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    Steven Seagal’s $3.4 Million Fortified Mansion in Arizona Is Fitted With Bulletproof Glass, Because of Course

    Maybe playing a role in all those action flicks allows reality to blend with fiction just a smidge. When Patriot actor Steven Seagal built his custom home in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2001, he didn’t just make the 12-acre property secure behind a gate: He added bulletproof glass, and lots of it. Nearly every room in the house has a glass wall or skylights, all impenetrable.

    The place is now up for sale, listed for $3.395 million. It’s located in the guard-gated community of Carefree Ranch on Desert Mountain, surrounded by desert flora and golf greens. Closest is the Chiricahua course, but six Jack Nicklaus Signature courses sit nearby, as well as a new USGA-rated, par-54 course.

    The estate includes a four-bedroom, five-bath main house as well as a 600-square-foot guest house with its own spacious bedroom suite, full kitchen and living area. All those glass walls allow the stunning desert views in from dawn to sunset, with the twinkling of stars and distant city lights of Phoenix appearing at night.

    The estate sits on 12 private acres on Desert Mountain. 

    Photo: Engel & Völkers

    The nearly 9,000-square-foot main house’s airy rooms open onto terraces and balconies supported by stone pillars with copper accents. Inside, there’s a screening room (naturally), great room, family room and games room. The kitchen is meant for entertaining—which has been a lucky thing for Seagal, as he has seven kids, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com—so the several ovens, chef’s appliances and a walk-in pantry can help feed a crowd.
    Two primary bedroom suites allow for plenty of sleeping room for the whole gang. Both have walk-in closets and spa-like bathrooms, with one also including a sitting room and a fireplace.

    The home theater 

    Photo: Engel & Völkers

    Outdoors, you’ll find covered stone terraces to stay out of the sun and an infinity-edge pool with views of the surrounding valley. The hot tub will beckon on cool desert nights. A built-in barbeque and outside kitchen complete the dining terrace. Three handsome garages and a spacious motorcourt allow for plenty of parking.
    Julianna Eriksen and Bob Nathan of Engel & Volkers hold the listing. 

    The great room 

    Photo: Engel & Völkers

    One of two primary suite bathrooms 

    Photo: Engel & Völkers

    Views about from every terrace 

    Photo: Engel & Völkers

    Stone pillars with copper accents bring the natural world into the home. 

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    Home of the Week: Bette Davis Once Owned This Laguna Beach Estate. It Just Listed for $20 Million.

    It may be more than 70 years since the All About Eve star called this imposing oceanfront mansion just south of California’s tony Laguna Beach home, but locals still refer to it as The Bette Davis House.

    The two-time Academy Award winner was at the pinnacle of her formidable career when she bought the home in 1947 as an escape from the Hollywood paparazzi, living here until 1950.

    Sitting on a bluff overlooking rocky Woods Cove, a five-minute drive south of Laguna, this 5,400-square-foot, six-bedroom French Normandy-style house perches high above the cove, with private-access steps leading to a sandy beach.

    Davis was 39 and married to her third husband, artist and former boxer William Grant Sherry, when she purchased the residence.

    Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, reading in the living room of their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) 

    Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

    According to history books, it had been built in 1929 as a summer home for Charles H. Prisk, a wealthy newspaper publisher and owner of the influential Pasadena Star-News and Long Beach Press-Telegram.
    Designed by well-known Laguna Beach artist and architect Aubrey St. Clair, the three-story, white-stucco mansion preserved many of the original features from when the actress lived here.

    The living room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    “One of the glass doors leading out to the oceanfront terrace still has the lovely, stained-glass crest featuring the letter “D-for-Davis,” listing agent John Cain, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, tells Robb Report.   
    More prominent is the large, wrought-iron “D” on the home’s towering, oceanside brick chimney. According to Cain, when Davis moved in, it used to be a letter “P” that Charles Prisk had installed. “By replacing it with a “D,” she quickly branded the home as her own,” he says.

    The kitchen. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Features like these helped earn the home a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. While Cain says this limits modifications to the exterior, it does mean tax breaks for owners to help offset restoration and maintenance costs.
    According to records, the current owners purchased the property in 2004, paying $13.5 million. Since then, they’ve modernized the eight bathrooms and upgraded the two kitchens.

    The great room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Turn off Pacific Coast Highway a mile and a half south of Laguna Beach, and follow the hill to Ocean Way and you can’t miss the home’s distinctive, Normandy-style, half-timbered frontage, distinctive green window trim and wood-shingle roof.

    A door from the road leads into a private courtyard with a fountain and steps to an outside dining terrace. Inside the main house—there’s a separate guest cottage—the standout feature is the spectacular great room with its intricate, coffered wood ceiling.

    The views from the great room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The space gives way to the home’s aptly-named “lookout room” with its wall of windows providing uninterrupted views of the crashing Pacific below, and those legendary California sunsets.
    Steps away, the home’s elegant living room has a French-style fireplace and soaring, distressed-wood ceiling. From here, a staircase ascends to the third-floor bedroom level and the home’s lovely primary suite, where French doors open on to a private terrace with views of Woods Cove and up and down the Laguna Beach coastline. Romantics will love the suite’s Juliet balcony that overlooks the great room below.

    The cozy sitting room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Back on the first-floor level, you’ll find the family room with its imposing stone fireplace and doors that exit onto a sunny, beach-overlook patio. The bar area has an ornate stained-glass ceiling. On this level there’s also a wine cellar, a fitness room and another bedroom.
    The self-contained, two-bedroom guest cottage has its own kitchen and a breezy, beach-house feel.

    The primary bedroom suite opens to a private terrace. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    “Of course the Bette Davis connection is a big part of the home’s appeal,” says Sotheby’s Cain. “But what is so special about the property is its prized location and that direct beach access.”
    1991 Ocean Way is listed with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty for $19.995 million. Take a 3-D tour here.

    The wine cellar. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The family room. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The bar. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Another bedroom. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Many details from Davis’ era have been preserved. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The deck overlooking the ocean. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Views from the patio go up and down the coastline. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The guest cottage. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    The house perches over a cove. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    A private staircase leads down to the beach. 

    Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

    Bette Davis and her third husband, William Grant Sherry, boating near their home in Laguna Beach, California, 1947. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) 

    Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

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    Home of the Week: Tim Burton’s $27 Million London Home Has a Pool That Pops Up Into Screening Room

    The glass-fronted Eglon House, in north London’s bohemian Primrose Hill neighborhood, looks straight out of the wild imagination of US-born film director Tim Burton.

    Sitting on the former site of a landmark recording studio, where the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner and Pink Floyd made hits, this cavernous 13,154-square-foot live/work space is like a shimmering Art Deco glass jewelry box that’s been dropped into a sleepy, slightly gritty London back alley.

    Made up of two separate buildings linked by a subterranean level that has its own swimming pool and cinema, this cavernous, four-story, five-bedroom is nothing less than a modern masterpiece.

    The home’s architectural significance comes from its glass-block facades, inspired by the iconic “Maison de Verre” (house of glass) in Paris. Built in 1932 by the architect Pierre Chareau, the maison is still considered a blueprint for today’s work-at-home thinking.   

    The glass-block walls let light permeate the whole home. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    Which is reportedly what attracted Burton to Eglon House in 2016, just months after the home’s completion. The director had been commissioned by Disney to create a live-action remake of the animated classic Dumbo, starring Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell and Eva Green.
    Seems he used the home’s west wing as his film studio and personal living space, and the east wing to provide accommodations for his creative team. If there looks to be an over-abundance of closet space and dressing areas, this is why.

    The main dining area. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    Burton rented the residence until the film’s completion in 2019, which is when he transferred to a rambling north London mansion he bought, for $14 million, from Shirley Valentine actor Tom Conti.
    Anyone looking for a glamorous, elegant location for a London town home likely won’t find it with Eglon House. Rustic, nondescript metal gates off Primrose Hill’s Berkley Road open on to the slightly unkempt, cobbled cul-de-sac that’s Eglon Mews, and that sounds like just the sort of thing Burton might seek out.
    Originally used to provide horse stables for the once grander homes on surrounding streets, the Mews is currently a mishmash of 10 or so, now-pricey, two-story Victorian row homes.

    The subterranean space connects both wings of the house. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    Over the years, the buildings on the current site of Eglon House housed a shell-casing factory during the First World War, then a milk dairy, and more recently, the world-renowned Mayfair Recording Studios.

    Development of the site began in the late 1990s with leading London architects Chassay Last and design house Russell Sage Studios called in to create the property.
    A stone-tiled courtyard separates the two buildings and provides coveted off-street parking for a couple of cars—alas, even $27 million won’t buy you a garage to keep your Range Rover dry.

    The casual living and dining area. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    A stairway off the courtyard leads down into that vast, subterranean space with its 40-by-23-foot family room, a bar, sauna and steam room.
    Arguably the area’s piece de resistance is its swimming pool; at the touch of a button, the entire pool floor raises up to create a multi-use space. With a 10-foot wide LED screen nearby—naturally it’s waterproof—bring in a few sofas and it makes a perfect movie screening room.
    Take the winding staircase, or elevator, up to the first floor and in the west building lies the kitchen/breakfast space and dining room. Over on the east wing, you’ll fined a living room and garden room.

    The kitchen. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The second floor comprises the huge, 2,000-square-foot primary suite on the west side, a bedroom and study to the east. The top floor on the west side is home to yet another expansive live/work area with its own outdoor terrace, and two more bedrooms eastside.
    Before Burton, 62, started his three-year rental, seems the developer/owner—he’s remaining anonymous—listed the property in late 2015 for £24m, or almost $30 million. With no takers, it was offered for rent at $161,000 a month.

    The stairwell. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    Now, six years on, leading London realtors Aston Chase has Eglon House listed for £20 million ($27 million).
    “Eglon House is a unique home without parallel in London,” says Mark Pollack, cofounding director with Aston Chase. “It is one of a kind, and represents a perfect opportunity for a discerning purchaser who values privacy and the ability to have flexible living/work accommodation.”

    One of five bedrooms. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The master bath. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The home office. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The bar area. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The indoor pool with its pop-up floor. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The home makes the most of its terraces. 

    Photo: Tony Murray Photography

    The residence was once a shell-casing armory. 

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    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Just Gave Their Beverly Hills Mansion a $6 Million Price Cut

    You may already recognize this house from Chrissy Teigen’s social media posts and her cooking demos. But you might not have seen the entire spectacular eight-bedroom, nine-bath home. The place is nothing short of a design masterpiece, with only the best finishes and incredible attention to detail. This all makes sense, considering it’s owned by such stylish stars: Teigen and her musician husband, John Legend.

    The property was originally developed in 1966, but that first house is long gone, replaced by a more contemporary structure built by a developer before Rihanna purchased the estate. When Legend and Teigen took it over in 2016, they redid every bit of the interior with the help of designer Don Stewart, never cutting corners and always opting for top-of-the-line finishes. Take the solid brass doors to the dining room, which echo the stunning brass surrounds used on the fireplaces in the living room and the primary bedroom suite. Then there’s the teak ceiling they imported from Thailand and the marble Teuco soaking tub brought in from Italy.

    When the couple originally put the house up for sale last fall—they needed a home with more space for their growing family—it was listed for $23.95 million. They’ve since dropped the price to $17.95 million. Now, says broker Marshall Peck with Douglas Elliman, “This is the best deal in Beverly Hills. The finishes are just mind-blowing. And people are also blown away by the ceiling heights—33 feet in the living room—and 22 feet high in the master bedroom on the second floor. That’s just unheard of.”

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s former Beverly Hills home. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The kitchen, naturally, is a showpiece, as it served as Teigen’s studio, with its blond wood cabinetry and unique waterfall-style marble countertops (a design mimicked for the vanity countertops in the primary suite’s bathroom). The oak floors were given a ceruse treatment (essentially a lime wash that brings out the wood’s grain). The cinema room has an incredible sound system and projector, and its cozy style will make you want to stay for a double feature. A home gym, a safe room and a massive playroom with ocean views round out some of the other special spaces within the house, each lovingly designed.
    But perhaps the most special space of all is the primary bedroom suite, with pocket doors that open wide to a private balcony that looks over the pool as well as Coldwater Canyon, all the way to downtown Los Angeles. “The view of the sunset from the master and from the living room at night is just magical,” says Peck. While the bedroom feels like a serene but stylish oasis—that fireplace!—its extra rooms really put it over the top in a good way. The “glam room” is perfect for hair and makeup to get camera ready, and a lovely place to relax in the massage chair. The bathroom has that incredible black marble tub with a view as well as a spacious double shower. But the piece de resistance within this suite are the substantial dual closets with their glass doors and lit display shelves. They look better than those in a Rodeo Drive boutique and, according to Peck, they took many months to get just right.

    The grand entryway with Legend’s piano on display. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The outdoors got a similarly luxe treatment. The couple spared no expense in building the heated saltwater pool, hot tub and wood deck, as well as an outdoor kitchen with a stunning shaded pavilion draped with grapevines. “It feels like you’re in Napa Valley” when you’re out there, says Peck. Lush plantings add to the feeling of a sanctuary. Located at the end of a lane, gated with security, the entire 0.84-acre estate feels private and far from the bustle of LA and the commercial district of Beverly Hills, though it’s just minutes away.

    The living room. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo

    The formal dining room has dramatic finishes. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The remodeled kitchen that starred in Teigen’s cooking demos. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The TV room, just off the kitchen. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The primary bedroom with a brass-fronted fireplace. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The primary suite’s bathroom with the marble tub imported from Italy. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo

    The walk-in closet. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    Plenty of room for shoes. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    Teigen’s walk-in closet. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The “glam” room for hair and makeup includes massage chairs. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo

    The kids’ playroom. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The screening room. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The personal fitness studio. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The outdoor terrace. 

    Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The pool. 

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    Twice KISS’d: Gene Simmons Just Relisted His Beverly Hills Mansion for $25 Million

    Usually when a home is taken off the market and then relisted, the price gets a shave. Not in this case. Gene Simmons of KISS gave the asking price on his Beverly Hills mansion a $3 million hike, raising it from $22 million in October 2020 to $25 million this week.

    The property still has a house with over 13,000 square feet, seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, formal and informal dining rooms, office, bar and bonus room. Plus, the full-sized tennis court, parking for 30 cars and a pool with a 60-foot waterslide. So what’s changed?

    The estate got a few upgrades over the winter months. “We didn’t want anyone to come in and complain,” Simmons tells Robb Report. So they replaced some of the electrical, added a new roof system to prevent leaves from clogging the gutters, changed some remaining wood parts of the home to poured concrete and added more foliage. The five lead-lined safety rooms dotted throughout the house were also made more secure and easier for residents to access. “If a bad guy breaks in,” Simmons says, “he’ll never find you.” The estate also sits on nearly two acres, with lush greenery helping to keep it private.

    The home has four levels on one side and three on the other, meeting in the middle at the gorgeous great room with those tall windows on each side. On the lower level, there’s a six-car garage, a billiards room and a wine cellar, though the musician doesn’t drink. While one wing was used for meeting and his KISS museum memorabilia, he decided against building a music or recording room, instead opting to keep the place as an escape.

    The patio and pool. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    While Simmons and his wife, model-actor Shannon Tweed, bought the property in 1987, it didn’t always look so spectacular, but it did have a storied past. The home that was originally on-site was a 3,500-square-foot wooden farmhouse. “We flattened it and brought in tons of soil, spent close to $11 million sprucing up the place,” Simmons says.
    They bought the acreage from Irving Azoff, who went on to manage Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. “The Eagles were put together on the property,” Simmons says. And before that, Nicholas Schenk, one of the original Hollywood moguls, used to keep his mistress at the estate.

    A regulation-size tennis court is on site. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The Simmonses gradually renovated it and completed the build on the estate’s current house in 2000. While the exterior of the home has plenty of drama with its enormous windows, dual staircases and multiple wings, inside, the vibe is less rockstar and more family-traditional, with a flair for comfort and simplicity (though admittedly on a grand scale) rather than excess. Much of which was showcased on their television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels. 

    In October, when the couple first listed the Benedict Canyon place, it was said that they were moving to another residence they already owned in tax-free Washington state. But that is inaccurate—Simmons has never owned property there. And recently, there have been murmurings about Simmons and Tweed purchasing a house in a gated Malibu community, atop a secluded peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Simmons is now setting the record straight—Tweed has purchased the house as a personal investment with her own money, but they do not plan to live there. She also bought a lakefront property in Whistler, Simmons says. The duo has apparently long kept their accounts, taxes, investments and business interests separate. “Good fences make good neighbors,” he says.

    The grand foyer. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    That said, the couple still plans to leave LA for a quieter lifestyle and escape the celebrity map listings and tour buses. “We’ve always loved LA, but you do have to deal with fires every year, every once in a while the ground shakes, and those tourist buses. Everything has its time,” Simmons says. “The house is too big for us. It’s just Shannon and myself and four dogs. The empty nest thing is happening.” They’re headed for neighboring Nevada. “In Nevada, we’re close enough. The kids have their homes here in LA. It’s just an hour flight.”
    He’s already purchased a 12,000-square-foot home there with an indoor swimming pool with slides and is considering buying an adjacent 90-acre parcel. What’s with all the slides? “If you’re going to entertain, some folks want to sip coffee but others want to swing from the chandeliers,” he says. “A home shouldn’t just be a home, but a place where you have parties and enjoy yourself.”
    The Beverly Hills listing remains in the hands of Million Dollar Listing brokers Matt and Josh Altman of the Altman Brothers for Douglas Elliman.

    Wide-plank flooring and incredible woodwork elevate the living room. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The home office. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The dining room. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The kitchen. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    Soaring windows let sunshine in, even to the upper floor. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The primary bedroom suite. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    Simmons’ Beverly Hills estate. 

    Photo: Christopher Amitrano and Marc Angeles

    The mansion has seven bedrooms and nine baths. 

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    Jerry Seinfeld Lists Both of His Colorado Mountain Retreats for $18 Million

    Now that ski season is coming to a close, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, have not one, but two Telluride, Colo., estates on the market. For the larger property—about 27 acres—and its house, they’re asking $14.95 million. For the smaller one—on a mere 17 acres with just a four-bedroom home—the price tag is $2.78 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. The second parcel will first be offered to the buyer of the main house. “It’s another spectacular home, says Compass listing agent Bill Fandel, surrounded by aspens and with dramatic views.

    This isn’t the first time the bigger residence has been on the market. In 2011, after a massive renovation, the 12,500-square-foot home was listed for $18.25 million but then was taken off the market. Now, with the price drop and buyers looking for secluded, resort-style retreats, the timing might be better. The home is being sold furnished, so you could enjoy the same view Seinfeld that did from the same leather recliner.

    The double-height windows let in the light. 

    Photo: Joshua Johnson

    The larger home has 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and a spacious kitchen suitable for feeding a full house with its commercial appliances, acres of countertop space and several dining areas. Done in a modern farmhouse style, warm wood paneling and reclaimed plank flooring pervades both the entertainment and private spaces, with beams crisscrossing the ceilings. The double-height living room has a massive stone fireplace, plenty of sunshine and views of Wilson Peak.
    A gym, yoga studio, lower level rec room with ping-pong and other games, a wine room, gear room for skis and other toys round out some of the amenities (alas, there’s no baseball diamond like the one at his Hamptons pad). The heated garage surprises by holding only four cars—Seinfeld is a known Porsche collector. But he does have other several other places to park that collection. But the garage also has a few bells and whistles for auto enthusiasts, including the ability to wash cars inside it, even in winter. Outside there’s a 5,500-square-foot deck and miles of manicured trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter and hiking, running and mountain biking in summer. The trails cross over Turkey Creek and lead into the abutting National Forest.

    A stone fireplace is the focal point (besides the view) for the living room. 

    Photo: Joshua Johnson

    Built in 1991, the home was purchased by the couple for $7.55 million in 2007, according to Fandel. It was originally built for a Hollywood director and was featured in Architectural Digest in 1994. When the Seinfelds bought it, Fandel says, “They completely reimagined and expanded the house.” The outdoor terraces are heated so they can be used year round. The cobblestone driveway is also heated to melt snow and ice. But unlike many other homes in ski towns, “it’s as good a summer house as it is a ski house,” Fandel says. “In some places the outdoor spaces and yards are overlooked, but not here.”  It’s located just 10 minutes from Telluride’s ski resort.

    In addition to the Colorado and Hamptons estates, the Seinfelds have bought and sold many properties in Manhattan, their home base, as well as in Los Angeles.

    The farmhouse-style kitchen
     

    Photo: Joshua Johnson

    A look at the whole shebang 

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    Shaquille O’Neal’s Super-Size Florida Mansion Is Back on the Market for $16.5 Million

    First listed in 2018 for $28 million, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s massive home in Windermere, Fla., was finally sold. But the deal fell through, and the palatial estate is now back on the market for $16.5 million, with a few key updates.

    Gone is the ginormous Shaq-sized round bed in the primary bedroom; added is an improved pool area, complete with a summer kitchen, as well as landscaping and minor cosmetic fixes, such as fresh coats of paint and exterior pressure washes.

    But the mansion remains as massive as ever at 31,000 square feet, with a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court, 12 bedrooms and 15 baths. Of course, everything about this home was done on a grand scale. The two-story great room alone is more than 1,100 square feet, with its glass walls looking out to the pool and tranquil Lake Butler. The formal dining room, with its handcrafted wood paneling and molding, seats 16. In the kitchen, there’s a Viking six-burner stove, two built-in Wolf steamers, a side-by-side Sub-Zero fridge and freezer plus a second glass-doored fridge and two double-door convection ovens.

    The outsized porte cochere at the home’s entrance 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    Also on the main level are some of the residence’s best amenities: a sound-proofed cinema room; a “gentleman’s room” with game tables, a wet bar, wine fridge and ice maker; a separate, enclosed cedar-planked humidor and wine storage; an aquarium room with a triangular saltwater fish tank; the guest wing with its five en suite bedrooms, great room and bar; and the basketball court.
    On the second level, the primary suite is a secluded retreat that takes up a full wing of the estate. The bedroom is 900 square feet and has a private balcony, a drop-down screen for the projector TV and a marble fireplace. The walk-in closet is actually four separate rooms with custom shelving and a center island. Dual bathrooms have jetted showers, and one has a two-person Jacuzzi tub. Four other en suite bedrooms are also on the second level.

    The great room 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    Shaq likes his cars, so there’s also a 17-car garage with an attached fitness studio. A second garage houses another nine dream machines, as well as a dance studio and an enclosed recording studio (where *NSYNC is rumored to have recorded some of their first songs).
    The property sits on three acres of land in Windermere’s gated neighborhood of Isleworth, a prestigious golfing community with its own string of lakes. It’s in the most secluded section of the neighborhood. While the common amenities offer a lot, so does Shaq’s place. He named his 95-foot pool Shaq-apulco, and it does feel like a private resort out on the terrace with the large hot tub and expansive outdoor kitchen. A tiki-style cabana overlooks the sandy beach on Lake Butler, and there’s 700 feet of lakefront. A dock and boat lift provide direct access to the water.

    The fully loaded kitchen 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The NBA star is selling because he spends much more time in Atlanta these days with his job as a sports analyst for TNT, but he told listing agent Benjamin Hillman the things he’ll miss most about this mansion, which he built in 1990, are “those panoramic views of Lake Butler and the fun water activities like riding his wave runners through the chain of lakes in Windermere.”

    The family room 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The games room 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The home theater 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The 44-foot-long home office 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The huge primary bedroom 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    One of four rooms inside the master walk-in closet 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The two-person jetted tub in the master bath 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    One of the other 11 bedrooms in the home 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The indoor basketball court is wired for sound. 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The dance studio and secondary garage 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    The 95-foot pool is 15 feet deep 

    Photo: Christian Pestana Rodriguez/Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    Shaq named his pool area Shaq-apulco. 

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