The NBA Superstar Michael Jordan”s seven-acre estate
Michael Jordan’s Personal Residence
Set on 7.39 immaculately landscaped acres just north of Chicago, the longtime personal residence of Michael Jordan offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury. This secluded compound includes 56,000 square feet of living space, with 9 bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms and, as one might expect from this basketball legend, a regulation-size, NBA-quality basketball court — all surrounded by a living fence of 150 mature evergreens, creating an envelope of unparalleled privacy.
While many areas of the home provide a cozy, intimate setting for friends and family, the public living areas welcome guests to expansive, light-filled rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the family room, an exercise in understated elegance with plush carpeting, built-in aquarium, and a fireplace. Likewise, in the soaring two-story living room, a series of ten floor-to-ceiling windows makes the dramatic outdoor landscaping as much a part of the room as the cove ceilings and circular design.
Steps away from the living room is the intimate formal dining room. Here, the vast ceiling height drops to create a warm ambience, ripe for conversation over dinner and drinks. The room can display large works of art with ease, each piece highlighted with museum-quality lighting.
Breakfast of Champions
The contemporary main kitchen is a masterpiece of both design and functionality, whether hosting a catered affair or enjoying a simple bowl of cereal at the breakfast bar. It includes a ventilated island food prep area with gas Gaggenau cooktop, double convection ovens, a combination steam oven, and two dishwashers. The kitchen flows into the casual dining room, a beautiful, airy rotunda flooded with natural light that opens onto a terrace for al fresco dining.
The property includes nine bedrooms, with six located in the primary residence. All include spacious closets and en suite bathrooms. The master suite (not pictured) is an inviting 504 square feet, set into a curved wall with windows overlooking the landscaped lawn. The master bedroom shares a three-sided fireplace with a private lounge and the master bathroom. His-and-hers closets, a dressing and make-up area, and a sky-lit bathroom complete this luxurious suite.
Where the Living is Easy
This, friends, is where it all happens. Where the good times roll. Tucked away on the lower level of the primary residence, you’ll find a card and cigar room with a custom-built, walk-in humidor, a wine cellar, wine tasting room, sitting room, and a fully equipped in-house beauty salon. (Because that’s what she wants, that’s why.) The card room is richly appointed, ready for rounds of poker late into the night, and includes a built-in HDTV, an intricately patterned cove ceiling, and recessed lighting. The 500+ bottle wine cellar is an oenophile’s delight and is completely climate and humidity controlled.
This richly appointed suite hearkens back to another era, with a billiard parlor, fireplace, library, and full wet bar for your drinks of choice. But even classics can be improved upon, in this case with a conversation starter that will never stop: The entrance to this private sanctuary includes the original doors from the Playboy Mansion in Chicago. The Gentleman’s Retreat also includes a video screen that descends from the ceiling for your viewing pleasure.
With the legendary MJ behind this fitness studio, you can imagine the caliber of its equipment. And you’d be right. All the equipment will stay with this extraordinary high-tech studio, including Jordan’s personal treadmills, elliptical trainers, Stairmasters, Precor bike, Cybex arc trainer and free weights to keep you in peak form.
In 2001, this full-size, regulation basketball court was built to Michael Jordan’s exacting specifications. It features specially cushioned hardwood flooring, adjustable backstops and baskets, and competition-quality, high-intensity lighting. The court also includes a custom sound system with speakers expressly tuned for the court space.
Adjacent to the basketball court are locker rooms and showers, as well as a circular lounge with comfortable leather chairs and a built-in HDTV. The lounge boasts a glass observation overlook where spectators can comfortably enjoy the action on the basketball court. The gymnasium opens to additional outdoor recreational areas like the tennis court and putting green. To ensure privacy from the main house, if desired, the facility has a separate entry and nearby parking area.
Indoor Meets Outdoor Living
The pool pavilion was built in 2009 and links the primary residence with the guest wing. The design is a stunner, including a retractable electric canopy that, with the touch of a button, can transform the enclosed room to an extraordinary indoor/outdoor experience geared for entertaining.
Fresh air and sunlight by day, cool breezes and twinkling stars by night. A built-in 110” rear-screen projection system with state-of-the-art surround sound system, and a full-sized bar further enhance the entertaining possibilities, while telescoping floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides can be fully opened to the outdoor pool and terrace.
Hospitality Chicago Style
Located directly off the pool pavilion, the three-bedroom guest wing offers all the amenities visitors could want. The gourmet kitchen includes Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances. Each guest bedroom features an en suite bathroom and built-in furnishings. Doors open from the curved wall of the living room directly onto the outdoor terrace, where lake breezes cool off the evening air. A flowing floor plan, understated neutral décor, and a separate entrance all create an unparalleled level of serenity, privacy, and coziness, whether guests are staying overnight or for an extended period of time.
About Highland Park
Located 23 miles north of Chicago with easy access to the city, Highland Park boasts some of the region’s most beautiful and exclusive homes. Here, residents enjoy small town comforts with big city advantages, with a strong emphasis on recreation and culture. The Chicago Symphony summers in Highland Park every year, and the city plays host to the well-known Ravinia Festival, an open air concert series during the summer. With lakefront parks and beaches on Lake Michigan, Highland Park has plenty of outdoor activities to keep residents busy, and its bustling downtown shopping district is a strong indicator of the vibrancy of this community.
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