It's obvious Pat Summitt didn't want to live in a museum.
Although her spacious waterfront home just across the Knox County line in Blount County contains wall upon wall of photos, paintings and memorabilia that reference her career and the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, the house feels very lived in and very welcoming.
"It's peaceful, it's private and it's Pat," said realtor Sharon Bailey of Realty Executives Associates.
The 5,300-square-foot house at 3720 River Trace Lane east of Alcoa Highway is on the market for $1.225 million. The sale includes a pool and 1,500-square-foot poolhouse and "bunkhouse" where many players would stay when they came to visit Summitt.
10News toured the home Thursday.
The longtime coach, whose teams won eight national championships, died June 28 at age 64 after battling early onset Alzheimer's for five years. She eventually moved to a Knoxville senior living center, and that's where she died last month.
Bailey told 10News the family, including son Tyler Summitt, began thinking about the home's future several months ago, when it was clear Summitt wasn't going to be coming back.
Originally a basement rancher, the home was built in 1985. Summitt, who moved in in 1990, added on and remodeled many times over the years. She also acquired extra land around the house so she could build the pool complex and bunkhouse, according to Bailey.
It was a great place for a boy to grow up. Decks and terraces extend along the main house overlooking the Little River. Across the way is an island where Tyler Summitt and friends would play, Bailey said.
"He said his memories go back so far," she said. "He grew up in this house."
The home has an upstairs master suite, Summitt's quarters, with a workout room and large walk-in closet, as well as a bedroom for Tyler on the same level and two bedrooms downstairs.
Summitt loved to cook and entertain - and the house is big enough to accommodate a crowd - "up to 200 for charity events," according to Bailey.
The pool house complex across the driveway from the main house feels almost as big. Besides the swimming pool itself - complete with a basketball goal - there's the pool house with arcade games, a kitchen and a bunkhouse where Lady Vols players would stay sometimes.
Summitt obviously liked to watch TV. They're everywhere.
"There are so many TVs in this house," Bailey said.
The house has only been on the market about a week but interest has been great and immediate from multiple potential buyers.
"So many people loved Pat Summitt," she said.
One family in particular is very interested in the house. They "adored Pat and want to raise their kids here," she said.
"We'll see," she said.
Her presence remains tangible in this place that she loved so dearly.
"When I first starting coming out and getting it ready to go on the market, it was hard not to tear up because you would just think, This is Pat’s house," Bailey said. "She wanted a place where everyone would come. (Former assistant coach) Mickie DeMoss told me one time, ‘Pat’s not happy unless there’s a crowd at the house.’ You didn’t have to bring anything. She was ready to prepare a meal for people. She loved that. That was Pat.”
Personal effects will be removed from the home, going to the family, to friends, to the Pat Summitt Foundation.
It's striking to walk though the house and see such personal items: photos of her and Tyler through the years, photos of her with players, pictures of her beloved Labs, huge newspaper spreads recognizing major moments in her career.
In the kitchen, one of her favorite places, there's a towel hanging on the rack that reads, "Coach's Kitchen."
Admirers will remember the time about 10 years ago when Summitt put on a cheerleader's outfit, strode out onto the basketball floor at Thompson-Boling Arena during a men's basketball game and bellowed out "Rocky Top," encouraging thousands to join her in singing along.
An image from that moment shows up in at least two places in the house. One is in Tyler Summitt's bedroom on the east side of the house.
It sits on a mantel, with a personal message from artist Robert Tino:
"Our coach. Your mom. Go Lady Vols."