For Sale:A castle fit for a coach
Former University of Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is back in Florida, but he still has something to accomplish in Eugene: sell his house.
The two-story, 4,239-square-foot colonial style home in the North Gilham area has been owned for less than a year by Taggart and his wife, Taneshia. The Taggarts and their three children moved in late December from Eugene to Florida, where Willie Taggart was hired as head football coach at Florida State University, in Tallahassee.
Their former home on Metolius Drive will be listed for sale with an asking price of $935,000 by the middle of next week, said the Taggart’s real estate agents, Randal and Cindy Whipple.
Before the Taggarts bought the house for $900,000, it was owned for just one year by then-Oregon assistant football coach David Yost, who lived in the home with his wife, Carrie, and their three children.
The interior of the 17-year-old, four-bedroom house has been completely remodeled in the past two years, by the Yosts and the Taggarts, at a total cost of $360,000, the Whipples said.
The Yosts moved from Eugene early last year after Taggart took over the UO football program from the fired Mark Helfrich and hired new assistant coaches. The Yosts moved to Logan, Utah, after David Yost was hired as offensive coordinator at Utah State University.
The Yosts had spent $220,000 renovating the kitchen and other rooms, the Whipples said. The Taggarts spent $140,000 renovating the home’s four bathrooms and making other changes, according to the Whipples.
Both the Yosts and the Taggarts had planned to be in the home for a long time, the Whipples said.
After accepting the FSU job, Willie Taggart said his family “loved” living in Eugene, but said he could not pass up the chance to coach a major football program in Florida, where he grew up. He came to Eugene after coaching four seasons at the University of South Florida, in Tampa.
“Willie and Taneshia are two of the kindest, friendliest and most genuine people we have ever met,” Randal Whipple said. But “they live in a world of constant change.”
With demand for houses outpacing the number of homes on the market, Lane County buyers often compete against each other and drive up prices, especially for moderately priced houses. Real estate experts say that more expensive homes, like the one owned by the Taggarts, can take longer to sell.
The Taggarts’ former home may not sell as quickly as a less expensive house, but Cindy Whipple said it shouldn’t be difficult to find a buyer because of the home’s location, updated interior and 0.48-acre lot.
Taggart was hired by Florida State University, after signing a six-year deal worth $30 million.
With their renovation costs, the Taggarts will lose money on the sale of their former home, the Whipples acknowledged.
Any real estate sales commission will also take a bite out of what the Taggarts get. In Oregon, a residential seller typically pays real estate agents a sales commission equal to 6 percent of the sales price.
The Taggarts “didn’t do the (renovation) to flip it,” Cindy Whipple said. “Someone will benefit handsomely from the improvements done by the Taggarts.”
The home’s interior is a blend of traditional architecture, including a grand staircase in the entryway and rounded interior columns, updated with contemporary hardwood flooring, Karastan carpeting, and cabinets and walls painted in shades of white and gray.
Both of the renovations were done by John Webb Construction & Design of Eugene.
The kitchen has two sinks with Caesarstone quartz counter tops, accent lighting, and stainless steel Thermador appliances.
All of the home’s bedrooms are upstairs along with a bonus room. The master bath has a doorless walk-in shower and soaking tub.
The Yosts had purchased the home in April 2016 for $660,000 from Ron Kilcoyne and Francine Baireut, according to Lane County property records.
Kilcoyne had retired a year earlier as general manager of Lane Transit District.
The home, with a circular driveway and three-car garage, sits on a nearly half acre lot.
The property in 2017 had an estimated market value of $818,000, with annual property taxes of $13,668, according to the Lane County Assessor’s Office.
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