House with Swimming Pool in the Living Room
What about a swimming pool in your living room? For Evelyn McMurray Van-Zeller, this fantasy has turned into a reality.
In 1995, Ms. McMurray Van-Zeller was living in Europe when she inherited the Manhattan home from her brother. “You feel like you’re on a permanent holiday,” she says. “There’s almost no reason to leave the house [with] the pool, the sauna [and] the gym.”
The 15-by-30-foot pool is eight-feet deep and was installed in 1975 by previous owners. The pool level has a brick wall and is surrounded by granite flooring and living-room furnishings. Ms. McMurray Van-Zeller said the artwork, antiques, medieval weaponry and plantings in the adjoining atrium give the space a “cave-like, medieval, Moroccan look.”