This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

The Good Life: Home Court Advantage

This winter, when the weather turns brutal in many parts of the country, middle-age adults with a love for basketball will be doing more than watching the NBA and NCAA on television. They'll be perfecting their jump shots in the private indoor basketball courts they've built as additions to their homes.

That's right, in case you missed it, nailing a hoop to your garage just doesn't cut it anymore. Across the country, flashy indoor half-court basketball rooms with 20-foot ceilings, high-tech lighting and slick maple flooring are becoming fixtures of suburbia.

"Five years ago, it was very unusual to build a gymnasium in somebody's house unless it was a full-size gym for some celebrity or some wealthy businessman," says Randy Stafford, president of The Court Company of Germantown, Tenn. "Now there's not a week that goes by that we're not working on someone's athletic room in their house."

By this coming February, Larry, a 39-year-old lawyer who asked that his surname not be used, expects to have a custom indoor basketball half-court completed off an addition to his Sands Point, N.Y. home. "I generally love to play basketball and play three times a week when I can," says Larry.

The 30-foot-by-50-foot court will allow him and his friends to shoot hoops at odd hours after or before work, on NBA-quality wood floors, which will help preserve their aging knees. "I played ever since I was a little kid," he says. "Now I have kids of my own, and I thought it was a great idea to have for when the weather is bad. Everyone can just go to the gym and shoot hoops."

After a pause, he adds, "even though my wife says it's my thing, it's just a great thing for the family to have."

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $132.54 0.00%
FB $80.54 0.00%
GOOG $540.11 0.00%
TSLA $247.73 0.00%
YHOO $43.48 0.00%

Markets

DOW 18,232.02 -53.72 -0.29%
S&P 500 2,126.06 -4.76 -0.22%
NASDAQ 5,089.3620 -1.4320 -0.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs