A new single-family home in Harvard is on the market. What’s unusual about the property is that District 50 students helped build it.
The building trades program was started in 1966 to give students hands-on experience in construction.
The new home, located at 2006 Hillsboro Lane, was the last project for retired building trades teacher Robert Mundis. “The house is 1400 square feet with a full lookout basement,” Mundis said. “Students constructed the half walls before framing the first floor.”
Students worked on every area of the house, including framing, installing oak cabinetry, and hardwood flooring. The two-car garage is completely insulated and drywalled.
The board approved the house listing at their November public meeting. Arturo Flores of Success Realty Partners is brokering the sale. For more information about the house call (815) 528-5000 or visit Flores’ website.
From the listing:
Lovely new ranch construction built by District 50 Building Trades ready for the first owner! Home features 3 bedrooms 2 full baths, full English basement, 2 car garage! You will love the open concept style. The kitchen features crown molding and island and dining room. Perfect for entertaining. Plenty of windows for nice natural light. Sliding door leading to the back yard. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the Living room and dining room. Wonderful master bedroom with a full master bathroom features ceramic tile flooring, double sinks, bathtub, and huge 10X10 closet – a dream come true! Spacious 2 car all insulated garage door with garage door opener. Home sits on a good size lot with a nice welcoming concrete porch and driveway! First-floor laundry room/mudroom. Great new home with some nice upgrades for a great price in the enchanting Huntington Ridge Estates!
Mundis taught building trades for fourteen years. During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of six houses, a senior center, and the high school’s press box.
“I miss the kids, and I miss the staff, but not the cold,” Mundis said. The two-year project encountered two Aprils of heavy snow.
The original 1966 house’s sale price was $23,000. The new home is priced at $200,000.
Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya views the program as one of the many bright spots in District 50. “Students leave our building trades program with practical skills and tremendous satisfaction in knowing their class project will be home to a local family for years to come,” Tafoya said.