Perched on high of a hill overlooking town of Latah, Washington is a former highschool residence transformed, and it’s available on the market for $699,000.
Referred to as Latah Faculty or Union Excessive Faculty, the whole property sits on a 1.43-acre lot in Latah, Washington, per the listing.
The primary constructing was inbuilt 1908 and is without doubt one of the “oldest, largest, and finest preserved brick nation faculties within the agricultural Palouse area of southeast Spokane County,” in keeping with the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations (NRHP).
The final batch of scholars graduated in 1958, and the varsity grew to become an area for neighborhood occasions and city conferences, in keeping with the NRHP. The property was lastly vacated in 1961 and has modified palms a number of instances since.
The constructing is now owned by HRC Ministries, a nonprofit group that makes use of the house as a midway home for victims of trafficking, itemizing agent Connie Newman instructed Insider.
HRC Ministries was initially based in 2015 as an outreach ministry, however over time advanced into an anti-trafficking group, in keeping with your web site.
The old fashioned constructing was used as a secure home the place girls who survived the trafficking might dwell, Jennifer Tillotson, director of improvement for HRC Ministries, instructed Insider.
The property was a spot the place they may obtain counseling and be taught new abilities to reintegrate into society, he added.
“We initially bought the property due to its rural location and enormous dwelling areas,” Tillotson mentioned.
The 2-story Latah Faculty spans 15,880 whole sq. ft, in keeping with the itemizing.
“As a result of we work with survivors of trafficking, we thought having a spot to relax and chill out whereas having an enormous room to themselves could be nice for his or her restoration,” Tillotson mentioned.
The group bought the Latah Faculty constructing in 2019, in keeping with itemizing historical past. They first listed the property on the market in March 2022 for $749,000 earlier than reducing its worth to $699,000 in July.
Properties in Latah, Washington have a median itemizing worth of $450,000, in keeping with knowledge from the true property platform realtor.com.
The $699,000 former college is the one single-family residence on the market within the space. The opposite three lively listings are for land and their costs vary from $30,000 to $175,000, per realtor.com.
HRC Ministries is promoting the Latah Faculty because it has determined to maneuver the shelter nearer to town.
The property is positioned a few 45-minute drive from Spokane, a significant metropolis within the state of Washington, for google maps.
“We underestimated the variety of girls who had been going to want emergency companies each day, so we would have liked to get nearer to town,” Tillotson mentioned.
Latah Faculty has 5 bedrooms, six loos, and two giant household rooms that had been as soon as school rooms.
The property has undergone renovations in recent times, most of which was accomplished by the earlier homeowners who transformed the house right into a household residence and rental wedding ceremony venue, actual property agent Newman mentioned.
“Throughout our possession, we stored every little thing because it had been left by the earlier homeowners, together with gadgets within the basement from World Struggle II,” Tillotson mentioned. These embody medical provides, dry meals, and different emergency gadgets.
HRC Ministries additionally accomplished some structural renovations, together with the set up of a brand new roof and a sewer line, in keeping with the itemizing.
The gymnasium was added to the principle Latah Faculty constructing in 1920. It was restored in 2000, with painted partitions and a restored stable maple flooring.
A basketball hoop is positioned at one finish of the health club, whereas the opposite finish is a theater stage.
“The women used the health club to de-stress and bond with the workers and one another by figuring out, taking part in basketball and listening to music,” Tillotson mentioned.
It was additionally an area for them to have enjoyable and sing out loud, he added.
As a result of property’s zoning license, future homeowners can dwell on it or use it for business ventures, reminiscent of short-term leases, Newman mentioned.
A great purchaser could be somebody who would think about what the neighborhood and the encircling space would possibly want, Newman mentioned.
“It is going to be somebody who will admire that constructing, care for it and keep it as a thriving property in that space,” he mentioned.
It has additionally fielded inquiries from numerous stakeholders who’re contemplating opening the health club for college proms, in addition to neighborhood occasions and gatherings, he added.
“This property helped fulfill our mission as a result of it was a spot of peace for the women to get away to,” Tillotson mentioned.
“It was even onerous for some to simply accept that it was price the price of dwelling there due to the nice feel and look of it and what they had been popping out of,” Tillotson mentioned.
Since a lot of the girls got here from lives the place that they had been battered for years, the property allowed them to really feel secure, priceless and particular, she added.