As Rio warms up for the 2016 Olympic Games, we present 5 exclusive homes owned by sporting celebrities — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
‘Tranquility’ is the private Jupiter Island estate of golfing legend Greg Norman — a fittingly-named retreat that stretches from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. Covering eight acres, the estate offers sports and entertainment facilities including a tennis pavilion, resort-style pool, putting green, complete gym, skate park, home theatre and grill house, as well as beachside activities and boating. Seven buildings include an elevated oceanfront guest cottage, two additional guesthouses and a two-storey colonial-style main residence, built in 1902, and expanded beautifully since.
Longtime Red Sox shortstop John Valentin created his former estate with the intention of combining elegance, exceptional amenities and a great location. At its centre is a 20,000-square-foot château-style residence set in terraced grounds. Recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a professional two-lane bowling alley, indoor racquetball court, arcade room, fitness centre with sauna and indoor spa — all within minutes of local beaches and the Navesink River Country Club.
This sportsman’s retreat near Atlanta, Georgia, is the home of John Smoltz — Baseball Hall of Famer, World Series champion and former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Custom-designed by Smoltz himself, the residence features a large main property and 19.6 acres of grounds with tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, football/soccer field, pool area, jogging trail, fishing pond, and a synthetic putting green plus two synthetic golf greens with nine tee boxes, to make 18 challenging shots.
Chateau d'Usse is the creation of its former owner, NBA basketball player Dwight Howard — an eight-time NBA All-Star and former player for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. The Mediterranean-style ‘super mansion’ was the winner of Orlando’s 2008 Street of Dreams luxury home show and comprises 11,000 square feet of designer interiors complete with award-winning furnishings. The estate’s six-acre lakefront grounds include three beaches, multiple waterfalls, a lazy river and a barbecue area.
Ridge Farm is the childhood home of the current owner, acclaimed showjumper and 2000 Sydney Olympian Nona Garson. Situated on eight acres in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the circa-1780 farm and former stagecoach stop is today a world-class equestrian training facility and luxurious family home. The outstanding amenities include a state-of-the-art main barn with 31 stalls, eight fenced paddocks and an outdoor riding ring. Accommodation includes a five-bedroom colonial farmhouse and a two-bay carriage house set amid gardens with a gunite swimming pool.