By Erika Riggs
Peggy Fleming may be best-known for taking home the only gold medal for the United States during the 1968 Winter Olympics, but the retired ice skater was quite a talented winemaker as well. In the late 1990s, Fleming and her husband started a small backyard winery as a hobby on their property in the Silicon Valley town of Los Gatos, Calif. The two ended up running the business for 10 years and garnering some accolades -- including a 93 score on a Sauvignon blend -- as well as raising money for breast cancer research along the way.
Now Fleming and her husband, retired dermatologist Greg Jenkins, have sold off the wine business and now are preparing to sell their family home as well, listing it at $4.375 million. "We purchased the home about 35 years ago," Fleming said. "It had no landscaping, but it had privacy and a gorgeous view and we fell in love with it. And over the years, we remodeled and kept it up the date. We raised our two sons here, and they had this adventure of growing up here in privacy with nature and the entire view of the valley."
The property is actually two parcels; one holds the family home, and the other was purchased later to secure the family's privacy, eventually becoming home to their vineyard. "It's an exceptional property," said listing agent Carolyn Givens of Alain Pinel Realtors. "The house is fabulous: 360-degree views, unobstructed views of the valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. They did a lot of entertaining here."
Glancing through the listing photos, it's evident that an Olympian lived at the residence. An Olympic flag flaps from a flagpole, and other ice skating memorabilia can be spotted throughout the interior. Measuring 3,200 square feet, the home has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Outside, the grounds include a pool, spa, sports court and numerous decks and patios, including a dining area beneath a a grouping of oak trees.
Fleming says she and her husband are selling in an effort to downsize and slow their lives down a bit.
"The house is gorgeous and fun to live in," explains Fleming, "but we need to go on to the next chapter of our lives."
Wondering what a monthly payment would be on Fleming's Los Gatos real estate market gem? Assuming 20 percent down on a 30-year mortgage, a monthly payment would be around $16,900, according to Zillow's mortgage calculator.
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