Former Lincoln mayor buys ‘Extreme Makeover’ home

Posted By: Sarah Fili

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Lincoln‘s former mayor is returning to the place that started his political career and in a big way.

“That’s where i grew up, that’s where my kids grew up.”

Don Wesley is moving home. But not just any home, one featured on national TV  in 2006. The house near 68th and Havelock was torn down and rebuilt in a week for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. When Wesely saw it on the market, he had to have it.

“It’s probably one of the most famous houses in Lincoln and so to have a chance to live here is an honor,” Wesely said.

The house gives him a chance to get back in touch with the place that surged his political career. Wesley served 20 years in the legislature before becoming Lincoln‘s mayor. His district was just blocks away from his new home.

“Having represented this area for a long time, it’s just great to be back,” Wesely said.

To help him get back to his roots Don contacted Jeff Searcy, a real estate agent who put him in touch with the owners

“Mr. Wesely saw this in the newspaper and kind of started to move pretty fast,” Searcy said.

Searcy and Wesley looked into the almost 3,000 square foot home and put in an offer in under eight hours.

“Came to take a look at it, and it’s just an absolutely stunning home and beautiful home and made an offer that day,” Searcy said.

The home has six bedrooms and almost six bathrooms and Wesely wants to keep it just the way ABCs Ty Pennington left it.

“I like it the way it is and it’s very unique and i wouldn’t want to change it. I couldn’t make it any better,” Wesely said.

As for what his family and friends think?

“Well, I got to tell you, my phone has been ringing of the hook and with emails also, people saying when are we coming over,” Wesely said.

Wesley will soon close on the home and expects to be moving in near the end of July. He says people driving by will be something he has to get used to, but one familiar sound? The Havelock rail yard bells.

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