When you’re buying a condo for sale in DTLA, you’re likely looking at a lot of different buildings – we have dozens of truly spectacular places to live in this city.
And a lot of these condo and loft buildings have swimming pools, which you’ll see mentioned in the real estate listing.
But sometimes you’ll see terms like “infinity pool” or “free-form pool.” Without actually visiting the building, it’s tough to know what they’re talking about – but this guide will fill you in.
Common Swimming Pool Terms in DTLA’s Condo Listings
These are the terms you need to get familiar with:
- Baja shelf
- Black-bottom pool
- Free-form pool
- Infinity pool
- Lap pool
- Saltwater pool
- Solar-heated pool
A swimming pool with a baja shelf has a really, really shallow end – usually between 5 and 8 inches deep. It’s also called a tanning ledge.
A black-bottom pool doesn’t really have a black bottom (at least, not always). Instead, it boasts a more glare-free appearance because of its gray or taupe bottom and sides. The darker color of the pool absorbs heat, which makes it a little warmer than its counterparts.
A free-form pool, also called a biomorphic pool, is curvy and kind-of looks like a pond or lake.
A grotto is a pool with swim-in caves (made from fake rocks). Grottoes often also feature diving platforms, waterfalls and other features (like water slides).
An infinity pool, which is also sometimes called a negative-edge or vanishing-edge pool, is built so that water flows over its edges. It doesn’t all spill out on the ground, though – instead, it collects in a decorative retaining pool and gets recycled throughout the pool.
A lap pool is mainly designed for exercise. It’s typically long and narrow, with just a couple of lanes, so you can go back and forth in a straight line.
Saltwater pools don’t have as much salt in them as, say, the ocean does. They do contain chlorine, but not as much as an ordinary pool does. The purification system in a saltwater pool produces its own chlorine, which many people say is a lot easier on your skin, eyes and hair.
A solar-heated pool is one that stays warm because of solar power. (Surprise!) Some pools are heated with solar energy only when they’re covered, but others use solar panels to warm the water while it’s open, too.
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