In luxury real estate, there is no shortage of greatness or competition—especially when it comes to prestige properties with extraordinary sporting facilities. Here is a look at six champion estates that could spark competition among discriminating homebuyers this summer:
This Normany-inspired manor stands atop 22 acres of gardens and pastures with views that stretch to the Hudson Valley hills—an estate after a serious equestrian’s heart. The facilities—which include stables, two full apartments, T/O squares, round pen and manicured pastures—were even designed and built for Olympic Bronze Medalist equine, Flim Flam. A kingdom for a horse? With this estate, you won’t have to choose—you can have both.
Even the most competitive swimmers prefer the privacy and convenience of practicing their backstroke in their own backyard. This French chateau-styled estate in Beverly Hills offers a pool worthy of envy. Surrounded by serene fountains and lush grounds that encompass a swan pond and 20-person hot tub, the property’s 60-foot infinity pool is ideal for day or night swimming. But for the ultimate in privacy, there’s also a Turkish hammam with 30-foot indoor pool.
Dos Sols VillaVirgin Gorda, British Virgin Islannds$1,995,000 USD
Perched on a hillside and yet only 50 yards from the water, Dos Sols Villa in the British Virgin Islands captures the essence of the Caribbean sailing lifestyle: casual, calm, slow-paced and well, pure heaven. Anchor your sailboat just off the shore of the villa, or take a short walk to Little Leverick Bay Marina to park your sailboat. Either way, the lure of the seas will never be far away.
18 Shoreline, Newport Coast, Calif.
A dream home fit for the 2012 dream team, this 17,000-square-foot European classic in Newport Beach has all of the necessities for entertaining basketball fans, young and old. Practice your free throws in the indoor basketball court with friends, then head to the screening room to watch a game.
Monte Argentario, Italy
Historically, soccer has not enjoyed the same fanaticism in the U.S. that it has in just about every other country. But perhaps this storybook-worthy estate in Tuscany’s Monte Argentario (charmingly restored from an old stone mill and complete with a soccer field overlooking the Mediterranean) could change a few American minds.
6336 N. 48th Place, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Far from the manicured lawns of the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, this Southwestern contemporary stunner in Paradise Valley offers the tennis player a rare chance to enjoy the game set against the dramatic desert backdrop of Camelback Mountain. The lighted tennis court allows for singles or doubles play at any time of day, while the nearby pool is tempting for a post-game cool off
Nino M. Gaetano