New University of South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp is putting down roots at Lake Murray.
The 44-year-old Muschamp has purchased a 9,417-square-foot executive home on a Lake Murray island, connected to the mainland by a short causeway, according to Lexington County records and satellite photographs. Purchase price: $1.85 million.
The home had been listed at $2.275 million, records show. It had been on the market “for some time,” said Muschamp’s Realtor, Terry Bishop, a USC quarterback from 1980 to 1982.
Bishop confirmed the sale of the home, but declined further comment. Muschamp also declined comment.
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The house sits on a 1.74-acre island near Irmo, records show. The property also includes a 2,644-square-foot guest house, a swimming pool and a boat dock.
The home has five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, according to listings. It features cathedral ceilings and a soaring foyer with two staircases leading to the second floor. Bonus rooms include a library, media room, office and Florida room.
The main house has wide balconies and windows offering panoramic views of the widest part of the 47,500-acre, man-made lake, photographs show. It is one of 25 homes in Lexington County that have sold for more than $1 million since Jan. 1, 2013, the vast majority at the lake, according to Lexington County assessor Rick Dolan.
The home was featured in a 2013 cover story in Lake Murray Magazine, published by The State newspaper, as part of the Lake Murray Association Pontoon Tour of Homes. Former owner Dan Robbins spent two years extensively renovating house before the home tour.
The renovated house was designed to resemble a vintage ocean liner, with an angular glass “prow” of two-story high windows and second story balcony railings reminiscent of a cruise ship, the story said.
The kitchen features custom-made Caesar stone countertops. And the master bath boasts a steam shower that is outfitted with music, special lighting and a temperature gauge that beeps when the water has reached an ideal temperature set by the bather, the story said.
Robbins told the magazine that the view from the home stretches 15 miles, all the way to Chapin.
“I don’t think there’s any other view like it in the lake,” he said at the time.
Efforts to reach Robbins were unsuccessful.
Stewart Mungo, chairman of local homebuilder Mungo Homes, lives in a comparable executive home on a peninsula and is familiar with Muschamp’s new digs.
“It’s just pastoral,” said Mungo, who has lived on the lake for 35 years. “You can watch the sunset over the water. You can be downtown in 25 minutes. You can walk out into your backyard and feel like you’re on vacation.”
The house sits at the end of a half-mile unpaved, privately maintained country road at a non-descript intersection with a two-lane, blacktop country road.
Like many executive homes tucked away on the lake, “you wouldn’t notice it,” Mungo said. “You drive by and you can’t see it.”
Unlike most suburban executive homes that are in gated communities among similar residences, Muschamp’s home is in a rural area among 1950s-style ranch homes, modest weekend cottages and mobile homes. County records show that some of his neighbors’ homes have sold for $50,000.
Mungo said the luxurious hideaway promises to be perfect for Muschamp, his wife and two school-aged boys. It’s a fun environment for the children and a relaxing getaway from the high-stress job of head football coach.
“Being a football coach is like being in the military and being deployed,” Mungo said. The new house “is remote, it’s secure and nobody is going to bother him when he’s home.
“It’s a great place to raise children, and I’m sure that the people that live around there will embrace him.”
Muschamp has said he will move his family to South Carolina from Alabama after school year ends in the spring. He was defensive coordinator at Auburn University last season after being fired as the University of Florida’s head coach following a loss to USC in 2014.
Muschamp will earn $3 million this year as USC’s head coach — among the lowest paid head football coaches in the Southeastern Conference. Muschamp’s five-year deal will increase his salary $100,000 annually, topping out at $3.4 million in the final year of the contract. It also includes incentives that could total $1.75 million, such as winning the SEC, going to a bowl game and winning a national championship.
Muschamp was hired after former USC head coach Steve Spurrier resigned in the middle of the 2015 season. Spurrier, who was paid $4 million at the end of his tenure, still owns a home in the Woodcreek Farms golf community in northeast Richland that he purchased for $1.12 million in 2005, Richland County records show.
By contrast, Alabama head coach Nick Saban in July 2013 auctioned off a 9,600-square-foot vacation home on north Georgia’s Lake Burton for $10.95 million, according to media reports. His family owns a second home on the same lake.
Muschamp’s island home
Purchase price: $1.85 million
Main house: 9,417 square feet
Guest house: 2,644 square feet
Muschamp base salary: $3 million in 2016