It wasn’t enough for Rick Ross to own a Georgia mansion so grand that it was used for the royal palace of Zamunda in Eddie Murphy‘s “Coming 2 America.”
The Maybach Music impresario also wanted another place in Florida. So he acted fast on Amar’e Stoudemire’s South Florida estate, paying the $3.5 million asking price in cash, after it had been a mere four days on the market.
It was the fastest closing in the history of Landmark Ranch Estates, where Stoudemire’s six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 2.3-acre spread is located.
Ross knows a bargain when he sees it. The $3.5 million list price was actually $200,000 less than the $3.7 million Stoudemire paid for the Southwest Ranches, FL, estate in 2011.
And it wasn’t as if Stoudemire left the place untouched. The former NBA All-Star made a series of fancy upgrades, including a hidden movie theater, a lounge with a lavish bar and pool table, a nine-car garage, and a luxurious main suite.
But as grand as Stoudemire’s former estate is—with coffered ceilings and an abundance of crystal chandeliers, in 8,675 square feet of living space—it doesn’t quite compare to Ross’ 235-acre spread in Fayetteville, GA.
Built by the boxing legend Evander Holyfield in 1994, it’s the largest private residence in the entire state, with 45,000 square feet of living space. It also boasts one of the largest swimming pools in the United States, able to contain over 350,000 gallons of water.
It’s a fitting palace for rap royalty—and Zamundan royalty as well. Which is why the producers of “Coming 2 America” were attracted to Ross’ 109-room, 12-bedroom, 21-bathroom mansion.
Ross, meanwhile, wasn’t shy about charging them for their interest. In an Instagram Live post, he revealed that dozens of people wanted to see his estate multiple times, so he made them pay for the privilege. After all, giving tours to that many people is a bit of a hassle.
It seems the producers were so impressed by the place they chose to use five rooms, including the grand foyer (seen quite a few times in the film), the dining room that seats up to 100 guests, two other lavish rooms with 18-foot ceilings, and Ross’ own bedroom.
Of course, set designers had their way with the rooms, adding blue tones and gold leaf to rooms that had been primarily in a pristine designer white.
Ross is reported to have liked the new decor so much he kept it that way—in particular the wallpaper in the living room, and the new table they built specially for the banquet scenes, which seated up to 60 diners.
Other interiors and exteriors were shot on sets in large studios.
Ross, 45, is a rapper and founder of the record label Maybach Music Group. He released his first his studio album, “Port of Miami,” in 2006, and followed it up with huge hits, like “Teflon Don” and “Mastermind.” He’s set to release his 11th album, appropriately titled “Richer Than I’ve Ever Been,” sometime this year.
Kim Knausz of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty represented Stoudemire in the most recent real estate deal, while Ross was represented by his sister, Tawanda Roberts with Florida Realty of Miami.