10 "Dream Worthy" Swimming Pools

Swimming anyone? Here are ten of our top picks for "dream-worthy" pools.

  1. Generous Proportions

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    Less is not always more, particularly when it comes to swimming pools. This sprawling in-ground pool in New York offers ample space for both serious swimmers and kids at play, making it the perfect family backyard destination. Set away from the house, the focus is certainly pool-centric.

  2. Poolscape

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    Mediterranean Pools

    The interplay of wood, stone, glass and landscaping makes this pool supremely modern—and functional. A cantilevered sun deck and various water channels help to create an integrated, luxurious pool-scape. Truly a vacation spot in your very own backyard!

  3. Infinite View

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    The dramatic horizon line of this infinity pool creates a stunning view of the valley and mountains beyond. The pool is framed by a multi-level deck of stone and wood, conforming to its natural surroundings and retaining a simple, yet oh-so-tantalizing design.

  4. L-Shaped Modernist

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    Living Design Home

    The L-shaped swimming pool, shown here, mirrors the angular design of the architectural modernist gem that it fronts. Its wrap-around feature makes the pool accessible (and tempting) from two sides, creating beautiful water views from inside and a stunning reflective landscape outside.

  5. Backyard Oasis

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    Blurring the line between pool and landscape, this backyard sanctuary cleverly unites the two into a lush green oasis. The trees help filter the light making the dapple-colored pool bottom appear more like a natural pond.  Tight border plantings and weathered cedar siding add to the beauty and privacy.

  6. Geometry Class

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    Da Vida Pools

    A study in squares, rectangles, and proportion gives this dream-worthy pool a sense of serenity and calm. Large square pavers with grass-inset borders form graphic walkways and patios, while a solid stone terrace unites the pool and hot tub for easy access and enjoyment.

  7. Stark Contrast

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    The dry, baked stone walls of this villa set against the cooling blue water of the pool make the pairing an architectural work of art. With no visible deck, the pool is literally steps away from the house; the oversized, cascading steps provide ideal access for a swim.  

  8. Lap of Luxury

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    Spanning almost the entire length of the house, this pool is a water feature that goes beyond your average swimming pool. Perched above Los Angeles in Bel Air, its hillside installation creates a dramatic border effect, complemented by the areas of decking and stone/grass walkways.  

  9. Perfect Combination

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    Wyant Architecture

    This stone pool house by Wyant Architecture, with its open-air patio and outdoor fireplace, certainly adds resort appeal to this backyard swimming pool. Adding to the luxurious setting is abundant decking and lush border landscaping.

  10. Fantasy Walk

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    If you are looking for the ultimate negative-edge swimming pool, this could be the one. Winning a Residential Design Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2008, it combines a dramatic cantilevered installation with floating stepping stones for those interested in the view and not a swim.

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