Summer in Sonoma County can get hot; very hot. Homebuyers who find themselves searching in the heat may find that considerations such as central AC, shade trees, and dual-paned windows are at the forefront of their minds.
In the time of a historic drought, the idea of a backyard pool may have fallen out of favor in newer construction, but it remains the ultimate home addition in terms of relief from the summer heat, as well as a centerpiece for social gatherings and summer birthday parties.
Fortunately, the backyard pool hasn’t completely disappeared, and homes are posted for sale every day that feature a well-maintained pool in the yard. While many are somewhat above the median price range in Sonoma County, here are six of the latest listings that highlight a backyard pool; all under one million;
731 4th St E, Sonoma – $965,000
3 beds 3 baths 1,975 square feet
Built in 1977, this home looks like a basic single-family tract home, but it’s hiding a sizable pool out back.
On a sunny afternoon, the pool in this backyard brings to mind a vacation cabana or summer camp hang out.
157 Pope Ct, Santa Rosa – $678,000
4 beds 3 baths 2,088 square feet
Tucked behind a thicket of trees and greenery, this house was built in 1979 and is a good size for a mid to large-sized family.
In contrast to the front, the backyard is landscaped and has a free-form in-ground pool, along with a fire pit and room for outdoor gatherings.
3879 Shadowhill Dr, Santa Rosa – $929,000
4 beds 3 baths 2,350 square feet
This 1966 Colonial style home looks stately and reserved. Good setting for lounging poolside on a hot day.
The chaise lounges set up around the pool reinforce the idea of a relaxing afternoon, while the size of the patio is prime for a backyard barbeque.
809 Keokuk St, Petaluma – $799,000
3 beds 3 baths 2,249 square feet
Built in 1992, this newer home is roomy enough for entertaining.
While attractive during the daytime, the evening is when this pool really shines with underwater lighting and a small fountain at the deep end.
103 Paul Wittke Dr, Healdsburg – $749,000
4 beds 3 baths 2,400 square feet
Built in 2005, this newer Healdsburg home is well priced for the area it’s located in.
The backyard pool/spa combo is sized for relaxing, and is constructed to blend with the landscaping.
114 Sierra Ct, Cloverdale – $609,000
4 beds 3 baths 2,339 square feet
From the front, this Cloverdale home looks like a well-restored Craftsman. Built in 2004, it has a modern, open floor plan and contemporary amenities, like a pool.
The backyard pool is shaped more for taking it easy than doing laps, but on a hot day may be what a homeowner is looking for.