Joe Montana’s Napa Valley Equestrian Villa Lists For $28.9 Million

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Villa Montana, Joe and Jennifer Montana’s secluded compound, just listed for $28.9 million.

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Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana threw for 40,551 yards in his legendary football career. But that pales in comparison to the 500-acre Napa Valley equestrian estate he’s tossing onto the market (after all, 40,551 yards only amounts to eight acres). Either way, the four-time Super Bowl champion is a winner.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana now heads Liquid 2 Ventures, a Bay Area firm that invests in early start-ups. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The three-bedroom Italianate villa spans 9,700 square feet.

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Joe and his wife Jennifer are selling Villa Montana, their grand, European-inspired Sonoma County home for $28.9 million. The colossal property includes an Italianate villa (with wine cellar), guesthouse, caretakers’ cottage, bucolic water holes, and first-class equestrian facilities, including stables for 30 horses. Avram Goldman and Tim Hayden of Compass have the listing.

Villa Montana’s Italianate design is distinguished by two panoramic towers, Mediterranean roofs, and ivy walls.

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Villa Montana spans 500 acres.

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It’s easy to imagine this picturesque villa beautifying a Tuscan countryside, but this wine country landscape radiates Cabernet Sauvignon, not Sangiovese. Villa Montana dramatically stands out in this remote, mostly undeveloped rural hamlet.

Villa Montana sits atop a panoramic knoll near Calistoga in Napa Valley.

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Villa Montana resembles a picturesque villa on a Tuscan countryside

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Majestically perched atop a panoramic knoll in the coveted Knights Valley enclave (with 360-degree views of Mount Saint Helena), the cloistered estate is surprisingly accessible to the region’s amenities—a skip from Calistoga, 20 minutes from Santa Rosa’s private airport, and just an hour from San Francisco.

Jennifer Montana conceived the villa’s interior design from furnishings to Medieval-style chandeliers.

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Villa Montana offers vaulted ceilings and 9,700 square feet of living space.

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Framed by rolling hills, the villa’s Italianate exterior comprises two panoramic turret towers, Mediterranean-style roofs, verdant ivy walls, and 4 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds with rose gardens, cypress trees and a Tuscan olive tree grove that produces 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil.

Villa Montana is loaded with amenities like a pool, horseback trails, basketball and tennis courts, fishing and canoeing.

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Landscaped grounds include rose gardens, cypress trees and an olive tree grove.

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Sights and sounds coalesce here. Splashes of crimson pop (awnings and flowers) against a lush green garden canvas as rippling waters play a soothing soundtrack along babbling brooks, two streams, a large private beach pond, and a smaller moat-and-bridge pond.

A moat, bridge and pond feature by the front entrance.

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An imported 17th century stone well is a landmark along the pathway to the main entrance.

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An imported 17th century stone well guides guests, as a pathway landmark, toward the moat bridge by the home’s main entrance which is enveloped by the pond.

Joe and Jennifer Montana (who conceived Villa Montana’s décor) have relocated to San Francisco where he once led the 49ers to four Super Bowls. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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The grand residence goes all in with its 17th century European design inspiration.

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Boasting three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, the villa could pass for a centuries-old Italian villa on some peak in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia. Completed in 2003, the 9,700-square-foot house was a five-year project by Moller Willrich Architecture & Design and Jennifer Montana, who conceived much of the interior and exterior design.

The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries and frescoes.

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Vaulted ceilings hover over lavish chandeliers, antique marble floors, and large stone fireplace mantels.

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The villa is inspired by the Montanas’ extensive travels to Italy and France, where most of the home’s imported statues, furniture, architectural details, and landscape design originate. Under vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings and lavish chandeliers, the home features antique marble floors, stone mantels, arched doorways, ironwork torchères, 16th century iron gates, and a 17th century church altar surround.

Ironwork torchères, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings

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The villa is inspired by the Montanas’ extensive travels to Italy and France.

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“Jennifer Montana’s interior design acumen incorporating magnificent architectural features[like] centuries-old floors, fireplaces, doors and window surroundsimbue the home with timeless European warmth,” says Hayden.

The olive tree grove produces 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil.

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Beautified bocce ball court

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The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries, Da Vinci-esque frescoes (one with the Montana family crest), and even a Parisian marble bathtub, installed via crane from the Montana’s former home.

Da Vinci-esque fresco in a bathroom

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This Parisian marble bathtub was transferred from the Montana’s former home.

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These valuables are protected by seamless technology and security hidden from view. The marble island kitchen boasts an antique feel amid modern stainless steel appliances.

European-inspired marble island kitchen

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Wine tasting room

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Apropos for the region, the 3,500-bottle-capacity wine cellar includes a tasting room, outdoor tasting terrace amid white grape vines, and storage for olive oil bottles produced from Tuscan varietals the Montana’s planted on the property.

The wine cellar holds up to 3,500 bottles as well as olive oil.

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The outdoor kitchen includes a Tuscan grill and pizza oven.

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An elaborate outdoor kitchen near the pool includes a Tuscan grill, pizza oven and wine refrigerator.

The main villa features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and another powder room. This one is embellished with a fresco.

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Bedroom with intricate handcrafted wood ceiling.

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“The unrivaled view of Mount Saint Helena from the home, especially from patio in the tower makes sunsets with a glass of wine unforgettable,” says Hayden.

The tower patio offers 360-degree mountain views.

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Wine tasting patio with Mount Saint Helena vistas

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The estate is amenity loaded—swimming pool, lighted sport court (for basketball and tennis), a pro-style gym, skeet shooting range, bocce ball court, and of course the exceptional equestrian facility with stables, an enclosed arena, meandering horseback riding trails, offices, and staff residences.

Villa Montana’s professional equestrian facility includes a covered arena.

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Villa Montana’s stables hold up to 30 horses.

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If that’s not enough, outdoor enthusiasts can fly board, fish, boat and swim in the large pond or canoe in the property’s two streams. Yes, retirement has been good to Joe and Jennifer, who were unavailable for comment due to another vacation. It’s a safe bet the trinkets they’ll bring home won’t fit into a suitcase or carry-on.

The guesthouse/art studio has two bedrooms, one bath and an outdoor spa jacuzzi.

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European statues decorate the estate’s interiors and exteriors.

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Villa Montana’s guest house doubles as an art studio, offering two bedrooms, one bath, an outdoor spa and jacuzzi. The caretaker’s cottage has two bedrooms and two baths.

The caretaker’s cottage has two bedrooms and two baths.

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Villa Montana’s scenic boat pond.

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Who’d want to leave all this behind? An empty nesting couple winning in the third quarter of life, that’s who. The Montanas are entering a new life phase.

Villa Montana’s basketball court doubles as a tennis court as well.

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Joe and Jennifer Montana. (John Hefti/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)

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With four grown children, they’ve relocated to San Francisco where clutch “Joe Cool” captained the 49ers dynasty in the 1980s. There, his venture capital firm, Liquid 2 Ventures, invests in start-ups, including a recent $75 million stake in the emerging legal marijuana industry.

Joe Montana won four Super Bowl titles and three Super Bowl MVPs. (Bettmann Archive)

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Former teammates Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (John Shearer/WireImage)

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The couple last listed Villa Montana on the luxury real estate market in 2009 and 2012 (for $49 million and $35 million respectively) but, urged by their children, they ultimately held onto the home for another decade.

This is the third time Villa Montana has been listed.

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Now back on the market, Villa Montana is up for grabs. This may be Joe’s best pass ever—if he finds someone who will keep Villa Montana in good hands. Did you hear that Jerry Rice?

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