February 13, 2018 / Property Spotlight

5 Extraordinary Homes for Sports Fans

From private ice rinks to backyard beach volleyball courts to ski slopes just steps away, these luxury sporting properties have world-class athletics facilities


Imagine having a home that comes with its own private ice rink, beach volleyball court, fishing lake, or competition-ready equestrian facilities. Or even direct access to the sea or ski slope. In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Luxury Defined spotlights these five luxury sporting properties, athletic types will be able to indulge in their favorite activities—without even leaving their homes.

1. For the volleyball players
Modern Masterpiece, Manhattan Beach, California

Every inch of this 14,000-square-foot property in Manhattan Beach, California, has been maximized to encourage an active South Bay lifestyle, with indoor and outdoor spaces blending together seamlessly. Make the most of the beautiful California weather with the sand volleyball court and pool.Sliding glass doors open to the outdoors, creating a completely fluid floor plan, while soaring ceilings create a sense of space.

Stage your own beach volleyball tournaments at this impressively designed Manhattan Beach property. That’s when you’re not swimming laps—leisurely or otherwise—in the outdoor pool or enjoying the chef’s kitchen, the fire pits, and the barbecue in the al fresco dining area. This glittering zinc, glass, and wood hideaway also has a large, colorful mudroom to stash skateboards, backpacks, and beach bags from the day’s adventures. The entire home is run on solar power, and there’s even a charging station for electric cars in the garage.

“In Manhattan Beach, kids and adults play volleyball daily, so a sand-floored volleyball court in your backyard—as is the case at 233 South Meadows Avenue—will make you the envy of the town,” says Lynne Lear of Strand Hill Properties, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the area.

2. For the equestrians
De Negen Linden, Near Amsterdam, Netherlands

Though it may look charmingly historic, this property near Amsterdam in the Netherlands is thoroughly modern. Constructed in 2012, it has a subterranean swimming pool and a fully equipped bar and wellness area. Equestrians will find everything they need: five stables with 25 stalls, two wash stalls, paddocks, and riding areas.The eight-bedroom home is surrounded by forest, meadows, and parkland.

Attention, ardent equestrians. In addition to its eye-popping architectural grandeur and 30-acre estate where forest, meadows, ponds, and parkland await, “De Negen Linden” boasts five horse stables with 25 boxes, two wash stalls and a solarium, a paddock with a treadmill, and two competition-ready riding arenas.

After days spent atop a horse, ease aching muscles in the indoor pool, steam room, and sauna, or get competitive in the billiards room. This eight-bedroom modern mansion is fitted with Italian marble, natural stone, oak, and parquet floors, and features a tennis court and wine cellar.

3. For the anglers
Estancia Lago Bueno, Patagonia, Argentina

Conveniently located around 15 miles from Esquel city, and less than 30 miles from Esquel Airport, this lakeside home is nestled deep in the naturally beautiful Patagonia region of Argentina.A 9,000-square-foot main house, a separate guest house, a chapel, a marina, and three caretaker's cabins comprise the secluded estate.Views from the handsomely outfitted interior rooms look over the shimmering lake and towards the mountains beyond.

Pack your fishing rods and tackle for this stunning 6,000-acre estate in Patagonia, where anglers are rewarded with a glittering lake, home to a healthy population of rainbow trout. (Cook up your catch of the in the fully equipped kitchen.) Of course, the lake also hints at other watery adventures: days spent boating and swimming, perhaps, while hikers will welcome the more than 3,000 acres of Lenga-tree forest on the property. 

“Within the estancia’s homestead is a private lake—so close you can actually cast from the dining room’s deck—where the record for heaviest rainbow trout caught is 13 pounds,” says Andrés Amos of ReMind Group SA, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the region. “You are also just one hour away from unique fishing spots on the Corcovado/Palena river corridor and on the northern end of an incredible chain of world-class fishing lakes and rivers.”

4. For the skiers
Caddis Lodge, Jackson, Wyoming

The five-bedroom, five-bath Caddis Lodge in Jackson, Wyoming, has been cannily designed to maximize the stunning views of Snake River Canyon and the cinematic mountains of Bridger-Teton National Forest. Generous outdoor decking and windows that frame nature at all angles help to create an indoor-outdoor feel.Located within Snake River Sporting Club, the property features a lodge-style aesthetic in a contemporary design.

Winter sports enthusiasts will be in snowy heaven in Jackson Hole, where powdery pursuits include skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, and tubing. Enjoy easy access to all of the above at 14170 Wagon Road at the heart of Snake River Sporting Club. Wild West-worthy design flourishes inside the home include hefty timber beams, rustic plank flooring, and river-rock accents. 

“Snake River Sporting Club is surrounded by national forest and is uniquely situated along a wild and scenic stretch of the Snake River,” says Jeff Heilbrun of Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, LLC, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Jackson Hole. “Over 10 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails weave through 100-year-old trees and along the river, offering an unmatched experience. And snow bikes, a ski tubing hill, ice skating rink, platform tennis courts, and heli-skiing from the property are all available during the winter months.”

5. For the hockey players
Dedham Private Estate, Dedham, Massachusetts

Pristine landscaping and stone patios complement the infinity-edge pool of this Dedham, Massachusetts, mansion, with rolling lawns and woods beyond. Fans of ice hockey or any ice-based pursuits will enjoy the private ice rink, complete with locker room facilities.The seven-bedroom home also boasts a wine cellar and bar, billiards room, exercise room, sauna, theater, and playroom.

Get your skates on for 214 Lowder Street: a classic Shingle-style mansion that sprawls spectacularly across 22 acres of prime Massachusetts landscape. The sporty among us will also want to while away time in the billiards room, exercise room, steam room, and sauna on the ground floor. The property’s extensive charms further include a large theater, a spacious playroom, and an impressive wine cellar that’s bound to woo oenophiles. Outside, there’s an infinity pool, private pond, and the option to purchase an additional 39 acres to expand the estate.

“For the hockey player, there’s a private home ice rink with adjoining locker room, bathroom, Zamboni garage, and observation gallery,” says Jay Boyle of LandVest, Inc., the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the region. “And it’s within easy reach of Boston, where the Boston Bruins play at TD Garden arena.”

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Sarah Jappy
is a London-based writer who regularly writes for Mr & Mrs Smith and LUXE City Guides