Published July 23, 2012
Dreaming of a gold medal in your future (or perhaps your child’s future?) Besides a competitive spirit and loads of determination, you may need a space to start practicing in. Sure, you could hit up the local gym, but if you’re really going to be dedicated, how about picking up a home that fits perfectly for your first-place ambitions.
We’ve rounded up a few homes across the country that are ideal for the Olympian-to-be. With swanky gyms, deep pools and volleyball courts, these homes for sale could make those grueling practices a little more pleasant.
For sale: $21 million
This year the tennis competition will be held on Wimbledon’s grass courts. While the court accompanying this Laguna Niguel, Calif. home for sale is turf, not grass, it’s still a great place for a budding Olympian to practice.
For sale: $2.35 million
Many homes have pools, but few have pools that can host the activity of a training Olympian. The pool of this Reno home isn’t an Olympic-sized structure, but it provides enough room for butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle as well as a nearby spa to decompress in.
For sale: $1.58 million
This Adams, Ore. home doesn’t have a high dive, but the deep pool and diving board are still good for practicing form.The 5,081-square-foot home is located 13 miles from Pendleton, Ore. and also includes a 2,298-square-foot guest/pool house.
For sale: $1.749 million
A little like gymnastics with a bounce, trampolining is a newer Olympic sport, making its debut at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. This Danville, Calif. house for sale includes an in-ground trampoline perfect for practicing aerial moves.
For sale: $2.95 million
The U.S. Olympic basketball team is dominated by some of the biggest names in the NBA. Channel your inner Kobe or LeBron with the indoor basketball court offered in this Las Vegas home for sale.
For sale: $459,900
A casual beach game can also be elevated to Olympic status. A relatively new sport, beach volleyball is often one of the more popular summer events to watch. Rather than getting down to the beach to practice digs and spikes, this home for sale in North Huntington, Pa. includes a regulation-sized sand volleyball court. Priced under $500,000, this home is one of the cheaper Olympic options on this list.
For sale: $13.8 million
A total of 260 athletes -- men and women -- are competing in weightlifting at the Olympics, hoisting 500 pounds and more. This Los Angeles home gym has plenty of space for a budding athlete to begin training.
For sale: $8.075 million
This Texas ranch has nearly everything on its sprawling acreage, including an archery range. Archery dates back 10,000 years, but it wasn’t added to the Olympics until 1900. The Winnsboro, Texas archery range is rustic but would still work well for an Olympian in training.
Erika Riggs writes on a wide variety of real estate topics, from the all-popular celebrity real estate, to mortgages and home improvement, for the Zillow Blog and other Zillow partners.
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