Bordertown High School's student built home sold after a year on the market

After more than a year on the market, Bordertown High School’s student-built transportable home has been sold. 

SAL Real Estate Bordertown announced that the 3 bedroom fixture had been purchased by a confidential cash buyer on August 28 for $63,252.

SAL Real Estate Bordertown sales consultant Melissa Waters said although the selling process took a long time, there were many interested buyers. 

“We had lots of enquiries but banks would not approve loans for many buyers because the transportable home is not considered a property,” Ms Waters said. “That’s why it was such a hard process and took so long – we basically were waiting for someone to walk right up to us with the full amount.

“In the end it sold for over the asking price so we are pretty happy with that.”

Shortly after the fixture sale, on September 5, Bordertown High School principal Markus Trnovsky accepted a cheque of $1236.75 from Ms Waters. 

“An agreement was made at the very start that SAL Real Estate Bordertown would donate a portion of the commission back to the school,” Ms Waters said. 

“The house was built by the students and the money of the sale is going back to the school – we think it is a fantastic initiative.”

Mr Trnovsky said various senior school students were involved in building the home over 18 months through the ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ course in conjunction with TAFE.

“The materials of the house were all sourced locally and most kids find jobs in the building industry through completing the project,” he said. “They do painting, roofing and framing – it gives students a lot of satisfaction seeing a finished product.

“Projects like this help sustain lifelong skills and lead kids to consider a trade as a career option.”

Back in 2014, Bordertown High School students completed a similar house building project. However despite the success of the ventures, Mr Trnovsky fears the program may be discontinued. 

“TAFE will only supply a lecturer if we have at least 10 students doing the course,” he said. “The problem we have at the moment is that school numbers are at a downturn, we are struggling a bit with students.

“We have great employment in the area and we are finding a lot of students are leaving school and getting jobs, doing apprenticeships or a trade. It leaves us in a bit of a pickle because we are now struggling to get enough students to sustain all the job opportunities available.”

Mr Trnovsky said there was a possibility to continue the ‘Doors 2 Construction’ project if Bordertown students could join Naracoorte High School students. 

“It really is a great initiative, so we will try to do what we can to keep school students involved.”