With many striving to achieve the jaw-dropping grandeur and stature of the country's largest residential pool, private water oases are an easy, albeit extravagant, way to triumph in summer's intense heat. This one, located in sunny Laguna Beach, Calif., has a series of pools that look like a water park...if water parks were designed by Mies van der Rohe. All clean lines and sharp angles, the stone surrounds enclose three separate pools: one deep infinity pool big enough for laps, a circular spa, and a shallow wading pool complete with lounge chairs. The mansion, which was actually designed by Horst Noppenberger, is listed for $8.9M, though the brokerbabble claims the owner will "entertain offers" above $7.9M. Set on a one-acre lot with views to the Pacific, the four-bedroom, four-bath manse enjoys spectacular sunsets.
? Florida, the Sunshine State, is overflowing with swimming pools, but few can measure up to the grotto-like construction that accompanies this $18.9M offering in Fort Lauderdale. Fronting directly on the Intracoastal waterway, the 17,800-square-foot, 31-room mansion includes a 102-foot swimming pool, complete with waterfall, water slide, jacuzzi, and resort-style built-in bar. Inside the house lie nine bedrooms and no fewer than 15 bathrooms, along with a 2,000-square-foot great room and space for seven cars in the garage.
? Fort Lauderdale has another, slightly cheaper, option for those in search of a private water park this summer: an 11,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom spread with a beach-entry swimming pool and giant faux rock water slide. This place is so caught up in the watersports that, despite a $5.1M price tag, the listing includes just two photos of the interior—of a kitchen and a bathroom, no less—but a couple showcasing that glorified pond out back.
? Those previous Florida properties might have a leg up when it comes to price, but this one has them beat on insane pool features. No, the picture above has not been photoshopped. Yes, that is a water slide leading from the master bedroom to the swimming pool, with plenty of free fall in between. Located in Boca Grande, Fla., the property is listed for $4.75M, but includes more than just the slide, like 4,800 square feet, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a nearly half-acre waterfront lot.
? There's likely nowhere where a water park-like private pool is more welcome than in the searing desert heat of Las Vegas. Located behind a custom-designed, $3M stone estate that has been on the market for more than a year, this terraced series of swimming pools is set into a hillside and rises to nearly three stories. The spectacular watery playground includes a slide, several sitting areas, and thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of stone work.