“He shoots...and he scores! It’s nothing but net!” Taking the basketball world by storm in the 1980s and 1990s as a star shooting guard with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, Michael “Air” Jordan is often considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time and is, undeniably, one of the most marketed athletes in the entire league. Known for his remarkable defensive skills on the hardwoods, the five-time MVP winner and six-time NBA champion also carries a stellar reputation off the court as a businessman with dozens of product endorsements, an actor in films like Space Jam and as a key decision maker as the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. It’s no wonder he’s recognized as the first billionaire player in NBA history!
Worth an impressive $1.14 billion and counting, Jordan proved his larger-than-life size wasn’t confined solely to the court when he purchased a lot in Chicago’s prestigious Highland Park community in 1991 and immediately started construction to build his dream home with his wife, Juanita Vanoy. Completed four years later, the 56,000 square foot property located at 2700 Point Lane is truly legendary as guests are greeted at the gated entrance adorned by the NBA star’s iconic “23,” a nod to his jersey number with the Bulls. Nestled on seven acres of dense evergreens, the entire estate includes a three-story main house and a three-bedroom guest house that are connected by a sky-lit entertaining pavilion. But, the amenities don’t stop there.
Truly knocking it out of the park (more so with his house than during his short-lived baseball career), Jordan’s Chicago estate is filled with everything a basketball legend could ever need or want with nine bedrooms and 15 baths in addition to a cozy home theater featuring a massive video screen and plush seating, a full-sized indoor basketball court with Jordan’s logo in the center and a fully equipped home gym. There’s also an infinity pool, a card room for Jordan’s famous poker nights and a cigar room filled with the finest cigars from around the world. What more could an NBA legend want?
The grounds of the Highland Park home also leave little to be desired as Jordan ensured the utmost privacy by forking over $200,000 for dozens of mature pine trees to line the entire property. He then added 14 climate controlled garage spaces spread across three garages to ensure there was plenty of room for his luxury car collection. Adding a pavilion equipped with a television and bar, the Jordan estate also has a circular infinity pool complete with an island that is connected to the rear patio by a bridge making it accessible by both land and water. An entertainer’s dream home, there’s also an outdoor kitchen that’s ideal for dining under the stars as well as a tennis court and putting green where Jordan spent many afternoons working on his golf game.
While some might consider the home’s interior to be outdated since it was built in the 1990s and features a lot of geometric patterns, Jordan was extremely deliberate in the luxuries added to his state-of-the-art home and, after his divorce in 2006, set out to update the property in 2009. But, despite boasting a more modern and polished décor, neither the remodel nor the memories of raising his three children there was enough to keep Jordan from looking for a fresh start with his fiancé, model Yvette Prieto. As a result, Jordan put the estate on the market in 2012 for a whopping $29 million.
Since then, Jordan and Prieto have tied the knot and welcomed twin daughters into the world but the house remains on the market and has proven to be one of the only items linked to Jordan’s legendary name that simply won’t sell. Dropping the price to $14.855 million (which, as you might expect, adds up to 23) to lure prospective buyers, Jordan and his real estate agent have pulled out all the stops to sweeten the deal. His real estate agent, Kofi Nartey, has even made a couple of “hype” videos to showcase the home in addition to Jordan upping the stakes by offering every edition of Air Jordan shoes ever made to the new buyer. “If the price is right,” Nartey told Maxim magazine, “we can make almost anything happen.”
With the videos already having more than half a million views combined not to mention the popularity of the home’s website that offers a virtual tour of the estate, we have no doubt that Jordan’s home will sell sooner or later (for Jordan’s sake, hopefully sooner!). In the meantime, the 53-year-old slam dunker will simply have to divide his time between his four other estates while continuing to hope for an even bigger slam dunk in finding a buyer for his lavish and former dream mansion.