Indiana couple giving away their 6,200 sq. foot log cabin for $150 (and an essay)

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Tim and Deanna Railing want you to have their house. The couple’s 6,200 square-foot log cabin can be yours if you’re willing to pay $150 and write a really good essay with the theme “a life well lived.” While trying to sell their home through conventional means, the Railings heard a story about a woman in Maine who gave her house away through an essay contest. That idea appealed to them, so they decided to do the same thing with their house.

“From the time we bought the house, we’ve looked for ways we could help others with it, whether it was moving people in who were between jobs, we started foster care,”  Deanna told WGN. “So, when this opportunity came up, it seemed to suit the house and our desires fairly well that we could help somebody else out through this and make it a win-win.”

In addition to an indoor pool and hot tub, the home features several bedrooms, a fire pit in the backyard and a large kitchen and dining area. For more information and to enter the contest, visit

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