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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    It's hard to believe how fast our infamous "polar vortex" yielded to the our beloved "heat dome," but there's of course a great way to get through either: staying at home. For listings that have them, pools become the center of life at any home this time of year. These standout examples from our listings north of New York City each make a serious splash:

    GREENWICH | 11 Mayfair Lane
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    Added during a recent renovation by Bray-Schaible, it's hard to believe the indoor pool wing of this cavernous pre-war Chateau wasn't part of the original home. The spacious aquatic center, connected via lower level passage from the main residence, includes an adjacent spa and upstairs fitness room. Rows of doors on both sides invite the outdoors in, whether fully or spirit—depending on the season, of course.

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    RED HOOK | Atalanta
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    A great mansion amidst other great mansions of the gilded age elite, 289-acre Atalanta is one of the most significant estates in the Hudson Valley, with ties to the likes of Astors, Delanos and Livingstons. Gracing the hillside in the foreground of sweeping vistas across the Hudson River and Catskills, its pool is everything you'd expect at such a property, complete with a Greek Revival pool house of parallel grandeur found throughout the property.

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    RIVERSIDE | 10 Pilot Rock Lane
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    We're not sure above where the pool ends and Long Island Sound begins. The infinity-edge pool with spa at this custom coastal Craftsman overlooks a putting green, a few good-looking neighbors and open sea, skirted by a spacious stone patio perfect for easy access and endless entertaining possibilities.

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    WOODSTOCK | 201 Cooper Lake Road
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    Don't let the au natural look fool you: the "pond" you see is not a natural water feature, but a brilliantly-contrived custom swimming hole, with carefully placed ledges and a biologic non-chemical filtration system. It's too fitting for a Catskills artist's compound, and even better, there's a more traditional pool as well—pick whichever matches your mood.

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    POUND RIDGE | 45 Mallard Lake

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    Wrapped with retractable glass panels, this postmodern pool hall is good to go any time of year. Keeping in theme with several of the other standout swim spots we're featuring, it also isn't the only water on the property: the home sits on scenic Mallard Lake, which can be viewed from the natatorium and elsewhere throughout the home.

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