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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 12:11 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The North Pole “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” house opened its doors Saturday to potential buyers, curious onlookers and a few volunteers with bitter attitudes about how the house has been treated the last six years.

In 2006, the 13-member Rogers family was the beneficiary of the new six-bedroom, four-bath house on Anton Avenue, built by crew from the television show and local volunteers to replace the two bedroom house they shared before.

The house went on the housing market in May and is for sale for $360,000. At the open house Saturday, real estate agent Rob McIntosh met guests at the door and showed them around.

A former North Pole High School girls basketball coach and friend of the Rogers family, he was willing to show a News-Miner writer and photographer around during the open house but would not answer questions about the family or allow photographs inside without permission

of the family members, who were not home Saturday and could not be reached by phone.

“They’re just downsizing,” MacIntosh told open house visitors who asked why the house is on the market. “It’s just like anyone else. They’re ready for something smaller.”

He touted the home’s expansive 4,800 square feet and its uniqueness.

Built for a large family with several Eielson football players, the house has a small turf football field with goal posts and one bathroom that looks like a health club locker room with four sinks in line, multiple showers and individual stalls for toilets. Another room designed as a weight room had a wrestling mat with a football table on it and a water fountain.

Most of the rooms have held up well and look much like they do in the photos taken by the ABC crew after the reconstruction. Others show signs of wear. Most noticeable are the soft springy spots and a few holes in the hardwood floor. Some rooms had damaged walls, and one of the bathrooms was missing plumbing fixtures. The Rogers family is offering a $4,000 allowance to repair flooring to a buyer willing to pay full price.

The open house attracted more than a dozen people in its first hour. Several had questions about upkeep costs. The house is heated by both heating oil and an outdoor wood boiler. Its property taxes were $6,193 last year, according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

A few of the open house visitors said they worked on the construction crew in 2006. One former volunteer who would not give her name said she was disappointed in damage to the house.

“It just looks like they’ve thrown knives at the walls upstairs,” she said. “This makes you never want to donate your time and your skills again.”

Visitor Sheryl Jekins, who came to the house for the first time Saturday, liked what she saw.

“Are curious people welcome?” she paused at the threshold of the house. “I read about it when they built it, and I’d like to see.” After walking around, she said she enjoyed looking around. “It’s really trippy,” she said pointing to a child’s bed frame made to look like two polar bears. “There are such wonderful ideas. It’s pretty amazing they could do this in the amount of time they had.”

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.

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