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12 for '12: The Top 12 Luxury Homes and Pools for 2012
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A modern home and pool designed by Buff & Hensman.

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Curiously, in times of economic recession, many of us enjoy seeing how the proverbial "other half" lives, although that other half is really more like way less than 1 percent of the population. Some of us look at these luxurious properties on the real estate market with envy, rabid enthusiasm, or a casual mix of something in between the two extremes. By whatever methods the elite managed to purchase or acquire these mansions -- through hard work, fame, family fortune, good looks, talent, or serendipity -- we can look at these places with a certain amount of amusement and an eye for inspiration.

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.

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