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

Keith Flamer Senior Contributor Writer, pop culture virtuoso and luxury lunatic

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

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

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 startups. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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

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

The three-bedroom Italianate villa spans 9,700 square feet. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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 30 horse stables. 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.

Villa Montana’s Italianate design is distinguished by two panoramic towers, Mediterranean roofs, and ivy walls. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Villa Montana spans 500 acres.

Villa Montana spans 500 acres. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

It’s easy to imagine this picturesque villa beautifying the countryside in Tuscany, 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.

Villa Montana sits atop a panoramic knoll near Calistoga in Napa Valley. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Villa Montana resembles a picturesque villa on a Tuscan countryside

Villa Montana resembles a picturesque villa on a Tuscan countryside 

(Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

Jennifer Montana conceived the villa’s interior design from furnishings to Medieval-style chandeliers. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

Villa Montana offers vaulted ceilings and 9,700 square feet of living space. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

Villa Montana is loaded with amenities like a pool, horseback trails, basketball and tennis courts, fishing and canoeing. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

Landscaped grounds include rose gardens, cypress trees and an olive tree grove. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

A moat, bridge and pond feature by the front entrance. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

An imported 17th century stone well is a landmark along the pathway to the main entrance. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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)

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) GETTY

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

The grand residence goes all in with its 17th century European design inspiration. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries and frescoes. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

Vaulted ceilings hover over lavish chandeliers, antique marble floors, and large stone fireplace mantels. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

Ironwork torchères, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

The villa is inspired by the Montanas’ extensive travels to Italy and France. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

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

The olive tree grove produces 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Beautified bocce ball court

Beautified bocce ball court (Photo by Paul Rollins)

The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries, fresco murals (one with the Montana family crest), and even a Parisian marble bathtub, installed via crane from the Montanas’ former home.

Bathroom fresco mural

Bathroom fresco mural (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

This Parisian marble bathtub was transferred from the Montana’s former home. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

These valuables are protected by seamless technology and security hidden from view. The marble island kitchen is antique, even amid modern stainless steel appliances.

European-inspired marble island kitchen

European-inspired marble island kitchen (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Wine tasting room

Wine tasting room (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

The wine cellar holds up to 3,500 bottles as well as olive oil. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

The outdoor kitchen includes a Tuscan grill and pizza oven.

The outdoor kitchen includes a Tuscan grill and pizza oven. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

The main villa features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and another powder room. This one is embellished with a fresco. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Bedroom with intricate handcrafted wood ceiling and balcony.

Bedroom with intricate handcrafted wood ceiling and balcony. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

The tower patio offers 360-degree mountain views.

The tower patio offers 360-degree mountain views. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Wine tasting patio with Mount Saint Helena vistas

Wine tasting patio with Mount Saint Helena vistas (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

Villa Montana's professional equestrian facility includes an expansive covered arena.

Villa Montana’s professional equestrian facility includes an expansive covered arena. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Villa Montana's stables hold up to 30 horses.

Villa Montana’s stables hold up to 30 horses. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

The guesthouse/art studio has two bedrooms, one bath and an outdoor spa jacuzzi. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

European statues decorate the estate's interiors and exteriors.

European statues decorate the estate’s interiors and exteriors. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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.

The caretaker’s cottage has two bedrooms and two baths. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

Villa Montana's scenic boat pond.

Villa Montana’s scenic boat pond. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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, a journey back to the big city. It’s a common calling—a homecoming that even the band Journey sang about: “I want to get back to my city by the bay“).

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

Villa Montana’s basketball court doubles as a tennis court as well. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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

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

With four grown children, they’ve already 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 startups, 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)

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

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

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

Villa Montana was previously listed on the luxury real estate market in 2009 and 2012 (for $49 million and $35 million respectively). Urged by their children, Joe and Jennifer ultimately held onto the estate for another decade.

This is the third time Villa Montana has been listed.

This is the third time Villa Montana has been listed. (Photo by Paul Rollins)

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


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