Long Islanders have a short window to get their splash on. Unless, of course, the pool is indoors. Those who can't stay out of the water could join a club with a pool or -- if they want to be able to jump in at any time -- get a home with its own indoor pool. But such a luxury can be pricey.
"It's rare to find a house with an indoor pool for under $1 million," says Emmett Laffey, chief executive of Laffey Fine Homes, who is marketing the East Williston property featured here for a tad less than the seven-figure mark. "It's a unique amenity that adds value to a home," adds Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
While indoor pools come in all shapes and sizes, their surrounding environments are diverse -- from very modest to full-on resort-like.
21 The Registry
For the owner of this 4,400-square-foot contemporary, having an indoor pool has been a source of pure joy. While it's a wonderful spot to gather with family and friends, the homeowner says it's been especially nice to take a dip while snow is falling outside. The heated pool, which has a waterfall, is 3 feet deep at the shallow end and 6½ feet at its deepest. It is situated in a 1,600-square-foot room designed with a Mexican tile floor, cathedral ceiling and walls of river rock, glass and cedar (the latter is said to help absorb moisture). The room -- equipped with heat and air-conditioning -- also boasts a half-bath and a sitting area. A wall of sliding glass doors open to the walkway to the outdoor in-ground heated gunite pool and pool house. Other interior features include a double-sided fireplace separating the sunken den and living room and a newly finished lower-level with media room. There are seven bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, including the master suite with private deck overlooking the 1.4-acre property, which is surrounded by a nature preserve. (An adjoining 1.5-acre vacant lot is on the market for $299,000). The Enzo Morabito team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-695-3433.
6 John St.
Since the indoor pool in this 11-room brick Colonial is designed with five retractable roof panels and four sets of French doors, the homeowner has the option of having an open-air pool room in warmer months. A Jacuzzi at one end of the pool and a steam shower provide a spa effect. Right outside the pool area is a patio and outdoor kitchen. Back inside, the house offers more than 10,000 square feet of living space. The listing agent says the dining room is banquet-sized. The layout also includes a chef's kitchen and a finished basement with media room, as well as six bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms. Mahogany floors as well as custom millwork can be found throughout. There are three fireplaces. Christine Cudahy, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-238-8768.
3 Skyview Ct.
You can say the entrance foyer of this 12-room contemporary makes a bit of a splash. Upon entering the house, one is greeted by a floating staircase and a wall of glass, from which the lower-level indoor pool is visible. Views of the pool can also be seen from other areas of the house, including the living room. The pool and spa area, which is three stories high with skylights, includes a hot tub as well as two shower rooms and one steam room. The heated pool is 30 by 15 feet and is 8 feet on the deep end. The pool is sanitized by an ozone process, while humidity levels are maintained by humidistat, a device that responds to relative humidity. Designed by architect Brian Shore, the house was built in 1986. Other features include walls of glass, soaring ceilings and two fireplaces. When the living room fireplace is ablaze, it shines into the pool area, says the listing agent. There are five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. The house is set in a cul-de-sac on more than 2 acres. Geri Vitale, Laffey Fine Homes, 516-551-8852.
18 Hewlett Dr.
This center hall Colonial has an indoor SwimEx lap pool. The pool has a swim-in-place feature, with various resistance settings. "If part of your workout routine is swimming, this lap pool is a nice feature," says one of the listing agents, noting it's unusual to find a house for less than $1 million with an indoor pool. The pool room, which looks out over the 90-by-156-foot property, has windows along two walls, skylights and recessed lighting. Other features of the 10-room house include wood floors, moldings and a fireplace. The eat-in kitchen and family room are expanded. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including the master suite. Amenities include a detached two-car garage. Emmett Laffey and Manuela Iacovone, Laffey Fine Homes, 516-200-5700.