and unsurprisingly, it’s on a golf course. Michael Jordan’s love of golf is almost proverbial, and the NBA star already owns a 28,000 square foot mansion in Jupiter, Florida, also home to a great set of links. His Airness’ Florida home was chosen for its proximity to the Bear’s Club and his neighbour is Tiger Woods.
But Jordan can’t stay home full time. He has a sports team to manage. In the winter of 2010 Mr. Jordan took over as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, replacing Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson. So he needs a home in North Carolina, preferably one with golf course access.
A little shopping around found Mr. Jordan this foreclosed 12, 310-square foot property, located on Lake Norman in Cornelius, about 22 miles from the Charlotte Bobcats’ Time Warner Cable Arena. Mr. Jordan bought the $2.8m home through a trust, the Jordan Family Gift Trust. And he got a deal on the house too: it was originally listed for $3.99m in 2011 and relisted in 2012 for $3.49m. Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy told the Charlotte Observer that he though the deal was “fantastic. He got a great buy on that house.”
The home has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a mansion by anybody’s standards but less than half the size of Mr. Jordan’s Jupiter home. And Tiger Woods isn’t nearby either, but the house is on a golf course. In fact it’s located at the seventh hole of The Peninsula Golf Club. The listing states that the site features “stunning panoramic lake views from almost every room.” It also has a jetty into the lake with its own launching platform.
And drag racer Doug Herbert, who previously owned the house, said the property is “a great place to entertain friends and have people over.” Mr. Herbert only left the property after his two sons were killed in a freak traffic accident in 2008, on Jetton Road, near their home. After the tragic loss of his sons Mr. Herbert said it became emotionally impossible for him to live there. “It was a difficult trip to take every day to got to work,” Mr. Herbert said. “It became hard to live there. It was time to go.”
The gated community is glad to have Mr. Jordan moving in. Resident Patricia Potts said she hopes Mr. Jordan’s presence will put the country club on the map as a ‘five star golf community.’ Other residents said they were unsurprised that Mr. Jordan had chosen their community. Given that other celebrity residents included former Boston Celtics centre Robert Parish and Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, ‘it makes sense,’ said resident Gary Marine.
Mr. Gilroy sums up local sentiment: ‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to have a legend like that as a Cornelius resident.’
One thing that Mr. Jordan’s new home lacks is the full-size regulation basketball court that graces his main home in Florida. So he has to make do practicing with the now-conveniently close Bobcats.
According to team members, there’s a tradition of one-on-one practice at the Bobcats that endures despite Mr. Jordan’s relatively advanced years. At nearly 50 does Mr. Jordan still have anything to offer as a trainer? According to Bobcats captain Gerald Henderson, “he’s the best ever to play and he’s still got that competitive nature. He always feels he can help you.” And coach Mike Dunlap feels he probably can: “There’s a stew down there – a mixture of instruction, humour, competitive spirit and care. Also, if a guy is not feeling good about his game, it gets the cobwebs out.”
Photo of his $12.4m Florida Home
Article written by Kunle Campbell