Thursday, March 1, 2012

Now You Can Be Like Mike!

You can finally be like Mike by simply buying the greatest basketball player ever’s house.

Former North Carolina Tar Heel and NBA superstar Michael Jordan's longtime family home in Highland Park in Chicago is on the market, but it'll cost a bit more than the latest must-have pair of Air Jordans.

Oddly enough, it’s not $23 million -- it’s listed for $29 million.

The secluded compound, built in the mid-1990s and renovated in 2009, encompasses more than 56,000 square feet and includes nine bedrooms, 15 full baths, four half baths and five fireplaces spread between a main house and a connected guesthouse. The property also includes an indoor-outdoor entertaining and pool area, an outdoor tennis court, a putting green, a deep water pond and three climate-controlled garages that hold 15 cars.

Of course, there's also an attached indoor basketball complex. The facility, completed in 2001, has a full-size regulation basketball court with cushioned hardwood floors, adjustable backboards and baskets, and a sound system tuned to provide the right acoustics in the court space.

Take note though, property taxes on the home were $165,224 in 2010, according to public records.  Not a misprint: That’s $165,224.

Jordan is apparently downsizing

Jordan lived in the home with his then-wife, Juanita, and their three children. The Jordans divorced in late 2006, after 17 years of marriage. Juanita Jordan bought a newly built, 23-room mansion in Chicago's River North neighborhood in mid-2007 for $4.7 million.


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