Pool Porn: 7 Hot Backyards That Will Make You Swoon

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If sheltering in place has you going off the deep end, we’ve got a diversion. Seven spectacular swimming pools that feel more like vacation resorts—no travel or reservations necessary. But even if paradise is not in your foreseeable future, don’t despair. In true Candys Dirt fashion, what better time than a pandemic to indulge in a little pool porn.

Stairway to Heaven

There’s no reason to leave this Highland Park oasis. Ever. The enticing backyard oasis rivals any resort hotel.  

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Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Tip-toe into the ground level of the double-decker, zero-depth entry pool. A 13-foot rock structure, three 10-foot waterfalls, and a grotto cave hideaway await. Or take a swim upstairs in the 14-foot-deep, 100,000-gallon pool.

Or maybe you’d prefer a relaxing soak in the spa, surrounded by eight Richardsonian-style arched granite columns. Rounding out the amenities: a steam room, sauna, his-and-hers cabana baths, and exercise room.

“The pools and patio are like a puzzle, positioned to create a large rear yard for entertaining,” says Allie Beth Allman listing agent Doris Jacobs.

Price tag: $8.795 million; 3619 Crescent Avenue, Dallas.

Rolling In the Deep

What we love most about this Old Preston Hollow stunner is the view from Great Room. This two-story sanctuary features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking both the diving pool and the property’s lush landscaping. (The home’s previous owner was a master gardener.)

Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“You’re tucked away in the center of Dallas, at one with nature. The rest of world is gone,” says Briggs Freeman listing agent Ted Bangs.

Price tag: $3 million; 5251 Ravine Drive, Dallas.

Modern Marvel

A unique, circular skylight directly above the rectangular-shaped pools offers two distinct benefits: shade by day, a star-studded view by night.

Galaxy Modern

“The 21-foot-high roof gives you shelter from the sun without feeling boxed in,” says David Griffin/Galaxy Modern listing agent Janelle Alcantera. “Relax on a float while you stare at the stars.”

Adding to the allure: a heated spa and LED lighting that changes color to create dancing reflections on the living room ceiling.

Price tag: $3.695 million; 11468 Strait Lane, Dallas.

Rock Star

We don’t know if it’s the abundant greenery, distinctive rock waterfall, inviting pool, or those hot orange umbrellas, but this backyard is where we want to be no matter how long we’re sheltering at home. (Three outdoor living areas make social distancing a breeze.)

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Compass
Compass

“Situated on arguably what is one of the most beautiful and scenic lots in Dallas, this spectacular residence is a welcoming respite and stunning oasis,” according to Compass listings agents Mark Cain and Taylor Cousins.

“You’ll believe you’re in the Rocky Mountains.”

Price tag: $4.695 million; 9918 Avalon Creek Court, Dallas.

Palatial Pool

Relax under the pergola and stare out into the royal blue waters of this home’s serene pool and spa. Are we feeling less stressed yet?

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Many details are inspired by Paris’ Galerie-Musée Baccarat and other global venues (think crystal chandeliers, colorful mosaics). Other features include an outdoor shower and wood-burning fireplace.

“The details are exceptional,” says Allie Beth Allman listing agent Christine McKenny.

Price tag: $3.675 million; 6346 Desco Drive, Dallas.

The Lap of Luxury

A saltwater pool and spa is the focal point of this 1.1-acre sports field-sized back yard. And it’s where we want to unwind after choosing a bouteille de vin from this Country French Manor’s 1,200-bottle wine cellar.

Dave Perry-Miller
Dave Perry-Miller

An outdoor living center sports a covered patio, fireplace/pit, and sport court. Listing agent for the Lobello Estates property is Ryan Streiff with Dave Perry-Miller.

Price tag: $4.495 million; 5431 Ursula Lane, Dallas.

To Infinity and Beyond

The aerial view of this Westlake estate is nothing short of a WOW. Talk about bells and whistles. From the double-decker, infinity-edge pool to dual spas and a water slide, this place doesn’t miss a trick.

Ebby Halliday
Ebby Halliday

This suburban oasis also sports a cabana, outdoor living area and kitchen, gazebo, fireplace/pit, and multiple patios and porches. (Check out Candy Evans’ tour with Ebby Halliday listing agent Juliet Marie Williams).

Listing price: $4.995 million; 1750 Trace Bella Court, Westlake.

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Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

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