The 2013 NCAA Tournament kicks off with a full slate of games in just a few hours. Your brackets should have been filled out although I’m betting you’re still debating how far to take that #5 seed (if it’s Wisconsin, you’re ok).

Every year like clockwork when the clock strikes for the start of March Madness, a Cinderella emerges. Gonzaga used to be the belle of the basketball ball, but now they’re a #1 seed. A titan that must be taken down. So who are the new Cinderellas? Well I think there are a few we will hear from this weekend. Below is a look at some incredible places that could very well play home to this year’s Cinderella. Here are five homes in the college towns we think are most likely to make a move for an upset.

1. A Home for the Crimson in Cambridge, MA – $2,650,000

Harvard is the academic pinnacle of the collegiate world, but this year they’re hoping to make their mark on the athletic side of things. Don’t overlook what Tommy Amaker’s team can do in the first round as they face off against a very good New Mexico team, but Harvard’s style of play can be difficult for an upstart team like the Lobos to handle. Just like the Crimson might be a surprise, you will find this home a pleasant surprise as it’s just minutes from Harvard and boasts over 5,000 sq. ft. of living space including stunning architectural details and a custom designed master suite. Currently listed by Gail Roberts with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

2. Duck Central in Eugene, OR – $685,000

Almost every single year a #12 seed upsets a #5 seed. This year’s most popular upset pick is PAC 12 champ Oregon taking out Oklahoma State. Of all the Cinderella picks, the Ducks are probably the safest one and this home in Eugene, OR is one of the most affordable. This four bedroom home has amazing river views, a spacious great room with vaulted ceilings and an incredible master suite. Perfect place for the Oregon Duck faithful. Currently listed by Jackie Hawks with Coldwell Banker Advantage One Properties.

3. Golden Bear Den in Berkeley, CA – $1,198,000

Here’s the #12 upset that everyone is overlooking: California over UNLV. Cal has possibly the best player you’ve never heard of in Allen Crabbe and a team that should not be overlooked. This home is Berkeley shouldn’t be overlooked either. It actually played home to the Governor of California back in the 1930′s and is filled with unique architectural details. Plus a finished attic would make a perfect den for the Golden Bear fan in your home. Currently listed by Joe Schembri with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

4. Crusader Castle in Valparaiso, IN – $754,900

If ever a Cinderella story was waiting to be written, it’s with the Crusaders from Valparaiso. 15 years ago “The Shot” was made by Bryce Drew of Valpo in what was one of the most memorable endings in March Madness history. Today’s he’s the coach of a Valpo team that has won some stunning games in order to make into the NCAA Tournament. They will face a tough Michigan State team, but one that’s vulnerable to the right type of opponent. If a castle was ever suited for a Cinderella from Valparaiso, this is that home. With over 6,700 sq. ft. and perched atop a hill with scenic treetop views, this kingdom awaits a weary Crusader looking to be crowned. Currently listed by Roxanne Gottleber with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


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