LUX­URY SHAQ

Uxbridge Gazette - - Property Talk -

Fans of Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball have enor­mous rev­er­ence for Shaquille O’Neal, right, who is uni­ver­sally re­garded as one of the great­est play­ers the sport has pro­duced.

Taught by an­other bas­ket­ball star, Magic John­son, O’Neill started his ca­reer in the early Nineties in Or­lando, Florida, be­fore mov­ing to Los An­ge­les where he played for the Lak­ers, later join­ing other high-pro­file teams be­fore re­tir­ing in 2011. But O’Neill is much more than a for­mer bas­ket­ball player. He has re­leased sev­eral suc­cess­ful rap al­bums, ap­peared in a dozen or more films, in­clud­ing Scary Movie 4, and ap­pears fre­quently on TV.

He also runs a so­cial hous­ing pro­gramme that

There are plenty of play­things we all dream of hav­ing in a gar­den. Maybe it’s a pool, mega-shed, fire pit or even a putting green. But this prop­erty has the ul­ti­mate ad­di­tion at the bot­tom of its gar­den; a tower dat­ing back to the 15th cen­tury with links to a mur­der­ous king, one of the UK’s most fa­mous civil wars and a film by The Who.

War­bling­ton Cas­tle is all that’s left of a for­ti­fied Tu­dor house built near Ha­vant in Hamp­shire by the 16th Earl of War­wick who played a lead­ing role in the War of the Roses, and whose son Ed­ward Plan­ta­genet was ex­e­cuted by Henry VIII for trea­son.

Ed­ward’s sis­ter went buys the homes of fi­nan­cially strug­gling Florid­i­ans about to lose their prop­er­ties and then sells them back to them, but on much more af­ford­able mort­gage deals.

His own home is not for the fi­nan­cially faint­hearted. It’s a 12-bed­room lake­front man­sion half an hour from Or­lando that in­cludes a truck in its lounge, a 6,000 sq ft bas­ket­ball court and a mir­rored garage where he can on to be a lady-in-wait­ing to Henry’s first wife Cather­ine of Aragon, only to later also be ac­cused of trea­son and ex­e­cuted aged 67.

Her home was con­fis­cated just af­ter she had fin­ished build­ing a moat, re­mains of which can be found near the tower to­day. The main manor house was flat­tened dur­ing the Civil War and only the tower re­mains to­day. It fea­tured in scenes within the 1975 in­spect his 17 lux­ury cars from ev­ery an­gle. And at 325 lbs and 7ft 1in tall, Shaq – as his fans call him – needs plenty of room.

His home is now for sale. The 46-year-old has moved to At­lanta where he works for TV net­work TNT as a com­men­ta­tor. He’s ask­ing $28 mil­lion for his Florida man­sion, com­plete with a dance stu­dio and a 95-ft long swim­ming pool. More de­tails from topten­real es­tat­edeals.com rock opera movie Tommy by The Who.

All this his­tory is for sale to­day at

£2.6 mil­lion. The tower, which is Grade II listed and a Na­tional Mon­u­ment, comes with a 17th cen­tury house with four acres of gar­dens and grounds. This has seven bed­rooms, a swim­ming pool and three re­cep­tion rooms.

More in­for­ma­tion from Jackson-Stops (01243 273809) or on­the­mar­ket.com

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