The slideshows of many of these celebrity and extreme property listings begin with a view of the house and the swimming pool, because a pool is an enduring symbol of luxury. Plus, it just looks good. And inviting, like you want to go take a dip and lie in the sun on a lounge chair, like, right now.
Don't abandon those opulent dreams, and I hope we all get to sit by sparkling blue swimming pools, wherever they might be. Relax, breathe slowly and deeply, smile slightly, and enjoy this tour of 12 for '12: The Top 12 Luxury Homes and Pools for 2012.
The 12 pool-perfect homes are presented in no particular order. First up: Drake's Place
House and pool pictured above: the former Mid-century modern love nest of actors Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson.