The iconic residence of legendary athletic director and football coach Frank Broyles is listed for sale.
The home at 721 N. Canterbury Lane in east Fayetteville’s Hyland Park neighborhood was commissioned by Frank and Barbara Broyles and designed by internationally known architect E. Fay Jones, a member of the University of Arkansas’ first graduating class of architecture students in 1950. He later taught at the UA for 35 years and in 1974 was appointed the school of architecture’s first dean.
Broyles and his family moved into the residence in May 1978. Barbara Broyles died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in October 2004, and Coach Broyles moved out in early December 2005 after remarrying.
The home is now owned by the Broyles’ daughter, Betsy Broyles Arnold, and her husband, David, who say they are simply downsizing.
Arnold says her dad, 91, is still a frequent visitor.
“He hangs out here four or five days a week with [David], enjoying retirement and the view from his dream home,” she says.
Arnold, president and CEO of the Frank and Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation, remembered how her father and Jones got connected on the project.
“Dad was leaving a meeting with the business school when he bumped into Fay Jones,” she recalled. “He told dad he had heard they were going to build a home. Dad replied, ‘Yes we are.’ Fay asked, ‘Would you like me to design it for you?’ To which dad replied, ‘Barbara would be honored to work with you on her dream home.’”
After the family moved in, Barbara Broyles invited Jones and his wife over to eat the first meal cooked in the new residence, Arnold said.
“Fay told them that was the first time anyone had invited them to eat in a home that he had designed,” she said.
The home’s listing agent, Whitney Morgan with Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney Faucette, says the property is great for entertaining, “and I cannot imagine a better setting for the design and style that Fay Jones is so famous for.”
At 6,200 square feet, the home sits on 3.3 wooded acres at the end of a cul-de-sac, has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, massive fireplaces and cathedral ceilings with skylights. Some of the amenities include a separate guest room, a full apartment and extensive decks offering unlimited views to the east, south and west.
Morgan listed the property Oct. 19 for $998,700.