Deluxe pool-side living

Summer's here and the time is right for lounging by the pool. Here's how to do it right.

Lost Canyon, Arizona
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Lost Canyon, Arizona
Price: $11.995 million

Beds: 5
Baths: 10
Square feet: NA

Description: The most remarkable aspect of this poolside playground outside of Scottsdale is its striking views of the McDowell Mountain range. The Sonoran Desert landscape here is studded with Saguaro and jumping cactus, ocotillo, ironwood and desert lavender.

The dry climate makes the azure skies look even brighter, and the owners of this house have plenty of outdoor amenities that let them enjoy the view. There's a covered patio with a misting system for cooling, tennis and basketball courts as well as a ramada, the open-sided, but roofed shelter that's a Southwestern specialty. On cool nights, swimmers will enjoy the heated pool.

The indoor space is likewise loaded with luxuries. There are three fireplaces, a split master bath with separate shower and soaking tub, a formal dining room, a family room, breakfast room and media room. The touches include columned and arched windows and entryways, coffered ceilings and marble floors.

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