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Beyond the Swimming Pool

Don Goldstone and his crew spent two years building an infinity pool in Lee Feldman’s Hollywood Hills home where the backyard is a straight drop down. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The pool is suspended atop a 40-foot-long platform beneath which is an enclosed screening room with a downtown skyline view. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Lee Feldman, left, spent two years building a pool for homeowner Don Goldstone at his house above the Sunset Strip. The pool is suspended on a 14-foot-by-40-foot platform over the side of a hill with views of the city below. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Don Goldstone, seated, spent two years building a pool for homeowner Lee Feldman at his house above the Sunset Strip. The pool is suspended on a platform over the side of a hill. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Residents and guests gather for a leisurely cocktail hour on the rooftop of the Villa Cezanne in West Hollywood. (Christine Cotter / LAT)
Drinks and a DJ keep the West Hollywood pool party flowing. “We’re all broke. Who wants to pay for a bar tab when you’ve got all these great people to hang around with?” one resident says. (Christine Cotter / LAT)
The Toy Factory Lofts rooftop downtown is a place for catching up as neighbors set up a table of goodies. (Christine Cotter / LAT)
The Toy Factory Lofts pool is ready for a splash or two, but residents are all busy chatting and enjoying the city views. (Christine Cotter / LAT)
Siena Freitag takes a dip in her family’s Rustic Canyon pool near the ledge that features a sheet of water that cascades 10 feet down. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
The Freitags’ dramatic water wall is made of Oklahoma Chief Cliff stone, and a remote control adjusts the color of the lights in the catch basin as well as the flow of water and its resulting sound. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Sandy Eldridge trains her Yorkshire terrier on the Skamper Ramp, a device that helps dogs clamber to safety if they fall into the pool. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Eldridge spent an hour teaching her five dogs, including Sandie, how to use the Skamper Ramp. “My dogs aren’t water dogs,” she says, but they’ve adapted well. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
The Lunds’ emptied pool in 2001, with kids Judy and Jeff, before they embarked on its transformation into a garden. (Courtesy of The Lund Family)
A lush garden now stands over the site of the Lunds’ swimming hole in Silver Lake. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
A window frames the exotic greenery, where the Lunds eat, read and visit with friends. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
The garden features low-maintenance, drought-resistant specimens and merges the delicate with the colossal. (Gary Friedman / LAT)