Late July is when we all look forward to getting an invitation to cool off in a pool.

I don’t have a pool, so I can’t invite you over for a refreshing dip. However, I can share some photos, and perhaps you can imagine yourself poolside with a tray of cool drinks on the way over to you. 

In the opening shot is a dual pool: the Pacific Ocean in the background and a Newport Beach home and pool in the foreground. Below (left), is another pool by the sea on the opposite coast–on the beach on the Florida panhandle. This meandering pool is surrounded by patios and completed by a thatched-roof bar for a perfect party place. (Arthur Dyson, FAIA, architect) 

Returning closer to home to Salt Lake’s Federal Heights neighborhood, abundant toys fill the pool (Above right). Rich vegetation in the established neighborhood shade and cool the patios. (Scott Jaffa, AIA, Jaffa Group Design Build)

This home in the Upper Avenues Salt Lake neighborhood is not to outdone with pool toys, plus the covered indoor pool can be enjoyed year-round. 

Another home in Federal Heights enjoys shade and privacy from the well-established vegetation. 

The pool and patio finishes meld seamlessly with this home in Holladay. (Fox Group)

Perched high on a hill in the Colony, Park City, this pool offers the pleasures of swimming in an alpine lake amid the aspen. (Otto-Walker Architects; Craig Construction)

Benefits of apartment living are the shared amenities like this rooftop pool in the West Hight neighborhood of Salt Lake with long lanes for laps and floating lounge chairs at the edge for chilling. 

My personal favorite time for enjoying a pool is the evening with the last sunlight filtering through clouds, quiet, and the reflections and shadows. This Marmalade Hill home promises a wonderful evening swim. (Michael Upwall Design)

My fingers are crossed that you will soon receive an invitation to a pool party!

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