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Luxury Living Spring teases with thoughts of summer spent by the pool

April 2, 2019

Spring has arrived. A little further south in Washington, D.C., the National Park Service is predicting the cherry blossoms will begin their annual show next week. Here in Greenwich, the promise of consistently warm weather still feels far off by the calendar’s measures, and yet, the time to think about landscaping, gardening and prepping the pool for the season is upon us.

Getting pools ready for their summertime debuts is typically a multi-step process, and frequently it’s a job for a professional, who will tend to repairs, cleaning, filling, getting the temperature and balances just right. And while homeowners with their own pools begin to consider and plan for these services, buyers in the Greenwich market may be thinking ahead, too — to properties with pools where they can make their own summertime memories.

For example, the next residents of 8 Carpenters Brook Road will not only enjoy the 2005 Jim Schettino-created six-bedroom luxury home, they’ll also appreciate one of the property’s amenities — an in-ground pool and an entertaining terrace that the house seemingly “embraces.”

Joy Kim Metalios, managing director and broker of the Metalios Group at William Raveis Real Estate, listed the property for $2.69 million.

“This particular pool is amazing, because it’s saltwater — better for you! Also, it has an oversized deck for entertaining and eating, as well as for lounging,” Metalios noted. “It creates a private courtyard-type setting, complemented by the pool house.”

Another great feature of this particular pool setting is that it’s “wired” for sound, with outdoor speakers in place for audio ambiance.

Luxury estate buyers may swoon at the design-magazine-worthy pool at 7 Old Mill Road, the six-bedroom, more than 10,000-square-foot colonial on 2.64 acres, listed for $5.849 million by Angel Neuberth of Houlihan Lawrence’s Riverside office.

“A white picket fence surrounds the pool area, creating a bucolic setting for entertaining and family fun,” Neuberth suggested. “Easy access to the lower-level cabana with a kitchenette and outdoor grill area make for a resort experience right at home.”

Pools with value-adds

Leitenberger Bronfman Architects brought the 19-room seven-bedroom Georgian colonial to life at 41 Upland Drive. Listed by Amanda Miller of Houlihan Lawrence, the $5.995 million-listed property affords a cook’s kitchen, seven bedrooms, and a number of amenities, including a media room and in-home gym. Nestled among the 1.51 acres are terraces — including one with an outdoor fireplace — lush lawn and an in-ground pool.

“What I love about the pool at 41 Upland is that it’s set off to the side of the yard, so there’s plenty of flat, grassy area to play,” Miller pointed out. “In the summer, it’s very attractive, as it’s set up almost as a ‘separate room’ in the backyard; and in the winter, you’re not staring at a winter cover from the interior.

“I also think that having a pool with an automatic safety cover is a huge plus,” she added. “It adds an added element of security, and keeps the pool warm and clean.”

Sotheby’s senior global real estate adviser Leslie McElwreath listed 190 Clapboard Ridge Road, a custom-built compound that debuted in 2012 on 2.68 acres — lakefront in the private Khakum Wood Association. The asking price is $6.79 million, and that buys a number of outstanding amenities, including the pool.

“This custom-designed pool features a stylish infinity edge that overlooks serene Lake Khakum in mid-country Greenwich,” McElwreath explained. “It is also surrounded by an expansive terrace, pool house and outdoor shower. It is like vacationing all year round!”