The luxurious Highland Park mansion, north of Chicago, became a karma for Michael Jordan, since he has not been able to sell it for ten years despite having reduced its value by half. Its latest price has a historical wink, but despite the comfort and eccentric details, Your Majesty he continues to lose one of his toughest “matches” and cannot get rid of the property, for which he would be willing to continue lowering its price.
The property was put up for sale for 29 million and is currently being sold for half, although the owner would agree to sell it for less than 14,855 million whose digits add up to 23, the number on Jordan’s jersey in his basketball years. It is the same one that appears imposingly at the entrance to the house.
It is located on a plot of more than three hectares that Jordan acquired in 1991, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was completed in 1995 and renovated in 2009, according to what the property’s listing agent, Katherine Malkin of Compass, told Elite Street In an interview.
“I’m not sure if it’s because of the TV shows they did (the documentary miniseries “The Last Dance” 2020 on Netflix) or if it is because people are interested in seeing it a little differently, but suddenly there seems to be a bit of interest”, said the real estate professional.
Malkin added that in recent times some interested buyers have proposed subdividing the property, which is tricky since its shape is like a “flag lot,” in which a narrow driveway, or “flagpole,” extends north to the rest of the property.
“It’s a beautiful property, and I think no one understands how beautiful it is because we don’t do an open house, because there’s a privacy concern,” Malkin said. “It’s not until people are inside that they really appreciate it. And not everyone qualifies financially (to see the house).”
Other reasons that complicate its sale is that “it is very difficult for clients to need a house with a basketball court, party room, golf course, bar, casino and other corners. In the area there are much more versatile and functional homes for a family”, they explained in Marketwatch, a firm specializing in luxury properties, as reported The vanguard.
The residence had an original price of 42 million dollarsbut Jordan first put it up for sale in early March 2012 for $29 million. He then lowered the selling price in early 2013 to $21 million. He later reduced his selling price even further to 16 million in late 2013. In 2015, the agent working to sell the house at the time promised the buyer would also get all the Air Jordans in his size, but that didn’t work out either.
Frustrated by his inability to sell it to a private buyer, Air decided to leave the sale in the hands of a team of professionals, and hired the auction company Concierge Auctions to do the job. In a decade Air could not sell it and that is why some American and European media called it the Jordan’s “cursed mansion” or “haunted”.
The former shooting guard led the Chicago Bulls to win six NBA rings between 1991 and 1998. At that time he became a legend and established himself as the best in basketball history. In those glory years, Jordan had this lavish mansion built.
I didn’t want any detail to be missed. It has 11 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, two circular salons plus another exclusive beauty salon, a top gym, two theaters, a movie theater, a specific room for smoking with game tables, a library with a drop-down screen, a room with a TV of 110 inches, a lake to fish and a garage for 15 cars. Plus a regulation-size basketball gym, circular infinity pool, and cigar room.
While outside on the grounds there is a tennis court and putting green. It includes a secondary guest house with three bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a wine cellar for more than 1,000 bottles. Another detail is the door that Jordan He had it brought from the Playboy mansion and he wears the mythical number 23.
In May 2020, in statements to the specialized media market watchAdam Rosenfeld of the startup of luxury real estate Mercer Vine, explained that the player has serious problems selling the house because of the custom spaces and objects in it. “When you have a property that is so specific and so customized, (the sale) becomes an uphill battle”, opined the expert. The novelty is that today MJ would be willing to part with what was his home if a buyer is willing to offer $13 million.
With a strong personality and competitive, for now his “cursed” mansion is the game that Michael Jordan still could not win. He has been losing it a decade ago when he put it up for sale and the outlook for its commercialization does not seem to change in the medium and short term.
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