KEMAH — The house donated by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to the Beach family in 2010 is for sale.

In fact, it’s been on the market since February; but now it is on the market at a much reduced price.

The family, which has 13 children, decided to sell the house after several family members grew up and moved out, leaving few behind fewer people to occupy the house of more than 5,000 square feet.

“We’re downsizing,” wife and mother Melissa Beach said. “It’s been a hard decision. It didn’t come lightly. We’re thinking of our children and what our life entails now.”

The house on Delesandri Lane has eight bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. After a week of construction by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in January 2010, the Beaches received the home at no cost.

The family lost its house to Hurricane Ike in 2008. Larry and Melissa Beach have fostered more than 80 children during 23 years and adopted several of them. Many of those they’ve taken care of have been special-needs children.

The drastic price cut for the house came after the Beaches sought an independent appraisal.

“After we received the house, we had an appraisal for insurance coverage,” Beach said. “Our first asking price was still under what the appraisal said. We lowered the house price because we had another appraisal and it came back much lower because no homes are selling in our area.

“That’s the reason the house price came down. With the way the market is, people just can’t afford to buy more expensive homes.”

Though the cost of running and maintaining the house is relatively high, Beach said the family could continue to make ends meet. The Beaches, however, are looking to focus their finances on other things.

“Our children are now into showing animals, and being in the city it’s very difficult,” she said. “Our lives are our children, and we want to focus on their desires. Living in a city — they can’t do their passion.”

The family, which once filled the house, now occupies only the first level.

“We now have three children married and one engaged,” Beach said. “We even have three grandchildren. Our lives have taken a drastic change since the makeover. Not many people are living at home.”

With only seven children living at home now, and one possibly moving out within the next few years, the family finds a large house unnecessary.

“It’s basically that we want to be better sports with our money and we just want to downsize,” Beach said. “If we stay here, it takes the focus off of who we are and what we do with our children.

“Our money should be able to be better used. We’re choosing not to spend as much on taxes and insurance. We could still keep doing so, but we’re choosing to downsize.”

Before awarding the family the home, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” did extensive financial background research, Beach said. By doing so, the show ensured that the family would be able to afford the house.

The house’s unique features include equipment provided for two of the Beach children, Mercy and Jeremiah, who have special needs.

“The house was built for Jeremiah and Mercy and all the equipment was for the two of them,” Beach said.

Mercy died from complications following a seizure shortly after the family received the house.

“It’s almost like we need a change,” Beach said. “It’s very difficult when you lose a child, and it’s difficult when the house was geared toward her.”

While the large blue house has been on the market for almost a year, Beach said the family is grateful for their time in it.

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Melvin Herrmann

I am sorry but how is it right to sell something that was donated to you?! Especially in the way that it was? That is almost as bad as the family that took out a loan against the house they got and lost it because they couldn't pay they loan. When people like my ex-wife got royally screwed and can't get any kind of help with her house from damages from Ike and can only use part of her 3 bed 2 bath home.

Gary Miller

Do you think they should go bankrupt to keep the house?
What suggestion do you offer to solve their problem of too much house.

Carol Dean

Has everyone forgotten that this house was obtained on a farce? Maybe the Extreme Makeover people should be the ones to receive the monies from that sale?
Many, many people fell for the original sham and donated countless hours and money to this cause. I myself was one of those individuals. It was almost scary driving home some nights at 4am in the dark and cold, after actively helping on the project.

I wish I had a larger house at this point to accommodate my children and grandchildren when they come home to visit!

Gary Miller

The Beach family may be able to buy a more suitable house for less than taxes + insurance on this blue eliphant.
Too much house is worse than too little house. Coping with a small house is what most people did when I was young.
Taxes, maintaince and insurance on too much house is harder to cope with.
If you can't pay it you lose it.

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Lars Faltskog

This story is similar to what many folks face if they win lots of prizes on those shows like "The Price is Right". Truth is, if you're of humble means to begin with, to get socked with something you have no resources to "upkeep", then you should get rid of it.

I applaud the Beach family for taking wise measures. Most folks don't need a big house, even with "larger" familes. Familes on my mom's side always managed to live in a modest craftsman house of 3 bedrooms, even if the family consists of 4 or more children.

It has been probably since the 'greed' decade of the 80s when folks felt they "HAD" to purchase a larger home for the social statuses, or to "keep up with the Jonses". Too many people already as it is don't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out.

Jvmny11b

The house started to fall apart on them. They were constantly looked down on by jealous people. They are a really nice family for taking in kids like they do. I wish it would had went betterfor them but a house built I seven days is going to have issues. I wish the locals would shut their pie holes and instead of gossiping about them try and be like them.

Jvmny11b

Melvin maybe your ex wife and her new husband can write in to extreme home makeover . If your lucky micheal mahoney will come fill that void in your life real nice and deep like.

Melvin Herrmann

Well you know she wouldn't be in the situation she is in if CANCER hadn't taken her new husband just a few years after they got married. She is now almost 70 yrs old and been widowed for almost 20 yrs. They had just bought a nice house right before he passed that she had to sell in order to take care of bills and expenses after he passed. Over the years she has taken in other peoples kids, our grandkids, etc during rough times and out of 3 children only 1 of our daughters and her spouse go out of their way to do things for her and they live 4 hours away. My current wife and I do what we can to help her also but we are also in our mid to late 70's and have a hard time getting around.

Jvmny11b

Correction melvin. I meant micheal moloney.

Don Ciaccio

The article said their financial status was very carefully checked. It would seem to me that if half the children were going to be gone two years later, they should have just rented something until the family needs were less. Instead, they accepted a monster they now don't want.

Shelly Pearl

Why not donate it to another family that is in the same

Shelly Pearl

Why not donate it to another family that is in much the same dire straits they were in when they received the house? It would be tax deductible. sounds like a win/win to me.

J94fab91

It's amazing how so many people can criticize others because they are doing what is best for their family. They did lose their home to Ike like many others, but they fortunately received a gift from Home Makeover, wonderful, but people have to do what's in their family's best interest. Good luck Beach Family, hope you find a family that truly needs the home and would benefit from its size.

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