When summer rolls around many New Englanders can be found at The Cape, Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard or any of the numerous beaches that are dotted along the Northeast coast. New England’s stunning water vistas are rivaled only by its swimming pools. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), based in Alexandria, Virginia noted a total of 131,217 in-ground pools in Massachusetts, according to 2011 statistics. If you add in pools in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine you have a very impressive amount of recreational water requiring maintenance and monitoring.
A Must-Have Amenity
A swimming pool is considered a must-have amenity for many luxury condominium properties. Pools create an atmosphere and an ambiance for any property. They are often a backdrop for social and recreational events and meetings. Beach lovers frequently favor pools for a refreshing swim—minus sand and harsh salt water—followed by a relaxing soak in the spa. Pool exercise classes, or water aerobics, are another great source of recreation, and hot tubs offer therapeutic relief for a host of ailments, as well as an enjoyable relaxation experience. When family and guests come to visit, an on-site pool offers a convenient recreational outlet for all ages. Even a non-swimmer can enjoy a barbecue or cocktail party when the setting includes a lush pool landscape decorated for the event.
“A condo or co-op with a pool is much more appealing than one without, for the very same reason that people often choose their hotel at a vacation destination based on the pool,” says Lisa S. Grepps, director of marketing & communications for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. “And the reason most hotels prominently feature their pools and water features in literature and on the web is that people simply love to be in and around the water. From APSP research we know that the top reason people are drawn to pools is for the relaxation and fun they provide. A pool or hot-tub in a condo/co-op setting enables more opportunity to enjoy the water and connect with family, friends and neighbors.”
Some of the more luxurious condos in the Boston area, for example, have full-sized or lap pools for residents to enjoy. Boston’s 45 Province has a full package of hotel-style amenities and sports a fully-equipped workout facility with a four seasons indoor/outdoor pool. Among other amenities, Four Seasons Boston condos also have an indoor pool overlooking the Public Gardens of Boston Common. And in Connecticut, a new homeowners association in Darien, an award-winning luxury property called Kensett, enjoys a newly-built Meeting House-style clubhouse with a heated lap pool, a private soaking pool, and an outdoor fire pit.
Above-ground pools are a possible alternative to a traditional pool for residential homes, but not an optimal choice for condominium properties or public facilities, partly because they’re not nearly as durable as in-ground models, and because they may also prove difficult to modify for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).