August 11, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Take Me Home to the Ball Game

Enjoy these estates for baseball lovers and devotees of summer’s other hot sports—cricket, tennis, golf, and soccer

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Memorabilia from Major League Baseball’s most celebrated “Boys of Summer”—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, and Shoeless Joe Jackson, to name a fewwill once again be showcased at Christie’s second Golden Age of Baseball sale, taking place online from August 16 to 23. The auction inspired a look at homes with a decided baseball aesthetic, as well as other offerings for the sporting-inclined.

Christie’s online auction of The Golden Age of Baseball provides a keyhole look into the various categories of baseball memorabilia and photographs. We are delighted to spotlight these seven luxury homes, located in the U.S., the U.K. and the Caribbean. They comprise our summer All-Star team for sporting estates, chosen for their architectural flair and pampering lifestyle, all enhanced with unexpected athletic features for the active weekend warrior or passionate fan.

The Lake House
Cooperstown, New York

A field of dreams in Cooperstown, New York, on the shores of Lake OtsegoA field of dreams in Cooperstown, New York, on the shores of Lake Otsego A field of dreams in Cooperstown, New York, on the shores of Lake Otsego

Cooperstown, New York, is baseball’s hallowed ground, the esteemed and beloved site of the sport’s Hall of Fame. The Lake Housea home built in 1853 and lovingly preserved by its current owners, connoisseurs of fine art and architecturetranscends its baseball heritage. Located on one of the village’s oldest streets, the expansive lot with its frontage on Lake Otsego, perfectly melds privacy and elegance near the picture postcard town’s quaint stores and dining. This lovely historic home awaits its next steward.  

Padre Penthouse
San Diego, California

This San Diego penthouse comes with skybox views of Padres home games This San Diego penthouse comes with skybox views of Padres home games

Talk about home field advantage. This 16th-story San Diego aerie overlooks the Padres’ Petco Park, where the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat can be heard from the penthouse’s 3,200-square-foot deck. The outdoor perch boasts a bird’s eye view of the diamond, two fire pits, full kitchen, barbeque, and TVsperfect for analyzing replays after seeing them live from on high. The home is a contemporary tour de force, replete with walls of windows that frame views beyond the ball park to the distant mountains and the Coronado Bridge.

Designed by Braves Pitcher
Atlanta, Georgia

Play on your own baseball field designed by Braves Pitcher John Smoltz Play on your own baseball field designed by Braves Pitcher John Smoltz

If donning cap and mitt to play nine innings is more to your liking, baseball doesn’t get much better than your own field designed by legendary Braves pitcher John Smoltz. Located in the bucolic outskirts of Atlanta, the home is magnificently executed with soaring ceilings, a dramatic two-story stone fireplace, and other pleasing architectural touches. In addition to baseball, your home team can also enjoy basketball, a full gym and golf on the 19-acre estate’s putting green and two additional playing greens with six different box locations.

Golfing Paradise
Lahaina, Hawaii

Located on the 16-fairway of the Kapalua’s world famous Plantation Golf Course, lies this exclusive estate. Located on the 16-fairway of the Kapalua’s world famous Plantation Golf Course, lies this exclusive estate. Located on the 16-fairway of the Kapalua’s world famous Plantation Golf Course, lies this exclusive estate.

Speaking of golf, what duffer wouldn’t want to live an easy chip shot from Kapalua’s storied Plantation Course, venue for the PGA’s annual Tournament of Champions. Overlooking the 16th fairway, the home is further appointed with its own chipping and putting green. The green is accessed via a beautiful rock stair descent, serenaded by gently tumbling waters on either side which fall from the infinity pool above to two fountains below. A pool deck beautifully showcases views of Maui’s Pacific magnificence and includes an outbuilding with a full kitchen.

Langton House
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Langton House offers a professionally maintained cricket field and viewing pavilion Langton House offers a professionally maintained cricket field and viewing pavilion

While baseball is the U.S. National Pastime, cricketalso played with bats and ballshas a more global fan base. Dating back to 15th-century England, the sport spread worldwide with the expansion of the British Empire. Langton House, an 80-acre estate in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, includes a cricket pavilion overlooking a large hedged cricket field maintained by a professional groundskeeper. The home is an architectural rarity with many of its original period features thoughtfully preserved. Additional amenities will entice the equestrian or tennis enthusiast.

Villa RKK
Petite Saline, St. Barths

After a rousing set of tennis of the estate’s lighted court, the shimmering pool beckonsAfter a rousing set of tennis of the estate’s lighted court, the shimmering pool beckons

Switzerland’s Roger Federer electrified the summer sports scene just last month with his rousing and record-setting eighth Wimbledon win. Tennis, anyone? Villa RKK, located in breathtaking St. Barth’s, includes a lighted court to inspire all level of players from the beginner to the professional. Between volley sets, the forested three-acre estate pampers with a breezy and open floor plan, meditative views of Lorient Bay, fragrant gardens of brilliant flora, and guest villas to best share this Caribbean jewel with friends and family.

River Oak Farm
Mahwah, New Jersey

River Oaks Farm is appointed with a full array of sporting options, including soccer and basketballRiver Oaks Farm is appointed with a full array of sporting options, including soccer and basketball

The 2018 World Cup, hosted by Russia is less than a year away. What better way to gear up for the quadrennial “Ole, ole” extravaganza than this New Jersey estate featuring its own soccer field? (For American fans of football, the field is further chalked to NFL standards.) The sporting fun doesn’t end there: the home is further appointed with a regulation basketball court, 20-stall stables with indoor arena, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking and riding trails, a gym, spas and massage retreat. When it’s time to tune in and enjoy televised sports, retire to three sporting lounges, including an English pub appropriately decorated with walls of sporting memorabilia.

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Lisa Bessone
Christie's International Real Estate

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