Design Features — 08 June 2022
Five fantastic pools to start your summer with a splash

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

If you’re shopping for a home in South Florida, you’re probably looking for one with a pool. After all, pools are practically a necessity here, even though they can be a pain, what with the chemicals and filters and skimmers, oh my. There’s also the higher property tax bills and insurance premiums that come with pools.

But most home buyers think that pools are worth the added responsibilities. If you have a family, they are a great way to keep the kids and their friends right in the back yard. They serve as a beautiful backdrop for social gatherings. And they make it easy to get exercise at home because swimming not only improves your physical health – helping you maintain a healthy heart and weight – it also improves your mental and emotional health.

That’s why so many South Florida home buyers prefer homes with pools. And that demand has made Florida rank second only to California in the number of in-ground swimming pools installed, according to the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, a trade group.

“A pool is a non-negotiable for luxury buyers in South Florida,” says Chad Carroll, a real estate agent with Compass Florida in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s the centerpiece of the backyard and a key entertaining component.”

But pools vary widely. Your home may have a 30-foot-long rectangular or kidney-shaped pool, a popular choice for homeowners in tract communities. Or you have a back-yard oasis, with a custom pool designed for your own family, with slides or hidden grottos or rock walls with fireplaces.

If not, you can also opt for one of the to-dive-for pools below.

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Tropical Oasis

Tropical Oasis

This six-bedroom mansion sits on a point lot at 2593 SE Eighth St. in Pompano Beach. Listed for $13.95 million, the 14,396-square-foot home has a marble foyer, soaring great room, elevator, chef’s kitchen and a movie theater. It also has 260 linear feet of water frontage and a waterfront resort-style pool that’s shaded by palm trees. The heated salt-water pool, which has a spillover spa, features an infinity edge, a beach entrance and a sun shelf for lounging.

Contact: Kevin Kreutzfeld at Premier Estate Properties in Fort Lauderdale: 866-221-3699,

Mosaic Mastery


Mosaic Mastery

Located in the ultra-exclusive Admiral’s Cove community in Jupiter, this 10,123-square-foot waterfront mansion at 372 Regatta Drive has six bedrooms, a guest house, 115 feet of waterfront and is priced at $17.495 million. The infinity-edge pool has views of the Intracoastal Waterway and is surrounded by a large patio area with a summer kitchen. Finishes include custom mosaic pool tile with a bespoke print at the pool’s entrance. The listing agent, Chad Carroll, says that when light hits the pool tiles, it creates “an incredible glittering effect” that transforms the pool into “a shining jewel.”

Contact: Chad Carroll of The Carroll Group at Compass Florida: 305-400-9507,

Villa Aqua


Villa Acqua

This contemporary six-bedroom home, Villa Acqua Azzura, at 436 Ocean Blvd. in Golden Beach, is listed for $25 million and comes fully furnished. It features two master suites, a chef’s kitchen, a 180-bottle wine wall and a bar. The home’s back yard is an outdoor sanctuary, with two staggered pools, a waterfall Jacuzzi, a spa/sauna and an outdoor kitchen.

Contact: Inga Boutboul at One Sotheby’s International Realty in Aventura: 305-450-7048,

Waterfront Serenity


Waterfront Serenity

This custom waterfront estate, at 341 Old Jupiter Beach Road in Jupiter, is listed for $14.45 million and has five bedrooms and eight baths. Its clean architectural design gives the home an open, light and breezy feel, and it’s built for entertaining, with boating, fishing and paddle boarding all accessible from the rear of the estate. The custom-designed, infinity-edge pool has smart technology, allowing the homeowner to control all pool features from a smartphone, including LED lights, which can be adjusted to 16 colors and can even perform color shows, along with two automated fire bowls. There’s also an eight-person spa and submerged barstools that provide the perfect place to enjoy poolside cocktails.

Contact: Craig Bretzlaff at Douglas Elliman Real Estate:  561-601-7557,

Manalapan Mansion


Manalapan Mansion

Located at 3090 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan, this ocean-to-Intracoastal European estate has six bedrooms and seven and one-half baths and is listed for $29.5 million. The heated salt-water pool overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and includes an elevated hot tub/spa. An adjacent patio is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, and there is a summer kitchen with a brick pizza oven, grill, refrigerator and icemaker nearby.

Contact: Steven Presson at The Corcoran Group: 561-843-6057,

Main photo of Villa Acqua Azzura in Golden Beach, courtesy Bright Lifestyle Media

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