8 Homes to Host Your Own Olympic Events
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The London Summer Olympics are as much a celebration of sports and athleticism as they are a reminder of all the activity many of us just aren't getting.
Spend much of your early life hitting the pool at 5 a.m. just to get smoked by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte? No thanks. Spend your teenage years in gyms and on courts every day and taking calls and promises from college coaches during every spare moment just to find out you're no LeBron James? Again, pass.
If you've lived a full enough life to easily afford a home of your own with a lot of excess space and land, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to replicate your own Olympics without troublesome elements such as sponsors, competitors or fans. The professionals at real estate site Zillow (Z) have compiled this list of homes with Olympic-worthy facilities for armchair athletes who want to go for the gold, but want their bed close enough to go for a nap afterward:
6 Inspiration Point, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Price: $21 million
This 24,000-square-foot home is an Olympic facility unto itself. The estate has an entire sports pavilion complete with swimming pools, a full weight room and an indoor handball/basketball court with its own viewing lounge. The centerpiece, however, is a regulation lighted hardcourt tennis court with a blue top similar to that used during the U.S. Open. For aspiring Rafael Nadals and Williams sisters, that's a far greater perk that this property's two gourmet kitchens, two formal dining rooms, four full-service bars, two outdoor chef-appointed barbecues, formal library, formal living room, great room with piano bar, theater with concessions counter, game and pool room, old world wine cellar and custom sauna. Just consider the nine bedroom suites and 16 bathrooms the athletes' village.
4325 Caughlin Parkway, Reno, Nev.
Price: $2.4 million
Anyone with vocal cords and a fat checkbook can order up an Olympic-sized swimming pool, but it takes a special somebody to realize they won't be racing the Aussies and Russians any time soon and cut the whole thing down to a two-lane affair. The owners of this property reached just such a conclusion when they built their regulation lap pool outside their 5,850-square-foot home with gorgeous views of America's Biggest Little City. The adjacent outdoor hot tub gives competitors a place to relax after beating their best time, while the family room's exercise area, wet bar and surround sound system is a great spot to wait for the postgame results.
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