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10 Best Pools in NYC Residential Developments

During the hot and sticky NYC summer, there are no two better words than "private pool." We tracked down the best, from Battery Park City to Brooklyn. Jump in…

New York City is no Los Angeles: Private pools are few and far between when compared to California. But, they do exist you just need to know where to look. We splashed our way across the city to find the top pools at residential developments, from vast underground pools that are lit up by skylights to rooftop lap pools with views of the skyline. Perhaps best of all: Unlike NYC’s public pools and beaches, most residential pools, not surprisingly, come with far fewer crowds. In the off hours, you can often lounge at water’s edge with just a chilled drink for company. Keep this pool lineup handy if you’re apartment-hunting — after all, landing a place with a pool is a year-round investment. And, even if you’re not on the market, consider this list when you’re making summertime friends.

 

Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay

Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay

Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay
Forget a room with a view. This is a pool with a view. At this multi-building rental on the East River, the heated pool roosts under a gigantic skylight, surrounded by large windows that overlook the river. Plus, you’ll also find plenty of lounging areas around the pool – perfect for a post-work breather. Waterside Plaza offers lots of swim activities free swim classes for kids, scuba certification, a swim team and periods of free swim. The light-filled modern apartments have gleaming wood floors, ample kitchens with stainless steel appliances and many offer stunning views over the water. The complex also has a sauna and a rooftop deck. A one bedroom starts at $3,600 a month. 25 Waterside Plaza, 212-340-4201, see available listings 

 

West End Towers, Upper West Side

West End Towers, Upper West Side

West End Towers, Upper West Side
Don’t feel like working out? The welcoming pool at the West End Towers gym may change your mind. This large rental development has its own New York Sports Club within the building, which is equipped with a well-maintained four-lane lap pool. The gym also hosts regular swim classes, for both adults and children. Other amenities include a children’s playroom and playground, as well as a private one-acre park, making the West End Towers a hugely popular pick for families. The elegant apartments have contemporary furnishings, double-pane windows and kitchens with all the amenities, and some have balconies. A one-bedroom starts at $3,650 a month. 75 West End Ave., 212-333-2040, brodskyorg.com

 

New York by Gehry, Financial District

New York by Gehry, Financial District

New York by Gehry, Financial District
Designed by the legendary Frank Gehry, this is a rental with cachet. The 76-story skyscraper, clad in sparkling stainless steel, is one of the most striking examples of modern architecture in New York City with the pool to match. The pool’s not huge, with just two lanes, but it’s all about the aesthetics: It sits below an enormous glass skylight, and fully retractable glass doors lead out onto the 7th floor roof deck, which is lined with elegant, pillow-topped lounge chairs. There are also well-maintained lockers and changing rooms, as well as a grilling terrace with cabanas and rustic wooden tables so you can dine under the stars. Pool use is reserved for residents and the family of residents. The residences, as expected, are architecturally magnificent – undulating walls, massive bay windows offering panoramic views and cabinetry and furnishings in Gehry’s signature honey-colored Douglas Fir wood. A one bedroom starts at $3,392 a month. 8 Spruce St., 212-877-2220, see available listings 

 

The Edge, Williamsburg

The Edge, Williamsburg

The Edge, Williamsburg
Want to swim with a skyline view? Become friends with someone at The Edge. The condo building is currently sold out, but residents of The Edge are allowed to bring in two guests for swimming – and that could be you. Rising over the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg, this is one of the few buildings in the area with a pool. And what a pool: It’s enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass, so you can take in sweeping city views as you splash about. Plus, the pool area has swank lounge chairs on the deck, as well as an adjacent shallow pool with a waterfall (yes, a waterfall). The spacious apartments have blond-wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with stellar river views. 22 N. 6th St., 718-302-1076, williamsburgedge.com

 

Rector Place, Battery Park City

Rector Place, Battery Park City

225 Rector Place, Battery Park City
It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island. Living in Battery Park City will soon remind you. The advantages of residing on the leafy tip of Manhattan are numerous: Rolling parkland, gorgeous waterfront views, fewer crowds. Plus, many rentals in the area are decked out with state-of-the-art amenities, like this luxury condo. A 40-foot pool sits under oversized skylights, and is surrounded by lots of fancy lounge furniture. Adjacent to the pool is a rooftop sun terrace with a fully furnished cabana equipped with a kitchen, as well as outdoor grills. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t cheap to buy an apartment here: Available one bedrooms begin at $799,000. 225 Rector Pl., 646-583-3663, see available listings 

 

Toren, Downtown Brooklyn

Toren, Downtown Brooklyn

Toren, Downtown Brooklyn
Gentrification continues to march steadily through Brooklyn – and Toren is a prime example. This is one of Brooklyn’s first luxury high-rise developments, and among its top-notch amenities is a posh indoor pool surrounded by a blue-and-white checkered mosaic that extends from the walls, across the floor and into the water. There’s also a skylight and lots of comfy white lounge chairs, which are ideal for checking out from daily life for awhile. The pool is shallow and mostly used as a lap pool by residents. To live here, you’ll need to fork out $2,500 a month to rent, or buy at $449,000, but you’re rewarded with loft-style, open-plan apartments, with high ceilings, wrap-around windows, hardwood floors and gleaming kitchens. 150 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, 718-222-8676, see available listings 

 

The Aldyn, Upper West Side

The Aldyn, Upper West Side

The Aldyn, Upper West Side
This luxury condo building has a whopping 40,000 square feet of space dedicated to fun, including an athletic club, spa, rock climbing wall and bowling alley. The pool is also impressive located within the fitness center, it’s 75 feet long, with two lap lanes, and is ringed by dark brickwork and large windows. But, note that the space is low on lounge furniture – this is more about working out than chilling out. There is one concession to relaxing, though: a bubbling hot tub. The classic residences, all designed by Roman and Williams, have warm teak woods and white lacquer kitchens. They’re also generously sized, starting at 700 square feet for a one-bedroom. As for prices: A two-bedroom will set you back $3,400,000. 60 Riverside Blvd., 866-580-6199, see available listings 

 

One Museum Mile, Harlem

One Museum Mile, Harlem

One Museum Mile, Harlem
Floating while gazing down at Central Park? Yes, please. The handsome One Museum Mile, which looms over the north end Central Park in Harlem, has a swank rooftop pool with oodles of amenities lounge chairs, sun umbrellas, landscaped plantings. But, the big pay-off is the stunning view of New York’s most famous park. Vistas like this, of course, don’t come cheap: You can rent or buy here, starting at $980,000 or $3,295 a month. The residences are the picture of urban elegance – white-oak flooring, handblown glass lamps, picture windows and marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs. 1280 Fifth Ave., 212-996-1280, onemuseummile.com

 

250 West Street, Tribeca

250 West Street, Tribeca

250 West Street, Tribeca
Celebrate your inner flower child at the whimsically designed pool of this luxury condo. The aquamarine pool, while quite narrow, is lined with a gigantic tiled mural of daisies. There’s also an adjacent lounge area to soak up the rays. The pool is part of the building’s two-story amenity area, which also includes a children’s playground, sauna and fitness center. All those perks come at a price: You can rent in the building for $17,500 a month, or if you act now, you can nab the one remaining penthouse for $36 million. The lofty apartments have oak flooring, large kitchens with white lacquer cabinetry and quartz countertops, and picture windows with river views. For more waterfront properties, check out 8 Best Waterfront Developments in New York City. 250 West St., 212-343-2509, 250weststreet.com

 

Arris Lofts, Long Island City

Arris Lofts, Long Island City

The Arris Lofts, Long Island City, Queens
In search of space? Head to Long Island City, where many of the developments offer apartments with considerably more square-footage than Manhattan. Not many Queens buildings, though, have pools – but here you’re in luck. The Arris Lofts set in a gigantic converted factory has a 53-foot lap pool, along with state-of-the-art fitness center and an inviting roof deck. The airy apartments have ample foyers, soaring ceilings, massive windows, French doors and kitchens with a custom island and curved-glass countertops. Prices are lower than in Manhattan, but not by much: A one bedroom at the development costs $725,000. 27-28 Thompson Ave., see available listings 

 

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