Bay seniors who lap up the pleasures of summer swimming could not find a more stunning site than the pool on the roof of UC Berkeley’s Hearst Gym. Build in 1927 by Julia Morgan it’s faced with marble tiles and landscaped with classic urns and statuary. The very wide lanes are designated separately for those swimming medium, medium-fast or fast. Fortunately it’s not just for students. Anyone can get a day pass for $12 though it has to be obtained at the Recreational Sports Facility which is five blocks south on Bancroft. Hours, especially during the summer, are subject to change.

A block away is a considerably smaller, even more jewel-like pool also designed by Julia Morgan. Tucked indoors in the swooningly romantic Berkeley City Club, it’s a heavily tiled Moorish fantasy. Only available to members and guests though you can sneak in Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5 for $10 by signing up for an aquatics class. But there’s no one stopping you from just walking in and gazing raptly at this liquid fantasy from the creator of Hearst Castle’s heavenly Neptune Pool.


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