You can rent Scottie Pippen’s Chicago-area home on Airbnb during the Olympics
Legendary NBA star Scottie Pippen was a Hall of Famer on the court. His contributions alongside superstar Michael Jordan were one of the highlights of last year’s riveting documentary about their team, the Chicago Bulls, in the 1990s, “The Last Dance.”
However, the six-time NBA champion had much less luck selling his Chicago-area home. It’s bounced on and off the market over the years, after debuting in 2016 with an asking price of just under $3.1 million. Over the years, the price has been reduced several times.
Most recently, the Highland Park home was available for $2.1 million, less than the $2.25 million Pippen paid for the place in 2004.
Now the Bulls great, who retired from the NBA in 2004 after 17 seasons, is trying a new strategy. He temporarily places his memorabilia-filled property on Airbnb ABNB,
in conjunction with the vacation rental company, which is promoting home stays in conjunction with the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics.
In order to become a vacation rental, the Chicago-area suburban residence was taken off the market and revamped with an Olympic decor theme. Pippen himself was an Olympian and a member of the Dream Team, which won gold at the Barcelona Games in 1992.
“Ball at the home of Olympian Scottie Pippen,” the listing opens, followed by an invitation from Pippen himself. “In honor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, I invite basketball fans to my home in Chicago to relive one of the highlights of my career: participating in the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992. I am thrilled cheering on the next generation of Olympians from my home court.
And he’s talking about home court in more ways than one: there’s an actual indoor basketball court in the house, emblazoned with Pippen’s number 33 from the Bulls days.
Booking opens Thursday, July 22 for three stays on August 2, 4, and 6, timed to be able to stream hoops live from Tokyo.
The cost for up to four people to use two of the house’s bedrooms and one bathroom is just $92 per night, in honor of the year Pippen won gold at the Olympics.
Guests won’t have the full living area of nearly 10,000 square feet, which includes a total of two master suites and six bedrooms.
But those lucky enough to land a reservation will enjoy a virtual welcome when Pippen himself checks in.
They can also take advantage of the many perks of home, like using Pippen’s home theater to watch the Olympics, including men’s and women’s basketball. You’ll also be able to watch footage from the team’s historic 1992 race in Barcelona.
Or they can cool off in the pool, which has an outdoor TV, so you can stay on top of the competition even while sunbathing on the terrace.
The house also has an arcade, for more casual competition, and an indoor sports court to practice your jump shot. Then relax in the post-workout sauna, cook up a meal in the kitchen and, of course, soak up memories of Pippen’s glory days.
Pippen is hoping to inject some excitement into a listing that hasn’t garnered much interest from buyers over the years.
If the short stints prove successful, Pippen might be inspired to offer Airbnb his Florida home, which is still on the market in Fort Lauderdale.
This waterfront estate, with an asking price of $12 million, has been on and off the market for more than a decade.