Few things are more enticing than a refreshing swim or float during the long, hot days of summer. These dazzling pools—in locations from Connecticut to California—encourage outdoor enjoyment and relaxation in sophisticated settings.
Wine Country Retreat in Sonoma, California
On a tree-covered hillside in an exclusive gated Sonoma community, this thoughtfully designed three-bedroom home boasts a multilevel floor plan ideal for consummate indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. Plentiful windows fill every room with light and make the most of the idyllic views, while multiple decks, an expansive lawn, a sun-washed terrace, and a dreamy infinity-edge pool and spa maximize alfresco enjoyment while reveling in a pastoral panorama. The property is peaceful and quiet, yet the attractions of wine country are minutes away.
European Refinement on Long Island Sound in Connecticut
A bastion of dazzling Old World refinement, this regal four-bedroom 9,718-square-foot manor is replete with elegant details and generous spaces for genteel living and entertaining. The 2.36-acre property includes a swath of lush lawn, a sandy beach, a tennis court, multiple levels of terraces—one with a classical fountain—and an infinity edge pool, all perfect for relaxing while appreciating views of the sparkling waters and glimpses of boats as they sail by on Long Island Sound.
Classic Coastal Charm in New York
Blocks from the beach in Southampton, this classic shingled home dates to the early 20th century and has been painstakingly maintained and improved. It features five bedrooms, a sunroom, a living room, a den, and a well-outfitted kitchen—all with hardwood floors and other handsome period details. The property includes lovely gardens and landscaping as well as a refreshing gunite pool and spa surrounded by a terrace with a built-in grill and groves of mature trees and flowering plants.
Ocean View Villa in California
Tuscan tiles, antique French fireplaces, and Baccarat crystal chandeliers are among the dazzling details found in this majestic Mediterranean-inspired villa. The 5,352-square-foot floor plan features an open dining area, kitchen, and den; a wine cellar; and four stylish bedrooms. Plentiful windows throughout frame views of the Pacific. The 5.05-acre property offers colorful rose gardens; a loggia with a fireplace; an alfresco kitchen; an avocado, lemon, and orange orchard; and a heated infinity-edge pool and spa with an enviable vista.
La Perse in Houston, Texas
This 20,157-square-foot Renaissance-inspired manor on a fenced 1.67-acre corner lot in a prestigious gated Houston community is a spectacular setting for refined living and entertaining indoors and out. The elegant interiors include two salons, a music room, a library, a tearoom, a spacious kitchen with a butler’s pantry and a wet bar, a home theater, and a wine cellar and tasting room. Multilevel garden terraces and an outdoor pavilion with a bar and grill accompany the uniquely shaped freshwater pool and spa.