Inside Shaq's Eccentric $19.5 Million Megamansion
Where does a 7-foot-1-inch, 350-pound multimillion-dollar basketball player live?
In Shaquille O’Neal’s case, it’s a justifiably spacious mansion near Orlando in Windermere, Florida. The massive home is stuffed with custom Shaq-made touches, and it’s on the market for a staggering $19.5 million. That's actually at a discount, seeing as how it used to be up for grabs at $22 million in 2018.
Come take a look inside Shaq’s shack.
There’s a Custom-Made Superman Bed
It’s no secret that Shaq loves Superman. It’s one of his nicknames, and he has a Superman logo tattooed on his arm. So when Shaq needed a place to rest his gigantic frame, he had a circular 15-foot-by-30-foot Superman-themed bed custom made. The bed requires 450 square feet of space!
He also had another bed, a Tempur-Pedic, custom-made for him in 2016. After reaching out to the company on Instagram, the company delivered a 72-inch-by-98-inch mattress for the big man.
That’s a lot of space required for sleeping, but it doesn’t matter. Because of another reason.
The House Is Huge
Shaq’s shack clocks in at 31,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and 700 square feet of lake frontage on three acres.
It’s located on Isleworth, a prestigious — and most assuredly, absurdly expensive — private golf club community.
This Aquarium Is Diesel Powered
Shaq has no shortage of nicknames but "Big Diesel" must be one of his favorites. The NBA Hall of Famer commissioned an aquarium built inside the front end of a truck on the Animal Planet show "Tanked."
The aquarium is built inside a real truck’s facade, the bumper is real, the headlights turn on, and it even has a real semi-truck horn (which the fish probably don’t appreciate).
It’s filled with predator fish and has the Superman logo in front of a slowly spinning metal fan.
Coming Down the Highway
From this angle, you can see Big Diesel is behind the wheel of this mac truck that’s coasting down a Miami highway.
A Super Aquarium
Here's a closer look at this "super" aquarium. We all know how much Shaq loves Superman.
And This One Is Egyptian
Shaq wasn’t done with the "Tanked" aquarium masters, so he asked them to come back and commission another, even bigger, tank.
It’s a triangle-shaped, 8,000-pound, 800-gallon aquarium with pyramids and Shaq-inspired hieroglyphics, and is home to several grouper fish and a dragon eel.
The room is lined with Egyptian-inspired wallpaper and has three guardian Sphynxes.
A Meditation Room?
Don’t walk like an Egyptian here. This custom-designed room is for meditation. We think.
There's also a TV because there's a TV in just about every room in Shaq's house.
A One-Eel Tank
Take a closer look at Shaq’s eel and its lair. These custom-made aquariums must have been incredibly expensive.
To reiterate, it holds 800 gallons of water and weighs 8,000 pounds when full. That's no joke.
There's only one eel in this tank. It used to also house a grouper fish.
The Grand Entry Looks Like a Basketball Court
In the foyer, a twin butterfly staircase stretches to a second-floor catwalk. And check out those floors.
The shiny hardwood flooring and half-circles of black paint resemble a basketball court.
This Home Has a Protector
While Shaq may not need personal bodyguards, it always helps to have someone looking out for you.
In this case, it’s a statue of Superman on the dock, who keeps an eye on would-be troublemakers.
But if that doesn’t work, there’s also a 10-foot privacy wall.
There’s a Showroom Garage
Shaq loves cars, and it shows.
His mansion has a showroom-style garage that can fit at least 17 cars.
And Shaq loves cars.
Shaq’s custom caddy is designed to look like the Cadillac with tiger-striped seats from "Scarface." Or maybe it is the actual caddy from the movie.
Shaq doesn’t make it clear to Graham Bensinger during their interview/home tour.
Mirrors for More Shaq
The garage is sectioned off into two areas, one with tile flooring and walls or mirrors and another with yellow walls.
When Shaq's in the mirrored room, an infinite number of reflecting Shaqs appear.
Just like Shaq likes it.
He Has the Joker's Car
One of Shaq’s luxury vehicles is showcased in the adjacent mirror-paneled showroom.
This one is a custom-made supercar called the Vaydor, and it's based off the supercar that Jared Leto's Joker from "Suicide Squad" drives. It can be seen briefly in the film (or it was cut and might be in the extended edition's scenes, we're not sure).
That movie might have sucked, but the car is cool. According to Drive Tribe, the actual car is a 2004-2007 Infinity G35 while the kit is an $11,000 add-on. It pumps out 280 horsepower and rocks a 3.5L V-6 engine. Altogether it costs about $40,000.
Shaq’s walls are lined with various Shaq things, like the Shaq street sign and a Shaq poster made up of a half-dozen Shaq photos.
That's a lot of Shaq.
This is Shaq's Vanderhall Venice three-wheel roadster, with a 1.4-liter turbo engine and 18-inch wheels.
It's ruby red and has plenty of legroom.
Shaq’s Other (Weirder) Garage
Elsewhere on the property is another garage, only this one has a few unusual looking cars and a scaled-down Diesel semi-truck.
But the real attraction is a large cutout head of Shaq himself (maybe it’s for mini golf?) and the disco ball.
The Basketball Court Is Shaqtastic
Shaq’s full-sized indoor basketball court isn’t just a basketball court. It’s the "Shaq Center" — it says so right on the floor.
As great as it is, this was probably one of the reasons why Shaq is having a hard time selling the house.
A basketball court named after Shaq isn't a selling point if you're not Shaq.
A Wall of Photos
The Center — surely a play-on-words after the Hall of Famer’s position on the court — is emblazoned with the Miami Heat logo, and the walls are lined with jerseys and pictures.
Kobe and Shaq
One of the pictures is of Shaq and Kobe Bryant together during their Lakers days. "If I hate the guy, would I have this in my house?" he asked Bensinger.
The two Hall of Famers had a tenuous relationship, to say the least. But Shaq paid several emotional tributes to Bryant in the wake of his teammate's tragic death in 2020.
"I lost a little brother," Shaq said.
Beef With Scottie Pippen
There does not appear to be a photo of Shaq with Scottie Pippen, and with good reason. In 2015, they feuded on Instagram about which players and teams were the best of all time.
It led to Shaq posting a laughably bad Photoshop of Pippen’s face on a violin, with Shaq calling him "MR 2nd FIDDLE" to Michael Jordan, "SECOND BEHIND HIM AND SECOND BEHIND ME" and a "CHUMPION" [emphasis Shaq’s].
A Huge Space
The court measures 6,000 square feet, which is larger than a 94-foot-by-50-foot regulation-size basketball court.
We wonder if there are some extra backboards stowed away in case Shaq decides to relive his glory years of dunks.
You Can Host Your Own Podcast
If you didn’t know, Shaq has his own podcast. It’s called "The Big Podcast with Shaq," and it looks like he records it right out of this very room in his megamansion.
There are also records from his rapping days on the wall.
Or Settle Down for a Movie
Shaq’s soundproofed home theater looks very comfy, with 10 big, cushy seats (including an oversized one).
There’s a Superman logo on the built-in carpet and on the wall-mounted light fixtures and movie posters on the wall — most of them of various Superman movies.
There doesn’t appear to be a "Steel" or "Kazaam" poster, though. Although Shaq might just want to forget he ever made those movies.
He's now the star of "Shaq Life," a TNT reality show that follows his day-to-day life in his pursuit to be the ultimate father, athlete and businessman.
Or Relax in the Lounge
If you’re a cigar aficionado, this mansion has the room just for you.
Shaq’s pad has a classy cigar bar with beautiful views of Lake Butler. It comes with wine storage and a walk-in humidor.
Those animal heads may have been purchased, but they are more than likely Shaq’s personal trophies.
According to his biography, "Shaq Talks Back," Shaq is a "conscientious hunter" and never hunts an animal out of season.
He also has a gold-plated handgun called a Desert Eagle that weighs 20 pounds, his bio reports.
A Gentleman's Room
We wonder if this bar is stocked with old Soda Shaq,which was made by the AriZona Beverage Co. and came in various flavors.
This room is quite reserved. That's a bit of a departure from most of Shaq's other rooms.
The walk-in humidor has plenty of room to walk.
Shaq is well-known to hand out cigars on the regular, and we know he likes Padron cigars from Miami.
Shaq's office has wall-length windows and overlooks Lake Butler. On his desk is a statue of four Larry O'Brien trophies.
Shaq won four NBA championships during his NBA career.
A Living Room
One of the mansion's huge rooms includes four television sets, two couches, another bar and a pool table.
And it still looks a bit empty.
Play a Game of Pool
The lounge chair by the pool is absolutely huge, but Shaq would need one of those couches to curl up in.
The mansion boasts a 95-foot-long swimming pool with a swim-up bar/grilling area and waterfall features.
Shaq has lovingly referred to this slice of paradise as "Shaq-apulco."
Because, of course, he would.
You don't need to get out of the water for some barbecue.
There are stools installed right near the grilling area.
Palm Trees and Blue Skies
The massive pool area is dotted with palm trees.
These waterfall features make Shaq-apulco a paradise.
A 95-Foot Pool
The pool is 95 feet long.
At that point, it's not really a pool, but a water-filled playground.
Stretch Out in the Dining Room
The basketball-themed floor continues into the formal dining room, where a rectangle of black paint frames a long dining table.
A Place to Do Business
As it’s set up now, the dining room can seat 16 people. Which makes sense.
Shaq has matured far beyond his rookie years when be blew $1 million almost as fast as he could sign his first NBA contract and is now a savvy businessman.
He owns a number of Auntie Anne's pretzel shops, car washes, gyms and restaurants, and invests his money regularly.
The Bathroom Is Huge
We expected Shaq’s master bathroom to be huge, but this bathroom is bigger than most people’s kitchen and living room combined.
There’s no exact square footage posted, but the bathroom boasts an expansive built-in vanity, a standalone hot tub and two separate showers — and one of those has the Superman logo on the door.
A Step-Up Bath
Shaq's bathroom features a large, marble-lined tub that's so large it requires its own marble step.
Oh, and there’s a urinal next to the toilet.
The Second Shower
Another smaller shower is positioned in a corner.
The top is open to the room, for a gym-style shower experience.
There Are Three Toilets
Not only is there a toilet next to a urinal, there’s a whole other toilet next to the extra shower.
And next to that toilet there is what appears to be another type of toilet — one without a lid. That's not sanitary.
The Great Room Is Pretty Nuts
Past the butterfly staircase in the foyer, there’s an expansive living and dining area outfitted with numerous chairs, tables and couches.
Coffered Ceiling and Recessed Lighting
A second-floor balcony overlooks the area and floor-to-ceiling pillars connected with the wood coffered ceiling.
Shaq’s fireplace is an eye-catcher.
Its marble facade extends from the floor to the ceiling.
And the mantlepiece is solid wood with intricate millwork.
A new listing photo from 2020 shows an empty great room.
It's possible that Shaq sold all of his furniture (it was pretty outdated), but it's also possible the furniture was removed to make for a better photo.
There's no indication that Shaq has moved out.
There’s an Accolade Room
We’re not sure any of this stuff comes with the sale, but this room is still worth a look for basketball fans. This is what Shaq calls his "accolade room."
As he told YouTuber Jay Versace, Shaq's father would take away any trophy he got and put it elsewhere because "he didn't want me to be satisfied. He wanted me to work for more."
So now he keeps all of his accolades here.
The Wall of Fame
The room isn’t just for Shaq’s accolades. Shaq calls this wall lined with jerseys of famous players his "wall of fame."
Jerseys include those of Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
Backboard Glass in a Jar
It’s not all awards, rings and trophies. Shaq keeps the shattered glass from one of the backboards he broke in New Jersey.
Remember that one?
If you want to relive it in all its infamy, here’s the video from that incredible 1993 dunk.
The Orlando Magic beat the New Jersey Nets by three points.
The Kitchen Is Impressive
The home boasts an open kitchen with a long wraparound counter and kitchen island — both with marble countertops — and professional-grade appliances.
The kitchen looks out to a dining area with a fireplace. And we think that’s a painting of Shaq smooching his mom on the cheek.
Shaq Smoochin' on the Mantle
Yep, that's a painting of Shaq smooching his mother.
A Big Fridge for a Big Appetite
There is a ton of cabinet space, and the fridge is gigantic. Shaq needs to consume a lot of calories.
Here's what it takes to feed him, in case he ever comes over.
Breakfast with Shaq
A typical snack for Shaq might be a dozen scrambled eggs and a glass of orange juice.
His mother lives nearby and regularly makes him his favorite food, mac and cheese.
Relax in the Gazebo
Head on over to the gazebo and watch the waters of Lake Butler lap up against the shore.
It might not look like it from this aerial angle, but that privacy wall is 10 feet high.
From the Driveway
The house is set on the end of a private drive and behind a large iron gate.
Step Down to the Lake
There are two ways to reach the water: via the dock or these six steps.
It’s His Longtime Home
Shaq has owned this home since his rookie years, snatching it up for $4 million in 1993 while he was with the Orlando Magic, according to realtor.com.
He’s had the home for 27 years, and while he’s obviously put substantial work into the property, he’s set to turn a hefty profit.
Not that he needs it. Shaq Daddy is worth about $400 million and is making more money now than he did during his NBA career.
Searching for a Buyer
Since this article’s original publication in 2019, Shaq has cut the price of his mansion by $2.4. million.
We're not sure where he's going next, but he's also trying to sell a 5,217-square-foot house in Bell Canyon, California, for $2.5 million on Instagram.
Want to make your own Shaq mansion? These are the blueprints.
Now all you need is millions of dollars.
An Overhead View
An aerial view of the mansion to compare with the blueprints.
The listing is encouraging buyers to imagine a remodel of the home and includes some computer-rendered photos that completely redesign the home.
Shaq, who turned 48 in 2020, might be looking to downsize. Shaq has six children, and only two of them are still in high school.
His daughter, Amirah, recently committed to Louisiana State University to play with the LSU Tigers along with her brother, Shareef, who transferred to LSU in 2020.
Maybe he'll be moving over to Louisiana. He's opening up a Big Chicken restaurant in a Baton Rouge casino.