Jeff and Cary Lichtenstein, realtors with Illustrated Properties and Christies Great Estate provided these aerial shots of Michael Jordan’s estate in the Bear’s Club, which is presently under construction.
“I was having some aerials done of the Bear’s Club and got this shot. It came out nice,” Jeff Lichtenstein said.
Lichtenstein has been interested in Michael Jordan since he was a teenager.
“I’m from Chicago and Michael lived in my hometown of Highland Park, Illinois, when I was in high school and he had been drafted by the Bulls. He bought a small house and lived there a long time. I was always surprised that he didn’t move to a big house.”
Jordan did, though eventually, Lichtenstein said. “He moved outside Highland Park to Bannockburn on Half Day Road and built a gargantuan house there. It had a three or four-hole golf course and the number 23 was on the gate – that was his number and everybody in Chicago knew that house.”
Michael and Juanita divorced in 2007, and “probably she still lives over there,” Lichtenstein said. “Their two boys (Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James) both play college basketball (the Jordans also have a daughter, Jasmine). I’m wondering if he’ll get the gates with #23 transferred down here.”
So, Lichtenstein’s aerials and comments got the Michael Jordan ball rolling (or dribbling), so to speak, and the following was gleaned from public records.
According to a warranty deed and a special warranty deed both dated February 2008, Bull & Bear LLC, an Illinois limited liability company whose post office address is Attn: Curtis Polk, 5335 Wisconsin NW, Suite 580, Washington DC purchased two parcels of land in the Bears Club: lot 28, from Michael W. Lane, whose address is 4908 Rosewood Lane, Melbourne, Florida for $2.4 million, and lot 27 from GCC Realty Company, LLC, a Delaware liability company (successor by merger to GCC Franklin Holding Co., LLC) whose post office address is care of Prism Venture Partners, LLC, 675 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter for $2.403 million.
Curtis Polk manages the business and investment interests of Jordon and his related companies. Prior to forming his own consulting business in 2001, Polk, an attorney and CPA, negotiated player contracts for the SFX Basketball Group and managed the firm’s operations in Washington DC. He also served as the group’s executive vice president and was president of its related financial services affiliate, SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises.
In July 2008, lots 27 and 28 were replotted and according to public records, the physical address is now 172 Bears Club Drive.
On June 16, 2009, for Bull & Bear LLC, Lavelle Construction and Development Corporation submitted a building permit application naming Z.W. Jarosz of Coconut Grove as the architect. It stated that the value of the new construction, which will have 26,033 square feet under air and 37,943 total square feet, will be $7,627,669. On June 25, 2009, Lavelle Construction of Jupiter filed a notice of commencement with an expiration date of May 1, 2012.
Could construction be ahead of schedule, Jeff Lichtenstein wonders? “They have the first coat of stucco on it. There’s lots to be done yet, but, from what can be seen from the aerial shot, it looks like completion is three to six months away.”
Besides the price of the land and estimated construction costs, adding up to around $12.4 million, “this mansion probably the most expensive non-waterfront home in the Palm Beaches,” Lichtenstein said. “MJ’s total commitment when the house is finished with all the custom finishes and decorating will probably exceed $20 million, It would be interesting to see what the Jordan home resells for, being that its location, while great for MJ’s privacy, is not ideal for resale to the trophy and yacht buyer.”
Looking at the architectural drawings for the stucco-and-stone main house, covered with a slate roof, there is a grand entry foyer that is flanked by two ponds. Straight on from the foyer are a gallery and the great room. According to the permit information supplied by Lavelle Construction, the great room will have an 11-foot fireplace. A covered lanai stretches across most of the back of the home.
In the east wing, from the foyer is a stair vestibule, elevator, and the main circular staircase. The cigar room with a bar and humidor, an office and a library lounge are also in this part of the house.
Just adjacent to the family room, in the west wing are the dining room and an island kitchen. Other rooms in this area of the house include a back staircase, bedroom suite 2, a mud room, laundry, golf room, golf garage and fitness room. An auto court and bridge lead to the porte cochere. Opposite the auto court are the six-car garage and utility rooms.
Upstairs, in the east section of the house is the master bedroom suite, which includes a large closet, Nike room, watch room and bar. The large bathroom features a Jacuzzi.
In the west wing are bedroom suites 5, 6 and 7 along with an upstairs sitting room.
Over the porte cochere is bedroom suite #9.
In the north part of the property, connected to the main house by a bridge is a cottage. On the first floor are a sitting room, kitchenette, bedroom suites 3 and 4, along with a pavilion. A stairway leads to bedroom suite #8.
Also in the north end of the property are a storage facility and a two-story cabana tower.
Concerning the pool and a possible gym / basketball court, additional permits would have to be pulled, noted Juan Diaz, plans inspector for the Town of Jupiter, and, so far, nothing has been filed. Staff at Lavelle Construction did not comment, stating that they had signed a confidentiality agreement.
Looks like Lichetenstein will have to do another fly-by when the house is completed to get a look at those features…