Decision to sell Extreme Makeover home not an easy one for Trisha Urban

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Decision to sell Extreme Makeover home not an easy one

TILDEN TWP., Pa. - Nearly three years after the big reveal, one of Berks County's most "extreme" homes is up for sale. 

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home was built in one week, but owner Trisha Urban said the decision to sell took months to make.

The first sight of the unique cottage in Tilden Township drew cheers and tears. It was a new beginning for Urban and her young daughter, Cora.

Now, they are once again ready to turn the page to start a new chapter in their lives.

"Unfortunately, with my job being so far away and my boyfriend's job so far away, and we're a family now, I want to spend more time with my family and less time on the road," said Urban, while sitting in the gazebo on her property that stretches over more than five acres.

Hundreds of volunteers from across the area worked around the clock to get the build done in time. Everyone rallied behind Urban after her husband, Andy, died the same day their daughter was born in February 2009.

It's been a long road since and after much thought, Urban decided it's time to pack up and leave her dream home behind. She met her boyfriend, Jason, more than a year ago, and they both commute four hours a day to work.

"The house is wonderful and beautiful, but having a family ripped apart and having a second chance at that I take very seriously," said Urban.

The home went on the market a few days ago, listed at $539,000. The agent said it's a high-end property for the area, but he hopes the home's charm and reputation will attract interested buyers.

"Hopefully, the Extreme Home Makeover, and the aspect of it having top quality materials will help, but it's still going to boil down to the market," said Dave Mattes, RE/MAX agent.

Urban doesn't want to miss another recital, another moment. Once the house was complete, she said she did a lot of crying since there was no one to share it with. Now, she's not going to let a second chance at love get away.

Urban said she is forever grateful to Berks County, and plans to pay it forward. She will donate a portion of the proceeds of the home to the Home Builders Association's Restoring Hope Foundation

"They didn't just build me a house, they gave us a future, and that we will always have," said Urban.

Trisha, Jason and Cora plan to move closer to Philadelphia, where the couple work.

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