If you’re like me, and I know I am, you know that having a pool here at HousingWire World Headquarters in Texas isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity.

In my case it’s not just because I take any excuse to bare my glorious naked and golden body to the sun.  For me, having a private pool reduced the number of law enforcement encounters greatly.

It’s also because of the heat here – you in the Lesser 49 have no idea why we break out the sweaters when it’s below 85 degrees. It’s because we usually deal with 100-plus nine months out of the year.

Global warming? Pfft. Like a few degrees higher is going to worry us. We're already boiling. The only problem is that our pools tend to be separate from our patios.

It's crazy.

Anyway, this may be better than a pool. It’s definitely cheaper. And it’s cheaper without being an above-ground alternative, which brings the unfortunate side effect of attracting mobile homes or vinyl siding. And it solves the whole patio problem I just made up a few lines ago.

Now, this thing has been on the market for a while, but it’s blowing up our Facebook page so now you have to take a look at it, too.

It’s the Hidden Pool, from California-based Hidden Water Pools, and they want to change the way we look at pools.

With more than 2.5 million video views, they may be doing just that. And if you don't find that amusing, go to this website and read all the hurtful comments. Aren't pools supposed to make you CHILL?!?!

Take a look. Make it 2.5 million and one. (And no, we’re not getting a dime for discussing this – I just think it’s two shades of awesome sauce.)


This is especially cool for anyone like me who loves the water but hates cleaning the pool.

You flip a switch and the patio drops anywhere from one to six feet, and fills from a reserve tank of chlorinated water. The whole thing, going either way, takes only a few minutes.  

Now you know what to get me for Christmas. I’ll gladly fill in that hole in the backyard I have now and install one of these.