Michael Jordan to auction off Chicago-area home

October 18, 2013

It’s a lot of house. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

One of the ultimate pieces of Michael Jordan memorabilia is about to hit the auction block.

The former Chicago Bulls star is putting the Highland Park, Ill., home in which he lived for about 20 years up for auction after trying unsuccessfully to sell the 56,000-square foot mansion and its 7.39 acres of land. He originally listed the joint for $29 million in February 2012 and lowered the price by $8 million last summer.


How much for just the gate? (Concierge Auctions)

“Legend Point” will be sold by Concierge Auctions on Nov. 22 and, word of warning, a $250,000 deposit is required to bid. Among other things, the place boasts nine bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, a basketball court (duh), a beauty parlor, a cigar room (with obligatory walk-in humidor) and what Concierge calls “a gentleman’s retreat.” Just what might be in the ultimate man cave? From Concierge:

This richly appointed suite hearkens back to another era, with a billiard parlor, fireplace, library, and full wet bar for your drinks of choice. But even classics can be improved upon, in this case with a conversation starter that will never stop: The entrance to this private sanctuary includes the original doors from the Playboy Mansion in Chicago. The Gentleman’s Retreat also includes a video screen that descends from the ceiling for your viewing pleasure.

The original doors from the Playboy Mansion? Oh, man…

Still, it doesn’t fit Jordan’s life now and is the place where he lived with his ex-wife. The Charlotte Bobcats owner remarried last April, tying the knot with Yvette Prieto in a lavish ceremony in Florida, and spends his time at homes in Charlotte and Jupiter, Fla.

“My kids are grown now and I don’t need a large house in Chicago,” Jordan told The Wall Street Journal in an email. “It was time for some warmer weather down at my new home in Florida.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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