Columbus log home could be yours for $150, essay

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (June 23, 2015) – A short essay and $150 could win you a custom-built log cabin in Columbus.

The 6,200-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an indoor pool. Instead of putting the home on the market, the owners, Tim and Deanna Railing, are asking people interested in getting the house to write an essay with the theme “A Life Well-Lived.”

The short, 250-word essays will be judged “on the basis of addressing the stated theme with creativity and the ability to inspire others,” according to the website for the contest. The winning entry will get the log home and surrounding 4.82 acres as the prize.

The owners hope to attract 4,500 entries. Anyone interested in the home would have to pay a $150 entry fee and must be at least 18 years old. The couple said the home is valued at $675,000 and will refund entry fees if they don’t get enough.

Here’s more about the home:

This spacious home features a main floor master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, generous seating area, private deck and a personal office with a separate entrance. The master bath features a separate shower and whirlpool tub, dual vanities, and walk-in closet. The 800 sq. ft. great room boasts a two-story stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and French doors to the expansive back deck overlooking the firepit and private grounds.

The custom kitchen features stainless steel appliances, Corian counters with prep sink and seating for six. The adjacent dining area features tile floors, tray ceiling, and front porch access. This remarkable home was made for entertaining and is highlighted by a heated, indoor pool complete with slide, water feature, and separate hot tub. A first-floor laundry room, full guest bath featuring hand-painted fixtures, separate pantry, and dual access to the four-car garage round out the first floor. The second floor includes a relaxed loft seating area overlooking the stunning great room.

Two bedrooms, each with their own private balcony and a full bathroom featuring separate shower and clawfoot tub complete the second floor. This multilevel home also features a fully finished, walk-out basement with a large living room highlighted by a stone hearth and a woodstove as well as one bedroom with built-in cherry bookcases and a full bathroom. Four additional rooms provide ample space for additional living, hobby areas, and storage. With custom features, stained glass, and security system, the home boasts amenities too many to detail.

The home is located in Columbus, in the southern part of Indiana. It's located less than an hour's drive away from Indianapolis, Bloomington, Ind., and Louisville, Ky.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 16, 2015. A panel of judges will select the final winner. For more information and photos, visit this website.

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