Jul 14, 2021 - Business

This app lets you rent a private pool by the hour

The corner of a generic pool in an unknown location.
Who needs an E. coli-filled lake, when you can have this? Photo: Jean-Christophe Pratt/Getty Images

Yeah, Minneapolis is the City of Lakes, but sometimes you just want to jump in a pool. There's an app for that.

How it works: Swimply, the Airbnb for private pools, lets owners list when their pool is available for interested swimmers to rent by the hour.

  • The Twin Cities have about a dozen options on the platform, with rates from $40-$100/hr.
  • Depending on the pool, renters can bring between 10 and 25 guests.

What they're saying: The Star Tribune's Erica Pearson rented "Montrose Moderne," a "secluded and elegant tropical oasis" in St. Paul. She said the experience felt like a mini stay-cation.

But, but, but: Unless you've got a big group of friends to split the cost, it's probably cheaper to get a $10 day pass at your local public pool — or jump in a lake.

‍Our thought bubble: Audrey grew up in Houston in a house with a private pool. They will always be superior to any lake, ocean or YMCA.

  • Nick and Torey's response: Have your pool. More space for us in the lakes and oceans.
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