Worlds Best Homes

Inside Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home – recently sold for $11 million

The Lake Butler estate includes a four-room closet, wet bar, and private aquarium

Shaquille O’Neal house
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Shaquille O’Neal has just sold his lake-front home near Orlando for $11 million – leaving him with a profit of $7.05 million. 

With its ‘gentleman’s room,’ private bar, and an aquarium-style space with a saltwater triangular fish tank – the home is one of the most exciting in Flordia – and one of the world’s best homes

Shaquille O’Neal, the retired NBA star and astute businessman, purchased the home in 1993 for $3.95 million. The estate became just one of the homes in his extensive collection of homes around the US. He also owned this resort-like home in California which sold earlier this year. 

Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home

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Shaquille (also known as ‘Shaq’) first listed the home for $28 million before reducing the price to $16.5 million. However, the home recently sold for $17 million less than the original listing price.

The 31,000 square foot customized mansion sits amid a gated golf community near Disney World and ESPN in Isleworth, Lake Butler. The large living space is a catalyst of living room ideas – from its decorative rug to its rusty-hued palette that creates a contrast against the blues of the surrounding water.  

Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home

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The lake-side views continue throughout the property – throughout its chef’s kitchen to its formal dining room that is adjoined to the grand entryway. Beyond these conventional rooms, however, the mansion also features some more unorthodox spaces. 

The most noteworthy of these include a temperature-controlled, cedar-planked humidor, a wine storage room, a cinema, and a media room.  There is also a full-size basketball court, because this is Shaquille O’Neal’s home, naturally.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home

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The property comes with 12 bedrooms, including the master wing that fuels our luxury bedroom ideas. This area includes a four-room closet, his-and-her baths, and a custom 15-foot round bed that overlooks the water.  

Meanwhile, the guest wing also includes its own ‘great room’ with another secret bar and five ensuite bedrooms.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home

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Plus, while the interiors are something to behold, the three-acre estate similarly offers water-front garden ideas. Stand-out features include a large swimming pool and a walkway to a private pier where you can set sail on Lake Butler. 

Shaquille O’Neal’s Florida home

(Image credit: Uneek Luxury Tours)

Benjamin Hillman with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty represented O’Neal. Rob Rahter with Stockworth Realty Group, represented the buyer. Photos courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com (opens in new tab)

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.