Hartford area couple giving away 6-unit apartment building in essay contest

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HARTFORD - A Hartford area couple is giving away a six-unit apartment building to the writer of the best essay on why they would love to live in the building.

Pamela Melusky visited Morning Extra to talk about the essay contest. The entry fee for the contest is$200. The winner will take ownership of “Laurelton Place," an award-winning six-family gem in which Melusky and her husband invested over $200,000, in order to restore it to its former glory.  It’s one of Hartford’s "perfect sixes" which won the “2007 Historic Preservation Award” and is registered with the National Registry for Historic Places.

Melusky and her husband Bob are retiring and have sold all their properties except this one and decided to give it away in an essay contest similar to the one for a Maine inn. Since the minimum number of entries is 2,500, the couple will still make at least $500,000 before expenses.

Check out this photos of the building through the years.

A "perfect six" is a style of building, rarely seen outside of Hartford, with six apartment units on three floors with a symmetrical front.

The contest will proceed once they have received a minimum of 2,500 entries.  Entrants must compose a 200-word essay  on an 8 ½ by 11-inch sheet of white paper, the topic being “Why I would love to own an antique apartment building in Hartford, Connecticut”. Then they must mail it, along with the hand-signed entry form, the $200 entry fee, and two self-addressed stamped envelopes, to Laurelton Place Essay Contest, 2389 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT, 06033. Find out more here.

The essays will be judged, partly, on the author’s creativity and thoughtfulness, as well as the author’s desire to own the building.  The contest ends June 9th, 2015.

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