People attending open houses while shopping for a new place to live are accustomed to surprises: The kitchen that looks much smaller than it appears in real estate photos, for example, or the awkward addition at the end of a hall.

But no one seeing an Ashland house for sale during a Saturday open house could remain nonplussed. They either loved or hated the house’s signature feature — a swimming pool that consumes the entire living room.

Sure, there are spaces off to the side for seating and a few interior walls in the open concept ground floor. But undeniably, the center of attention in this dwelling is the 30-foot-long pool.

Take four steps from the eggplant-colored sectional and you’re in the shallow end. Or let your legs dangle in the deep end as you reach back for a cool cocktail concocted in the bar area.

A liquid living room is unusual. But there are more curiosities here. The owners’ last name is Pool. And the real estate agent who helped them buy the house, pool included, in 2006 was Eric Poole of Full Circle Real Estate in Ashland.

Towering panels of glass rise up from the concrete floor to the vaulted ceiling, creating a conservatory-like look for the enclosed swimming area.

Humidity? That’s another head scratcher.

“It’s surprisingly not sticky in there,” said one open house attendee as she exited the front door.

Ashland house with living room pool

Listing agents J. Adam Bogle and Jinnee Joos of eXp Realty saw a steady stream of potential buyers at an Ashland house for sale with a pool in the living room.Janet Eastman/The Oregonian

Listing agents J. Adam Bogle and Jinnee Joos of eXp Realty explained to a steady stream of potential buyers and looky-loos that a special corrugated fiberglass ceiling cover and the design of the house keep the humidity at the same level as a home without an indoor pool.

Concerned about a pungent chlorine smell? Scent-free bromine is used to keep the water clean.

“The water in the pool actually warms the house when it’s cold outside,” said Joos, when asked if there was central heating and air conditioning. There isn’t.

A wood-burning stove adds heat. The cost to warm 3,110 square feet of living space across two levels: $40 a month, Bogle said.

The property at 414 Holly St. in Ashland, about a half-mile from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, is listed at $697,000.

The contemporary house, built in 1977, has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

“Have there been times where you’ve just felt stuck in your house for days or even weeks?” asks the agents in their written description of the 8,276-square-foot, professionally landscaped property.

Both Bogle and Joos see the dwelling as perfect for hunkering down during a pandemic to home school and work remotely. Joss said it would be nice to let kids swim indoors all year.

“Unique homes are not for everyone,” the marketing materials continue. “But if you are fun, whimsical and like to be a little bit different, in a good way, then come take a look at this beauty.”

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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