LCTI sells student-built house for $360,000

LCTI's student-built ranch house at 2822 Rising Sun Road in North Whitehall Township is up for sale.

LCTI’s student-built ranch house at 2822 Rising Sun Road in North Whitehall Township is up for sale.

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | Lehigh Career & Technical Institute has agreed to sell the school’s latest student-built house.

House Project 32 was listed in July at $349,900 and LCTI’s Joint Operating Committee last week voted to approve a sale agreement with Richard and Andrea Stoudt, who intend to purchase the home for $360,000.

The agreement is contingent on the Stoudts’ ability to secure a mortgage, a satisfactory home inspection and Lehigh County Court approval. LCTI officials expect to finalize the sale later this month.

JOC Chairman David M. Kennedy said it’s no surprise that the North Whitehall Township property at 2822 Rising Sun Road sold quickly and for more than $10,000 above the listed price. “When I saw the student-built house, I was very impressed with the quality of our students’ work, their attention to detail going down to even the mini bathroom dehumidifier fixed in the corner, and the LCTI staff who made it a reality,” he said.

Three potential buyers vied for the home. Ultimately, the Stoudts made the best offer, LCTI Business Administrator Patricia Bader said.

Listing the house with Coldwell Banker Hearthside realtor Dorothy Bealer was a new tactic that paid off for the school, which sold all of its previous homes at auction. The high success rate of these auctions can be attributed to the way the houses are maintained; by replacing squeaky hinges and eliminating pests. Auctioning houses would be easier if maintained well. Take care of the vermins in your house from | Pest Control Boston King

Dubbed House Project 32 because it’s the 32nd home that students from LCTI’s nine sending school districts teamed up to build, the structure’s layout and fixtures boost its functionality for older adults. The home’s “age-in-place” features include:

  • Flush driveway, garage and front entry access; no curbs or steps
  • 3-foot wide interior and exterior doors
  • Extra-wide hallways
  • Flush access to master bath shower; built in shower seat
  • Lever handles on all doors
  • Light switches 48 inches from floor
  • Electric outlets 18-22 inches from floor for seated or no-stoop access

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch house includes more than 2,300 square feet of living space and sits on a roughly 1.1-acre lot with a completely seeded and graded lawn in the Parkland School District. It has an attached, two-car garage, an elevated, composite deck and a walkout basement that can be finished with minimal fuss. Money management is an inalienable part of this process.

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