A new app is making a splash in Austin by enabling sun worshippers to rent pools, Airbnb-style.
Swimply, which launched in Austin last month, promotes itself as the first online marketplace for pool sharing. On the app, someone searching for a cool pool to borrow can sift through offerings based on location, price, and amenities (like grills and hot tubs). A potential customer also can peruse reviews left by renters. Once a renter finds an appropriate pool, he or she then reserves it through the Swimply platform.
A review of Austin-area pools available for rent found prices at about $40 an hour.
For instance, a pool between Barton Hills and Zilker that's listed for $45 per hour is touted as being “great for laps and sunbathing.” It comes with two lounge chairs, a dining table for six, a covered porch, and WiFi.
Swimply says prices are based on size of the pool area, as well as amenities, rental time, and rental demand. The company also notes that each pool undergoes a safety inspection prior to being listed on the app. Pool owners can use the app to purchase services like pool cleaning and maintenance before and after a renter takes a dip.
“Whether you’re stuck at home with the kids, tired from a long day of work (or homework), or just bored, we want you to be able to teleport somewhere awesome with a few clicks of a button,” Swimply says on its website. “We want mini-escapes to be as ordinary as visiting a café or [taking] a good nap. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it should only take a moment from the time you want to be somewhere happier until the time you actually are.”
The app launched with a pilot program in the summer of 2018 and is being rolled out nationwide this summer. Currently, there are also pools for rent in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio areas.