand

Nearly 40% of home buyers are thinking about upgrading to a house on the high end of the market, according to a recent Realtor.com® survey on luxury homes.

Even though every luxury home depends on the whims of the owners, builders, and dreamers behind these decadent digs, there are a few features consumers have deemed most important. A chef’s kitchen, vibrant views, and an expansive master bedroom suite were cited in the survey as the most important features by buyers considering a luxury purchase.

With those luxurious attributes in mind, we scouted out a few high-end features in homes currently on the market. These properties are all asking $2 million or (much) more, but if luxury is what you want, these places deliver…

1. Views – 385 Golden Oak Dr – Portola Valley, CA – $5.1 million

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2. Chef’s Kitchen – 11459 Bellagio Rd – Los Angeles, CA – $18,995,000

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3. Outdoor Kitchen – 5551 E Orchid Ln – Paradise Valley, AZ – $4,295,000

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4. Water Slide – 7724 E Santa Catalina Dr – Scottsdale, AZ – $2,299,000

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5. Full Bar – 24127 Long Valley Rd – Hidden Hills, CA – $3,549,000

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6. Infinity Pool – 2095 Temple Hills Dr – Laguna Beach, CA – $12,888,000

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7. Outdoor Living Room – 570 Allendale Rd – Pasadena, CA – $5,995,000

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 This article was originally published by Erik Gunther on realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.