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Backyards That Make A Splash: Pool Homes For Sale In California

Homebuyers, who are California dreamin’ of a residence with a swimming pool, are in luck. Such properties abound. And some are spectacular.

Susan C. Schena

Aug 26, 2021

3315 Lilac Summit - Compass CA Press
This home, at 3315 Lilac Summit in Encinitas, CA, is one of many residences, with backyard pools, for sale in the Golden State. 
(Courtesy of Redfin)

CALIFORNIA — Golden State homebuyers, with swimming pools ranked high on their must-have lists, have many options from which to choose — which is fairly commonplace in a state renown for its indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Pools and spas are typical amenities at houses for sale throughout California. But some designs clearly stand out, as they can transform run-of-the-mill backyards into sanctuaries, work-out spaces and entertainer’s dreams.


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5 Owl Hill Court in Orinda. (Redfin)

Home Has Private Backyard Oasis

If indoor-outdoor living is important to you, this Orinda home makes the transition seamless. It has multiple wood-framed French doors for easy flow between spaces, as shown on The Mediterranean-inspired villa is an extraordinary sanctuary tucked at the end of an Orinda cul-de-sac on almost an acre of hillside property.


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625 Kingman Ave., Santa Monica. (Redfin)

Gorgeous Canyon Home Features Sparkling Pool & Spa

This Spanish Contemporary home listed on Redfin has a tranquil setting and features an open floor plan inspired to invite the outside in. This dreamy Santa Monica home is designed by Studio Ritz Rabin and has an incredible indoor and outdoor space designed to perfection.


505 Kortum Canyon Road, Calistoga. - Compass CA Press

505 Kortum Canyon Road, Calistoga. (Redfin)

Estate Home Boasts Pool, Hot Tub, Great Room

Spend your days swimming in the pool, lounging in the hot tub and harvesting delights from the rare fruit trees surrounding this Napa County wine country estate home named La Belle Colline, or the Beautiful Knoll.


16285 Oak Creek Trail in Poway. (Redfin)

Home With Grotto-Style Pool And Spa

Check out this Poway property listed on Redfin. Built in 1967, this property with a guest house offers six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. Features include a grotto-style pool and spa, waterfall, tree house, patio, wood deck, mature trees, gardens, sweeping lawn, fruit trees and solar panels.


19741 Highway 78 in Ramona. (Redfin)

Home With Swimming Pool, Gazebo, Flagstone Deck and Views

Built in 1950, this home offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Features include an attached granny flat, office and an enclosed patio. The fenced backyard showcases a refinished pebble-tech pool, gazebo, flagstone deck and views.


750 California Ave., Venice. (Redfin)

Modern Venice Homes On Same Lot Feature Custom Pool

This luxurious, creative home duo of homes in Venice is a private retreat and it’s listed on Redfin. The visually appealing homes have bright, natural light throughout, hardwood floor and unique design throughout. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in total. The larger unit features a custom pool and spa.


900 Vista Via Drive, Healdsburg. (Redfin)

Pool Home Has Updated Kitchen, Baths

This updated three-bedroom home with a pool couldn’t be in a more perfect location, close to the golf course and just minutes away from Healdsburg Plaza.


2582 Filbert St., San Francisco. (Redfin)

Newly Constructed Contemporary Mansion

If wellness is a priority for you, this could be your dream home as leading-edge health initiatives were part of the design process. The home, featured on, has air and water filtration, is sustainably built/LEED Platinum, and has world-class lifestyle amenities including an outdoor lap pool.


3721 Donna Court in Carlsbad. (Redfin)

Home With Swimming Pool And Spa: $1.725M

Built in 2002, this property with an additional dwelling unit offers five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Features include a swimming pool and spa, outdoor shower, putting green, fruit trees and ocean views.


120 De Bernardo Lane, Aptos. (Redfin)

Stunning Dream Pool, Backyard

Check out this 7,300-square-foot, four-bed Aptos Hills home with a rockstar backyard. The Central Coast lifestyle is all about the outdoors and this home is no exception. With a beautifully crafted firepit, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and gazebo-shaded seating area, you might never go back inside.


7752 Shady Creek Road, Dublin. (Redfin)

Backyard Boasts Tropical Pool Hangout, Gazebo

This Willow Creek home offers a bright and peaceful interior with a backyard hangout that can’t be beat. This three-bed home, just listed Wednesday at $1.4 million, is perfect for pool parties with a spa and trees and greenery abound. A gazebo is tucked into trees at the rear of the yard and there’s space for seating areas around the perimeter of the pool. The yard connects to the upgraded kitchen, which features a breakfast bar, natural light and a white brick fireplace.


9350 Burning Tree Way in Santee. (Redfin)

Home With Saltwater Pool

Built in 1968, this property offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Features include two fireplaces, an upgraded kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, a saltwater pool and a two-car garage with an electric car station.


3315 Lilac Summit in Encinitas. (Redfin)

Home With Vanishing Edge Pool

Searching for a home with a swimming pool? Check out this Encinitas property listed on Redfin. Built in 2002, this property with a guest house offers seven bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Features include three fireplaces, a wine cellar, a vanishing edge pool and spa, an attached two-car garage and a detached two-car garage.


7734 W 81st St, Playa Del Rey. (Redfin)

Mid-Century Home Has Pool, Basement & Style

This Playa del Rey home listed on Redfin has unique features that not all California homes have — a basement, chef’s kitchen, smart pool and spa, and high ceilings.


6360 Cresthaven Drive in La Mesa. (Redfin)

La Mesa Home With Indoor-Outdoor Pool

Built in 1960, this property offers four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Features include a theater room, an indoor-outdoor pool, a bar area and views.


1513 W. Sumner Avenue, Lake Elsinore. (Redfin)

California Ranch House With Pool Hits Market

This home was listed on one week ago and features lake and mountain views from the front porch and living room.