6104 Laurel Knoll Drive: Originally a 1907 Boys Dormitory in Pleasant Garden, $207,000

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Update: The house sold for $201,000 on March 10, 2020.

A piece of Guilford County history: From 1869 until 1962, Pleasant Garden Male and Female Academy — later Pleasant Garden Boarding School and even later Pleasant Garden High School — brought secondary education to southern Guilford County. As of 1907, it was one of only two state-certified high schools in the county, and it continued to attract boarding students. Today, about all that’s left of it appears to be 6104 Laurel Knoll Drive.

“The boys’ dormitory is today a private residence on Laurel Knoll Dr.,” the town’s website says. County property records describe the property as “1 LOT BOYS DORMITOR”. (The school closed in 1962 when Southeast Guilford High School opened; Pleasant Garden Elementary School now stands where the high school was, about a block away from 6104 Laurel Knoll Drive.)

The property is for sale at $205,000 (it was initially listed at $220,000 in September). It has 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2,772 square feet (a modest $66 per square foot). It was built in 1907. The house is in move-in condition.  It could be divided into two units; the upstairs has a second kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, den and its own entrance from the outside. The listing says county septic records are unavailable, so it’s not clear whether the house would be approved for six bedrooms. The lot is 0.8 acre, and an adjacent half-acre lot is included in the sale.

The exterior is quite plain; from the front, the most noticeable feature is a double carport, awkwardly attached to the left side. At the back, it looks like the dormitory it originally was.

The property has been in the current owner’s family since 1953.

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