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‘The Comeback Kid’ Joe Montana Just Re-Listed His Sonoma Estate—Take a Peek of the Gorgeous $28.9 Million Property

Many people may remember Joe Montana from his stint as a professional footballer playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers during the late 70s and 80s. And it seems like Montana’s legend status in the sport also translated into real-life judging from the luxurious California estate he’s been living in.

But while his estate may be every person’s dream come true, the now 63-year-old retired quarterback has decided to re-list it back on the market.

Villa Montana

The equestrian center that comes with the estate

Although Montana made his fortune on the football field, he built his home with another personal interest in mind: horses. Aside from the main residence called Villa Montana, the 500-acre property also features its very own professional equestrian arena as well as 30 stables for horses. And to keep the horses and facilities in top shape, the estate has its own staff residences, offices, and caretaker’s cottage. A guesthouse is also present on the massive property.

Located in Sonoma County, the property features a massive 9,700 square feet main house designed as an Italian-style villa. It was reportedly built in the span of five years and has three bedrooms and corresponding en suite bathrooms. But what really takes the cake are the two turreted towers which offer scenic views of the nearby Mount Saint Helena.

Inside, the home is a testament to the family’s travels and heritage. Some of its furnishings and architectural details were actually collected by the Montana family from their numerous trips to both France and Italy. These trips reportedly began in the 80s and continued on as Montana’s athletic career progressed. It’s also worth noting that the athlete’s surname ‘Montana’ has its origins in the Italian surname, ‘Montani’, which means ‘mountain’ in English.

One of the Italian-style common areas found in Villa Montana

Many frescoes adorn Villa Montana with one of them being designed by the family. The home is also filled with features from hundreds of years ago. For example, the house is accessible via a bridge over a moat. There’s also the 17th century stone well which can be found on the 500-acre compound. Other notable features include a 17th-century church altar and some 16th-century iron gates.

Building further on the Italian inspiration, the estate has a spacious wine cellar which can reportedly house 3,500 bottles of wine. Pretty convenient as Montana also produces his own wine under the label ‘Montagia’. What more, the estate has acres of Tuscan olive trees which enables the family to produce around 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil a year.

Inside the Italian-style villa

All Grown Up!

So, why would Montana decide to sell his estate given all the personal efforts and touches the family put into the home over the years? Well, apparently, the family has been spending less time at the gorgeous estate now that the kids have all grown up. Montana has actually put the property on the market back in 2009 but backed out when the kids begged the patriarch to keep the place.

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