"Visit a recently-built city house in the $3 million-plus range and you will likely find an above-ground swimming pool that appears more decorative than practical.
Often not much larger than an inflatable model, these pools are mainly designed to provide a view of water from ahome’s kitchenor living area. While some are capable ofswimming laps in, others are onlywaist-deepand are better enjoyed by children (or adults with a cocktail in hand).
In Australia, this style of pool is most popular in Melbourne where block sizes are tight, land is expensive and year-round outdoor swimming is not an option."
I think the article misses what could be the main reason for going above-ground - that its a way of getting around stringent pool fencing rules.
But I don't really like the idea. There was an example on last year's season of The Block. They seem obtrusive and you end of looking at a wall rather than nice water.