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Princeton Giving Away Free Houses

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Hum    6,930

Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., is giving away free houses. What's the catch? If you become a homeowner, it's up to you to haul the house away.

The houses are on Alexander Street, south of the campus, and are available to the public for free in "as-is condition," Martin Mbugua, a university spokesperson, told The buildings have been used in the past as university offices or for other purposes, but they will soon face demolition to make way for future university construction. Anyone can contact Princeton for a free home, but the houses cannot remain on Alexander Street.

The area is going to be the site for a new development on campus, the Art and Transit project. It will include a new train station and retail ventures, as well as public spaces and buildings for the arts. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013.

Mbugua said that the houses are not in move-in condition, and some have gone through significant changes "mostly in the interior, due to remediation work in preparation for the project."

There is no specific deadline for taking up Princeton's offer. But those who want a free house must apply as soon as possible, before work on the project commences, and the houses need to be moved by the end of April.


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Growled    3,880

Thanks, but no thanks. The cost of moving the house and then renovating it would be very expensive in itself

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