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Thursday, January 27, 2011

10 Tantalizing Indoor Swimming Pools

What is one of real estate’s rare luxuries? How about your own golf course? Or maybe your own helipad?

Or, better yet, your own indoor swimming pool. Ah, now we’re talking. Even the rich and famous would admit that having an indoor pool is one of life’s luxurious amenities. Here are 10 homes that feature fabulous indoor swimming pools. Some have celebrity lineage, some are quite ornate, while others are simply well-appointed spaces to swim some precious laps. Take a look:

1. Malibu, CA Home for Sale – $75,000,000 (below)
26848 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Notable: Known as “La Villa Contenta,” this magnificent neoclassical-style natatorium in Malibu was used in the HBO miniseries, “True Blood” as the fictional home of the vampire queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq (played by Evan Rachel Wood). Read more about the True Blood home.
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2. Greenwich, CT Home for Sale — $42,500,000 (below)
Undisclosed location, Greenwich, CT
Notable: The two photos below show the ingenious design of this indoor pool that features an elaborate mosaic floor that retracts with the touch of a button, transforming the space into an indoor pool. The top photo shows the pool “closed” and the bottom photo reveals the pool open.
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3. Greenwich, CT Home For Sale — $17,950,000 (below)
309 Taconic Rd, Greenwich, CT 06831
Notable: Yes, Greenwich again. Not only does this 26,000-sq ft Mediterranean manor home have its own private theater and elaborate wine-tasting room, but it also boasts an elegant lap pool under a Tuscan-yellow arched ceiling.
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4. Austin, TX Home – (previously listed for $12,900,000) (below)
7014 Greenshores Dr, Austin, TX 78730
Notable: Situated on 7 acres along the Lake Austin waterfront, this 10,642 sq ft mansion includes a slick natatorium that contains a 20×40-foot Italian glass-tile pool with 18 sets of double glass doors and a summer kitchen.
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5. Yountville, CA Home for Sale – $25 million (below)
5681 Silverado Trl, # 0, Yountville, CA 94599
Notable: Welcome to the heart of Napa and the former estate of California wine giant Robert Mondavi, who hired renowned architect Cliff May to design it, incorporating his signature indoor-outdoor California style. Surrounding the home are views of thousands of acres of vineyards.  The living room includes a 50-foot indoor swimming pool and spa with retractable skylights.
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6. Coeur d’Alene, ID Home for Sale – $17,500,000 (below)
3155 E Harrison Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Notable: Set in the spectacularly rugged landscape of Coeur d’Alene, ID, this sprawling corporate retreat-like estate of 14,933 sq ft contains a large indoor pool in addition to an outdoor pool, plus unique features such as a helipad, par-three golf course, one-lane bowling alley, waterfall, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and nine-car garage. Extra perk: new owners will get two lifetime memberships to the Coeur d’Alene Country Club.
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7. Brookline, MA Home for Sale – $15,750,000 (below)
333 Lee St, Brookline, MA 02445
Notable: Large-scale color murals and rich, wood-trim detailing around arched ceilings creates a warm, inviting space for this indoor pool pavilion that is accessible via an underground passageway. This classic Brookline estate was built in 1929, and has 9 beds, 9 baths, a four-car garage and a one-bedroom guest apartment.
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8. Garfield, MN Home for Sale – $14,900,000 (below)
11902 County Road 12 NW, Garfield, MN 56332
Notable: Reminiscent of a mini-theme park, this private family retreat is situated on 30 acres and is surrounded by manicured walkways, sitting areas amid playful gardens, lush forests, and well-maintained ponds. Special amenities include indoor pool, hot tub, home theater and stage, billiards room, library, and private elevator. Adding to the fun is a large garage converted to a 1950s-style sock hop/soda shop space.
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9. Hartland, WI Home for Sale – $4,995,000 (below)
N61W29181 Parkside Pl, Hartland, WI 53029
Notable: Choose  your recreation fun spot in this enormous 18,000-sq ft home that includes an outdoor pool, cabana and hot tub for warmer months and an indoor pool, basketball court, and exercise room for year-round use. Other playthings include a private theater room, game room, and kids playroom. An elevator accesses all floors.
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10. Los Angeles, CA Home for Sale – previously listed for $1,677,000 (below)
868 Mount Washington Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Notable:  Gated estate contains indoor pool and spa in a space with soaring ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking green space. Friends who come to crash the pool party will have plenty of parking space: the estate contains a 3-car garage and 4-car guest parking pad at the top of driveway.
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