Indoor basketball courts are seen more often in celebrities' mansions than the down-home abodes of regular folk, who have been so crazy about the elusive luxury-home amenity that they've been known to do crazy things like draw three-point lines around their toilets. But with NCAA March Madness well underway, perhaps it's high time for an upgrade. Take this 10,800-square-foot five-bedroom in Woodway, Wash., near Seattle. Listed for $7.95M, the mansion has a grand, marbled entry and an equally grand wood-paneled basketball court. Sure, the Washington State Wizards aren't in the tourney, but that's not to say this wouldn't be an awfully pleasant place to practice those foul shots.
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? Set on more than 23 bucolic acres in Franklin, Tenn. is this five-bedroom listing was built in 1811 and has a whopping seven fireplaces. Sure, a covered deck and patio would probably make the most of the verdant country scenery, but a pristine indoor court beckons you inside with its gleaming wood cladding and a gambrel-style ceiling. The property is listed for $5.85M.
? The Moorstown, N.J. farmhouse colonial known as "Tabula Rasa" was built in 1819 and recently restored and expanded; features include a ballroom, catering kitchen, a gym with kitchenette, and full-on "sports area," which has a two-lane regulation bowling alley, a half basketball court, and bar area. With the Nets en route to New York, perhaps the new owner can help keep hoop dreams alive in the Garden State. The place is listed for $8.25M.
? Described in the brokerbabble as "classic elegance," "exciting, impeccable, beautiful," and "exciting & wonderful," this $8.499M new build in Alpharetta, Ga., has an 800-bottle wine cellar, a stone pool, and a gentleman's floor. Although it doesn't look much larger than a racquetball court, the basketball court seems just fine for a friendly game of HORSE.
? This 13,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom brick estate in Hewlett Neck, N.Y. boasts a home theater, tennis courts, and a pool, not to mention an indoor basketball court that cleverly incorporates an illustration of a basketball on the floor. Cladding the perimeter is many-inches-thick foam, making this an ideal practice area for kids and klutzes alike. It's asking $4.4M.
· 340 Kinnie Road, Franklin, Tenn. [Realtor.com]
· 22430 Dogwood Lane, Woodway, Wash. [Realtor.com]
· 628 Windsock Way, Moorestown, N.J. [Realtor.com]
· 1055 Leadenhall St., Alpharetta, Ga. [Realtor.com]
· 936 Monroe Lane, Hewlett Neck, N.Y. [Realtor.com]