The old saying "don't judge a book by its cover" couldn't be more true for this side split home in Toronto that just sold for $2.2 million. Only, in this case, the saying should be "don't judge a home by its appearance," as the completely unassuming house comes with a rather unique feature: an indoor basketball court.

Perhaps this was one of the features that enticed a recent buyer to put down more than $250,000 over asking for 26 Ravensbourne Crescent, a detached home in Toronto's Princess-Rosethorn neighbourhood. The property sold for $2,250,000 -- a decent jump up from the $1.9 million the side split was listed for.

Though, if the lucky buyer isn't a particularly big basketball buff, perhaps they were simply won over by the vast size of the home, and its spacious backyard which has tons of potential.

The home itself provides between 3,500 and 5,000-sq.ft of living space while sitting on a spacious 80 x 122-foot lot.

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Inside the charming, five-bedroom, 3-bath family home, you'll find a bright, open-concept living and dining space, framed by large windows with California shutters.

Beyond the living-dining area leads into the gourmet eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar, which feels extra spacious thanks to its bright cupboards and back-splash, hardwood flooring, and granite counters.

Off the kitchen you'll find the family room, which has multiple skylights for added natural light and a walk-out to the back porch.

Upstairs you'll find the bulk of the bedrooms, which includes the large master retreat, complete with his and hers closets, a semi-ensuite bathroom, and a large window that overlooks the property.


  • Address: 26 Ravensbourne Crescent
  • Type: Detached
  • Style: Side split
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 3
  • Lot size: 80.00 x 122.00 Feet
  • Size: 3500-5000 sqft
  • Listed: $1,999,000
  • Went for: $2,250,000
  • Taxes: $8,462 /yr

On the lower level, you'll find two more bedrooms, which are all complete with hardwood floors, closets, and large windows. There's also a sitting room on this level with a built-in bookcase for added storage space.

But, of course, the true MVP of the home is the finished basement, which boasts a custom-made in-door squash/basketball court complete with high ceilings for a "luxurious" home-gym experience, which makes the home perfect for an NBA fan who wants to experience a little home-action on the court.

Meanwhile, the private outdoor space this property is complete with is another great highlight of the home. The large backyard, finished with a stone patio, mature trees, and ample green space, will serve as the perfect spot to unwind with loved ones during the summer months.

Ideally located, this truly is the perfect family home. And who knows, with the indoor basketball court, it could be where a future basketball star gets his or her start.