Real Estate Rumors
Shaquille O’Neal is looking to score a major pay day in the real-estate game. According to the Wall Street Journal, Shaq has placed his 31,000-square-foot home in Windermere, Fla., on the market for $28 million. The 12-bed, 13-bath mansion includes a full-sized basketball court, movie theater, 17-car garage and plenty of customized Shaq finishes. It appeared on MTV Cribs back in the day.
The real estate broker handling the account lined up three options. The first one she showed the client’s manager was a farmhouse built in the 1800s. The door frames were deemed too low. “We would cut to the chase much better if I knew who it was,” said the broker, Renee Gallanti, recalling how she was not told at first who the client was for that house-hunting mission in 2016. “At first they tried to give very little information at all. And after we got to the first house and the ceilings were too low, we shifted gears.” The client, she soon learned, was Kevin Durant, the 7-foot N.B.A. All-Star. He was about to become a free agent for the first time — and would soon find himself at the heart of a courtship unlike any the N.B.A. had ever seen. Durant ultimately picked the Golden State Warriors, a seismic decision for the league, and is expected by many to win a second consecutive title with them next month.
But the precise setting for Durant’s meetings with his coveters has remained undisclosed until now. It all happened at 189 Further Lane, a five-bedroom, 7,400-square-foot estate one block from the Atlantic Ocean. If a Warriors fan who truly appreciates the significance of what happened on this property would like to own it as the ultimate souvenir, it’s on the market for just under $15 million. Further Lane is not just any road in the Hamptons. Behind hedges dense and tall, its homes have long sheltered a mix of posh and artsy. Jerry Seinfeld, Jann Wenner and Larry Gagosian have or have had homes down the street that way. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s childhood summer retreat, Lasata, is up the road the other way. “As soon as Rich started walking towards the house, he was elbowing me,” Gallanti said, referring to Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman. “He was like, ‘This is the house.’” Durant paid $100,000 for the 10-day rental.
According to Wadzinski, when the mafia member owned the house, what is now the tennis court was a house for the man’s girlfriend. “It’s a romance bridge,” Wadzinski said, wiggling her eyebrows. “Or now it’s a bromance bridge.” That bridge is where Durant stood with his arms crossed for a photographer that appeared on the Player’s Tribune website under the headline, “My Next Chapter,” announcing his departure from the Thunder and commitment to the Warriors.
Chicago Bulls forward and former Arkansas hoops star Bobby Portis surprised his mom with a new home Sunday for Mother’s Day. His mother, Tina Edwards, thought she was going to the house in Maumelle for a meeting. But when she and her son stepped through the front door, he handed her a box with a ribbon on it. Inside the box was the key to the house.
NBA star and savvy businessman Kevin Durant has rewarded himself with a $12.05-million oceanfront mansion in Malibu, California. Mr. Durant, a 29-year-old forward for the Golden State Warriors and founder of The Durant Co., used a limited liability company to purchase the 5,136-square-foot contemporary house on April 16.
Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is opening a high-rise apartment complex in New Jersey’s largest city. O’Neal was joined by city and state officials on Tuesday in Newark for a news conference to discuss the project. The Newark native partnered with New Brunswick-based Boraie Development and Goldman Sachs to build the $79 million complex. The 22-story tower will house 168 units. It sits near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.