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Shaquille O'Neal

I Dropped $235k On

a Totally Normal House

11/4/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shaq's new totally normal house
Shaquille O'Neal
knows ... being rich and buying houses is fun ... so despite living in a GINORMOUS 70,000-square-foot mansion ... he dropped $235k on a second, regular person house 30 miles away.

Shaq -- who is reportedly worth around $250 million -- currently lives in an 11-bedroom, 13-bath PALACE outside Orlando, FL ... which includes a 20,000-square-foot basketball court and garage filled with DOZENS of sports cars!!!

But that just wasn't enough ... 'cause in July the former NBA superstar laid down $235k on a very normal 3,900-square-foot abode ... in a place called Mount Dora, FL.

It's unclear WHY the Shaq-ster bought the spare pad ... Investment? Gift? Kicks and giggles? But we do know the house is pretty nice -- for those of us not sitting on fat bank accounts.

The new pad is rockin' 5 bedrooms, 4 baths ... granite counter tops ... wet bar ... entertainment room ... and cherry cabinets. Which would all be really awesome ... if his other house wasn't WAY MORE awesome.

We reached out to Shaq's people to ask him about the new purchase ... but so far no word back.

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31.

USArmy    

This is the type of house all those sports people should buy instead of those million dollar houses that cause them to go broke. I hope he paid it off so he'll have somewhere to house him and his family should he go the way of the others.

657 days ago
32.

boro silicate    

im calling b.s. 235k for 3900 square feet is slightly more than 60 dollars a square foot.

657 days ago
33.

Kindra    

Orlando resident here and spouse of an Orange County deputy. Shaq most likely bought the Mount Dora home to declare residency in Lake County, where he is rumored to run for Sheriff. Shaq is extremely involved in law enforcement, and has stated his desire to run for sheriff, which he would win in a heartbeat. The Orlando Sentinel posted an article about it awhile ago. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-06-07/news/os-lk-shaq-lake-undersheriff-2011060...3_1_lake-undersheriff-o-neal-plans-shaquille-o-neal

657 days ago
34.

debi t    

How does a NORMAL regular gal get a job so that she can support her kids...if she's willing to work SUPER hard, but can't play professional ball?!?!? I live a short bit away from Orlando...I am open for offers!!!

657 days ago
35.

Justice    

ITS A GROW HOUSE EVERYBODY!

657 days ago
36.

jaggedalanism    

I am sure it is for one of his older kids

657 days ago
37.

Latinprince27    

As an independent voter I have decided on who I am voting for this coming Tuesday.

I am voting for Mitt Romney. I am putting my country ahead of partisanship. The economy is still bad with 23 million people and the national dept is at 16 trillion dollars now. We will continue to dig ourselves into a deeper hole and suffer like an economy similiar to Greece, unless we vote for a different President on Tuesday.

657 days ago
38.

joclo    

HIS 13,000 SF PALACE/MANSION IS IN ORLANDO! NOT OUTSIDE OF IT! WINDERMERE IS RIGHT HERE NEAR UNIVERSAL STUDIOS..SAME WITH TIGER THEY ALL LIVE IN WINDERMERE WHICH IS IN ORLANDO!!...GET IT RIGHT ALREADY

657 days ago
39.

Malder7    

He bought that house for Hoopz!!!!

657 days ago
40.

TrustMe    

This purchase was pure political. Shaq has always stated that he'd love to enter law enforcement. Just this year he'd campaigned for local sheriff Sandy Carpenter in the same county where he bought this home. He's always popping up here either volunteering or at some political event in the county. This is his way of establishing residency in Lake County in hopes of a career in either law enforcement of government.

656 days ago
41.

Big D    

Mount Dora is a nice place to live. Nobody will bother him there.

656 days ago
42.

Tracy     

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5162-Rishley-Run-Way-Mount-Dora-FL-32757/82094761_zpid/

656 days ago
43.

RoadRig    

sugar-baby's pad???

656 days ago
44.

ta2d    

probably for the help

656 days ago
45.

Joe    

He buys houses that are in foreclosure to help the previous owners. It's another business venture.

656 days ago
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