Where does Shaquille O'Neal rest his 7-foot-1-inch, 350-pound frame? With a $400 million net worth, the NBA Hall of Famer chooses to live in a $22 million mammoth mansion in Orlando, Florida. The home is loaded with custom Shaq-made touches. Just take a look inside.
1. There's a Custom-made Superman Bed
Shaq loves Superman so much that he has a Superman tattoo on his arm, and he even custom made a circular Superman-themed bed that occupies 450 square feet of space. Shap also has a custom made Tempur-Pedic bed that comes with a 72 inch by 98 inch mattress. The big man does need a vast space to sleep, but it doesn't matter for an enviable reason.
2. His House Is Pretty Huge
Shaq's Orlando estate is quite huge, stretching to 31,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and a 700-square-foot lake frontage. The house sits on Isleworth, a prestigious and absurdly expensive private golf club community.
3. The Aquarium Is Diesel Powered
Shaq has a number of nicknames, such as Superman and Big Diesel. The gigantic basketball star built a diesel powered aquarium inside the facade of a truck on the show Tanked. The truck has a real semi horn, and its bumper is real, and the headlights can even turn on. The aquarium features a Superman logo and is filled with predatory fish.
4. This Aquarium Is Egyptian Themed
Besides the "Tanked" aquarium, Shaq has an even bigger Egyptian themed tank. It's a triangle-shaped, 8,000-pound, 800-gallon aquarium dotted with pyramids and Shaq-inspired hieroglyphics. The aquarium houses a dragon eel and a couple of grouper fish. The room is custom-designed with Egyptian-inspired wallpaper and has 3 guardian Sphinxes. It's for meditation.
5. The Grand Entrance Hall Looks Like a Basketball Court
It's justifiable that Shaq's spacious shack would have a grand foyer. The shiny hardwood flooring with half-circles of black paint takes after a basketball court. Two butterfly staircases send you up to a second-floor catwalk.
6. The Great Room Is Pretty Nuts
Adjacent to the grand entry, there's an expansive living room that is outfitted with a few chairs, tables, and couches. A second-floor balcony overlooks the space. There is also an eye-catching fireplace that has a marble facade extending from the floor to the wood coffered ceiling.
7. This Home Has a Protector
A man as giant as Shaq may not need personal bodyguards, but it's always good to have someone watching out for you. On the dock of his house, there stands a statue of Superman, who keeps an eye on would-be troublemakers. There is also a 10-foot wall for privacy.
8. There's a Showroom Garage
As a car lover, Shaq has an impressive car collection that includes Bentleys, Ferraris, a Polaris Slingshot, a souped-up F650 pickup, a customized Sprinter Mercedes Van, a custom Cadillac, and a custom Vaydor. For those lavish cars, the millionaire built a showroom-style garage that can house more than 17 vehicles.
9. There's an Adjacent Showroom Garage
Next to the showroom garage, there is a mirror-paneled showroom that is home to some of Shaq's luxury vehicles. The walls are lined with a variety of Shaq things, including a Shaq poster, a "Shaq" street sign, and a Superman symbol.
10. Shaq's Other Garage
There is another garage elsewhere on the property. It's a weirder one, and a scaled-down Diesel semi-truck and several unusual looking cars are showcased here. This garage boasts a disco ball and a large cutout head of Shaq himself.
11. The Basketball Court Is Shaqtastic
Of course, the Hall of Famer has a basketball court in his house. It's a full-sized indoor one measuring 6,000 square feet. Adorned with the Miami Heat logo, the court is named Shaq Center which is a play-on-words with his position on the court. The walls are lined with jerseys and pictures, and one of them is of Shaq and Kobe Bryant during their Lakers days.
12. You Can Host Your Own Podcast
In his mega mansion, the big man also has his own podcast. Shaq named it The Big Podcast With Shaq, and it seems he records it right out of this very room. The walls are lined with a couple of records from his rapping days.
13. Settle Down for a Movie
Shaq can also enjoy movies with his family in this comfy soundproofed home theater that has 10 big, cushy seats. A Superman logo can be seen on the built-in carpet, and various movie posters are mounted on the wall, most of which are of Superman movies.
14. Hit up the Bar
As a big cigar fan, Shaq built a classy cigar bar in his abode. The room comes complete with a walk-in humidor and wine storage and has beautiful views of Lake Butler.
15. Play a Game of Pool
Shaq loves playing billiards, so he's not shy about building a billiards hall in his opulent house. It's one of the huge rooms in this mansion and includes a pool table, two couches, four television sets, and another bar.
16. There's an Accolade Room
The "accolade room" is definitely worth a look for basketball fans. Shaq once said his father would take away any trophy he got and stored it elsewhere because "he didn't want me to be satisfied. He wanted me to work for more." Now he keeps all his awards, rings, and trophies here. The wall lined with jerseys of famous players is called the "wall of fame." Interestingly, he also keeps the shattered glass of the backboard he broke in New Jersey.
17. Stretch Out in the Dining Room
The formal dining room on this property also features a basketball-themed floor. A rectangle of black paint frames a long dining table that can accommodate 16 people.
18. The Kitchen Is Impressive
Shaq's shack boasts an open kitchen that looks out onto a dining area. The kitchen comes complete with a kitchen island, a long, wraparound counter, a ton of cabinet space, professional grade appliances, and a gigantic fridge. The painting of Shaq kissing his mom is an eye-catcher.
19. The Bathroom Is Huge
Shaq's master bathroom is so big that it's even bigger than most people's kitchen and living rooms combined. It boasts a standalone hot tub, an expansive built-in vanity unit, three toilets, and two separate showers, one of which has the Superman logo on the door.
20. Visit Shaq-apulco
Shaq's palatial villa boasts a massive swimming pool that is 95 feet long and dotted with palm trees. This slice of paradise, referred to as Shaq-apulco, features a swim-up bar, waterfalls, and a barbeque area.
21. It's His Longtime Home
Shaq has owned this house for 27 years since 1993 when he snatched it up for $4 million. He has since done substantial work to the property, and it's now worth around $22 million. Look at the lakeside gazebo. During his long time living here, Shaq likely spent a lot of time relaxing on the gazebo and enjoying the waters of Lake Butler lap up against the shore.