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Joe Montana puts Knights Valley home up for sale

Joe Montana, the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback, is selling his Knights Valley estate outside Calistoga. The asking price: $49 million, of course.

If it sells at full price ? a not too subtle reminder of the team Montana led to four Super Bowl victories ? it would become the highest amount ever paid for a home in Sonoma County.

So what does $49 million buy?

The estate comes with a 9,700-square-foot Tuscan-style main residence, a spacious equestrian center, full-sized basketball court, skeet shooting range, gym, pool and spa.

The 500-acre property, dubbed Villa Montana, also features two creeks that run year round, a private pond, a guesthouse and a caretaker?s residence.

Montana moved to the property with his wife Jennifer and their four children in 2003. The family left Sonoma County several years ago and now resides in Southern California, partly so that a son could play high school football for the private Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village.

?We have a lot of great memories here with our friends and family,? Joe Montana said Monday in a statement about the villa. ?It?s a home made for entertaining.?

A sale even in the ballpark of the asking $49 million price would be a record for the county. The most expensive home sales recorded on the county?s Multiple Listing Service were two properties that went for $15 million each in 2001, according to Rick Laws of Coldwell Banker in Santa Rosa.

Such a sale even would exceed the proposed $36 million price for the 5,600-acre Jenner Headlands, a record amount for an acquisition to conserve land for public benefit.

Nonetheless, those representing the Montanas called the $49 million ?a fitting price for a property owned by the former 49er.?


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