Summer is finally upon us in Toronto. In theory, we all want to live above the fray. But only a lucky few get to literally live it up — by looking down on the city when they’re sunbathing at their rooftop pool.

Want to get in on the laid-back action? Consider these condos for sale and rent in Downtown Toronto, and other neighbourhoods across the city that feature breathtaking rooftop pools, sun decks, and decked-out patios that will elevate any private weekend to an instant staycation. Here are our top choices for best outdoor condo pools in Toronto:

Bisha Residences & Hotel (88 Blue Jays Way)

88 Blue Jays Way Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Lifetime Developments

Units: 355

Storeys: 44

Year Registered: 2017

Bisha is the newest private-label hotel and residences brand to originate in Toronto since Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was introduced in the 1960s. Created by Lifetime Developments and INK Entertainment, Bisha offers the best in architecture and interior design, art, cuisine, music and culture.

The Verve (120 Homewood Ave)

120 Homewood Ave Pool

Neighbourhood: St. James Town

Developer: Tridel

Units: 444

Storeys: 40

Year Registered: 2008

Years before The Verve was built, the address was home to The Princess Margaret Hospital, now located on University Avenue. Today, The Verve stands at 40-storeys of shimmering glass and offers 444 Toronto condos for sale and for rent, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to two-bedroom plus den suites, plus two-storey lofts.

The Thompson Hotel & Residences (55 Stewart & 550 Wellington St)

55 Stewart Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Freed Developments

Units: 327

Storeys: 15

Year Registered: 2010

550 Wellington & Thompson Hotel is a beautiful glass building that has units that range in size from a cozy 393 square feet, to a massive 7617 square feet. The building is connected to a luxury hotel, and all together the complex the has 30,000 square feet in amenity and living space. The huge and alluring lobby is also connected to Victoria Memorial park, and on top of all this, the building has a charming courtyard all of it's own.

Theatre Park Condos (224 King St W)

224 King St W Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Lamb Development Corp

Units: 234

Storeys: 47

Year Registered: 2015

Theatre Park is a spectacular tower of 47 storeys sprouting from the historic Theatre District of Toronto's King Street West. The development features a 5200SF floor plate and once in a lifetime panoramic views from all sides and all floors. Anchored by a forecourt park complete with waterfall and divot pond- this sculptural art park will likely become the "go to" meeting place for the symphony and theatre patrons as well as an urban respite from the pace of city life.

King Charlotte Condos (11 Charlotte St)

11 Charlotte St Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Lamb Development Corp

Units: 232

Storeys: 32

Year Registered: 2016

King Charlotte's architecture is based on a series of designed boxes- of all different types and sizes. The boxes stack upon each other- and not necessarily in a fashion that one might initially imagine. The retail box protrudes from the podium box- the tower box appears to teeter and overhang the podium box- and the oversized rooftop amenity box actually does overhang the tower box. It is all very playful- yet incredibly clean and crisp.

Fashion House Condos (560 King St W)

560 King St W Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Freed Developments

Units: 333

Storeys: 12

Year Registered: 2014

The Fashion House Condos are another iconic building that epitomizes King West living. Located at 560 King St W Toronto and 461 Adelaide St W Toronto, these condominiums are truly in the heart of the fashion district. A sleek glass exterior combined with a wide assortment of suite sizes and layouts means the Fashion House Condos cater to many sophisticated buyers. A phenomenal set of amenities including a rooftop terrace infinity pool and surrounded by restaurants and entertainment makes this one of the best luxury living options in downtown Toronto.

Aqualina at Bay Side (15 Merchant's Wharf)

15 Merchants' Wharf Pool

Neighbourhood: Waterfront

Developer: Tridel

Units: 363

Storeys: 13

Year Registered: 2018

Aqualina at Bayside is at the forefront as the first condominium residence in the Hines master planned Bayside Toronto Community. This vibrant community represents Waterfront Toronto's single largest revitalization endeavour along the city's inner harbour. Designed by internationally acclaimed Arquitectonica of New York City, the architecture of Aqualina is formed in a series of prismatic blocks stacked over and next to each other descending towards the lake, with suite windows and balconies oriented to maximize waterfront and city views. A shimmering glass cube closest to the lake begins on the 7th floor terrace and houses the premium Signature Collection Suites and Penthouses. Without question, this condominium is destined to become the premier waterfront address in the city.

Pure Spirit (33 Mill St)

33 Mill St Outdoor Pool

Neighbourhood: Distillery District

Developer: Cityscape

Units: 380

Storeys: 32

Year Registered: 2009

As the first condo tower developed in the area, the dual-structure Pure Spirit stands on the corner of Mill Street and Parliament, just south of Front Street in the heritage styled Distillery District. The lower podium has a unique V-shape corner design of sleek glass and brick, and the 33-storey tower is wrapped in sleek glass balconies.

Waterclub Condos (8 York St and 208 Queens Quay W)

8 York St Outdoor Pool

Neighbourhood: Waterfront

Developer: Kolter Group

Units: 431

Storeys: 37

Year Registered: 2004

Developed in 2004, Waterclub I offers 431 Toronto condos for sale and for rent, ranging in style and layout from one to two-bedrooms plus den. With fun and relaxing amenities, this building is a perfect place of anyone seeking a combination of downtown excitement and waterfront leisure. Its sister building, Waterfront II offers over 450 Toronto condos for sale and for rent, ranging in style and layout from one to two-bedrooms plus den. With fun and relaxing amenities, Waterclub II offers dwellers a perfect blend of city living and waterfront leisure.

300 Front Street Condos (300 Front St W)

300 Front St Pool Outdoor Pool

Neighbourhood: King West

Developer: Tridel

Units: 683

Storeys: 49

Year Registered: 2013

300 Front Street West stands as 49-storeys of sleek, shimmering glass and offers over 680 King West condos in the heart of downtown Toronto.

While a refreshing swim in your condo pool shouldn’t be the primary factor behind choosing your dream condo to buy in Toronto, it certainly doesn’t hurt. And finding a condo with a beautiful outdoor pool is a great value-add.

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