Lance Armstrong at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation in Rotterdam. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Lance Armstrong at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation in Rotterdam. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Breaking the Tour de France record seven consecutive times with a maximum heart rate of 201 beats per minute, Lance Armstrong was known for his ability to cross the finish line with unprecedented speed. In real estate, he’s still moving fast.

The now-disgraced former cyclist recently made headlines for purchasing a home near Lake Austin for $4.34 million after selling his central Austin estate. Property records now confirm Armstrong has ditched the lake house (pictured above), selling it to American race car driver Bret Curtis and his wife, Yecenia, for an undisclosed amount.

Selling only six weeks after he bought it, Armstrong likely didn’t have time to flip the home, and it’s unclear whether he made a profit. But the 12,553-square-foot home has strong selling points — from its striking contemporary architecture to a 200-foot suspension bridge leading to a private boathouse on Lake Austin. Additional celeb-worthy amenities include a pool, spa, cabana, rooftop deck, terraced gardens, indoor sport court and art studio.

Continuing the rapid-fire real estate trend, Armstrong purchased a new Austin home only five days after closing the deal in Lake Austin. He bought a 7,646-square-foot, single-family home from Ben Barnes, the former lieutenant governor of Texas and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. The property was built in 1924 and sits on nearly half an acre.

Armstrong has been hopping around Texas for some time. The Plano native had a Dripping Springs home custom built in 2003 with seven miles of hike-and-bike trails. He sold the place in August 2011, a few months after announcing his retirement from competitive cycling, while facing doping allegations.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, industry trends and home improvement tips. Read more of her work here.

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Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design.

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