For Sale: Michael Jordan's House Going to Auction
Built in 1995, the 56,000-square-foot mansion of the greatest basketball player of all time and repeat Chicago Bulls champ had a price chop in the millions before signing up with a luxury auction house to try and score a sale.
You need $250,000 to get in this game.
Michael Jordan, who made the mansion his home for 20 years and now spends the bulk of his time down in Florida and Charlotte, N.C., (home court of his Charlotte Bobcats basketball team) made a sale attempt of the Highland Park estate in 2012, listing it for $29 million. But the market didn't bite and his reps decided a price chop was in order and slimmed-down the offering to $21 million, reports Bloomberg.
Luxury home seller Concierge Auctions has scheduled a live auction for the nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom home on Nov. 22, just after Thanksgiving. Interested? Have $250,000 ready to plunk down to qualify for a bidding position.
The custom-built house received a championship treatment that includes three climate-controlled garages, a guest wing for in-laws or extended visits, and five fireplaces. On a curious note, the doors from the Playboy Mansion are handsomely restored in a man cave — or "gentleman's retreat" — with an old-fashioned smoke room, wet bar and movie screen.
Many gawkers point to the NBA-sized indoor basketball court. And why not? It's otherworldly, as was Jordan in his prime. But don't forget the tennis courts, putting green (remember Jordan's golf days?) and a fitness center worthy of a gold membership. A deep-water pond, outdoor kitchen and pool pavilion cap off the 7.39-acre spread.
Katherine Chez Malkin of Baird & Warner represents the sale. And you can walk away with the keys and all the furnishings. But not the rings.