Basketballer Shaquille O'Neal's 19,440-square-foot mansion in Star Island in Miami is back on the market for $25,000,000 after having been off the market recently while a deal had appeared imminent.
The South Beach Real Estate Blog reported this past week that the mansion has come back on the market for $25,000,000 after having apparently gone to contract back in November for $19,000,000 when it was on the market for a higher, $29,000,000 price tag. The South Beach Real Estate Blog's post last week was picked up by lots of media outlets, including the Huffington Post.
We had written back in early 2007 about the Phoenix Suns center's listing of the mansion, back when it came on the market for its original $35,000,000 asking price. O'Neal (shown here with wife Shaunie) purchased the house in 2004 from South American soda magnate Juan Carlos Correa for $18,800,000, according to public records, with the 7-foot-1-inch Shaq reportedly paying another $1 million for the house's furniture.
The South Beach Real Estate Blog noted that baseball star Alex Rodriguez in November 2007 backed out of a deal to buy the house for an undisclosed amount.
Built in 1992, Shaq's eight-bedroom waterfront mansion has nine baths, an eight-foot arched doorway (we're going to pass on a witty but totally too easy line here about comparing the doorway's height with Shaq's height), soaring volume ceilings, large open living areas, a gym, an indoor racquetball court, a steam room, a tennis court and a swim-up bar, according to listing information. Other features on the 2.45-acre property include 300 feet of water frontage on Biscayne Bay and a separate two-bedroom guest apartment, according to public records and listing information.
Check out a cached version of an online listing sheet for Shaq's mansion -- complete with photos.