8 Homes to Host Your Own Olympic Events
380 College St., Adams, Ore.
Price: $1.6 million
High dive? Please. It's just not in human nature to take yourself to the loftiest heights possible and heave yourself off, twisting into pikes along the way. This 5,000-square-foot home in Adams gets it right by limiting the dive to just above the waterline and letting divers take in the horizon views of the surrounding 10-acre property. That's a more alluring proposition for divers staying in the 2,300-square foot pool/guest house with a herringbone pattern brick floor, hearth with a gas fireplace, built-in cabinets with butcher block tops, a loft large enough for four queen-sized beds, a brick-covered patio and a wood-burning brick outdoor fireplace. The bathroom is modeled after a locker room and features a steam shower and sauna to complement the outdoor shower, patio swing and outdoor spa outside. Let the aspiring Greg Louganises belly flop their way to glory. You have a sunset to watch.
553 El Pintado Road, Danville, Calif.
Price: $1.8 million
Think trampolining was just Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel's way of attracting more lecherous eyeballs to The Man Show by showcasing girls on trampolines? Nope, it's been an Olympic sport for more than a decade and is taken quite seriously by the athletes tucking and piking their way to the gold. It was apparently taken quite seriously by the owners of this 3,900-square-foot home who put an in-ground trampoline in their backyard. Parents whose kids aren't so big on bouncing also have a pool and a full backyard soccer field to offer their aspiring Olympian.
7440 Oak Grove Ave., Las Vegas
Price: $2.95 million
Las Vegas has been a bronze-medal housing market at best since the housing crisis, as evidenced by the asking price on this 10,000-square-foot home that last sold for $3.05 million in 2010. Yet there's still top-podium potential for this palace and its automated control system, eight-seat theater, outdoor kitchen, 14-camera security system and go-kart track with caves and tunnels. The combination handball/basketball court isn't so great for an outside shooter's perimeter game, but low-post players who pretend to be Dwight Howard on their days off will have no problem throwing down dunks in the paint.
2181 Ipnar Road, North Huntingdon, Pa.
What do you do with your dreams of Karch Kiraly-style beach volleyball stardom if you're in an ocean-deprived state such as Pennsylvania? Improvise. Though this is a fairly modest four-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot home, its four-acre plot is home to a huge swimming pool, a barn and a regulation beach volleyball court. Just truck in some sand every so often and you'll be setting and spiking all summer long.
345 St. Pierre Road, Los Angeles
Price: $13.8 million
When you're tucked away in a 13,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom home in Bel-Air, you're more likely to be a studio exec who greenlights a biopic about an Olympian than an actual Olympian. In a state once governed by a famed powerlifter, however, two guest apartments, a theater, a game room, a portico-lined pool and an outdoor living room are no substitute for a ripped physique. That's why this gated home comes with a weight room large enough to train a small country's weightlifting team and lined with enough mirrors to keep muscle admirers occupied for a lifetime. Archery
Private address, Winnsboro, Texas
Price: $8.1 million
A great archery range requires two things: Lots of room for error and very few people. This 1,700-acre ranch has both to go along with its 5,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home. Fire away all day and hit nothing but hay bales and barren earth. When that gets tedious, play a round on the nine-hole golf course, ride your favorite horse at the equestrian facilities, target some clay on the skeet range, practice your serve on the tennis courts or take the fishing boat and party barge out on the 26-acre lake. Forget about pretending it's the Olympics: A property this size could host the Olympics. -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.
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