Oregon Couple Earn $111,000 year Renting Their Swimming Pool on Swimply
- Jim and Lisa Battan of West Linn, Oregon use Swimply to rent out their swimming pool for $75 an hour
- The Swimply online platform has gained popularity in the last year as the ‘Airbnb for backyard pools’
- In less than a year, the Battans have generated $111,000 by renting out the pool to around 2,700 guests
- The pandemic, which shut down public swimming pools, and the summer heat have been a boon for business
Portland, Oregon-area couple has raked in $111,000 in less than a year after hosting some 2,700 guests who booked stays at their home through a site known as ‘the Airbnb for backyard pools.’
Jim and Lisa Battan of West Linn, Oregon have managed to generate a six-figure income using the online platform Swimply, which offers homeowners a chance to rent out their swimming pools at an hourly rate.
The Battans offer up their 15,000-gallon pool for rent at a fee of $75 per hour for a minimum of five guests. They also charge an additional $10 per hour for each guest above five.
The pool allows for a maximum of 23 guests.
The Battans’ pool measures 26 by 18ft. Its most shallow end is 3.5ft deep while the deepest part of the pool is 6ft.
“If there’s a particular day you’re looking for and we look booked, reach out and we’ll see if we can get creative,
We designed our pool and had it custom built in the backyard on our two acre property, surrounded by trees, with a view of the barn.
No worries during chilly weather: We keep the pool at 90 degrees; you can adjust the spa up to 104.”Jim Battan writes in his listing on Swimpl
Jim writes that his property includes ‘lots of amenities,’ among them a heated pool house and dressing room with toilet and sink.
There’s also a separate pop-up changing tent. According to Battan, the in-ground pool has enough room for 16 people while the in-pool, which can accomodate eight people, measures 7 by 9ft.
Guests can also enjoy spa jets and bubblers that can be activated by a 10-button controller.
Battan writes that he uses ultraviolet light to sanitize the space while the water is purified using IntelliChem automated liquid and tablet chlorine feeders.
Cleanliness has become even more of a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has benefited Swimply users like the Battans as public swimming pools were forced to close down.
This summer has also been a scorcher in Portland and the rest of the Pacific Northwest, where a ‘heat dome’ pushed record-high temperatures into the triple digits – a rare occurrence in a region used to year-long mild weather.
Jim told The Wall Street Journal that the pool, which cost $110,000 to build, was not being used in the last two years ever since his youngest daughter moved out.