NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is getting ready to say goodbye to the sprawling, 31,000-square-foot megamansion he picked up in 1993 when he was a rookie with the Orlando Magic.
The mansion, which served as Shaq’s home for the past 25 years, is truly one of a kind. And that’s not just because Mr. O’Neal has very particular tastes — which are nonetheless showcased throughout the property — but because the home was never a financial investment for the Hall of Famer.
According to listing agent Dustin Fealy with The Agency South Florida, the NBA star spared no expense in fitting the house. “This was home to him, cost did not matter when it came to the security and comfort of his family.”
Set in Windermere, Florida, Shaq’s home comes with 12 bedrooms, 15 baths, a media room with a bar, a entertainment room with game tables and a wet bar, a few other unique amenities, and a Superman-themed bed.
O’Neal routinely took reporters on tours of the house, and even shot an episode of “MTV Cribs” there when, he introduced us to Shaq-apulco: his 95-foot long swimming pool with a large waterfall spilling over boulders and a swim-up bar.
Briefly listed earlier this year for a mind-boggling $28 million, Shaq’s house is now back on the market with fresh representation — with upscale brokerage The Agency now handling the listing — and a new price: $21,990,000. Scroll down for more details.
Definitely not your ordinary house
Needless to say, Shaq’s massive Lake Butler home — set within the Isleworth private golf community in South Florida — is sized to accommodate a big family, stand to show the 28 rooms (!)
Believe it or not, the impressive size of the house pales in comparison with some other unique features.
The NBA superstar house comes with some unusual yet charming rooms, including a temperature-controlled, cedar-planked humidor with wine storage and an aquarium-style room with a triangular tank. Yet most striking is the wall mural of a true-to-size tractor-trailer barreling toward the interior of the room on an expressway.
The luxury home also comes with two garages that together fit 17 cars, one a show-car garage with a fitness center and the other with dance and recording studios — making you think back to Shaq’s rap releases in the 1990s.
Unsurprisingly, the lakeside mansion includes a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court fit for basketball royalty, but does come with a rather unique “aquarium-style room” with a saltwater triangular fish tank.
The grandeur doesn’t stop with the interior, though.
Shaq nicknamed his party-perfect outdoor area “Shaq-apulco” quite aptly. The 95-foot long swimming pool has a large waterfall spilling over boulders and a swim-up bar. All of this looks out over the lake, the long private pier with boathouse, and the life-size statue of Shaq’s favorite comic book character: Superman.
Oh, and did we mention that the property boasts 700 feet of prime Lake Butler frontage?
New price, new representation for Shaquille O’Neal’s home
Initially brought to market in May 2018 with an ambitious listing price of $28 million — likely priced aggressively in order to leave room for negotiations — Shaquille O’Neal’s home kicks off 2019 with a whole new strategy.
Now in the hands of upscale brokerage The Agency, who specializes in million dollar homes and celebrity estates, Shaq’s home has a far more realistic price tag and better chances to sell, even at full ask.
However, as Dustin Fealy (who is representing the property alongside industry veterans Chris Franciosa and Jared Ringel), points out: “Given how much money Mr. O’Neal has invested in the property, I’d be surprised if he even breaks even.”
But as a savvy businessman like Shaquille O’Neal already knows, there’s no price too high for your family’s comfort and security. Now it just remains to be seen which buyer agrees and puts in an offer for this magnificent home.
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