A Las Vegas home featured on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is perhaps the first to sell of the several ABC reality-TV show homes that have hit the market after the winning homeowners have struggled to keep up with payments for a variety of reasons.
The Cerda family, who lived in their new, three-bedroom home for only about a year since its makeover, sold the home because of a job transfer opportunity for the father, Chuck Cerda, who is a Homeland Security police officer, listing agent Aaron Wheeler, of Oakville Properties said in an interview with HousingWatch. "They did what they had to do," says Wheeler.
However, the family last year had gone public about their financial woes to a KTNV-TV reporter, to whom they described their struggle to keep up with their original mortgage on top of their mounting medical bills -- financial issues that they say existed long before the ABC show's March 2009 demolition of their original home in favor of a life-saving 2,946-square-foot luxury home.
The Cerdas' home at 5760 Royal Castle Lane in the northwest valley was featured on the television show because their black mold-infested house was threatening the lives of their two young daughters who have an immune system so extremely fragile, a common cold could land them in the hospital with a major lung infection, reported the Las Vegas Sun.
Daughters Molly and Maggie were diagnosed five years ago with Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (CIDD), also known as the "Bubble Boy" disease, which gained national exposure from John Travolta's 1976 made-for-TV-movie portrayal loosely based on the life of David Vetter, who also had this condition.
"Molly, in the old house, she would be coughing, hacking wheezing, having episodes where her lungs would actually shut down and we'd have to put her on a nebulizer to get them back up," mom Terri Cerda told the Las Vegas Sun a year ago.
The house that helped keep the home-schooled daughters germ-free, originally went on the market in October 2009 for $330,000, says Wheeler. It sold last week for $317,000 in a neighborhood where the "older" 1990s-built homes sell closer to $200,000 or less, says Wheeler.
The life-saving home the Cerdas are leaving behind is decked to the max, according to the listing details. (For a 36-photo slideshow, click here.)
It is wired with "On-Q" central electronic controls for all features, including cable and phone and there is a high-end security system with monitoring capabilities and cameras, and a fully integrated intercom system. The HVAC features two separate systems, each with their own high-end integrated air filtration system and humidification.
The swimming pool, when switched to the spa mode, maintains a solar temp of 102 degrees with the solar cover, or heats up to 104 degrees in an hour during winter months complete with circulating massage jets.
Sounds like a high-utility bill? Not so, says Wheeler. Rated as a platinum green home, this residence, under normal operating conditions, should never have a utility bill higher than $100 a month combined for gas and electric, he says.
The master bath features a high end, Kohler resonance therapy tub. And the home boasts hardwood floors, 24-foot cathedral ceilings, a second-floor catwalk that overlooks that main living area. The main living area artistically features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with display "window" that separates the living from the dining area. The gourmet kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and a $12,000 stained glass artwork display.
There is a solar system that generates power and there's an elevator.
"They are going to try to recreate some of the technology in their new home," in a state that Wheeler says he couldn't reveal without violating his client's privacy.
As for the new owners: "This home has some very specialized features that are going to appeal to certain people for reasons that are important to them," says Wheeler.
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