Former LSU football coach Les Miles may be looking for a job with another team, but he’s keeping a home in Baton Rouge after selling his residence and eventually might build on a lot he owns.
"We enjoy Baton Rouge," Miles said Monday. "Our kids all grew up here. We like it here."
Miles and wife Kathy sold their home in the Bocage Lakes community for $1.45 million in a deal that closed Wednesday, according to records from the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office. The asking price was $1.8 million. The buyer was Cedar Lodge Investments Trust, represented by Julie M. Penton of Baton Rouge.
The six-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot mansion in the gated community had been on the market since November 2016, a few weeks after Miles was fired as coach of the Tigers. The family bought the house in 2005 for $1.1 million.
Miles bought a slightly smaller home last week in The Settlement at Willow Grove for $1.3 million. The seller was Hearn Homes LLC, a local custom builder.
"We wanted to try living on another side of town," Miles said. "We felt that would be a great spot for us to live while we build another home."
Miles owns a vacant lot in Bocage Lakes and said he plans to build on that land in the next "year, year and a half." But those plans could change.
Miles has been working as a football analyst for ESPN and Fox. He has been mentioned as a potential candidate for several high-profile coaching vacancies, including Texas A&M, Oregon State and Nebraska, where his son, Ben, is a fullback.
“We would not build the other house if I got the right job,” Miles said.
When news came out that Miles had put his home on the market, he told The Advocate that his family would continue to have a home in Baton Rouge. "We will always have a residence in Baton Rouge," he said.
Quita Cutrer, an agent with Burns & Co., who had the listings for the Bocage home and the one in Willow Grove, said Miles and his family are “the nicest people on Earth to deal with.” Cutrer also was the agent who put the family in the Bocage house when they moved to Baton Rouge.
“They pick someone to deal with that they can trust and they let you do your job,” she said.