Lance Armstrong's Old West Austin estate cycles back onto the market — with new price
Editor's note: Since this story was originally published, Lance Armstrong has sold his Old Enfield estate. According to reports, the buyer was Carey Smith, founder and former CEO of Big Ass Fans. Laura Gottesman represented Armstrong while Smith was represented by Cari Clark of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
Perhaps the second time will be the charm. Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has put his almost century-old estate in Austin’s Old Enfield neighborhood on the market for $7.5 million, two years after it went up for sale at $8.25 million.
Located in the southernmost part of Old West Austin, the Mediterranean-style estate at 1706 Windsor Rd., across from Pease Park, was built in 1924 and remodeled in 2007. It covers close to half an acre. Laura Gottesman of Austin’s Gottesman Residential Real Estate has the listing.
Armstrong, whose cycling career came crashing down in the wake of a doping scandal, bought the gated 8,158-square-foot mansion in 2013 from former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes. It features five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, an underground wine cellar, a wood-burning fireplace, and a swimming pool. The estate's pool house contains the property's sixth bedroom, as well as another full bathroom and kitchenette.
Armstrong reportedly lives at the mansion with his five children and fiancée, Anna Hansen.
For years, Armstrong has been buying and selling homes in the Austin area. For example, Armstrong sold his Lake Austin home in 2013, just a few days before buying the Old Enfield mansion.
Since stepping away from cycling in 2011 and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles a year later due to the doping scandal, Armstrong has fought legal battles; engaged in charity work; focused on his Austin bicycle shop, Mellow Johnny’s; launched a sports brand called Wedu; and started two podcasts, “The Forward” and “Stages.”