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Swim Season: Your Guide to Pittsburgh’s Best Pools

With weather as unpredictable as Pittsburgh’s, summer is a welcome reprieve. The warm, balmy July days and even the scorcher afternoons in August are all welcome alternatives to the long winters, and when the weather heats up, all we want to do is spend time by the pool. 

For many apartment dwellers, a resort-style pool is just one thing on a list of amenities — but in the summer, it just might be the most important. Here, we’re rounding up the best apartment pools in the city (and a few public options for those without leases). 

The Foundry at 41st. If you’re less concerned with privacy and more concerned with sweeping riverfront views, the pool at The Foundry at 41st just might be the one for you. You’ll get the same resort-style lounge chairs for long days of sunbathing, plus fire pits surrounded by Adirondack chairs for those chillier summer evenings.

Southside Works City Apartments. Rain or shine, the indoor/outdoor pool here is ready for you year round. After a dip, head out to the deluxe courtyard to grill, play a game of bocce or lounge by the fire pit. Double perk for those crisp summer nights, a hot tub!

Eastside Bond.In a building loaded with other amenities, the salt water pool at Eastside Bond stands out. It’s no easy feat, but with rows of lounge chairs worthy of any five-star resort, lush greenery and the building itself surrounding each side for the utmost privacy, this pool is one of our favorites in Pittsburgh’s apartment scene. Once your pool day is through, head up to the roof for a cookout and drinks on the swank rooftop patio.

Bakery Living. The indoor/outdoor pool at Bakery Living apartments is one of our favorites in the city. With its giant sliding doors that open up to the outside during warm weather and close off the Pittsburgh weather during winter months, it’s the perfect year-round amenity.

On the Horizon

Glasshouse.  Imagine yourself lounging poolside with the city skyline in the background maybe with a cold beer nearby.  Doesn’t that sound nice? This one-two puch will be just the tip of the iceberg at the luxurious new Station Square property Glasshouse opening in late summer.

Kaufmann’s Grand on Fifth. Is there a phrase in the English language more luxurious than “rooftop infinity pool”? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you sign a lease at Kaufmann’s Grand on Fifth — and we’re going to guess it will make you the most popular in your friend group this summer. Throw in a restaurant and bar also on the roof and you’ve got yourself some of the best weekend plans in the city, all without leaving your apartment.

Destination Pools

Pittsburgh Public Pools. While the city’s apartment buildings boast what are undeniably the most exclusive and luxurious pools in town, we’re not above a day at one of Pittsburgh’s public pools. If you live in a building sans pool, pack a picnic lunch and head over to the spacious Highland Park pool, or take a hot, summer hike followed by a dip in the pool at Schenley Park.

Ohiopyle. Looking for a day of swimming that’s a bit more outdoorsy? If you’re not opposed to a natural swimming hole, you won’t find one much more scenic than at Ohiopyle. Put your swimsuit on under your clothes (water shoes are a must), and make the hour-ish drive out to this mega popular state park for a day of wading in the creek and enjoying the natural rock slides. Follow it up with a beer at nearby Falls City Pub or take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s other masterpiece home, Kentuck Knob.

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