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11 Sexiest Pool Decks in Houston

WASHINGTON DC 08.16.2017

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    11 Sexiest Pool Decks in Houston

    Multifamily renters today are living the high life as developers have been constantly raising the bar on amenities. That includes some amazing spaces to cool down during the hot Houston summer. Here are 11 pools that’ll blow your mind.

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    1. One Park Place

    1. One Park Place

    Developer: Finger Cos
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Jackson Ryan
    Delivered: 2009

    One Park Place is the father of Downtown living, and was ahead of the amenities game. The two-tiered 35k SF pool deck is nestled among skyscrapers and has been called the Oasis in the City. With a cascading waterfall, four outdoor grilling stations, cozy fire pit, and 8’ by 8’ private cabanas, the pool deck’s wow factor contributed to One Park Place winning the 2010 ULI Development of Distinction, 2010 Allen Award and 2013 Cornerstone Award. The landscaping is lush but sustainable, with environmentally friendly materials, drip irrigation to conserve water, native and adaptive plants, and low-maintenance turf.

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    2. Market Square Tower

    2. Market Square Tower

    Developer: Woodbranch Investments
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Jackson & Ryan
    Delivered: Under construction now, with estimated completion in early 2017

    One of Market Square Tower’s two pools will be a heart-stopper—40 floors up, it cantilevers over the edge of the tower. Three sides are glass enclosures, and there will be three window panes so bold swimmers can peer down to the street from the bottom of the pool. The deck will be top-quality, all granite on pedestal pavers. Kudela & Weinheimer (which released this new rendering for us) tells us it’s been particularly challenging meeting hurricane requirements on the 40th floor.

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    3. Catalyst

    3. Catalyst

    Developer: Marquette Cos, Hunt Cos and Ares Management
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper
    Delivered: Under construction now, with estimated completion in 2016

    From the sky club, residents can peek into Minute Maid Park. The deck also includes a “yoga fusion lawn,” bocce ball, catering kitchen and barbecue, fountains and fireplace.

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    4. Gables River Oaks

    4. Gables River Oaks

    Developer: Gables
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper
    Delivered: 2014

    Also known as West Ave II, Gables River Oaks features a rare saltwater pool. The cabanas that line it each have their own electronic safe and refrigerator. And for some pizzazz, the pool is adorned with a fountain topped with fire.

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    5. 2727 Kirby Condominiums

    5. 2727 Kirby Condominiums

    Developer: Michael Atlas
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper
    Delivered: 2009

    A classic wood pool deck warms the seventh floor pool deck, which includes a putting green. The infinity-edge pool cascades down a wall of sparkling glass tiles that becomes the backdrop for a therapeutic hot tub.

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    6. Highland Tower

    6. Highland Tower

    Developer: Pelican Builders
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper
    Delivered: 2010

    The outdoor amenity space includes a landscaped roof terrace with an infinity edge pool, outdoor living room, putting green, and tranquil green space with fountains and paved courtyards.

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    7. The Sovereign at Regent Square

    7. The Sovereign at Regent Square

    Developer: GID
    Landscape Architect: SWA
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper Architects
    Delivered: 2014

    Welcome to one of the best views of Downtown you can get on a floatie. Residents at the Sovereign get to enjoy a high-end 75’ lap pool, modern appointed furniture, and planters with mature palms. If they’re not up for a dip, they can relax in poolside cabanas around fire pits.

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    8. Estates at Fountain Lake

    8. Estates at Fountain Lake

    Developer: TCR
    Delivered: 1998

    PPI acquired Estates at Fountain Lake from TCR last May (it was previously called Alexan Fountain Lake), and has been upgrading the units and common areas. That includes the pool deck, where PPI recently added a grilling area.

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    9. Villas at Hermann Park

    9. Villas at Hermann Park

    Developer: Irving Deal
    Delivered: 2000

    In January, Waterton Associates purchased Villas at Hermann Park, where residents also have two pools to choose from. A lap pool sits alongside (but separate from) a recreation pool with geysers and tanning ledges. The pool deck also includes a pair of outdoor kitchens with grilling stations, perfect for spring and summer barbecues.

     

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    10. Alexan Auburn Lakes

    10. Alexan Auburn Lakes

    Developer: PPI and TCR
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Hensley Lamkin Rachel
    Delivered: 2014

    Two pools are better than one at Alexan Auburn Lakes, which features both a lap pool attached to a large outdoor pavilion and a leisure pool attached to the clubhouse. The sun decks are enhanced by waterfalls, cabanas and an outdoor kitchen. Just beyond the pools, residents can go more natural by jogging around the private lake.

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    11. Gables Tanglewood

    11. Gables Tanglewood

    Developer: Gables
    Landscape Architect: Kudela & Weinheimer
    Building Architect: Ziegler Cooper
    Delivered: 2013

    Gables Tanglewood's spectacular rooftop pool terrace has a club room and outdoor living room overlooking the Galleria and Uptown Houston. Tenants can relax by the infinity edge pool and outdoor cabana, entertain in the demo kitchen/lounge, or watch a favorite movie in the private movie theater.

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    Honorable Mention: Marriott Marquis

    Honorable Mention: Marriott Marquis

    Developer: Rida Development
    Landscape Architect: SWA and Clark Condon
    Building Architect: Morris Architects
    Delivered: Under construction now, with estimated completion in September 2016

    It’s not an apartment, but you can no longer talk about pools in Houston without mentioning the Marriott Marquis Convention Center’s Texas-shaped lazy river towering 110 feet above Downtown. The resort terrace also includes an infinity pool, full-service spa and fitness center, outdoor bar and grill, and group pavilion.