Los Gatos Estate

Natural Design Hillside Pool

This hilltop estate in Los Gatos needed a hillside pool to take advantage of the stunning mountainside views.

The client wanted an entertaining yet relaxing landscape design. We designed a series of terraces containing different elements of the backyard. The back deck of the home leads to a freeform lawn followed by a series of flagstone steps leading down toward the upper infinity edge pool on a hill.

The sparkling turquoise waters of the pool churn from a vortex effect in the deep end before disappearing over the negative edge. Tucked in a small alcove and surrounded by stacked stones and lush greenery is a sunken spa fed by a series of waterfalls.

Another stone staircase leads up to the entrance of a 60 foot long, custom concrete waterslide that disappears as it curves around the backside of the wall and down into the lower pool.

Another feature in this unique design for a pool on a hill is the fire pit / conversation area perched on a landing overlooking the valley below. Water from the upper pool flows over a prismatic wall of glass tile following the path from the firepit to the lower pool. The lit treads of this staircase lead all the way into the bottom of the lower pool which is actually the catch basin for the pool above. We even included a space to swim behind the sheet of water that cascades down from the vanishing edge pool.

At the far end of the lower pool, the exit of the water slide is visible coming out of the rocks acting as a ribbon that takes the hillside pool and ties it together will all aspects of this masterpiece of architecture and imagination.

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