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Diving Into 12 New Developments' Spectacular Swimming Pools

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As the season of humid oppression rolls on, every New Yorker is sweatily trying to sort out a way to stay cool. What better, or more convenient method, to beat the heat than with a pool in your building? The shared amenity may pale in comparison to a bonkers private watering hole on the Hudson or near the High Line, but it'll have to do. In the last month alone, about 50 apartments in new buildings with communal swimming pool access came onto the market. We picked 11 of our favorites with a range of asking prices?but be warned, these pools come at a price. Doing laps and that unmistakably summery smell of chlorine do not come cheap. Know of a pool in a new development that we missed? Drop us an email (all the better if it includes a photo), or leave a comment below.


? If you bought this one-bedroom at spa-condo 515 East 72nd Street, you'd be tapping into one of the top 10 best-selling buildings of the first quarter. At $799,999, it's one of the less expensive units for sale, and along with access to the 56-foot pool, you get a little balcony and a washer-dryer. If the "breathtaking northern views" look a tad industrial, then take a break in the steam room or dry spa. [official]


? Baccarat Hotel and Residences, the tower we called "Starwood Capital's and Tribeca Associates' in-progress Midtown crystal palace" when it launched sales, has naturally got a blinged-out pool as one of its many amenities. We've picked apartment #27B, a 2BR/2.5BA with nearly 11-foot-high ceilings asking a nice 'n' even $6 million. And if doing laps with others don't offer enough privacy, that bathtub look pretty darn spacious. [official]


? Welcome to 225 Rector Place in Battery Park City, yet another one of the best-selling buildings of the first quarter. This 1BR/1BA option, a.k.a. #16E, looks a little cramped?one of the few listings for which there were any pictures?but who cares when you can escape to the skylight-topped pool for some sun? [official


? Let's travel uptown, way uptown, to 1280 Fifth Avenue, a.k.a. the Robert A. M. Stern-designed One Museum Mile. Located above the soon-to-be-built Museum of African Art are several units left for sale, including this spacious one-bedroom (#5D) for $1,395,000. You'll feel oh-so-cultured swimming in the rooftop pool at the northeast corner of Central Park, plus you can dry off on your side-street balcony. [official]


? Yes, Brooklyn has swimming pools, too. At Downtown Brooklyn's four-year-old The Toren, resales are heating up, with some units on the market. There's a one-bedroom with an annoyingly blurry floorplan going for around $500,000. [official]


? If you want to splurge like whoa, then you'll open your wallet for a pad at Tribecan (it's an adjective, right?) goliath 56 Leonard. Let's ignore the Herzog and de Meuron design of glassy stacked rectangular prisms full of multimillion dollar apartments for a moment and focus on that de rigueur amenity, the pool. To quote the developer-babble: "The 75-foot, two-lane infinity-edge lap pool features a black terrazzo deck inlaid with glass marbles, polished stainless steel penny tile walls, and an adjoining landscaped outdoor sundeck and hot tub cantilevered 25 feet over Leonard Street for spectacular views." Right, so a 3BR/3.5BA is asking a cool $7,150,000, with other apartments worth much, much more. [official]


? Despite its marketing gaffes and perhaps because of its Manhattan prices, The Edge in Williamsburg has pretty top-notch watering hole. Apartments are coveted, with only two active listings at the moment. Take a look at the two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit #3G, which has south-facing windows and is asking $1.1 million. [official]


? The Visionaire just might win the award for the most hyperbolic building name of all time. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, the eco-friendly (LEED Platinum, yada yada) Battery Park City condo tower at 70 Little West Street has a handful units on the market, including this spacious one-bedroom with lots of large closets. Considering the building prides itself on green-ness, it's nice to see the lap pool lined with plantings. [official]


? Tribeca's stalled Franklin Place burst back onto the scene earlier this year with gusto and new renderings. We still don't have much in the way of real photography to go on, but man, doesn't that rooftop pool look inviting? Among the units listed is this 3BR/3.5BA, whose layout is pretty cookie-cutter but undeniably roomy. It wants a mere $3.5 million. [no official site yet]


? While The Rushmore's legal woes continue to mount, and don't show any signs of abating, the pool at 80 Riverside Boulevard might be a nice way to wash away those worries. With nine apartments currently on the market, we opted to profile #15A, a 2BR/2BA apartment with high end finishes and an extra storage bin for $1,650,000. [official]


? Another one of the best-selling buildings of the first quarter makes the list! All hail 250 West Street, which besides having a sweet penthouse also has a pretty aquamarine pool lined with tiled columns with a lively backsplash of giant daisies. It houses some pretty pricey properties, so why not ease into things with a $1,750,000 studio?which, at 1,379 square feet, doesn't really count as a microdwelling in our book. But should you be a giant or otherwise cramped, there's always the pool. [official]


? Join celebs like Ichiro Suzuki and A-Rod at The Laurel?the former lived there, while the latter simply checked out an apartment. Apartments there change hands quickly, with three active listings right now. They include this $4,495,000 14th-floor unit with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. [official]
· The 12 Best Swimming Spots In New York City [Curbed]
· 10 Of The Best New Properties With Private Outdoor Oases [Curbed]
· The 23 Best Rooftops?And Views?At New York City's Hotels [Curbed]
· All pools coverage [Curbed]

The Edge

4149 18th Street, , CA 94114 Visit Website

250 West Street

250 West Street, New York, NY

5 franklin place

5 franklin place, New York, NY 10013

515 East 72nd St

515 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021

1280 Fifth Avenue

1280 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10029

56 Leonard St

56 Leonard Street, Manhattan, NY 10013