Shaq leaves Or­lando again; man­sion of­fered for $28M

Ex-Magic star and Hall of Famer moves to At­lanta

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Brinkmann Staff Writer

Pro bas­ket­ball legend Shaquille O’Neal has moved to At­lanta and listed his mas­sive man­sion near Or­lando for sale at $28 mil­lion.

Pri­vately si­t­u­ated on 3 acres over­look­ing Lake But­ler, the home at 9927 Gif­fin Court sits be­hind the gates of Isle­worth, a pres­ti­gious pri­vate golf club com­mu­nity. The man­sion has 31,000 square feet of liv­ing space and, of course, a 6,000-square-foot in­door bas­ket­ball court.

Da­nial Na­toli of Premier Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty of­fice in Dr. Phillips is ex­clu­sively mar­ket­ing the O’Neal prop­erty.

“This one-of-a-kind es­tate was de­signed for one of the most dominant play­ers in the his­tory of the NBA,’’ Na­toli said. “Ev­ery ex­quis­ite de­tail has been cu­rated to de­liver the ul­ti­mate lux­ury liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Or­lando res­i­dents have been ac­cus­tomed to Shaq sight­ings at stores and restau­rants for years. The 7-foot, 1-inch bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer con­tin­ued to live in Or­lando for years even af­ter he joined the Los Angeles Lak­ers in 1996.

But he’s had a rocky re­la­tion­ship

with Cen­tral Florid­i­ans, too, af­ter he re­ferred to Or­lando as a “dried up lit­tle pond.” Later, he ex­pressed re­gret for ever leav­ing the Or­lando Magic.

O’Neal, now a bas­ket­ball an­a­lyst for the TNT tele­vi­sion net­work, could not be reached for com­ment.

Fea­tures of Shaq’s home in­clude a 1,170-square-foot, two-story great room with mar­ble fire­place and walls of glass; for­mal din­ing room with seat­ing for 16; hand­crafted wood pan­el­ing and mold­ings; a chef’s kitchen with cus­tom wood cab­i­netry and six-foot gran­ite-top cook­ing is­land; and a coral stone fire­place ac­cent­ing the kitchen nook and fam­ily room.

The list­ing says the home also has a sound­proof home the­ater with long bar; a gallery hall de­signed for art col­lec­tion; a “gen­tle­man’s room” with game ta­bles, wet bar, wine re­frig­er­a­tor, sink, ice maker and bal­cony; a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled cedar­planked hu­mi­dor and wine stor­age; and a salt­wa­ter tri­an­gu­lar fish tank.

The guest wing has five bed­rooms, and there is a 17-car show­room garage and fit­ness room, a 2,100-square-foot sec­ondary garage with a dance and record­ing stu­dio.

Up­stairs there’s a mas­terbed­room area with 900 square foot sleep­ing area and bal­cony, a four-room closet, his-and-her mas­ter baths with jet­ted show­ers and van­ity sinks, and four more bed­rooms.

Out­door ameni­ties in the "Shaq-apulco" area in­clude a 95-foot-long, 15-feet-deep pool with cus­tom rock wa­ter­fall, large sunken hot tub, a sum­mer kitchen, a “tik­istyle” open ca­bana over­look­ing the beach side of the lake and a cov­ered boat dock with sit­ting area and elec­tric boat lift.

O’Neal paid $3.95 mil­lion for the prop­erty in 1993 when the house was a 23,000-square-foot Neo-Colo­nial. Shaq’s es­tate is one of sev­eral gi­gan­tic homes along Cen­tral Florida wa­ter­ways that have drawn enough wealthy home buy­ers to out­rank all but seven U.S. cities in re­cent sur­veys.

In 2016, fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy firm Smart As­set ranked the Or­lando area at No. 8 for owner-oc­cu­pied houses with at least five bed­rooms and 15 rooms.

"Man­sions line many of the in­land lakes sur­round­ing Or­lando," said SmartAs­set's re­port. "The town of Win­der­mere, for ex­am­ple, is prac­ti­cally bust­ing with man­sions."

Among the other big names that have owned man­sions in Cen­tral Florida are for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Wal­mart H. Lee Scott; for­mer Or­lando Magic star Vince Carter; soc­cer player Kaká; Ma­jor League Base­ball Hall of Famer Ken Grif­fey Jr.; and golf­ing greats An­nika Soren­stam and Nick Faldo.

COUR­TESY OF PREMIER SOTHEBY’S IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

Shaquille O’Neal’s Isle­worth man­sion has 31,000 square feet of liv­ing space and a 6,000-square-foot bas­ket­ball court.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF PREMIER SOTHEBY’S IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

Shaquille O'Neal's man­sion in Isle­worth, listed for sale at $28 mil­lion, in­cludes a 17-car show­room garage. Shaq bought the prop­erty for $3.95M in 1993 when he starred for the Magic.

Shaquille O’Neal con­tin­ued to live in his Isle­worth home even af­ter leav­ing the Magic to play for the L.A. Lak­ers.

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