Who’s ready to become Ridgefield’s next winter Olympian?
That’s how high the bar is set for the family that moves into the home located at 390 West Mountain Road. The property, which possess one of the four luge tracks in the United States used by Ridgefield native and Olympian Tucker West since childhood, has been on the market at $3.5 million for three months.
The 485-foot-long luge track lets riders travel up to around 37 mph — a skill set that helped Tucker become the youngest male ever to represent the United States in the men’s luge when he competed in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
In a few short weeks, he will be sliding again for the United States at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“Right now, we’re very focused on Pyeongchang,” said Brett West, Tucker’s dad and the property’s owner, in a phone call with The Press Jan. 2.
The five-bedroom Colonial-style home was built in 1996, and features a total of eight bathrooms. It sits on a 3.27-acre lot just east of the town’s border with New York.
Besides the luge track, the property includes a “party barn” with an exercise room and pull-down movie screen; a pool house with a full bar; a pool with a waterfall and hidden cave; and a grass tennis court that can be converted into a skating rink during the winter.
“This house is like an adventure house — there’s something to do every minute,” said Realtor Leslie Krichko of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
If anyone understands the Wests’ passion for winter sports, Krichko certainly does. She competed in two Winter Olympics — in 1980 and 1988 — as a cross country skier.
A family friend of the Wests, Krichko laughed when asked whether she had ever ridden on the family’s home-built luge track.
“I can’t imagine Luge speeds,” she said.
As for Tucker, whose bedroom overlooks the backyard track, Krichko said she can’t wait to watch him this February in South Korea.
“I want the whole town excited and backing Tucker again.”