If you can't make it to the Jersey Shore and you are still miles back on your local swim club's waiting list, there is just one natural answer: Get your very own pool. Here are three homes in Philadelphia that can help you dream about what's possible.
437 W. Chestnut Hill Ave.
Monthly taxes: $1,680
Tell me all about it: This Chestnut Hill estate sits on nearly 3 acres of landscaped space. The lot includes a fabulous in-ground pool, a greenhouse, a carriage house, and multiple terraces. We also love the eat-in kitchen with its enormous center island and high-end appliances. The family room boasts custom built-in shelving and a private bar. We love the master suite, which includes dual closets and bathrooms as well as a separate dressing room.
8711/09 Seminole St.
Monthly taxes: $2,524
Tell me all about it: This property doesn't just feature beautiful outdoor gardens (designed by the Frederick Law Olmstead firm and recorded in the Smithsonian). It also boasts a huge pool area, dual master bedroom suites, and an entirely separate carriage house with its own eat-in-kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. The grounds have a greenhouse and potting shed that share a half bath.
610 S. Front St.
Monthly taxes: $682
Tell me all about it: This nearly 6,000-square-foot home boasts an indoor, heated saltwater pool in the lower level (the home also includes a moisture dry system to keep things running). If that's not enough, it features a rooftop deck with skyline views, attached garage parking, and exotic hardwood floors. Bonus: The four-bedroom home is also within the Meredith school catchment.