~Life Of The Rich & The Famous In Knoxville~

Hey girls, how about a LITTLE house tour this Saturday. The Knoxville News Sentinel and The Knoxville Magazine has just recently featured TN Vols Basketball head coach Bruce Pearl and the house he just moved into not to long ago. I did not take any of these pics, nor did I write any of the info after each picture. I did however give credit to were credit is due. This is a beautiful house, that I thought you might like to see. I do think it needs a little more POP...it's missing some STUFF, but that is just my opinion. The House that Bruce Built
By Michael Tribble Photography by Dean Brown Above photography by Shawn Poynter
Bruce Pearl spends a major part of his life on the road: recruiting trips, away games, speaking engagements, and media teasers. For years, at Southern Indiana and Milwaukee-Wisconsin, he practically lived out of his car or bus seat. In Knoxville, though, one of the hardest working coaches in college basketball has found a place to call home that’s almost as lavish as his personality. Pearl invited us in for an exclusive inside the busiest man in Knoxville’s end-of-the-day Gettysvue getaway.

Pearl likes to call himself a blue-collar celebrity. And, even though 10,000 square feet deep in the heart of Knoxville’s finest country club community isn’t exactly roughing it, he feels the man behind the front door has stayed the same.


“Four years ago, I was just as proud and happy in 1,700 square feet,” Pearl points out. “It’s not about the size of the house, but the pride. Every yard I’ve ever had, I’ve always done my own landscaping and sod. I’ve always done outdoor lighting, but this is the first house I’ve lived in that I want to light.”




The excited college kid trapped in an adult coach’s body isn’t looking to flaunt. He knows the bus rides and recruiting trips it took to get to Gettysvue, and he knows what it’ll take to keep him there. So, for Pearl, it wasn’t a rolling, isolated estate he was looking for.



“I love the neighborhood setting,” says Pearl, looking over the fairway behind his veranda. “Living out on an estate where nobody is around is so not me. I can’t stop being who I am. I do my own grocery shopping. I do a lot of my yard work. I think the only reason people say I clean up good is because they usually see me in clothes that I just got done cutting the grass in. I’m really comfortable here.”



Whether your collar is blue, white, orange, pink or purple, there isn’t much excuse not to be comfortable in this Ed Rodriguez home, built by Cornerstone Custom Homes and designed by celebrated architect Jim Phelps.



Unlike the majority of large-scale homes, this traditional design was given a more intimate twist with a floor plan that ignored a growing tendency to build overly expansive spaces—creating an empty feel. The home is perfectly laid out to create stark separation between formal spaces, like the office and turret dining room on either side of the foyer, and open flow for everyday spaces like the kitchen and keeping room. Intricate molding also visually lowers high ceilings and brings walls inward: not making rooms smaller, but more personal. For a dad with kids both old and young, this is the perfect set up.



For his kids, and the kid inside Pearl, elegance doesn’t necessarily prevent fun. The home comes complete with a small theater with plush seating, a workout facility, pool with multiple entertaining spaces and a wine cellar which Pearl, not the wine aficionado, has turned into his official poker room. The signature touch of the home is a classic Vol and basketball fan’s heaven. Surrounded by memorabilia, art and trophies from past teams and friends, Pearl and his guests can play pool, relax at the bar or visit in front of an entertainment center that is big enough to be the centerpiece of any home


“This house works great for my family. My children are able to have friends over any time and not feel cramped. This house lends itself to that. They have their own spaces, but there are also spaces where we can come together. As soon as they come in, they can run to the theater or to the pool or to the pool table. As a parent, especially one with kids in college, you want your house to be a fun place that they want to come back to.”



The kitchen is perfect for entertaining large numbers, whether it’s a basketball team or a group attending a fundraiser. An oversized island and breakfast area can host a party buffet or breakfast for the whole family. From the kitchen, the space transitions into a keeping room bathed in natural light and warmed by deep color tones and family pictures—an important part of the house for Pearl. For this fast-talking, multi-million dollar celebrity coach, it’s not about flaunting his home; it’s about sharing who he is and celebrating how he got there.


“There’s a difference between wanting my friends to share in my joy and showing off,” Pearl says. “Believe me, I’m straight new money. I’m 48 years old. I was poor for about 45 years and have been rich for about three. And it feels great. But that’s part of the motivation, too. I worked hard to get here, and I want to stay here.”




Well, what did you think, do you agree with me, that the bigger the house the less cozy and homey it looks and feels, don't misunderstand, I do think it is beautiful house.


I want to thank everybody that takes time out of your day to stop by here and visit with this gal! I really appreciate all of you! Hope everybody has a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you all, Nancy

28 comments

Melissa Wertz said...

Beautiful house! I love that kitchen. I want that kitchen!

Miss Janice said...

Here's my two cents--"What a beautiful home...for someone else, not me"! He sounds like such a down-to-earth person and I love that he says he's "new rich"! I'm like you, it needs stuff girl...

nikkicrumpet said...

It's a stunning home. But I'm with you...it needs some stuff to make it feel more lived in and homey. Right now it has a Model Home feel. Needs more personalization...but hey I'd take it in a heart beat and make it my own!!! Thanks for sharing it.

nikkicrumpet said...

It's a stunning home. But I'm with you...it needs some stuff to make it feel more lived in and homey. Right now it has a Model Home feel. Needs more personalization...but hey I'd take it in a heart beat and make it my own!!! Thanks for sharing it.

Dawnie said...

I actually like the house, I think it looks pretty good. I dont know, I guess for me, coming from something so small and who feels her decorating stinks I think its awesome. I would love that kitchen, and the pool. What I would give for a pool. He does seem very "real" and actually a nice person. Something you so rarely see in the very wealthy.

Stacey said...

Beautiful home that's missing the personal junk. Oh but that kitchen, that blue bedroom, uh huh. Do you think he still does his own lawn?

Seems like a nice humble person.

Vanessa said...

It's a magazine pretty house; I think the decorators did a nice job. I just can't get over that when he made it big he dumped his wife for his blonde little girlfriend. Sorry to add such a bitter 2 cents. :( He has done great things for the TN Mens basketball program. :)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Nancy,
Beautiful house! I love the color of the bedroom and the kitchen is a dream!

Monica S said...

Aaaaah!!

I REALLY wouldn't mind living there!! ( if I had some help to clean the house!)
What a dream house!

Monica

Divamom said...

The house is nice, but like Nikkicrumpet said, it has that model home feel. It doesn't seem lived in. It has the typical sports celebrity look: decorated by an interior designer, but missing the lived in by real people look! I like looking at your home on the slide show! Now that's my idea of a beautiful home!

Karen said...

Very nice home! I especailly love the veranda. Can you image sitting there on a summers evening sipping a nice cool drink?

A Hint of Home said...

It is a beautiful house, inside and out.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

It sure would be fun trying to fill it up ! I love the house and would love to have it ; but 25 yrs. ago LOL .

Tracey said...

I agree with with what you said Nancy...that the bigger the house the less cozy and homey it looks and feels.
It's pretty but so not me, even if i could afford it. I am a small cottage kind of girl.
Tracey

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW~ It sure is an exquisite home. Maybe a few scuffs on the wall or some more family photos? Too me a homey feel is all about "warmth".

Bo said...

Hi Nancy...This was anexcellent post and I enjoyed seeing & reading about this estate..the coach seems to be a genuine person. Like you said, it does lack that lived in feeling & definitely needs "stuff"...;-) Bo

Darlene said...

I really enjoy seeing huge houses like that. I can't even imagine. Thanks for taking us on the tour of that lovely home!

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Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hi Nancy, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I actually like the house. I notice the older I get the less things I need or want. Sometimes I feel my house might be a little overwhelming for some people because I have so much stuff. When we redid the materbath and bedroom I kindof did less is more. I do think the home is beautiful. It's not the things that make a home it's the owner and how he lives in it I feel. I could see me living there though. Basking all day outside in the pool. But with alot of sunscreen of course. Don't need anymore winkles at my age.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog. I will add you to my favorites. I will also go check you out on RMS.

Kim

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Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Gorgeous! I'll take that house any day :) id just add a few more nick knacks and im good to go ;)

Thanks for sharing !

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia

An Accomplished Woman said...

Love the Pearl.. and his new house. Can't we crash it. I could use that kitchen for holiday baking. Love your tassels. I am going to have to break down and buy one. You are so brave to show your "work in progress"

Cynthia

Manuela said...

He sounds like a great guy and it's a nice house. But it's still too big for me. I do love that media room though. I agree it needs something...

Manuela

Classic Charm said...

Wow. What a house. I agree it needs some stuff - ha! Love the kitchen and the wood in the house is stunning!
Hugs,
Rose

Sweetie said...

I don't know how I missed this great post. It's Tuesday and I'm just commenting. The house is beautiful. If I had the money it costs, this isn't the kind of house I'd buy. If someone gave it to me, I'd take it.
Sweetie

Marianna said...

Beautiful home, but a little too perfect. And frankly, I'm not sure why a college coach should be able to afford something like that! Just my .02.

Marianna

Kathy said...

My parents were just telling Hubby and I about this fabulous house! It really is something, isn't it? When I visit you and read about familiar things in Tennessee I feel closer to home!
Have a perfect week, Nancy...
Kathy

SILVIA said...

hi nancy,i'm just browsing through your blog,i love it!...and yes theres something missing in this house ME!!!!!.LOL..HAVE A GOOD DAY..
SILVIA