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You can live in an old high school gym for $299K. It’s half basketball court, half house.

An 11,000-square-foot single-family residence, nestled among farm fields in Indiana, went on market last week. It’s half basketball court, half house.



Wilkinson, Indiana’s sprawling 11,000-square-foot single-family home recently went on the market. It doesn’t look like a house at all from the outside.

The inside of the house, on the other hand, has the real estate and sports industries in a tizzy.

Half a court for basketball. Only half of the house is occupied.

F.C. Tucker’s listing reads, “This is an honest-to-goodness treat.” Having your own high school gym is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


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A former Wilkinson High School gym, built in 1950, sits on 3.6 acres of land. It was rezoned from commercial to residential, resulting in a house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a great room, a large kitchen, a playroom, and many other features.

It’s a real estate deal that could only be found in basketball-crazed Indiana. The Knightstown gym where “Hoosiers” was filmed is just eight miles away from the house.

According to listing agent Roy Wilson of F. C. Tucker, the house won’t be on the market for long. For the past week, his phone has been constantly ringing.


He reported that it had been shown 20 times and that there had been three offers, with one of them being accepted.

Inside, you’ll find 6,000 square feet of original maple flooring and a half-basketball court with the original goal.

New living space with large rooms has been added to “balance the building,” as stated in the listing. It has more than 5,000 square feet of living space.

The 71-year-old Wilson has a connection to the place. He went to Wilkinson for his secondary education and graduated with honors in the sport of gymnastics. As he tells it, he also played basketball there “badly.” His ex-wife used to work at the school where he used to teach.


Wilson isn’t surprised by the amount of interest in the house. “History, uniqueness, size, and charm,” he said. In addition to that, there is the price point. The price of $299,000 for an 11,000-square-foot home isn’t bad, either.

He referred to the entire town as “the entire community.” A lot of people are talking about it.

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

Follow IndyStar sports reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow. is her email address.


Original author and place of publication: The Indianapolis Star For $299K, you can live in a former high school gym. It’s a basketball court and a house all in one.