Dive Into Your Best Summer Yet

By Emily Irby |

If these past few years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of creating a space that works as a personal sanctuary—a home that you can retreat to when everything else is uncertain. Days are growing warmer and longer and while you might have exciting vacation plans on the horizon, sometimes the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life is within your own home. Nothing says fun in the sun quite like a backyard swimming pool.

From the olive tree groves of Napa County, California to the lush woods of Bainbridge Island, Washington, these homes offer all of the perks of a swimming pool along with incredible surrounding scenery. Whether you plan to throw the best parties in the neighborhood or keep your tranquil haven all to yourself, these beautiful properties ensure this will be a summer to remember.

7800 Lynchburg Drive, Austin, Texas 

Discover the magic of this private oasis situated high in the hills overlooking Preservation Ranch. Take on hot Texas summers with the incredible beach-entry pool. Surrounding stone, a cascading waterfall, misting system, and serene blue tile offer a grotto-like experience right in your own backyard. Recently converted to AOP to reduce the toxic chemical exposure, swimmers can rest assured that they’re enjoying a healthier alternative to the typical pool. 

The main house features exposed wood beams, shining hardwood floors, and spectacular stone walls. You’ll wonder if you’ve stepped out of Texas and into a villa in Tuscany. Multiple bars, a wine room, spacious kitchen, media/game room, grand great room, and detached casita make this home ideal for entertaining and hosting guests. The primary suite offers incredible views of the backyard and surrounding hillside and an elegant ensuite complete with separate sinks, a jetted soaking tub, and a smart shower with body jets.  

7917 219th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington

A sanctuary of modern architecture with a Zen sensibility. Calming reflection pools immediately welcome you into the home and set the tone for the rest of the design. Beautifully manicured trees and shrubbery line the entry water feature displaying an artful mix of water and earth. And it doesn’t stop there—the backyard features a striking pool and jetted spa with a backdrop of angular concrete and flowing water features. Watch as the reflection of the fire pit (one of two) glimmers on the still waters of the pool as day turns to night. The covered patio offers protection from the sun or rain while you enjoy the sight of Douglas firs, bamboo, roses, grapevines, and peonies.

The interior’s sleek, contemporary design features 25-foot ceilings, cast concrete, and forged B1 steel. The open concept floor plan makes entertaining a breeze, and architectural features, like the floating staircase and glass walls, open the space even further. Discover ultimate relaxation in the primary bedroom with a luxurious ensuite featuring Calcutta gold marble details and a rain shower. Whether you’re hosting friends and loved ones or taking in the beautiful harmony between nature and architecture alone, it’s clear that this home is more than a piece of property—it’s an experience.

100 Longhorn Ridge Road, Napa, California 

The Ranch at Longhorn Ridge is an unparalleled 153-acre sanctuary that looms above Napa County. Take in views of Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Shasta, and San Francisco as you experience total calm in the large pool. Surrounded by mature trees, rolling hills, and open sky, the backyard offers pastoral peace. Whether you’re cooling off on sunny days or taking a night swim under the stars, the scenic surroundings are unmatched.

The four-bedroom, custom-built home features elegant, quality finishes and practical amenities for day-to-day living, including eco-friendly solar power and a whole-house backup generator. A spacious kitchen boasts ample counter space, perfect for prepping and serving meals. Large windows flood the space with bright, natural light and frame the picturesque views. Relax in the primary bedroom or take advantage of the home’s incredible sauna at the end of a busy day. The property’s Quonset barn, irrigation pond, “hobby farm,” horses, and cows are perfect for home seekers looking to embrace life on the ranch and all of the rewards that accompany it.   

9343 NE Yama Ridge Lane, Bainbridge Island, Washington

This Napa Farmhouse-inspired estate is island living at its finest. Situated on 5.33 acres amongst the natural beauty of Bainbridge Island, this property feels like a private retreat. The serene saltwater pool is complemented by the adjacent sprawling lawn and mature landscaping. Host fabulous pool parties with a built-in Wolf BBQ and ample room to lounge in the sun or play backyard games. Gather around the glow of the fire pit after the sun sets for s’more fun.

The stunning details continue in the interior. Built in 2008 by Katz Townsend Architects and Jefferson Fine Home Builders, the home evokes the rustic coziness of a secluded cabin combined with the elegance of a modern-day manor with its vaulted ceilings and impressive square footage. The great hall connects two wings—to the west you’ll find the primary suite, a second bedroom, an office, and 3/4 bathroom and the east leads you to two guest suites, a mudroom, and laundry. The property also boasts a guesthouse with a bath and upper living space and a bonus room over the garage.

12011 220th Street, Vashon, Washington

Located on approximately 117 acres of land, this expansive estate welcomes you to a picturesque world of your own. Stroll the remarkable grounds and take joy in identifying the diverse collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and more. You’ll find yourself transported to Giverny, France with your very own Monet-inspired pond complete with bridges and a water fountain. Take advantage of upcoming warm days and dive into the pool accompanied by an elegant statue and majestic views of Mt. Rainier.

The five-bedroom primary residence features walls of windows and skylights so that you’re never separated from the surrounding natural wonders of the estate. Vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace add to the home’s regal beauty. The property also includes two guest houses, a stocked lake, driving range, horse stalls, a fully-fenced pasture, sawmill, showroom for up to 25 automobiles, and more.

10040 E Happy Valley Road 302, Scottsdale, Arizona

Both mid-century modern-inspired and Southwest cool, this desert highlands estate is the ideal escape. Designed with red rocks from Sedona, Arizona, a city said to encourage regeneration and calm, the pool is certainly one-of-a-kind. Take in the peaceful sounds of trickling water from the fountain or let your troubles melt away as you soak in the hot tub. This home’s backyard is a work of art with a background of beautiful open sky and unique desert-friendly landscaping.

The interior of the home is as striking as the exterior. High ceilings, elegant pillars, arched doorways, and a grand circular staircase are a sight to behold. Cook in style in the large gourmet chef’s kitchen with its showstopping copper ceiling. The formal living room has direct access to the backyard, making it perfect for entertaining. Upstairs, you’ll find the primary suite complete with a sitting room, glamorous ensuite, and a wraparound deck allowing for 360-degree views of North Scottsdale. The home also boasts additional guest suites plus a detached casita with a full kitchen—it truly has it all.