Basketball legend and television personality Shaquille O’Neal recently purchased a home in Collin County, local brokerage Rogers Healy and Associates Real Estate announced Tuesday.
Zac Gideo, a Rogers Healy real estate agent, worked with O’Neal last May to purchase a home on 0.228 acres, according to the firm. The home has high ceilings, a huge master bedroom with a spa-like bathroom, a kitchen with high-end appliances, and a backyard with a large pool and waterfall, the company said.
“I found him the perfect home and most of the process was done virtually – FaceTime calls, videos of the property, etc.” Gideo said in a statement.
Gideo declined to share the sale price or exact location other than Collin County. He said The Dallas Morning News O’Neal didn’t share a specific reason for buying in the area, but said the expansion of his Big Chicken restaurant chain in Texas was a factor.
“It has a lot to do with it, and basic travel – he travels here quite a bit for different things,” Gideo said, adding that O’Neal will be living at home part-time. O’Neal is also an analyst on Inside the NBAthe NBA’s post-game show on TNT.
The brokerage has worked with other top clients including Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Sean Lowe of ABC. The single personwho is selling his five-bedroom home in University Park for $5 million.
Born in Newark, NJ, O’Neal has Texas ties and graduated from Cole High School in San Antonio. He played for six teams during his 19-year NBA career and won four NBA championships, three in Los Angeles and one in Miami, before retiring in 2011.
O’Neal also sold his $11 million mansion outside Orlando in October, the Los Angeles Times reported.