Newly-minted Chicago Bull Dwyane Wade is selling his former home in South Holland for just $350000. - Chicago Tribune

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With thickets of weeds growing above head height, a peeling pool deck and piles of abandoned TVs and trash thrown in an empty lot next door, the empty six-bedroom mansion looks more like the crumbling Xanadu at the start of "Citizen Kane" than the home of an NBA All-Star.

But if newly-minted Bull Dwyane Wade is looking for a cut-price house now that he's back in the Chicago area, his former home in South Holland is available for just $350,000.

Complete with an outdoor basketball court, sauna, theater room, pool, two-bedroom guesthouse and four-car garage, the 7,800-square-foot home comes on a huge, private lot and would allow the next owner to "live like a millionaire on the fraction of the budget," according to the listing.

Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches is selling the home where the couple lived until 2007, according to the real estate agent handling the listing. It hasn't been occupied for years — Funches, who got the house in the divorce, lives near Atlanta, and Wade has raised their children in Miami.

Initially listed for $595,000 in March 2015, it has yet to attract a buyer.

The home was temporarily in foreclosure in 2014 and listing photos that appear to have been taken during the winter show the home and its grounds in a sad state. Since then, agent Greg Wallace acknowledged, "it's got out of control — it's like a jungle back there."

"It's fair to say it's not move-in ready," Wallace said, adding that the pool needs to be relined and that "the house is not in the best of shape."

Still, Wallace said, "I would have been able to sell the place 100 times over if they hadn't (raised)the taxes up so much."

Originally $18,000 a year, the property taxes increased to $58,000 by Cook County in 2014, records show. Funches is appealing the hike, which has made the home "impossible to finance," he added.

Though a $5,000-a-month tax bill wouldn't present a problem to Wade, who will earn $47 million over two years under his deal with the Bulls, his bitter divorce fight means "I don't think he'll go back there — it probably doesn't have the best memories for him," Wallace said. "Besides he makes a lot more money now."

If Wade wants to really splash the cash, Michael Jordan's 33,000-square-foot former home in Highland Park remains on the market for a hair under $15 million — nearly half the $29 million it was originally listed for in 2012. It includes an indoor "NBA quality basketball court" that would represent a significant upgrade from the tarmac outdoor court in South Holland.

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