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Michael Jordan mansion up for auction: Read what's in it

A full-size, regulation basketball court was built inside Michael Jordan’s Highland Park mansion in 2001 to his exacting specifications. It features specially cushioned hardwood flooring, adjustable backstops and baskets, and competition-quality, high-intensity lighting.

A full-size, regulation basketball court was built inside Michael Jordan's Highland Park mansion in 2001 to his exacting specifications. It features specially cushioned hardwood flooring, adjustable backstops and baskets, and competition-quality, high-intensity lighting.

 

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 In this Oct. 2, 2012, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan attends a practice at NBA basketball training camp in Asheville, N.C.

In this Oct. 2, 2012, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan attends a practice at NBA basketball training camp in Asheville, N.C.

 

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Michael Jordan has been unable to sell his sprawling estate north of Chicago despite amenities that include a gentleman's retreat, nine bedrooms, a pool pavilion and an indoor basketball court.

He even knocked the price down to $21 million. Still, no takers.

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So, he's putting his longtime residence in Highland Park up for auction next month.

The home was originally listed at $29 million in early 2012.

Concierge Auctions will see if it can unload the property on Nov. 22.

In touting the home, the auctioneer says it is set on more than 7 "immaculately landscaped" acres and "offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury."

"I have so many amazing, happy memories of my life in the house over the years," the auctioneer quotes Jordan saying. "It's where my kids grew up. It's where I lived during my championship years. I still have business interests in Chicago, including my restaurants, and Chicago will always have a piece of my heart. It's a special place with incredible people, who embraced me from the day I arrived. But my kids are grown now and I don't need a large house there anymore."

The home's family area is expansive and light-filled, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, plush carpeting, a built-in aquarium and a fireplace. Likewise, the two-story living room showcases the dramatic outdoor landscaping in its series of 10 floor-to-ceiling windows. The property includes nine bedrooms, with six located in the primary residence. All include spacious closets and en suite bathrooms.

The contemporary main kitchen includes a ventilated island food prep area with gas Gaggenau cooktop, double convection ovens, a combination steam oven and two dishwashers.

On the lower level of the primary residence, the home boasts an impressive card and cigar room with a custom-built, walk-in humidor, a 500+-bottle wine cellar, wine tasting room, sitting room and a fully equipped, in-house beauty salon.

In 2001, a full-size, regulation basketball court was built to 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 comfort table leather chairs and a built-in HDTV.

The home also includes a pool pavilion, built in 2009, that links the primary residence with the guest wing. The design features a retractable electric canopy that, with the touch of a button, can transform the enclosed room to an extraordinary indoor/outdoor experience. Located directly off the pool pavilion, the three-bedroom guest wing offers a gourmet kitchen, en suite bathrooms and built-in furnishings.

The gentleman's retreat comes complete with a billiard parlor, fireplace, library, a full wet bar and the original doors from the Playboy Mansion in Chicago.

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