Luxury Living Homes for athletes and sports fans

Luxury Living: Homes for athletes and sports fans

Ahead of Super Bowl 51, we present 5 American homes that come complete with world-class sporting facilities — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Castle Post is an extraordinary 50.5-acre estate situated along Kentucky’s historic Pisgah Pike, home to some of the world’s top thoroughbred farms, and less than 10 minutes from both Keeneland Race Course and the Blue Grass Airport. After a major renovation and expansion from 2004 to 2010, Castle Post today comprises a medieval-inspired main residence with 16 bedrooms and bathrooms, a property manager’s house and staff quarters, and a host of sporting amenities, including a tennis and basketball court, billiards room, and rooftop shuffleboard.

This palatial residence on 19.6 private acres is the home of baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz — former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. Located in an exclusive gated community near Atlanta, the estate was designed by Smoltz as the ultimate sportsman’s retreat. It boasts a baseball diamond, football/soccer field, outdoor pool, jogging trail, fishing pond, basketball courts, a synthetic putting green, two synthetic golf greens, and nine tee boxes — to offer 18 challenging short holes in total.

This unique property in the tranquil Florida enclave of Sunshine Ranches, near Fort Lauderdale, was designed for the seasoned equestrian. The seven-acre grounds include a professional showjumping and dressage arena, 12 remodelled stables, tack and equipment rooms, six paddocks, a grass show arena, as well as a lit tennis court, soccer field with spectator viewing area, and a pond. Among the extensive accommodations is a five-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot ranch home and two guest/staff apartments.

This stately manor house in the exclusive Chicago suburb of Northfield is an homage to the great estates of England. The seven-bedroom home’s Old World architectural elements include stained-glass accents and decorative ceilings, which blend with luxurious modern amenities such as smart home automation, a home theatre, fitness centre and sauna. The tennis court overlooks a rose garden and lawn adorned with fountains and statuary.

Arrayed with superb sporting facilities and post-training comforts, this custom-built estate in Fairfax County, outside Washington, DC, was designed with the professional athlete in mind. The six-bedroom house has a Spanish-Mediterranean aesthetic, with tile and wood floors, high ceilings, and arched windows and doors. The residence is set amid five acres of parkland with a soccer field and riding trails. The separate pool house features an Olympic-length lap pool, sauna and exercise room.