A Park Shore neighborhood could soon lose its status as the home of a sports celebrity and as an occasional tourist attraction.
Basketball superstar Larry Bird has put his home at 308 Neapolitan Way on the market for $4.8 million, according to the property listing by Premier Properties.
The highlights of the nearly 6,000-square-foot waterfront home include a rotunda-style foyer, a nine-seat theater and a bar backed by a 500-gallon saltwater aquarium, according to the listing.
The taupe-colored balconied home has four bedrooms, an infinity-edge pool, spa, chickee, dock and oversized four-car garage, according to the listing.
Bird, 50, has had an address on Neapolitan Way since he bought the house at 310 in 1993. He has since sold that house. Bird bought the house at 308 Neapolitan Way in 1998. He later tore it down and, in 2001, built a new house there.
Neighbor Beverley Cook said Bird has been scarce the past couple years but that she still is sorry to see the "For Sale" sign go up next to the home's gated driveway.
"I miss him because he was a very nice neighbor," Cook said.
She said he would say hello as he jogged down the street in the morning. His children and her grandchildren sometimes would play together, she said.
Bird told the Naples Daily News in 2004 that his job as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers was keeping him from spending much time in Naples.
Before joining the Pacers' front office, Bird coached the team from 1997 to 2000. Bird made his name on the court, playing for Indiana State University and then for the Boston Celtics from 1979 to 1992.
Bird was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three times, won three NBA championships and won an Olympic gold medal in 1992.
Bird's connections to Naples include being a member of the Hideout Golf Club and one of the club's founders.
His representative Jill Leone told the Wall Street Journal for Friday's edition that the Birds plan to buy a condo in Naples.