I’m sure it’s something we’ve all dreamed about.
When I win the lottery I’m going to buy a big house with an indoor pool.
No more public pools for me! No more sharing a lane, no more getting stuck behind someone swimming breaststroke slowly, no more floating band aids (and other foreign objects), no more lane rage.
I can swim when I want without having to worry about opening times, swim which way round I like, invite who I like round to swim, I can do what I like, it’s my pool!
Unfortunately owning an indoor pool is one of life’s luxuries mostly afforded to the rich and famous. With the average triathlete earning $126,000 (according to USA Triathlon)
it’s unlikely many of us will be moving into any of these properties with fabulous indoor pools featured on real estate agent site Zillow.com. Some have celebrity connections, some are quite elaborate whilst others are just great places for swimming laps in. The one thing they do all have in common is they’re all very expensive, but where’s the fun in life if we can’t dream every now and then?
1) Manhattan, New York- Price $10,995,000
Just because you live in a town house doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool. This five story property in Chelsea has a 26 foot long and 8- foot deep one, along with a sauna, hot tub and.. oh a swing that the previous owner- a bachelor-had installed to make his parties go with..well a swing!
2) Malibu, California-Price $75,000,000
Most notably used as the setting for HBO’s “True Blood” vampire series La Villa Contenta has incredible views over the Pacific ocean and boasts a chandeliered pool room which features glass ceilings and walls lined with 500,000 seashells and corals.
3) Greenwich, Connecticut- Price $42,500,000
Set in prestigious Field Point Park, a dramatic pool room/ ballroom features an elaborate mosaic floor that lowers with a touch of a button to transform into an indoor pool. The top photo shows it closed, the bottom photo shows it opened.
4) Greenwich, Connecticut- Price $17,950,000
Surrounded by 21 acres of woodland, this Mediterranean style manor house has its own wine tasting rooms, private theatre and lap pool under Tucson yellow classical arched ceiling.
5) Austin, Texas- Price $12,900,000
Overlooking Lake Austin and miles of shoreline, when it’s too cold for open water swimming this one of a kind estate features a 20 by 40 foot Italian glass tiled pool with 18 sets of double glass doors and a summer kitchen, perfect for refuelling after a hard swim.
6) Hickory Creek, Texas-Price $35,000,000
Champ d’Or (Field of Gold) is a grand French chateau set in 255 acres near Dallas. It is owned by billionaire cellphone mogul Alan Goldfield who founded CellStar Corp. As well as indoor and outdoor pools the 48,000 sq ft property has a 15 car garage- handy for keeping your bikes in.
7) Yountville, California-Price $25,000,000
Architect designed estate with views over the Napa Valley built for California wine giant Robert Mondavi, the living room includes a 50 foot pool and spa with retractable skylights. It also has two floodlit tennis courts for a spot of cross training.
8) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-Price $17,500,000
Handy for the local Ironman, you could hold your own gala in this large indoor pool. As well as your own helipad and par three golf course, whoever buys this house will also get two lifetime memberships to Coeur d’Alene Country Club.
9) Brookline, Massachusetts-Price $15,750,000
This three story brick built residence built in 1929 has recently been renovated and now combines modern with traditional. A stunning indoor pool pavilion boasts large scale color murals and wood trim arched ceilings and is accessed via an underground passageway from the house.
10) Garfield, Minnesota-Price $14,900,000
More of a compound, than a house, this family retreat is nestled in 30 acres of beautiful forests, gardens and ponds. Its well lit large pool overlooks a lake. For budding actors there is a theater and stage and one of the out buildings has been converted into a 1950s style sock hop/soda shop where can bop away til the early hours.
Thanks to Danny Ward (our British correspondent) of (TriSport Epping) for this story.