Dubbed "Shaq-apulco" by the celebrity basketball player and his entourage, Shaquille O'Neal's longtime home in Orlando is up for sale—and the 31,000-square-foot estate sitting on four prime Floridian waterfront acres has all the over the top features of an all-inclusive resort getaway. And then a hefty dose of humor and quirk befitting the larger-than-life star with the personality to match.
Recently listed for $28 million, Shaq's home at 9927 Giffin Court sits on just under four acres of Floridian waterfront property overlooking Lake Butler in the prestigious private golf community of Isleworth in Windemere, just outside of the Orlando city limits. The 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom property has been home base for O'Neal and his family (which now includes five children) since 1993, when the star purchased it for $3.95 million as a rookie player on the Orlando Magic.
The playful basketball MVP-turned-business investor, philanthropist, law enforcement officer, author, and soon-to-be PhD—known for his approachable swagger, which he credits to growing up as a military brat—has renovated and added to the property significantly over the years, which was originally built as a "neo-Colonial" of about 23,000 square feet.
Quirky additions include two custom saltwater fish tanks that play on the star's nicknames, designed by and featured on Animal Planet's show Tanked: one built into the front end of an actual diesel semi trailer, complete with working lights and horn; and the other an entire Egyptian-themed room with Moroccan hanging lanterns and custom hieroglyphics both on the wallpaper and inside the triangle-shaped columnar tank.
Then there's the Shaq Center, the 6,000-square-foot indoor home basketball court complex complete with bleachers and full-size NBA logos, and the resort-style, 95-foot-long and 15-feet-deep pool with swim-up bar, cabanas, and a privacy rock wall with waterfall. The outdoor entertaining areas all overlook Lake Butler, where the star famously puts on a 2.5-hour, $30,000 fireworks display and epic pool party every Fourth of July for his family and close friends. None of his guests need to drive home afterward, because the home features a five-bedroom guest wing separate from the family's main living quarters.
In addition, there's a walk-in, cedar-lined cigar humidor and wine cellar as big as a sauna just off one of the home's several kitchens/bar areas, a full home movie theater with recliner seating for at least 10 people, a dining room that seats up to 16 comfortably, three total fireplaces (including two that are two stories each, one made of marble and one made of stone), and two indoor garages with parking for up to 17 of the vehicles in O'Neal's car collection (including three Bentleys), one of which is clad floor-to-ceiling in mirrors, showroom-style.
View the entire property listing with agent Danial Natoli of Premier Sotheby's International Realty here, or take a video tour with Shaq and Good Morning America's Robin Roberts in this 2011 segment.