Everything Shaquille O’Neal does is big. The 7-foot-1, 325-pound former NBA center was one of the best big men and basketball players of all time with the LSU Tigers, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaq Diesel’s net worth is colossal. The NBA Hall of Famer’s shoe size is laughable. Shaq’s children are nearly as tall as he is, and even his teenage daughter is pretty much dunking. Of course, the Big Aristotle also showcases a larger-than-life personality on TV that matches his hulk-like physique.
It only makes sense that Shaquille O’Neal’s house (mansion or small resort might be the better word) is as enormous as he is. Situated in central Florida, a short drive from Orlando, Florida, Shaq’s 12-bedroom, 31,000 square-foot home sits on three acres in the gated golf community of Isleworth in Windermere.
Shaq famously debuted his gigantic mega-mansion on the TV show “MTV Cribs” after purchasing it for just under $4 million in 1993. Inside, you’ll find a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court, a bed more significant than most New York apartments, nearly 100 feet of swimming pool, a chef’s outdoor kitchen, an Egyptian-themed aquarium room, a room plastered with memorabilia from his playing career, a Shaquille O’Neal sized home theater, a great room that is greater than yours, pool and lake frontage and even a cigar bar and lounge with a walk-in humidor.
Is that all?
The massive piece of real estate hit the market in 2018 for $28 million. Still, apparently, no one wanted to purchase the lakefront Florida mansion, so he dropped the price to $22 million in 2019. Who wouldn’t want to live like Shaq and step inside his shoes even if they are double the size of most people’s?
In January 2021, the central Florida house finally got a pending sale at $16.5 million ? way under his original asking price.
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, the Los Angeles Lakers of the realty game, has local realtor Benjamin Hillman on the team. Their game plan involves separating the home from NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s humongous image. It’s like Hack-a-Shaq but in the real estate game.
Instead of reading about the former NBA Star’s lavish home, just step inside.
I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on this bed while watching “MTV Cribs.” Disbelief is the only word appropriate for the encounter once he took viewers into the master bedroom.
Shaq was a superstar in the league, so of course, the Superman logo is a must. But what stands out in his showroom-sized bedroom is the unbelievable size of this mattress. The circular sleeping area is 15 feet long and 30 feet wide. It covers 450 square feet, which is crazy considering the standard California king bed is 42 square feet.
Does Shaq really need that much space when he sleeps? Probably.
Shaq was an athlete, and athletes love to impress people with their cars. How else is one supposed to show these automobiles off than with two garages capable of fitting 17 vehicles?
Indoor Basketball Court
Shaq was notorious for his terrible free-throw shooting, and he doesn’t have an excuse for not practicing.
The NBA legend has his very own indoor basketball court that takes up a measly 6,000 square feet. A massive Miami Heat logo sits in the middle of the court. The walls are plastered with memorabilia from his playing days.
I imagine his kids spent many days and nights hooping against each other on this hardwood floor. If anyone is dumb enough to still challenge the 49-year-old retired player, I’m sure he wouldn’t have a problem dunking on them and showing them who’s house it is.
Shaq-apulco: The Resort-Style Pool
Shaq calls it “Shaq-apulco,” but the 95-foot-long swimming pool might be nicer than the Mexican resort town it’s named after. Shaq has his own dock overlooking Orlando’s Lake Butler. This body of water features a swim-up bar and a rock waterfall.
Shaq’s California Mansion
For those that don’t have $22 million floating in their bank account, Shaq is selling his Bell Canyon, California, mansion for just $2.5 million.
Residing outside of Los Angeles, the home comes with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a family room, two dining rooms, a formal living room, a media room and a master suite with two walk-in closets. Step into the backyard, and you’ll find a fire pit, a heated pool and a jacuzzi.
The gated community property is also within walking distance of a community center with a state-of-the-art gym and tennis courts.
Shaq probably realized he doesn’t need all these houses considering he’s lived in Atlanta, where he works on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Still, it’s pretty crazy to take a peek inside one of the greatest (and biggest) basketball players of all time to see how they live.
Now, who wants to pool together some money and rent it out for a weekend?
This post was originally published on April 7, 2020, but was updated after the pending sale was reported.