Newly installed Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work of being a coach in the National Hockey League.
But Brind’Amour also has another task he is trying to complete before his team takes to the ice in September for preseason games: sell his North Raleigh home.
Brind’Amour, who was a standout player for the Canes from 1999 to 2010, has lived near Falls Lake in North Raleigh since 2002.
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But with three of his four children either out of the house or about to start college, the man who captained the Hurricanes’ run to its 2006 Stanley Cup win is ready to downsize.
“Well at this point, my family, my older kids are all going to be out the house, so it’ll just have my wife and my 6-year-old,” Brind’Amour said in an interview. “I love (the house), and I don’t have to move, but, yeah, it’s just a little big for what we need.”
And that means, if you’ve got $3 million his 10,285-square-foot house at 12304 Birchfalls Drive could be yours. The home, by the way, is one of 17 current listings in the Triangle valued at $3 million or more, says Stacey Anfindsen, a Cary appraiser who writes the Triangle Area Residential Realty market report.
What does $3 million get you? A five bedroom, six bathroom home on two acres in the gated Bay Leaf Farm community adjacent to Falls Lake. And, as you might expect in the home of an athlete, there’s a pool and a court for basketball and volleyball.
Buying the house would also make you the neighbor of former Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis, who Brind’Amour assures is a great neighbor.
You’re also getting a discount compared to the last time it was for sale. Last year, when Brind’Amour briefly put the home on the market, it was listed at $3.25 million, according to report on the sports website Busted Coverage.
Brind’Amour, a native Canadian, said he decided to take it off the market last year because he didn’t want to move during the season. He bought the land the house is on in 2001 for $345,000, according to Wake County property records. He built the house in 2002.
It has a tax value of $1.9 million, according to Wake County records. The house is listed by Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty. Another house on his street is listed at $4.99 million.
Brind’Amour said his favorite part of the house is the backyard, which is adjacent to a wooded part of Falls Lake. “It’s peaceful ... I like the quietness” of the lot, he said
But he’d also like to be a little closer to PNC Arena, where he spends a majority of his day as coach of the Canes. “I’m definitely going to be looking to move closer to work,” he said. “I have been driving back and forth (for 16 years), and it takes me 20 minutes. That’s nothing really, but it would be nice to be only five minutes away.”
His wife, Amy, also would like to be closer, he added.
Brind’Amour said if he does find a good offer for the home, he hopes it’s the last time he has to move.
“As long as I am here, and I plan on staying here forever ... I would be happy if I didn’t have to move again,” he said.