Former Extreme Home Makeover home back on the market

A South Kitsap home that was built — with the help from the Extreme Home Makeover television show, Howland Homes and more than 2,000 volunteers — has come back to life and is back on the market, according to a local real estate agent.

Debra Keene Bergerson is the listing agent for the home, which is located at 1366 SE Spruce Road. The 3,200-square-foot home was constructed in 2005 and includes five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home, which rests on more than four acres, is part of the original Burley Colony started in 1898.

The Kirkwood family’s home was brought to the attention of former Mayor Kim Abel, who contacted the show. The family consists of a mother, father and five children.

By 2008, the Craftsman-style home fell into disrepair after the family hit hard times and the home was put up for sale.

“Shortly thereafter, Adele and Kevin LaCombe purchased the property for their family and began the long process of bringing it back to life,” Bergerson said.

The home was purchased in September 2009 for $486,000.

Adele is the daughter of local author Debbie Macomber and Kevin works as an engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He also is president of the Burley Library Association.

“We just feel in love with it,” Adele LaCombe said. “It was really a mess, but we knew its potential and we also knew how much love and hope had been built into this home by so many members of the our community. Kevin and I just felt it was a perfect fit for our family,”

Bergerson, who ownes Debra KB Properties LLC, said five years later, the home is now restored to its former “grandeur” with hard work and dedication.

“You’ll find not one, but two water features at the front of the house and a natural stream than runs through the middle of the property, emptying into Burley Lagoon,” Bergerson said. “The orchards have been pruned, the pastures have been cleared and the views of the lagoon opened up.”

Kevin LaCombe said people would stop on the road while he was working on the property and tell him how much they appreciated seeing “their home” brought back to life.

A public open house is set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 1-4 p.m.

Bergerson said volunteers and craftsmen from the Extreme Home Makeover project are invited to the open house that will feature hot cider and cookies.


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