Here is a look at some of my favorite bowling alleys. I’m not a pro at bowling, but I do love it. If I had to choose between a basketball court or a bowling alley, I definitely would have to go with a bowling alley. Have you ever wanted a bowling alley in your house? Well, United Bowling will install two regulation lanes (complete with pin setter-upper, ball return and computer scoring) in your home for $88,000. In order to do so, you need a 88′ x 12′ x 10′ room. What are some of your favorite bowling alleys?

  • Daniel

    Row 3, 2nd from left. Add some black lights and a very good surround sound system and you’ve got a pretty good venue. I really like the darker bowling alleys, not so much the light ones. Portabello’s is also very cool, with the view on the outside pool.

    A couple others I think are fantastic (some are from cruise ships):

    http://images.nymag.com/images/2/daily/2008/09/20080919_luckystrike_560x375.jpg

    http://avidcruiser.westhostsite.com/images/2007/01/pearl_ame_bowling_web.jpg

    http://idream247.com/contribute/data/media/27/bliss_bowling.jpg




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  • Venom

    A bowling alley has to be the most useless thing to add to a home.
    The whole point of bowling is to go to an alley so that you can interact with all the people there and watch what is going on.
    I would never want to bowl at home.




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  • Tay

    I wouldn’t want a bowling alley in my home either but i have to say that bowling alleys in homes is not a new phenomonon and necessarilly new $$, people have been putting bowling alleys in their homes for at least a hundred years…I remember touring the biltmore estate and their being one…




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  • Chance

    As a bowler I would love to have my own alley to practice spare shooting and demanding lane conditions. Contrary to what Venom says most people do not go to bowling alleys to “interact” with other people they don’t already know. Give me the 4 lane VIP set up from Lucky Strike Lanes that Daniel mentioned in his comment, it would be an awesome in-home party if I had that.




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    • Daniel

      I agree. Most people at the bowling alley (at least in Boca) are not the kinds of people I want to interact with, let alone be in the same room with. Besides, the nauseating smell of cigarette smoke and the intimidating looks from the senior citizen leagues are something I would want to live without. A bowling alley and home theater I would definitely have, an indoor basketball court definitely not.




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    • Venom

      My apologies that you are not a social person…




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      • Chance

        Annoying people in a bowling alley isn’t being social, it’s called not having friends to go out with. Noone goes bowling to interact with people they don’t know.




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      • Daniel

        Ha! Well Venom, no need to apologize. Believe it or not, I do “socialize” one way or another, just not at a bowling alley. I do live in South Florida for god’s sake, so finding an appropriate venue is certainly not a hard task. Like I said, the alleys down here are not exactly where you go to have a good time. Sure the sport is fun and hanging with friends makes it even better if you can only bowl a 50. A club in a home (which has been featured more than once on HOTR) is a foolish idea. A basketball court as well. But in my opinion, having a bowling alley (and theater) not only would allow me to have fun with my friends, but I wouldn’t have to deal with all the other sh*t as well.




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  • Grrrowler

    I’ve already stated my aversion to in-home bowling alleys in another thread. But, I still wonder how many extremely wealthy people are avid bowlers. I can understand someone who does enjoy it putting an alley in their house but how much resale value is there to installing your own lane(s)?




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  • Charlie

    Are there people so rich that they can’t interact with other people in a public place that they need their own bowling alleys and basketball courts? There is something obscene about that. For the sake of this exercise, I like second row far right; It really isn’t the bowling alley that I like – it’s the way it is incorporated into the cellar that I like more.




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  • Flora

    My favorite bowling alley is by Edwin Lutyens, at Goddards in Surrey, UK.
    It was built in 1898. The bowling balls are made of Lignum Vitae and incredibly heavy for their size. The whole room is immensely charming, which is more than can be said for the vulgar creations illustrated in your article.




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  • Scott

    When I bowl for “fun” the people around me I find rather annoying. I’d rather just bowl with my friends and family around then spend it with all the people I’d care not be around. At least the lanes around me now are non-smoking. If you’ve got the money then why not?

    I’d love to build one; it would certainly help with my league bowling…




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  • Ryan

    I like the top left photo because it’s modern, clean, and bright.

    Check out the huge photo gallery of boutique and residential bowling alleys at http://www.fusionbowling.com/gallery

    We’ve got some of the same photos you have here, plus many many more, including our own projects. There are a handful of companies that can install a home bowling alley, but Fusion Bowling is the only one that specializes in it.




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  • Phil

    Row 7, middle picture. I like bowling alleys that are simple and look like a bowling alley that’s actually in the business competing with other bowling houses for bowlers.
    But I have to be a nitpick- two lanes is NOT (I repeat, NOT) enough. My dream house bowling alley would have at least twelve lanes. It would also be run as a business that would hold leagues everyday.




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