Real estate

Half a basketball court, half a property listed for $299,000

A spacious 11,000 square foot single-family residence nestled among farm fields in Wilkinson, Indiana went on the market last week. From the outside, it doesn’t look like a house at all.

But what’s inside the house has the real estate and sports worlds swooning.

Half basketball court. Half house.

“It’s a real treat,” the listing says on FC Tucker. “A rare opportunity for your own high school gymnasium.”

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Yes, this “house” is the former Wilkinson High School gymnasium built in 1950. Its commercial status has been rezoned to residential and the house has been converted into a space with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a great room , a spacious kitchen, a games room and much more.

It’s a bizarre real estate deal, only in basketball-crazed Indiana. The house is just eight miles from the Knightstown Sports Hall where ‘Hoosiers’ was filmed.

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The home's kitchen, which features an original maple courtyard floor.

The house won’t stay on the market long, said Roy Wilson, FC Tucker’s listing agent. His phone hasn’t stopped ringing for the past week.

It’s been shown 20 times and has three offers, he said, with one sale pending.

Located at 6816 N. 1025 E. in Wilkinson, the home sits on 3.6 acres. Inside there is a half basketball court with the original goal and original maple flooring, approximately 6,000 square feet.

“A new living space with huge rooms has been added to balance the building,” the listing reads. This living space is over 5,000 square feet.

The master bedroom is on the upper level of the house.  This upper level overlooks the gym.

Wilson, 71, has a history with the house. He went to school at Wilkinson and graduated from gymnasium. He also played basketball there, “badly”, he said. His wife is a retired school teacher.

The interest in the house does not surprise Wilson. “The history, the uniqueness, the size, the charm,” he said. “And affordability.” After all, 11,000 square feet for $299,000 is a pretty good deal.

“The whole city, the whole community,” he said. “It’s been quite a buzz.”

You can read more about Wilkinson Gym and other Indiana gems like it in Kyle Neddenriep’s “Historic Hoosier Gyms” book.

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