The gated entry to Michael Jordan's Chicago-area estate bears his jersey number. (ConciergeAuctions.com)
Michael Jordan has listed his Chicago-area mansion for auction after failing to fetch the original listed price of $29 million.
The 56,000-square-foot house has nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a regulation-size NBA court, and it's located on a 7.39-acre lot in Highland Park, Ill., roughly 25 miles north of Chicago, where Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s.
"My kids are grown now and I don't need a large house in Chicago," Jordan told the Wall Street Journal. "It was time for some warmer weather down at my new home in Florida."
Michael Jordan's Chicago-area estate has a massive fountain. (ConciergeAuctions.com)
The paper notes that Jordan, now owner of the Bobcats, moved into the home in 1994, shortly after the Bulls completed their first three-peat, and that he was unable to sell the estate even after lowering his asking price to $21 million. The auction bidding will commence on Nov. 22.
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An ESPN The Magazineprofile of Jordan, 50, joked that his new digs, which sit on a golf course in Florida, amount to his "retirement home."
This Highland Park estate, though, is Jordan as the world knew him during his athletic prime, beginning with the estate's front gate, which bears his iconic jersey No. 23. The centerpiece -- at least for the hoops junkie -- is the basketball court, which is equipped with a custom sound system and is flanked by locker rooms and showers. A card room and a putting green also offered Jordan the opportunity to pursue his favorite pastimes.
The regulation basketball court in Michael Jordan's Chicago-area estate. (ConciergeAuctions.com)
ConciergeAuctions.com's listing of the house includes these jaw-dropping details:
- The master suite is 504 square feet and houses a three-sided fireplace and a private lounge.
- The lower level of the home includes a walk-in humidor, a 500-bottle wine cellar, a wine-tasting room and a fully equipped beauty salon.
- The "gentleman's retreat" suite includes a billiard parlor, fireplace, library, wet bar, video screen and the original doors from the Playboy Mansion in Chicago.
- The house has a full fitness studio (treadmills, ellipticals, StairMasters, etc.) and a full-size basketball court with a custom sound system, locker rooms and showers.
- Outside, there's a tennis court, golf putting green and a stocked pond.
- The massive property has more than 260 trees, many of which provide privacy.
- All told, the estate has five fireplaces and 15 heated garage spaces.
A gallery of images of the house and estate can be seen below.