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A Pool of One’s Own

Eight of the city’s most decadent private pools.

The Behemoth
Riverside Boulevard, Upper West Side
This pool is a veritable giant for a Manhattan high-rise—with a 37-foot-long, 15-foot-wide, 8-foot-deep footprint. It’s made of sealed-tight stainless steel with underwater lights for after-dark dips. The pool deck is enrobed in resin—the better to prevent slippage. The view, a swatch of New Jersey stretching from Weehawken to Edgewater,is impressive, too (and, thanks to clear fencing, perfectly unmarred). The condo is asking $15.9 million—the pool is the biggest on the market right now—via Corcoran’s Deanna Kory.
For Sale: $15.9 million

The Celebrity Hangout
Walker Street, Tribeca
It was with his two athletic young sons in mind that real-estate developer Edmond Li outfitted the terrace of his garden-level Tribeca apartment with a pool back in 2006. “We wanted to keep the kids active,” he says. The tiled gunite pool is a heated, saltwater affair that’s 14 feet wide, 22 feet long, and surrounded by bluestone slabs. We really enjoyed it when we had it,” Li says fondly. Presumably, so have the several celebrities—including Leonardo DiCaprio—who rented it after Li and his brood moved to a house in the suburbs (with a bigger pool) in 2007. It was sold to the current owner in 2012.

The Miami-Style Hideaway
East 17th Street, Flatiron
Doug Levine, a start-up and real-estate investor from Florida, was on the hunt for a pied-à-terre with a pool a few years ago. The one he landed on is lined with velvety blue tile; its motorized current allows one to swim in place for miles, even though it’s just seventeen feet long and eight feet wide. The decking is made from synthetic material that requires little maintenance. For lounging, there’s a flat-screen-equipped cabana. (Levine’s not using it much these days, and is renting it for $40,000 a month, via Town Residential’s Jon Cella.)
For Rent: $40,000 per month

The Backyard Retreat
East 30th Street, Murray Hill
So the belowground backyard Manhattan pool isn’t an urban legend after all. Sam Ramirez Jr., a financier, wasn’t looking for a pool when he was house-hunting in 2006. But the townhouse he and his wife fell for came with one that, at 30 feet long and 8 feet wide, took up nearly half the yard. Rather than pave it over, they’ve embraced it, teaching their three kids to swim and hosting many a poolside birthday party.

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