Everything may be bigger than Texas, but Shaquille O’Neal opts for a smaller abode when it comes to his next home.
A few months after selling his mega-mansion in Orlando, Florida, the NBA legend purchased a much smaller five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate in suburban Dallas.
The final price of the home, located in Carrollton, was $1.224 million. But it looks like the actual price O’Neal paid for it must have been much higher than the asking price. Although the final sale price has not been disclosed, a previous listing noted that the deadline for submitting final bids was April 21 – just three days after it first hit the market.
The competitive housing market means that O’Neal is likely to have overpaid real estate significantly. According to the Dallas Morning News, which first reported on the deal, O’Neal’s expansion of his Big Chicken restaurant chain in Texas was a factor in the purchase.
“It has a lot to do with that and the main travels – he travels here quite a lot for various reasons,” Zach Gideo, Rogers Healy’s real estate agent who worked with O’Neal to buy the house, told the publication. adding that the star plans to live here part-time.
Over 5,200 square feet, the library features a spectacular tiered ceiling, a wall with built-in shelves, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen and breakfast room open onto a large room with high ceilings, a gas fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the pool.
As described, the master suite has a living area with a spa-style bathroom.
But by comparison, his Orlando home, which he finally sold after three years on the market, was a whopping 31,000 square feet and had 12 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It even had a full-size basketball court with a 6,000-square-foot “Shaq Center” with bleachers.
The outdoor amenities of his new home include a large swimming pool with an attached spa and stone waterfall, and a covered patio.
Cindy O’Gorman with Abby Holliday – North Dallas held the listing.