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8 envy-inducing homes with impressive sports facilities

Photo: Comer Homes
A tennis court in the grounds of Royal Connaught Park in Hertfordshire, originally the Royal Masonic School for Boys. Photo: Comer Homes

Now that the Euros have kicked off the summer of sport, many of us are feeling inspired to get active – while spending more time in front of the TV than usual. But imagine if you could jump straight off the sofa and start participating in your favourite sport or discipline without having to travel anywhere. These properties on the market can turn your dream into reality as they’re equipped with or adjacent to state-of-the-art sports facilities, ranging from tennis and basketball courts to pools and even a football pitch.

1. Queens Cross, Royal Docks, London E16, £413,000

This development comprises 224 new apartments, spread over two buildings standing at 22 and 15 storeys. Residents qualify for membership of the private Eden Club, giving them access to a rooftop running track, a 20 metre indoor pool, a Peloton-powered and designed gym with an indoor cycling studio and other fitness facilities, which will all be open by January 2025. 76 units remain for sale, contact Mount Anvil for more information.

2. Azur at Alicante Golf, Alicante, Spain, from €615,000 (approx £520,350)

Photo: Taylor Wimpey España
Photo: Taylor Wimpey España

Four bedroom townhouses in a scheme of just 10 homes, each with two bathrooms, two garage parking spaces, a garden, terraces and use of a communal swimming pool. Available off-plan and estimated to complete in June 2025, they overlook 18-hole Alicante Golf, designed by the late Seve Ballesteros and considered one of the best golf courses in Spain. The beach is a four-minute drive. By Taylor Wimpey España.

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3. Royal Connaught Park, Bushey, Hertfordshire, from £650,000

Photo: Comer Homes
Photo: Comer Homes

The final tranche of new two, three and four-bedroom apartments and duplexes, part of a Grade II listed, late Victorian former school that Comer Homes has been painstakingly restoring and converting over the past 15 years. A favourite with location scouts, it’s appeared in dozens of films and TV programmes including Harry Potter, The Life of Brian and the Avengers. The buildings are surrounded by over 100 acres of mature parkland containing tennis courts, and an indoor pool, sauna, gym and tennis courts are among the other amenities. Through hamptons.co.uk.

4. Bennett, Calistoga, California, $1.652m (approx £1.3m)

Photo: Pacaso
Photo: Pacaso

An immaculate seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom holiday home, comprising a 4,625 square foot main house, a guest house, multi-purpose barn and an outdoor kitchen and bar, pool and courts for bocce, pickleball and basketball, set in a four-acre estate. It’s fully-furnished and available for co-ownership: the price buys you an eighth share, stays are booked via an app and it’s maintained by a dedicated home management team so is always in turnkey condition. Get more information from Pacaso.

5. Richmond, London TW10, £3m

Photo: Antony Roberts
Photo: Antony Roberts

Golf addicts won’t be subject to the whims of the weather in this elegant four-bedroom, three-bathroom period house, as it comes with a custom-fitted simulator in a studio under the detached double garage, plus an adjoining gym. The town centre, station, riverside and Richmond Park – the largest royal park, perfect for running, cycling and horse riding – are all in walking distance. Find out more from Antony Roberts.

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6. Rothley, Leicestershire, £4.8m

Photo: F&C
Photo: Fine & Country

Although very rural, this fully refurbished and extended former farmhouse is only a mile from the centre of a village with shops, cafes, pubs/restaurants and a golf club. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a traditional wooden kitchen with a large island and dining area, and four reception rooms. Doors from many of the downstairs rooms open onto a wide south-west facing stone terrace that frames a heated outdoor pool, and the mature grounds – extending to nearly six acres – also include a detached purpose-built office, outbuildings and a tennis court. For sale through Fine & Country.

7. Rivendell, Chelsfield Park, Orpington, Kent, £5.75m

Photo: Alan de Maid
Photo: Alan de Maid

Sitting in over one and a half acres in an exclusive garden estate, this mock-Tudor house was built in 2018 and designed for entertaining. Interiors are Art Deco-inspired with extensive use of marble, and include a grand entrance hall with a sweeping marble staircase, a 45-foot long kitchen/breakfast room, an adjoining sitting room and a dual aspect reception room. There are six ensuite bedrooms, and more could be added in the unconverted loft. Budding Bellinghams and Beckhams can hone their skills on the garden’s floodlit football pitch – large enough for a seven-a-side match – and space is provided for a swimming pool. From Alan de Maid.

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8. Boerne, Texas, USA $16.5m (approx £12.98m)

Photo: Onward Group/Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
Photo: Onward Group_Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

If you can afford this palatial Mediterranean-style estate you could soon be shooting hoops like a pro. For along with 52 acres of land incorporating a vast private waterpark, a 1,500 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a cinema with stadium seating, a spa, hot tub, tennis court, sand volleyball court and elite gym, it has its own indoor basketball court. This is hardly surprising as the seller is basketball star Tony Parker, who played 18 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2019. Contact Binkan Cinaroglu of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

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