Situated amidst 200 acres of rolling hills dotted with oaks in the Napa Valley area, an Italian villa owned by legendary 49ers, Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer, arrived on the market Wednesday with a price $ 28.9 million in registration fees.
"When you're at the top of the property, you've got a bump in Mount St. Helena and Knights Valley," said Avram Goldman, Compass agent, who co-registered the house with Tim Hayden. "It's one of the most spectacular views of the wine region.In winter, when it snows, it's incredibly scenic.This is like a fantastic world."
The Sonoma and Napa County border property had already been on the Niner's list in 2009 for a poetic price of $ 49 million, before the Montanas pulled it out of the market. This offer is separate from a second Calistoga ranch, the energy couple of the Bay Area, listed earlier this month. This property – totaling approximately 87 acres and including equestrian facilities – is valued at $ 3.1 million.
The so-called "Villa Montana", located 20 km from Calistoga, was custom built for the Montanas who fell in love with the charm and splendor of European architecture during their travels in Italy and France when Joe escaped from the field. They imported furniture, architectural ornaments and statues to create an authentic home. Marble floors, sinks, windows and doors, and fireplaces are antiques; The iron gates date from the 16th century and a church altar in the 17th century.
"I compare their property to a spectacular painting, whether it's a Picasso or a Monet," says Goldman. "They wanted the atmosphere of an Italian villa to be authentic, they really created it." It looks like they've taken a house in Italy, which they I have taken it with a big helicopter and that they have put it here.You have the feeling that it has been there for a long time but it has all the modern conveniences. "
Built over five years and completed in 2003, the estate comprises three bedrooms with three en-suite bathrooms and a guest shower room spread over 9,700 square feet. To enter through the front door, you take a path lined with a 17th century stone wall and you cross a bridge over a moat. Inside, the high beamed ceilings are vaulted. The turreted towers offer 360-degree views of Mount St. Helena and the golden hills.
A wine cellar holds up to 3,500 bottles and offers storage for olive oil. The Montanas produced between 30 and 60 gallons of oil each year from olives grown in ancient Tuscan varietal tree groves. There is an indoor tasting room and an outdoor terrace for tastings surrounded by vineyards producing white table grapes.
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The gardens surrounding the house are landscaped with rose gardens, shady cypresses and loggia trees, in addition to olive groves and vineyards. The outdoor facilities offer endless entertainment possibilities and include a swimming pool with an outdoor kitchen and a pizza oven, a basketball court also serving as a tennis court, a crane range, a pond for windsurfing and swimming, an installation pitch and arena with horse riding trails. Two streams cross the property and you can go down a canoe.
A guest house has two bedrooms, a bathroom and an outdoor hot tub. There is also a caretaker's house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
This is not the first time the Montanas put this house on the market. In 2009, they had registered the property for $ 49 million. According to a statement from the family, they "abducted her shortly after, when their four children (aged 27 to 33) begged them to keep her for a few more years."
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The list received offers but they decided not to sell at that time.
The Montanas are now living in San Francisco, where Joe is investing in start-up startups through his venture capital firm, Liquid 2 Ventures. They sell the Wine Country property while their kids start their career away from North Bay.
Amy Graff is a news producer for SFGATE. Do you have real estate advice? Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.