Michael Jordan’s Iconic House in Highland Park, IL
If you’re hooked on the new Netflix/ESPN collab Last Dance and (im)patiently waiting for the next couple of episodes to come out, you’re not alone. Or, maybe you’re just as bored as the rest of us and killing time with some good ol’ celebrity ‘research’ — until the next episode provides a little more juice on the legendary journey of the Chicago Bulls icons.
Now, finding more info on the home of the legendary basketball player really isn’t that hard; and that’s because Michael Jordan’s house in Highland Park, IL is listed for sale on Zillow — and has been on the market for quite some time.
Jordan first listed his home 8 years ago for a whopping $29 million, but the mansion has seen many price cuts over the years, with the current selling price set at 14,855,000. And while that might sound hefty, as the listing notes, the property has been fitted with every conceivable luxury amenity.
Fun fact: as Business Insider wittingly pointed out, the numbers in the property’s listing price — 1 4, 8 5 5, 0 0 0 — add up to 23, Jordan’s basketball jersey number (also proudly plastered on the property gates).
The massive property totals 56,000 square feet and is located in Highland Park, a community set 25 miles outside of Chicago. In fact, Michael Jordan was not the only member of the Bulls to call Highland Park home; Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, B.J. Armstrong, and even GM Jerry Krause all lived in the area, as it was within proximity to the team’s practice facility in neighboring Deerfield.
The NBA superstar’s home was built in 1995, at the height of his career, and comes with 9 bedrooms, 14 parking spaces, and some pretty out-of-the-ordinary customizations — including a door taken straight from the Playboy mansion.
Unsurprisingly, the custom-designed home includes a regulation-sized basketball gym. But there’s also a circular infinity pool, putting green, tennis court, and cigar room, each with Jordan’s signature touch.
Impressive as it may be, MJ’s house seems to have had the biggest impact on Derrick Rose — the only other player in Bulls franchise history, besides Jordan, to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP Award.
In a recent interview, Derrick Rose opened up about the time in high school when he got to visit Michael Jordan’s house and the impact it had on him; Rose, who was friends with Jordan’s two sons, was living in living in Englewood, one of Chicago’s most precarious neighborhoods. After seeing the house Jordan’s family lived in, he distinctly remembers telling himself that one day, he too will live in a lavish home and get his mom out of poverty. He went on to become the first Bull since Jordan to make an All-Star team.
Why won’t anyone buy Michael Jordan’s house?
First off, one thing we need to get out of the way: extremely expensive properties take a very long time to sell. Regardless of the celebrity status of their owners, mansions priced over $10 million dollars — especially those set outside of luxury hot-spots like Los Angeles or New York City — take years to find the right buyer. Just ask 50 Cent, whose massive compound in Farmington, Connecticut took 12(!) years to sell.
Then, there’s also the level of customization. Michael Jordan spent millions to customize the home to his liking, but individual tastes don’t always match those of interested buyers. In fact, the more customized the home is, the harder it is to find the right buyer for it. The best example is Shaquille O’Neal’s iconic house in Florida, that bounced on and off the market for years, with no takers.