Joe Montana’s Napa Valley Estate Listed For $29 million


Set amid 500 acres of oak-studded rolling hills in the Napa Valley region, an Italianate villa owned by 49ers legend Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, arrived on the market Wednesday with a listing price of $28.9 million.


“When you’re at the top of the property, you’re looking dead straight on at Mount St. Helena and Knights Valley,” says Compass agent Avram Goldman who is co-listing the home with Tim Hayden. “It’s one of the most spectacular views in wine country. In the winter, when it does snow, it’s incredibly picturesque. It’s like a fantasy world.”

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The so-called “Villa Montana,” 20 miles from Calistoga, was custom-built for the Montanas who became enamored with the charm and splendor of European architecture on trips to Italy and France when Joe got breaks from the playing field. They imported furniture, architectural adornments and statuary to create an authentic home. The marble floors, sinks, window and door surrounds, and fireplaces are all antiques; iron gates date back to the 16th century and a church altar to the 17th century.1024x10244

“I compare their property to a spectacular painting whether it be a Picasso or a Monet,” says Goldman. “They wanted it to have an authentic feel of an Italian villa. They really created that. It looks like they took a home from Italy, picked it up with a big helicopter and set it down here. You have the feeling it has been there for a long time but it has all the modern conveniences.”


Built over five years and completed in 2003, the estate has three bedrooms with three ensuite bathrooms and guest powder room spread across 9,700 square feet. To enter the front door, you walk a path lined with a wall made from 17th-century stone and cross over a bridge above a moat. Inside, the elaborate wood-beamed ceilings are vaulted. Turreted towers offer 360-degree views of Mount St. Helena and across the golden hills.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Paul Rollins
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