Professional basketball player and NBA superstar Michael Jordan is selling his custom-built Chicago home, giving us a glimpse at his unusual interior style.
The vast home covers 56,000 square feet, including nine bedroom, 15 bathroom home, plus 18 other rooms for entertaining, including a wet and a dry bar, a cigar room, kitted-out home gym, as well as a regulation-sized basketball court.
Outside in the seven acres of accompanying land and gardens there’s a circular infinity pool, putting green, and tennis courts.
Set in the posh suburb of Highland Park, the contemporary style mansion is enclosed by more than 150 trees – the perfect setup for someone in need of maximum privacy.
At the entrance of the private driveway is a grand entry gate bearing Jordan’s famous Chicago Bulls shirt number 23.
The custom-designed home was built in 1995, when Jordan was in the middle of his second championship run with the Bulls. The mansion has undergone “extensive renovations” since it was built, including the addition of the cigar room, the basketball court, putting green, home gym and curricular infinity pool, each designed to Jordan’s personal taste.
There are also several media rooms, perfect for watching live sports.
The main home has lots of space for entertaining, including a gentleman’s club style room with cinema space, cigar room and poker game area.
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There’s a chef’s kitchen where the sports star’s private chef reportedly cooked up big breakfasts for Jordan and his fellow players.
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There’s also a smart guest house with it’s own kitchen, dining and living quarters.
A large connecting patio can be reached from six different entry points in the home, and showcases the custom-built circular infinity pool with grass island at its centre.
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The pool spills over as a waterfall, making quite the feature from ground level.
The Chicago Bulls player has struggled to sell his mansion, and it’s been on the market for eight years. He originally listed his home in 2012 for $29 million (£23 million), but when that failed to entice a buyer, he dropped the price to $21 (£16.7) million in 2013, and then even further to $16 (£12.7) million in 2014, before arriving at its current price, $14.8 or £11.7 million in 2015 – just half of the original price.
But despite the hefty price cut and several elaborate promotional videos, the basketball star is yet to find a buyer.
Listed for sale with Compass, a Compass marketing rep reportedly explained that the company has seen an increase in searches for homes offering abundant outdoor space and pools since the pandemic. With Jordan’s estate ticking both those boxes, they hope the property will get more interest this year.
Perhaps the effects of Covid-19 will spur someone to step into Jordan’s enormous shoes and snap up the property?