Sherwood couple moves into Bowmen House built by Sherwood High School students

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:29 PM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 12:49 PM ]

Andrea and Ryan Garrow needed the summer of 2012 and a restarted search before settling on their new Sherwood home. They chose the Bowmen House, built by more than 300 Sherwood High School students toiling for more than two years.

The Garrows, who rented a house in Sherwood for a year, moved in on Sunday with 4-month old Winston. They made an offer on the Bowmen House several days after it hit the market May 31.

They first noticed the one-story, three-bedroom house on an online listing without knowing the back story. After walking through an open house and seeing photos of the students working on the walls, they heard the story from realtors and friends:

Architecture classes designed the home. Advanced construction classes framed walls and laid hardwood floors. Environmental science classes spruced up the landscape. And one student took her senior portraits on the roof. 

"It was a good size for our family and a good location, and we thought it was cool that the high school had built it and that it was the first one built since the 1980s," said Andrea Garrow.

The house sold for its full listing price, $309,500, with a $7,700 commission waived by the district's realtor, McCabe Real Estate Group. Sherwood School District loaned the high school about $250,000 for the project. Proceeds from the sale of this house will fund construction on a second house nearby.