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‘Shaq-apulco’ Deal Falls Through, Orlando Estate Is Back But It’s Been De-Shaq’d

The ‘Shaq-apulco’ saga continues in Orlando where Shaq Diesel’s insane 31,000 sq. ft. mansion is back on the market after a deal to sell the house fell through in February, per the Orlando Business Journal. Now it’s back to the drawing board but with a new realtor, Benjamin Hillman, who is known to close deals. He has $185 million in real estate sales on his resume and he has a new strategy to find a buyer who’ll finally come to the table locked and loaded with $16,500,000.

The price of the house hasn’t changed, but as Hillman tells Realtor.com, the house had to be de-Shaq’d. The realtor went through the place and made a list of Shaq-themed items in the house — the round Superman bed is gone — to make the place more presentable to buyers who don’t want the Shaq experience.

That said, Hillman left the Superman shower door, the Miami Heat basketball court, the Superman emblem in what appears to be a workout room, and the giant diesel truck painting in one of the house’s many sitting rooms.

What’s left is a house that Hillman thinks he can sell and finally get ‘Shaq-apulco’ into the hands of an owner who won’t let a deal fall through.

From Shaq’s realtor Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty:

Nestled in one of Central Florida’s most exclusive 24-hour privately gated golf communities, Isleworth, is a rare and unique sprawling lakefront mansion. Positioned on 3.94 acres with 700 feet of lakefront on the famous Butler Chain of Lakes, this mansion comes complete with a Ludowici clay tile roof, 12 bedrooms, 11 baths and four half baths among 35, 550 total square feet.

12 spacious bedrooms feature breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Butler, and an array of amenities includes a 6,000-square-foot indoor NBA-certified basketball court, a 17-plus car showroom-style garage, a 1,400-square-foot cigar and wine bar room, custom-designed theater room with 10 reclining seats, a private walk-in safe room, aquarium room, 44-foot-long office with lakefront views, a recording studio, 67-foot-long Florida room facing Lake Butler and a 95-foot-long, 15-foot deep custom resort-style swimming pool.

This unparalleled Isleworth mansion stands alone from any other lakefront estate, with marble flooring, a dual mahogany wood staircase, mahogany tray ceilings, three fireplaces, cherry wood-themed old school cigar bar, gourmet chef’s kitchen, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine coolers, travertine flooring, 15 interior cameras and 18 exterior cameras.

Mortgage: About $58,000 a month before the AC bill that has to be impressive and service staff to run this operation. It’s literally a giant resort. Imagine the people going in and out — the chefs, maids, electricians, plumbers, window washers, boat captains. What a zoo!

Shaq Orlando house for sale
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
via Realtor.com / Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. Another residential basketball full court that will never get used. 58g’s a month before utilities and caretaking expenses? Brock would just settle in at a 5star for 2gs a night and let the resort staff take care of everything. That’s right. When ur putting out 2g’s a night to stay at a 5star, you talk in the 3rd person.

  2. the sale fell through because of the realtor, not shaq necessarily.

    i thinks its a shaky game for celebs to buy and sell properties using their name to add value.

    Michael Jordan does this with everything and it works mostly because he 2nd only to Muhamad Ali in name recognition etc.

    he used the value of his name to buy into the charlotte bobcats. he borrowed against his own name. in fact Jordan could probably appear at an open house and sell that house for double.

    butt he is the only guy. shaq is of course shak, but the fact that he took a dump at a house doesn’t make the house worth more. not today.

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