Real Estate: Your Next Two-Lane Dream Home

by SwimSwam 14

December 23rd, 2018 News


Courtesy: Patrick Brundage

In 2004, I purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona with swimming on my mind.  First, with young daughters who were just getting into competitive swimming, being about one mile from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s (SAC) main workout location meant they could not only pursue the sport with one of the best teams in the country, but also that my wife and I would spend less time driving them.  Second, and quite selfishly, I saw the almost acre-sized lot and envisioned one day putting in a lap pool for me.  By 2010, both dreams had come true: all three daughters were happily engaged in the SAC community and I had the approval from my wife to replace our kidney-shaped play pool with a true, swimmer’s pool.  As a competitive swimmer for almost forty years by that point, I designed this as a ‘train to race’ pool, including:Two, 8 foot wide lanes separated by a lane rope and lane lines

  • 25 meters long
  • Starting blocks
  • Backstroke flag poles set at the proper distance
  • 5’6″ in depth at the start through mid-pool, sloping up to 4′ foot depth at the turn end
  • Flow-over gutters
  • Salt-water system with in-ground cleaning equipment
  • And, one of the most important features, an electric heater/chiller combo

For the last eight years, this has been my primary training facility and it’s been awesome – I never had to wonder when or where I was going to get my workout in, never had to battle crowded public swimming conditions and, when possible, could train side-by-side with my friends.  This flexibility was absolutely vital as I tried to balance work and raising three very active daughters.

As much as I love this pool, my family and I are embarking upon a next adventure and moving out of Arizona.  In addition to the pool, we have extensively renovated the ~3,800 square foot, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home (4 beds/3 baths in the 3,300 square foot main house, and 1 bed / 1 bath in the ~500 square foot guest house).  I believe this is the perfect home for an aquatic-oriented family, but it is also close to all of the attractions that make Scottsdale a wonderful place to live – schools, shopping, hiking, golf, etc.  Check out a few highlight pictures and in detail here – homedetails/13214-N-76th-St- Scottsdale-AZ-85260/7861787_ zpid/?fullpage=true.

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4 years ago

It’s a cool idea but I’d rather have a pool with a fancy rock structure to jump off and a waterfall with a hidden jacuzzi

4 years ago

What kind of psycho chooses meters instead of yards? 🙂 Looks beautiful.

Cheatin Vlad
4 years ago

Without a couple of wedge starting blocks the most I would be willing to offer is about $850,000. 🙂

Very cool pool and nice house!

4 years ago

So if you are a dedicated lap swimmer, older pro, or can afford to go with private coaching for your kid(s), this might be a good idea. But if you have club swimmers doing 5 or 6 day training at the big pool, I suspect the idea of spending their day off hanging at a pool with blocks and lane lines might not be top of their list…

4 years ago

Save your $

Reply to  Swim
4 years ago

Agreed Scottsdale is literally the worst

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
4 years ago

Why is it the worst?

Reply to  Swamswim
4 years ago

If you like people with little empathy try it out

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
4 years ago

I don’t know how to measure “empathy” in a community. I wouldn’t use it to determine where to live anyway.

DCC Parent
4 years ago

I’ve been dreaming of doing this myself for some time. Out of curiosity, what was the cost of the 2 lane lap pool addition?

4 years ago

Anyone want to borrow me $950,000 with no chance of being repaid?

Reply to  coacherik
4 years ago


4 years ago

this is a house ad?

Reply to  update
4 years ago

Seems like, but why not? Swim Swam has paid “ad articles” on every other type of swim equipment, service and product. Why not swim equipment with an attached house? Pretty targeted audience for that backyard.