Nothing dresses up your luxury home like a swimming pool—that secluded backyard paradise homeowners crave to help keep the rest of the world at bay. Over the past two years, the pandemic has made that backyard oasis one of the most sought-after amenities on today's luxury home market. For example, according to HomeLight's "Top Agent Insights Survey for Spring 2021," pre-pandemic, homes with in-ground pools were selling for an estimated $16,137 more than homes without a pool. 

Today, those same homes sell for about $27,199 more than homes without pools—a 69% increase.

Along with being an eye-catching addition to your home's overall personality, a luxury pool offers a variety of benefits that Tampa area homeowners and buyers seek. 

And what's a better stress-buster than lounging around the pool—catching rays with soothing sounds of a poolside waterfall or listening to your favorite music on your waterproof outdoor sound system. Swimming laps is the ultimate in keeping a body trim and healthy!

Whatever you seek, options are available to customize your backyard and give Tampa area homeowners the perfect backyard oasis: 

Going all-natural

One of the more popular luxury pool looks is natural stone coping and decking. The look brings a sense of style to your outdoor living space. Choose from bluestone, sandstone, or Tennessee Crab Orchard, depending on the type you want. Contrasting materials also draw attention and frame focal points of the area around your pool while keeping your feet (and footing) cool in the Florida sun. 

Natural backyard luxury pool made of stone

 2906 West Hawthorne Road | Listed by Mary Kelly

Pump (or filter) it up

Having a luxury pool means never spending all your time cleaning it. Well, sort of. But by upgrading your pool filtration system, you are not only improving the efficiency and clarity of your water, but you're also lowering monthly pool costs. 

4525 West Swann Avenue | Listed by Jennifer Fuddy

Saltwater the day away

Salt Water Chlorinators are the new wave of luxury pool service technology, eliminating the need for liquid chlorine, granular chlorine, or chlorine tablets. It also means convenience by not only having to store chlorine. 

1915 Carolina Avenue NE | Listed by The Malowany Group

Light it up

Nothing brings your luxury pool to lifelike visual effects, i.e., color LED and fiber optic lighting. LED pool and color fiber optic lighting can be inserted directly into the floor or wall of your pool (or spa), giving your luxury poolscape that glows in the dark look. 

415 South Royal Palm Way | Listed by Anne Mullis, Cindy Richards, Greg Szewcyzk Team

Plaster your pool look

Similar to lighting, aggregate pool plaster finishes translate into richly-colored pools. In addition, while pool plaster protects concrete gunite pools from damaging, innovative plaster technology has helped provide a more aesthetically-pleasing alternative. Styles like quartz, crystals, and pebbles increase plaster durability while adding visual appeal. 

2400 14th Street N | Listed by Dan Casper

Endless water days

Fact: As a result of evaporation and people coming in and out, water levels in pools drop every day. Your pumps and filters will not work correctly if your water levels get too low. Adding an electronic auto fill provides a practical addition to your luxury pool, giving you one less thing to worry about. Electronic auto-fills monitor your pool's water level and fill it accordingly until it reaches its proper level. 

1801 Bella Lago Lane | Listed by Autumn Etheredge 

Cover it up

If you have children or pets, an automatic pool cover is the accessory your luxury pool needs the most. In addition, automatic covers also improve the chemical efficiency of your pool. Automatic covers also are a must when selling your home, as they help eliminate the concerns of prospective buyers who might perceive the pool to be a liability. 

309 Fremantle Way | Listed by Melissa Styles

Going all custom

A stunning walk up to the pool off your back deck. Fountains. Soothing waterfalls. Lagoons. Fountains. River rocks. Kid slides. A lazy river, even. Depending on what you want in and for your pool, you have options if you have the creativity. Nothing creates a more relaxing and tranquil atmosphere like the sounds and sight of water. Are you looking to entertain instead? Try a luxury pool house with a bar, kitchen seating, restroom and shower facilities, and a changing area.

5213 West Neptune Way | Listed by Melanie Atkinson


If you want your next luxury home or condo in the Tampa area to include a pool, our team of real estate professionals at Smith & Associates Real Estate can help make your dream come true. With more than 52 years in the business, we make it our mission to help every client find their new home. Let us "match" you with one of our team members today. Call us at 833.917.0676 or click here.

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