Editor’s note: The following item is republished with permission of Realtor.com. See the original article: Slide Into Summer On These Heat-Busting Water Slides.
This one goes out to all those who have been sweating smoking-hot bullets in the heat wave that’s blasting the East Coast with triple-digit temps and to all the others prepping for the just-begun summer season: we’ve rounded up five high-end water slides and swimming pools for your mind (and body) to float away upon while you’re broiling in the subway or swimming in the heat mirages out on I-95.
Emerald Rancho Santa Fe
Our first stop on the tour is an inviting swimming pool in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Complete with water falls, slide, adjacent spa, and fire pits, this six bed, 10 bath home provides plenty of H2O to cool your burning skin – and a wet bar to cool your mind.
L.A. may be experiencing mild temps now, but later in the Summer, when the Valley is hot enough to melt asphalt and the city is wilting under super-heated desert winds, you can beat the heat by sliding into this pool high above Sunset Boulevard.
After you’re done swimming, haul yourself out to gaze over the city as you bask like a raisin in the sun, or pop inside the accompanying five-bed, six-bath home until the burning orb sets and emerge for a night swim with the lights of the basin spread out all around you lighting your way.
If you’re looking for a more rugged swimming and sliding experience, this grotto in the mountains above Malibu has got you covered. Soak in the cool ocean breezes, the beautiful views, and the pool-side statuary at this five-bed, seven-bath canyon retreat.
Of course, the biggest body of water in the world is a short drive away, so you can always surf with the dolphins and poke around the tide pools just down the Pacific Coast Highway at Point Dume.
Electric Blue in the OC
If Orange County is more your speed, this Newport Coast pool offers a slide, a spa, and another fine example of the now-ubiquitous fire pit (the Tiki Torch of the new millenium.) This spacious patio has plenty of room for all your inland-dwelling friends looking to escape the heat, and an outdoor BBQ to help you feed them.
The six-bed, eight-bath home is also not far from Laguna Beach, if the night’s festivities leave you feeling you need a chakra-cleaning in the morning.
Chill in Brentwood, laid back
Finally, we wrap our tour with this classic Brentwood estate. Hang out in the Mediterranean-style cabana, slide into the cool waters of the pool, or rinse off L.A.’s ever-present summer dust/soot in the adjacent spa. When the sun sinks behind the Santa Monica Mountains, throw some mesquite logs in the cabana’s fireplace, sip a drink, and just tell yourself, "It may be hot, but at least it’s a dry heat."
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