Cooped up in a tiny apartment this summer and looking for somewhere to cool off and enjoy some (private) luxury? Or maybe you’re someone with a pool interested in making some extra cash? A U.S.-based company called Swimply is renting out private pools across North America, including a whole bunch of spots in and around Toronto, and the season for renting has finally begun.
The idea for Swimply is loosely based on the popular Airbnb model allowing owners to list and rent space in their private pools by the hour. Swimply was founded in 2018 by New Yorker Asher Weinberger, but became increasingly popular during the pandemic as demand for pool space grew.
For those interested in making some cash, all you need are a few photos of the space, your desired hourly price (and minimum stay), and then post the pool on Swimply. The company takes a small profit (15 per cent) and provides insurance for homeowners, making renting your pool a decent side gig.
Private pool rentals are just the tip of the iceberg for Swimply. The site recently opened up their rental options to include pickleball courts, tennis ball courts, basketball courts and even yards if your dog is in dire need of some private outdoor space.
While public pools and gyms are opened up again this summer, there’s nothing like the luxury of a private pool (like this one that backs onto a ravine) where you can plan a relaxing pool day with friends – without breaking the bank too much!
Currently, there are over 100 pools available for rent in the GTA through the app, with many more sure to open in the coming months. Rates range from around $40 per hour for a pool near the Junction to as high as $250 an hour for a Vaughan mansion’s pool, and some require a two-hour minimum stay. For those looking to beat Toronto’s summer heat, this is a great option.