Arkansas coach Eric Musselman bucks Bridgewater trend, buys Fayetteville home at Blessings

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Located east of Fayetteville off of North Gulley Road and Bridgewater Lane, upscale neighborhood Bridgewater Estates offers the comforts of country living but is still within a 10-minute drive for essentials and entertainment.

That combination is appealing for those who can afford to live there — that includes high-profile coaches at the University of Arkansas.

As one real estate executive once told the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, the small neighborhood gets them out of the limelight, but they are still just seven minutes from downtown Fayetteville.

The list of coaches associated with Bridgewater speaks for itself. Current coaches Dave Van Horn and Chad Morris make their home there. Morris, in fact, owns the largest residence in the 29-lot subdivision, a 3-acre estate on North Horse Meadow Drive. It includes a seven-bedroom, 11,616-square-foot main residence and three-bedroom, 1,975-square-foot guest residence.

Former football coaches Bobby Petrino and Bret Bielema and former basketball coach John Pelphrey all lived there while coaching the Hogs. Former basketball coach Mike Anderson, fired in March after coaching the basketball team for the past eight years, also lived in Bridgewater. Now the head coach at St. John’s University in Brooklyn, N.Y., Anderson’s 8,400-square-foot residence, across the street from Morris’ property, is now on the market for $2.8 million.

You get the idea.

Country living apparently is not a draw for Eric Musselman. The Razorbacks’ new basketball coach purchased a home in the gated Clear Creek neighborhood at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson near Fayetteville for $1.94 million ($242.50 per square foot).

The 8,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and was built in 2014 by Bentonville homebuilder Nathan Fairchild. It was designed by Symmetry Architects of Dallas.

According to property records, the home was previously owned by Thomas and Nancy Evans. Mary Bassett with Bassett Mix & Associates in Fayetteville was the listing agent.

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