UNC coach Mack Brown purchases beach house on private island

Figure Eight Island is a gated community off the North Carolina coast near Wilmington. A two-lane bridge welcomes residents and visitors to the wealthy enclave where UNC football coach Mack Brown and his wife bought this $10 million home.

Figure Eight Island is a gated community off the North Carolina coast near Wilmington. A two-lane bridge welcomes residents and visitors to the wealthy enclave where UNC football coach Mack Brown and his wife bought this $10 million home.

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UNC football coach Mack Brown will be spending some time with his toes in the sand this summer.

The 70-year-old coach and his wife, Sally Brown, just spent $10 million on a beach house on a island off the North Carolina coast, according to New Hanover County property records.

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Figure Eight Island is a gated community off the North Carolina coast near Wilmington. A two-lane bridge welcomes residents and visitors to the wealthy enclave where UNC football coach Mack Brown and his wife bought this $10 million home. Zillow screenshot

The 5,579-square-foot oceanfront home is on Figure Eight Island, a gated barrier island near Wilmington that’s known as an enclave for the wealthy.

It’s accessible by a single two-lane bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and boasts no commercial developments, just 475 or so privately owned homes, according to Figure Eight Realty.

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Mack Brown’s new beach house, built in 2019, has five bedrooms. Zillow screenshot

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The Browns’ new vacation home has five bedrooms that sleep plenty more, six full bathrooms and two half-baths. It’s on a half-acre lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The 4-year-old home spans four levels, its interior soaked in light from dozens of windows. The airy living room, kitchen and dining area all had touches of Carolina blue.

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UNC football coach Mack Brown’s home on the Atlantic Ocean already has touches of Carolina blue. Zillow screenshot

It has a bar, an elevator, two washers and dryers, a fireplace, garage spaces for two and ample space for entertaining.

In addition to the $10 million price tag, which Zillow reports was $900,000 under asking, the Browns will also be paying homeowner association fees that amount to $5,690 a year. Taxes on the home were $21,569 last year, according to property records.

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UNC football coach Mack Brown’s coastal home spans 5,579 square feet and sits on a 0.55-acre lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Zillow screenshot

Mack Brown coached at UNC for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1997, returning to lead the program again in the 2019 season.

His contract with UNC was extended in March for another five years. He makes $3.5 million a year, The N&O reported.

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It has six bathrooms and two half-baths. Zillow screenshot

County records show the Browns sold a nearby home on May 19, a week before their latest purchase, for $9.5 million. They bought that property in 2020 for $5 million.

Both homes are on the island, located one mile apart, with wooden walkways extending to the ocean. They are about 150 feet from the white sand beaches, which stretch approximately 300 feet to the waves, according to satellite imagery shot this year.

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The four-story home offers more than just oceanfront views. Zillow screenshot

The new structure is on property that has a 0.2% annual chance of flooding, according to the state’s Flood Risk Information System. More precise information about the home’s flood risk has not been uploaded since the home was built.

The Browns bought their Chapel Hill residence in 2019 for just over $2 million. They’ve owned property off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains since 1994, tax records show.

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UNC football coach Mack Brown and his wife paid $9.5 million for a beach house on Figure Eight Island near Wilmington, according to property records dated May 19, 2022. Zillow screenshot

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