At first glance, the real estate listing at 129 Legends Lane looks like other fine custom-built homes that populate golf communities around America.
This one's different. It's fit for a king.
Yes, that king. Arnold Palmer's former home in Latrobe, Pa., across the street from his Latrobe Country Club is for sale. The four-bathroom, three-bedroom home sits on .58 acres. What's interesting is the listing says nothing about the home's history.
“I don’t know why. It is surprising," said Chris Rodell, a local author who used to work for Palmer and wrote the book, Arnold Palmer: Homespun stories of the King.
"That's the first thing the realtor will say. You have to be an idiot not to. I think they are waiting for some big Palmer fan to buy it and say they bought the Palmer house."
The home, listed last year for more than one million dollars, is currently for sale for $880,000. Inside, it appears Palmer lived comfortably but not extravagantly, the sort of "everyman" image he portrayed wherever he went. The listing reads like this:
"Custom-built, craftsman home unlike any other, this woodland retreat sits at the end of a private road. The home's warmth is enhanced by timber frame construction, wood floors, oak trim & built-in cabinets with a wet bar & entertainment center. Massive stone fireplace anchors great room flanked by floor to ceiling windows filling room with natural light. Double-side fireplace outside on wrap-around deck. The kitchen, complete with refrigerator drawers, duo ovens, bar seating & island, opens to the great room for easy entertaining. Main level features a guest bedroom, master suite, office area off kitchen & pantry. Entertaining possibilities continue on lower level with another great room, fireplace, entertainment center, & bonus area including large walk-in closet & spa-like bath, lower level laundry with a laundry chute, heated 2-car garage w/storage room, lush landscaping, built-in grill, fence around property & security system. Too many details to mention!"
The road Legends Lane also leads to another house owned by the Palmer family and the King's famous workshop, which I toured with Rodell months before Palmer passed away in 2016. It was one of the greatest thrills of my golf life to shake the King's hand on his home turf that day. Whomever buys the house will potentially wake up with that lucky feeling every morning, knowing they own a piece of golf history.