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America’s Most Expensive Home’s Friday News and Views

Looking to buy a new home? Got about $190 million to spend? Oh boy, I have just the place for you…

Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, named for the large copper beech trees populating the property, is on the market for the first time in over a century. The 50-acre property includes two offshore islands, a private beach and a 13,500-square foot Victorian mansion home. The main house, seen in the photo, includes 12 bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths, a wood-paneled library, other cool stuff with fancy words and a kitchen with something Forbes.com calls a dumb waiter. As someone who was called a “dumb waiter” several times throughout college, I find it odd that a house as extravagant as Copper Beech Farm would proudly boast having one inside. I wonder if it shows up 15 minutes late every morning and steals french fries and bacon strips out of the window, too.

Outside the main structure, you will find two conjoined heptagonal pools, whatever that means, and other outdoor amenities that rich people enjoy to show off once a year and not use. There is a grass tennis court, an apple orchard, multiple greenhouses — because everyone needs more than one greenhouse — and a viewing pergola, which to my understanding is the uppity word for gazebo. Not to mention, it’s just a short segway ride away from the WWE headquarters.

Built in 1896, Copper Beech Farm now holds the title of “America’s Most Expensive Home” and can be yours for just under $200-million. If you purchase it, I’d like to go ahead and ask to be your dumb waiter. My only request is that I get an apple a day and an occasional 15-minute break in the viewing pergola.

 

 Well, well, well, you’re back for another edition of the News and Views. I guess we’ll start with biggest news of the week and that is the likelihood Nerlens Noel ends up in Cleveland this summer. DraftExpress.com, that site ran by the guy who hates Kentucky fans, released its updated mock draft Thursday and Nerlens is projected to go No. 1 overall. Draft Express has had Nerlens at the top of its mock drafts for months now so it isn’t shocking to see him up there in the first updated mock draft since the selection order was announced.

Coming in at No. 30 is Archie Goodwin to the Phoenix Suns. Draft Express believes Archie will hear his named called with the final pick in the first round. NBADraft.net, on the other hand, predicts Archie falling to the second round to Detroit with the 38th pick. But NBADraft.net also projects Ben McLemore going first to Cleveland. Dion Waiters much?

 If you didn’t get a chance to read Mrs. Tyler’s A Look At What Coaches Do The Best With Elite 5 Star Recruits Thursday afternoon, I highly recommend you do it now. She put a lot of work into the post and it shows. Her discovery: Calipari is the best at getting players ready for the NBA.

 Also from the In Case You Missed It cabinet, Matthew Mitchell was brilliant on the radio show Thursday morning. Coach Mitchell brought the heat for two full hours with tales of Nick Saban blowing him off, wanting his wife to give birth at Big Blue Madness, Hall & Oates and so much more. Check out the podcast here.

 Julius Mays worked out at the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA combine on Thursday and he was surprised with a visit from John Calipari. Cal flew up to the BK to watch Julius in the league-wide combine:

Following Mays’ workout, Coach Cal tweeted, “Just got done watching Julius Mays at the Nets’ combine. Julius played really well – and he played point guard! Julius had 18 points and six assists in just two 12-minute quarters. He played so well that people are probably wondering why I didn’t play him at point guard. Couldn’t be more proud of Julius.”

It’s very unlikely that Mays ends up on an NBA roster next season but it’s good to hear he played well when up against other NBA prospects in front of personnel from all of the league’s teams. I think we can file this one under “Kentucky Effect.”

 Anthony Davis received an invite to attend Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas in late July. Coach K, who announced he’ll return to the team, invited Davis back after seeing the way he made the most of his opportunity on last year’s Olympic team. Coach K plans to focus on developing the best talent into the best team, something he says he hasn’t had time to do in the past. Whatever that means.

 The Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team raised the bar on postgame interview photo-bombing:

 A bit of sad news from UK athletics: UK Men’s Tennis was bounced from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Our man Anthony Rossi fell in singles play to some guy from Cal Poly and the dynamic duo of Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai saw their seasons come to an end in a doubles loss to Georgia State. Rossi finishes his career with 106 wins, tied for 12th all-time, but everyone else from our third favorite UK team is returning for another season.

 Friday is a big day for Kentucky Sports Radio as Matt and I will be deep in the heart of Floyd County to meet Charles Ramsey at Eric C. Conn’s law office. It could be the most absurd thing we’ve ever done (that’s saying something) and you won’t want to miss it. Charles will be on the show with us from 11:15 to 11:45 before the unveiling of the Charles Ramsey statue. What is life right now? ramsey

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 Comments for America’s Most Expensive Home’s Friday News and Views



  1. Thomas
    11:07 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    The real American “Ramsey”



  2. Darnell
    11:36 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    “The thing I really love about Coach Cal is that he’s got a big heart. I’m the same way.” — Mudiay

    http://socialhub.usatodayhss.com/social-hub/blogs/item/308-emmanuels-manual



  3. GoCats2
    11:48 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    Let Charles Ramsey know that we love him so much we already named a restaurant in Lexington after him.
    Drew, loved the part about stealing bacon and fries from the window. I truly believe the restaurant I worked at for 5 years went out of business because they put me in charge of cooking the bacon every morning. Their inventory counts were way off!



  4. Bobbum man
    12:38 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    3- there’s something to be proud of….



  5. Laker Cat 18
    12:47 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Did anyone else think the interviewer in the Bearcats video resembled Napoleon Dynomite with short hair?



  6. Mike
    12:52 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, a “dumb waiter” is just a small elevator used to transport items from one floor of your house to another. Most of the time they are located in the kitchen and used to transport food, but they can be used for anything that isn’t very heavy. My parents had one in the house I grew up in, but ours was located in the laundry room and was used to carry our clean clothes upstairs because my mom was apparently too lazy to carry them herself. Lol



  7. UKClay
    1:55 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    The Mash pic is the best thing I’ve ever seen



  8. CatGrad7072
    2:15 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    It looks like the yard has a couple of palm trees (in Greenwich, Connecticut?)
    I guess 190m buys plenty of extras.



  9. myfreecams.com
    3:27 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    SNH says check out: white dangers



  10. Frostedmug
    6:19 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Eric C. Conn….Charles Ramsey statue. I live in Floyd county and the other day a cook at a local restaurant was smoking while preparing my food. Ashes were falling on my burger like some unknown garnish off an episode of Anthony bourdain. However, the Charles Ramsey thing I can only categorize as unbelievable. Absurd you say? Yes, but when Eric C. Conn’s name was mentioned I quickly realized the sky was the limit.



  11. Flint lock
    6:25 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    6- please stop talking. I’m pretty sure he knew that. Sarcasm much?



  12. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:11 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    I look for Julius to get in coaching, and be good at it.



  13. Wild Blue
    8:27 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Nice weekend home.



  14. Rockfield, KY
    8:35 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    6. Cool story bro



  15. Brent
    8:42 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    6. So you didn’t sense the sarcasm at all used by Drew? C’MON MAN



  16. Ole Seven
    9:08 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Horseshoe pit right there in the middle of that lawn…then I MIGHT consider buying that house…Until then…no way…



  17. OVERPRICED
    9:14 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    190 million dollars and i have to live in connecticut? yea right, rather pay that much for a 100 mill dollar home and live on a beach in the southeast



  18. asdf
    9:26 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s got heptagonal pools….crossing it off my list. Sorry.



  19. Nybrasky
    10:38 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    It would take you quite a while to ride a Segway from that estate to the WWE. Even Cal’s Vespa would be a 15 minute ride.



  20. buzzard
    11:05 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    no boat dock for the bass boat?…pitiful



  21. Wildcatsteeler
    6:48 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Perfect story for all the rightwing tools on here. They get to see how their votes are helping the 1%. Keep plugging away for your 50k-ish a year tools while your party redistributes all the wealth to the top.



  22. Mike
    8:07 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    15. Guess I just didn’t think it was funny.



  23. Mike
    8:09 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    11. If you don’t like what I have to say them stop reading it, I don’t come on here to entertain you.