Any question that starts off “Would you rather…” is going to lead to something interesting, especially when two covetable home design features are pitted against each other. A new survey released by Cinch Home Services that polled more than 1,000 prospective home buyers uncovered the one thing that can one-up a house with a swimming pool—and that’s a home with good views. 

More than half of respondents (56 percent to be exact) said they would rather own a property with stunning vistas than have a place to keep cool in their backyard. Given the recent surge in pool construction (a spike sparked by quarantine), these findings are a little surprising. However, one benefit of opting for a house with outdoor eye candy, be it lush treetops or desert mountains, is that no matter where you live, you can enjoy it year-round. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of the perk.

Zen Out on a Bench

hot pink window nook closet
Photography by Shade Degges; Design by Chroma

A naturally lit perch is a good place to ponder life or just stare out into space. Either way, make your sun-drenched ledge the best it can be with a punchy paint choice and functional storage (for shoes, books, or toys). 


Round It Out

round window in laundry room
Courtesy of Three Birds Renovations

Rain pouring, snow falling, birds flying—all these things just look better when you’re observing them through a large, curved picture window. The framework has a telescopic quality to it; even from far away, what’s on the other side feels zoomed in. 

Apply a Light Filter

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Photography by Tim Lenz; Design by Hendricks Churchill

It’s hard not to feel guilty about compromising a good view with heavy drapery. That’s where bamboo blinds come in. They offer a sense of privacy when rolled all the way down, but the slats still allow you to see what’s happening outside. No wonder the affordable solution is a designer favorite