This summer may be mild, but that should not keep you from getting wet and wild.
Three three-nation homes on the market offer exciting waterslides for their new owners.
No, not those threadbare blue plastic slides: These over-the-top slides offer twists, speed and lots of fun in the off-season.
New Canaan, Conn.
"We wanted something for our kids that was more than just a swimming pool," says Bryan Street of the vivid dissemination he and his wife Leslie had installed 12 years ago in the backyard of their home in New Canaan, Connecticut. So the kids got Kyle and Sarah – now 22 and 19 years old – a 20-foot waterslide that cuts into a wall of fieldstone in the landscape of the property.
"You will not see it until someone comes out," adds Bryan, 54, from the slide that bounces off the riders into the pool. "You fly over the top (of the water), so to speak. You come out 8 feet before you go underground. "
Even years later, the kids still enjoy it – especially Sarah, who recently held a party on July 4 for about 20 high school friends.
"Everyone gathers on the slide," she says. "Everyone is excited."
But the slide does not only impress friends: the college hockey player also enjoys it. "Whatever opportunity I have to be out by the pool and using the slide, I use it," adds Sarah.
For adults, the Streets pool also features a poolside bar, waterfalls, walk-in beach access and plenty of space for sun loungers. The couple added the outdoor perks to make their home a hot spot for entertainment. The property on 95 Indian Waters Drive is now on the market with Halstead for $ 2.49 million.
"It's all about the aspect of everyone coming in, having fun and hanging around," says Leslie, 55.
The benefits range from the 8,564-square-foot house, which has a dining room and a large family room with a fireplace. The couple sells to downsize and move nearby.
Yes, they leave the chute behind, but also the feeling of escape that the entire family pool has been offering for a dozen years.
"You feel elsewhere," says Bryan.
Despite Mahopac, NY, the visitor thinks there is no water park at 815 South Lake Boulevard – a 0.34 acre lakeside property with a professional slide.
"People asked us if we were open to the public," says owner Tracy Edwards, 58, who lives full-time in Florida and listed the property in Putnam County for $ 1.99 million with Houlihan Lawrence.
"It feels like it was designed for a resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands," adds Edwards' 36-year-old daughter Stephanie Luoma.
It is certainly madness. The open slide leads the riders one and a half up the stairs and through two tight bends before shooting into Lake Mahopac. Edwards always wanted a souped-up waterslide to entertain the guests in this house. She grew up here and has been fully rebuilt for about seven years.
Some of these guests are Luoma and her three children: 8-year-old Trenton, 10-year-old Jayden and 12-year-old Lorelai. The people of Cold Spring have figured out how to get the most out of the chute their mother (or grandma) thought up. "Lean into the corners and you get a lot of speed," says Luoma.
But serious fun goes hand in hand with serious fun, says Edwards. The distances between the drivers must be 10 seconds, so they do not land on each other, they must sit upright and everyone must wear life jackets.
The 5,000-square-foot house also has a blue agate bar, a shuffleboard, a tiki hut with a hot tub, and an outdoor TV.
"I'm the coolest grandmother," Edwards crowed.
The two-time Olympic luge star Tucker West grew up on a 1.80 m long track in his garden: the waterslide that flows directly into the stone-lined pool of his family.
"The children used it without interruption, literally without interruption," says Brett West, 53, of Tucker, 24, and his sisters Tatum, 22, and Gracie, 18.
But with the adult children – and two other houses where they also spend time – the Wests have the spread at 390 West Mountain Road for $ 2.49 million at William Pitt's Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty listed. In addition to the pool and slide, there is an outdoor movie screen (two more screens inside), a pool house with a fully equipped kitchen, a lawn tennis court and a main house with five bedrooms.
Brett and his wife, Pam, 51, built this custom outdoor oasis after buying the 3.27 acre property in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1999, on the upper.
"I just wanted to exploit that – what a cool way to get from the hot tub to the pool," says Brett. "I can only sit in a hot tub for so long."
As for the kids, it was just fun. "Over the years, more than 100 children have probably landed on the brink," he adds.
Also included in the list: a 400-foot luge track that Brett built for Tucker after being fascinated by the sport as a child during the Salt Lake City Olympics. (Tucker participated in the 2014 and 2018 games.)
The outdoor luge track is "similar to the (water slide), but it's the winter version of it," jokes Brett.
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