Windermere, Florida: The former home of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal at 9927 Giffin Court closed today. At $11,000,000, it is the highest sales price ever recorded for a single-family home not only inside the gates of the exclusive Isleworth Golf & Country Club but in all of Windermere.
The home first went to market in the spring of 2018 at $28,000,000, with the list price of the home having been reduced to $16,500,000 at the time the home went under contract.
Rob Rahter, broker-associate with Stockworth Realty Group, represented the buyer in the purchase. Rather and the Stockworth team are no strangers to high-profile sales and frequently represent high-profile clients. The identity of the buyer is not being disclosed for confidentiality reasons, however, he confirms the new owners are a local family with plans to renovate and add on before occupying the home as their primary residence.
“The new owners love the exclusiveness and privacy of Isleworth and unmatched amenities offered within the gates of this renowned golf and country club community. Quite simply, Isleworth sets the standard for excellence and is the perfect setting to complement a magnificent mansion of this caliber,” Rahter said.
The home on Giffin Court is a landmark property set along the shores of Lake Butler on the famed Butler Chain of Lakes. At more than 35,000 total square feet, spanning nearly 4-acres, its cobalt blue-tiled roof is hard to miss for boaters and drivers on nearby Chase Road. The massive swimming pool measures 95-feet long and 15-feet deep with rock wall creations and multiple waterfalls. Inside the home are 12-bedrooms, 15-bathrooms, multiple car show garages, a custom movie theatre, and a full-sized indoor basketball court dubbed “The Shaq Center”.
In 1993, fresh out of college and just one year into his first NBA contract with the Orlando Magic, Shaq purchased the home for less than $4 million dollars. The home has been featured numerous times over the years in many television features, including an episode of “MTV Cribs”.
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