For Sale: Live like a king in Arnold Palmer's former home in Pennsylvania

You can own Palmer's Latrobe home.
Arnold Palmer's former home in Latrobe, Pa., is for sale.

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.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Childhood memories of watching Arnold Palmer each year he played at Colonial in Memphis, Tennessee. Some of my best times growing up around golf. It was always something to look forward to. My brothers and I would follow Mr. Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as well as Gary Player and a few of the all time greats.
My son also had a story about his time with Arnold Palmer in Orlando at a golf tournament. He had just purchased a new hat and Mr. Palmer stopped to speak to him. He asked Michael if he would like his autograph on the new hat and of course that was a big yes. Such a humble man in so many ways. An inspiration for all of us to remember. Heaven is rejoicing!

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Arnold Palmer. One of the world's greatest golfers and true gent.

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Why doesn't the golf course buy it, and use the land to expand the course and keep the house intact???

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jason

to be clear this was not the house he grew up in or raised his girls.

he built this house for Kit after their marriage

and i agree getting to tour the workshop on many occasions
and meeting Mr Palmer was always a highlight for a guy who grew up in Latrobe
who isn't a golfer

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