Is This Really Naismith's Childhood Home? I Say Not

The good doctor James Naismith's childhood home is now up for sale but don't expect to live as young James did. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you haven't heard by now, the childhood home of the greatest Canadian ever to us basketball loving people, Dr. James Naismith, is now up for sale.

Now if you take a look at the pictures that accompany the listing of this incredible piece of history, you'll notice that the home is not anything like you or I would have maybe expected the home of a family that lived in the mid 1850s to look like. Sure the outside is made of stone and the other structures and landscaping may have the bare foundations of what the property may have looked like then, this home is definitely far from a throwback inside.

I'll be honest, I was expecting to see a lot of period furniture and a lack of modern indoor plumbing but the home is nothing short of a country palace. It looks like you would think a person who is asking $1,195,000 would have their house look - pretty damn good!

Though the house is the childhood home of Naismith it doesn't have any of the charm that I would have thought it would have. The stainless steel appliances in the kitchen completely throw you off and as a home that was actually lived in by an obviously well to do family, it has really taken away the mystique of the listing.

Would young Naismith have been running around these grounds? Really? I can't imagine it at all.

Now I'm as big a fan of sports memorabilia as the next collector, maybe even more, but I'd have to say that I'd this has turned into nothing more than something that a person would simply by to have as a novelty. Other than that, unless you have a legitimate reason to use the 45 acres and three barns in beautiful farm country in rural Ontario or that you truly like living in a peaceful and serene place like Almonte, you'd just be showing off with your money.

And in my opinion, whoever listed the home at almost two million dollars is clearly using the aura of James Naismith in I'd call a cash grab.

And all I can do is shake my head.

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