If your thoughts turn to cool dips in the pool as temperatures soar, you're not alone. Swimming is the fourth-most-popular sport or activity in the United States and the single most popular recreational activity for children and teens ages 7 to 17, according to a new survey by Swim University, a New Jersey-based pool care website. Even if you're not a world-class swimmer, having a pool on your property, whether in-ground or above ground, can provide a shimmering backdrop for all your outdoor activities.
Long Island has a terrific variety of homes with pools for sale in every price range. Here are six that make a splash.
Old Westbury, $2,488,000
3 August Lane
This five-bedroom, 4½-bath 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home features a heated gunite pool with a hot tub. The pool ranges from 3 feet at the shallow end to 12 feet at its deepest. The pool area includes a two-tiered covered patio with a built-in barbecue and wet bar.
The patio's lower level surrounds the pool and the pool house, which includes a fireplace, full kitchen, bath and its own wet bar. Built in 2000, the house is on two acres. The master suite features a balcony that overlooks the pool and gardens.
The home also has a formal dining room, fireplace, custom kitchen and wood floors throughout. There is a two-car garage.
Listing agents. Ellen Zipes and Jared Zipes, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, Roslyn Heights, 516-817-7300
2810 Riverside Dr.
Enjoy the water view while swimming in a 7-foot-deep dockside oval heated pool at this 3,200-square-foot stucco splanch with 70 feet of bulkhead on a wide canal off East Bay. The pool features a waterfall and interior LED lights.
Inside the four-bedroom, three-bath home, built in 1964 and fully renovated 10 years ago, improvements include a granite and stainless-steel kitchen, wrought-iron light fixtures imported from France and a living room extension that includes three new large windows designed to take advantage of the scenery. Other property features include a Trex deck and a newly paved circular driveway.
Listing agent. Seth Levy, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes, Woodbury, 516-528-1737
18 Bauer Ave.
Built in 1992 on almost an acre of land, this postmodern home features a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite counters, a spacious great room and a media room that's perfect for entertaining.
The 16-by-36-foot heated pool is surrounded by a paver patio, and sits in a lush private yard with large manicured lawn. Inside the four-bedroom, 3½-bath home, there's also a massive master bedroom suite with a marble master bath and a Jacuzzi tub. The house also has skylights, a full basement, and wood and ceramic tile floors throughout.
149 South Country Rd.
The backyard pool at this 1830 house features a heated gunite pool with bluestone coping, and there's a pool house with a full bathroom. The five-bedroom, 3½-bath home is on a fully landscaped 1.3-acre lot. When the sellers recently renovated the property, all the kitchens and bathrooms were redone and central air-conditioning was installed.
The original flooring was left intact to preserve the home's historic charm. There are four fireplaces original to the house, and additional details include French doors and a screened-in patio. The property has right of way to nearby Moriches Bay.
Listing agent. Craig Amodemo, Hampton Estates Realty, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-6333
East Hampton, $1,495,000
54 Copeces Lane
This home's 75-foot-long heated pool was added during a renovation and designed with a coach for the Chinese Olympic swim team.
The contemporary house, set on about three acres, was designed and built in 1972 by Hans Noe. Inside the three-bedroom, three-bath house, there's a master-bedroom suite with an en suite office with pool views and bathroom, an open-plan living room with a wood-burning stove, and a wall of windows.
There's a 1,000-square foot artist's studio, complete with skylights. The property features a generator and a separate, detached storage studio. The house can be purchased with two adjacent vacant lots, for a total of 6 additional acres, to create additional privacy or a compound.
Listing agent. William Stoecker, Town and Country Real Estate, Westhampton Beach, 516-818-4904
54 Tyler St.
The backyard of this home, located minutes from Freeport's Nautical Mile, has an above-ground pool surrounded by a wood deck accessible from the dining room. The 1,100-square-foot home, built in 1954, features three bedrooms, 1½ baths, central air-conditioning, a wood-burning fireplace, recently updated electrical throughout and new windows. The property also features a 1½-car garage.
Listing agents. Beth Metzger and Bozenka Muccio, Century 21 Prevete Hirsch, Bellmore, 516-783-5900