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 few—will 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.
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
Cooperstown, New York, is baseball’s hallowed ground, the esteemed and beloved site of the sport’s Hall of Fame. The Lake House—a home built in 1853 and lovingly preserved by its current owners, connoisseurs of fine art and architecture—transcends 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.
San Diego, California
Talk about home field advantage. This 16th-story San Diego apartment overlooks the Padres’ Petco Park, where the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat can be heard. For larger gatherings, the building also offers a 3,200-square-foot deck in its community complex. The outdoor perch boasts a bird’s eye view of the diamond, two fire pits, full kitchen, barbeque, and TVs—perfect 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 ballpark to the distant mountains and the Coronado Bridge.
Designed by Braves Pitcher
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.
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.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
While baseball is the U.S. National Pastime, cricket—also played with bats and balls—has 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.
Petite Saline, St. Barths
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
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.