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This Baiting River home has a wood-beamed indoor pool that opens to a deck. (Photo Credit: OneKeyMLS)

Wondering what your budget can get you on the red-hot North Fork real estate market? We’re here to help, home buyers. In our new biweekly column, we’re spotlighting homes for sale in hamlets across the North Fork at various price points.

If you crave the smell of chlorine in your hair more than the feel of sand in your toes, then this edition is for you, because we’re talking all about homes with a pool. In these socially distant times, pools have become one of the most desirable features among North Fork home buyers, and these are some special ones. Swim year-round in an indoor/outdoor pool in Baiting Hollow, cool off with an in-deck plunge pool in Jamesport or soak in the sunset from your beachfront pool in Riverhead: Whichever you choose, make sure to invite us over when the paperwork is signed.

Here’s what’s on offer with a unique pool and how much it might cost you.

A contemporary in Baiting Hollow with an indoor pool

Behold, a pool with designer light fixtures and exposed beams. Built in 1986 and completely renovated in 2014, this stylish contemporary has four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and two fireplaces. But it’s the indoor/outdoor living that beckons: Not only is there a screened-in porch right off the kitchen, the indoor gunite pool has an expansive wooden deck inside and folding glass doors leading out to a stone patio for warmer months. It’s on sale for $1.295 million from Daniel Gale Sothebys.

A polygonal house with a polygonal pool in Orient

Here’s an Orient stunner like no other, although it might require some creative furniture arranging. Built in 2017, this five-bedroom, six-bath home’s unique shape provides panoramic views of the Long Island Sound from multiple porches, garden areas and a rooftop deck. The resort-like pool has six sides, a diving board and a cabana. Get it from Berkshire Hathaway for $1.649 million.

A Cutchogue compound with a screened-in gazebo

This family compound, on nearly an acre of land in central Cutchogue, has a combined 7 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Invite friends and family to stay and meet up with them in the central pool area, where there’s an outdoor grill and an appealing screened-in gazebo. It’s listed for $1.45 million from 3 Core Realty.

Five bedrooms in Jamesport with a plunge pool in your deck

This cute 4-foot in-deck wading pool is ideal for dunking yourself, your feet or your small children on a hot day without ever leaving the comfort of your back deck. The open-plan home has five bedrooms, three baths, a sunroom with a cozy gas stove and access to the Peconic Bay across the street. The home is listed for $949,000 from Daniel Gale Sothebys.

A Riverhead estate with Sound views from your sauna

This 3,780-square-foot mini-mansion sits on 2.5 acres of beachfront property in Riverhead, and the grounds feature a fruit orchard, a certified-organic vegetable garden and a basketball court. The heated pool overlooks the Long Island Sound and has a sauna and changing area with full bath. If your budget is $3.5 million, you can get it from EXIT Realty Premier.