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.