Last year we wrote about covetable outdoor spaces in the city, and now we're focusing in on the ultimate New York City perk: a private pool. To no one's surprise, these are mostly the province of the very, very rich, but the rest of us can still feast our eyes and dream of a pool party in the sky.
Above: Developer Keith Jacobson owns this duplex apartment with a dreamy rooftop lap pool, heated to enable swimming even during the colder months.
Designer Cynthia Rowley worked a lap pool into the backyard of her Manhattan townhouse.
The topmost penthouse in the building at 551 W 21st St will feature this 61-foot infinity pool, with sweeping views of the Hudson River. The 6,200-square-foot residence, which has now sold, had an original asking price of $50 million.
The townhouse at the High Line-adjacent 505 W 19, which features this long and lovely pool, appears to have sold, but it was originally asking $11.75 million. Which is maybe not so much of a bargain if you consider that this pool can probably be seen from the high line, making it not quite so private.
It's a bit of a departure from all these supersleek Manhattan properties, but this natural pool, part of a wildly adventurous Brooklyn backyard, looks just as refreshing.
The 10,000 square foot Grenwich village townhouse that is attached to this pool was originally asking $34 million, but as of right now the price has been dropped to a modest $23.5 million. In any other city the pool itself wouldn't be much to write home about, but you've got to admit that the view is pretty incredible.
Then there's this SoHo penthouse, which appears to be still up for grabs, at a (relatively modest (hahaha, cry)) price of $9,750,000. The pool itself might be a bit on the small side, but perhaps the view will make up for it?
For those of us who don't have ten million dollars (which is all of us), there's a (sort of) budget option: the penthouse at the Greenwich hotel. Their TriBeCa penthouse has its own rooftop pool, and is available starting at $15,000 a night. Split it with 29 of your friends, and that's only $500 each — a real bargain.