10 Awesome Apartment Pools You Wish You Had

Having an apartment pool brings many benefits. Not only is a pool an oasis for relaxing, it's a great place to get social. You can invite friends to join you poolside on hot days and get to know the other tenants in your complex.

Pools even help you stay fit. Swimming is a great low-impact workout, whether it's doing laps or getting in some aqua aerobics.

According to data collected by Harvard's Joint Center on Housing Studies, 86 percent of new apartments had swimming pools in 2016. They continue to rank high on renters' wish lists.

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If you're on the lookout for a new apartment and have a pool on your must-have list, you need to check out these amazing options across the country.

1. 05 Buckhead — Atlanta, GA

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If you want to swim in a pool that feels like it's on top of the Empire State Building, check out 05 Buckhead. With a sleek design, this rooftop pool overlooks one of the many Peachtree Roads you'll find in the city.

Located in Atlanta's uptown Buckhead neighborhood, this apartment community sits in a trendy shopping area with some of the best rooftop lounges in the city. Known as the "Beverly Hills of the East," this little slice of the South spews luxury and fun.

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2. San Paloma — Austin, TX

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A huge double-pool with columns and fountains makes living in San Paloma feel like you've traveled to Italy. Palm trees and poolside food service add to the getaway feel. For a little extra luxury, take advantage of one of their tanning beds or the indoor swim spa.

The state capital of Texas, Austin is never boring. Its varied music scene means you'll hear country, blues and rock coming from the variety of bars and clubs on any given night. With a lot of parks and lakes, you'll spend your days outdoors hiking, biking, swimming or boating. There's always something to do, and it's always bigger in Texas.

3. The Ridge Clemson — Central, SC

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For the ultimate in student living, The Ridge Clemson offers a unique pool experience. Their lazy river lets you float along for some peace and tranquility when you need a break from their huge pool and hot tub.

Central is home to Southern Wesleyan University, but so close to Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College that you may not even go to the same school as your neighbor. When you need a break from all the fun of college, travel just 30 minutes to reach the Blue Ridge Mountains for a woodsy escape.

4. The Halston — Dallas, TX

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There's nothing like being able to swim year-round. Most cities don't have the right weather for that, so you'd need an indoor and outdoor pool. The Halston has you covered. Swim inside during the cold months for exercise and relax at the outdoor pool in the summer sun. The best of both worlds.

Nestled near the Dallas neighborhood of Eastwood Hills, these apartments provide easy access to both White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum. The neighborhood is also known for its large, mature trees, so there's plenty to enjoy outdoors.

The restaurants and shops around here are mostly owned by locals and aren't chains. There's a lot of original stuff to eat and buy that supports the local community.

5. Evolution at Estrella Falls — Goodyear, AZ

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Keeping kids safely occupied at the pool is often a challenge for parents. Especially if there's no lifeguard on duty. One way to remedy the situation is with an amazing splash pad, guaranteed to keep your family occupied for hours. Evolution at Estrella Falls complements its heated saltwater pool and spa with a killer splash pad.

Located within a suburb of Phoenix, Goodyear got its name from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. With some of the best hiking in the state, getting outdoors is what living here is all about. If you'd rather take a more relaxed approach to the outdoors, spend time as a spectator at Goodyear Ballpark. It's the site for spring training for the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds.

6. The Lively Indigo Run — Ladson, SC

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Just north of Charleston sits The Lively Indigo Run. With a fun name, this community features a contemporary saltwater pool in addition to a club room with built-in iPad stations. Perfect for the young professional, this apartment is also extremely pet-friendly with a dog park and dog washing stations on site.

A big events center, there's always something bringing in a crowd to Ladson. Living here, you're close to the annual Coastal Carolina Fair, a 10-day event that keeps the town prominent on the state map. Since 1957, this fall fair has offered carnival rides, food and wholesome family fun. Make sure you put it on your calendar.

7. Panorama Tower — Miami, FL

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Spending time poolside at Panorama Tower is more an experience than anything else. Located on the 22nd floor, the deck wraps around the entire tower and has two pools. One gives you great ocean views, while the other captures the sunset. There's even a splash pool and cafe.

This high-rise apartment fits in nicely with the classy restaurants, shops, boutiques and cafes in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. A major hub for young professionals, the area features everything to do and eat right beside tons of offices. You can work, live and play in the same area with ease.

8. Newport Bluffs — Newport Beach, CA

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Designed to look like an Italian village, Newport Bluffs has more than one luxurious pool to enjoy. There are three, resort-style pools nestled among landscaping that mirrors the Italian countryside. Amenities like spas and private cabanas are also available.

Located near Bonita Canyon, residents have access to a lot of outdoor activities, as well as in-town shopping and dining. An idyllic coastal California town, Newport Beach attracts people who want to be close to the beach. With a thriving harbor and surf culture, it's perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and those who like plenty of glitz and glamour.

9. 1400 Russell Luxury Apartments — St. Louis, MO

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Because of the amazingly sleek rooftop pool, 1400 Russell Luxury Apartments would attract anyone to make this spot in St. Louis their home. With an in-pool lounge area and submerged seating along the edges, this is the perfect pool for socializing and soaking up the sun.

The historic Soulard neighborhood is one of the oldest enclaves west of the Mississippi. The multitude of red brick makes you feel like you're a part of history. Local landmarks are nearby, such as the Anheuser Busch Brewery to the south and the Soulard Farmers Market to the north.

10. 500 Harbor Island — Tampa, FL

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With a sleek pool with a city view, 500 Harbor Island makes it an experience when you sit poolside. Set beside an amazing green space, the area features plenty of plush seating that even includes lounge beds. The pool itself has an infinity edge and waterfall and is heated. The perfect place to relax.

Located within Tampa's downtown, Harbor Island is an actual island. To get back on the mainland, you must cross over Garrison Channel. The island itself is small but contains its own Yacht Club, hotel, coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs and shops. Right across the channel, you'll find the Tampa Bay History Center, Convention Center and Florida Aquarium among additional places to eat and shop.

Prioritize the apartment pool in your search

There are so many apartment pools to pick from when looking for your new home. It's definitely an item worth keeping on your amenity list. It may even make or break where you sign a lease for your next place.

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