- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A small country road winds through green pastures, where horses graze as the occasional cloud drifts by. It leads to a sprawling, 4.7-acre estate sheltered by tall pines in the small east Montgomery County community of Mathews.

It’s an unlikely place to find a pro stock car racer from New Jersey. That’s exactly why veteran driver Robin Bonanno owns it.

She’s competed for 16 years, averaging about 25 races a year - most recently at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. It’s a grueling schedule, which makes having a quiet getaway like the one in Mathews so important.

“Racing is an endurance sport,” Bonanno said. “I have raced with a broken leg. A little more than a year ago, I raced in the middle of radiation for cancer.”

In a few weeks, the four-bedroom, five-bath home will be sold through an online auction. Bonanno and her husband and crew chief, Carl Lunderstadt Sr., plan to move closer to family in Florida.

There’s no mistaking that the property they leave behind was built as a quiet country retreat - if a spacious one.

Baroque double doors open to an open kitchen and living area, part of nearly 6,000 square feet of heated and cooled interior space. Standing at the front door, you can see through the living room and out to the rolling hillside behind the house, which features a deck with a six-person hot tub and wooded land fronted by a bass pond.

There are two master bedrooms on the main level, one boasting a spa-like master bath. And there seems to be another area of cavern-like walk-in storage behind every door.

Stairs lead past a bonus room on the mezzanine landing, and continue up to a full home theater complete with theater lighting, movie screen and surround sound. There’s even an adjacent bathroom area for a refrigerator and microwave.

The house was designed by architect Andy Bozeman and built about a decade ago. Since then, the couple has added a drive-through garage and workroom - for obvious reasons. That 1,850 square feet of garage space features multiple entry points and is fully air conditioned and wired for utilities.

If you’d like to see the property for yourself, tours are available. J.P. King Auction Company is handling the sale, with bidding starting at $350,000. Registration begins May 26 and the online auction starts June 2.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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