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Inside Shaq’s House: A Bed The Size of a New York Apartment
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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 13-year-old 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 a short drive from Orlando, Florida, Shaq’s 12-bedroom, 35,000 square-foot home sits on three acres in the gated golf community of Isleworth in Windermere.

Shaq famously debuted his gigantic mega-mansion on MTV Cribs after purchasing it for just under $4 million in 1993. Inside, you’ll find an indoor basketball court, a bed bigger than most New York apartments, nearly 100 feet of swimming pool, a chef’s kitchen, an Egyptian-themed aquarium room, a room plastered with memorabilia from his playing career and even a cigar bar and lounge with a walk-in humidor.

Shaq’s House

The massive piece of real estate hit the market in 2018 for $28 million but apparently no one wanted to purchase the 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?

Instead of reading about the former NBA Star’s lavish home, just step inside.

A Bed Fit For a King

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, of course, 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 just 42 square feet.

Does Shaq really need that much space when he sleeps? Probably.

How-Many-Car Garage?

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 cars?

One of these is a show-car garage that comes with a fitness center and the other features a dance and recording studio, because Shaq used to be a rapper back in the day. At least he thought he was.

Indoor Basketball Court

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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, and 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 48-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. Overlooking Orlando’s Lake Butler, on which Shaq has his own dock, this body of water features a swim-up bar and a rock waterfall.

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Why would anyone ever feel the need to leave this paradise of a mansion?

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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 just walking distance to 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?

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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