COPY-Family living in cave puts house up on eBay

Associated Press - February 23, 2009 2:44 PM ET

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In a twist to the housing crisis, a family that has been living in a home built inside a cave in suburban St. Louis has put it up for sale on eBay.

Bidding starts at $300,000.

Curt and Deborah Sleeper of Festus bought about 3 acres of property and a cave in Festus in 2004, after they spotted it on the Internet site.

The Sleeper family built a three-bedroom home inside the 1-time mining cave. A large balloon payment is coming due, and the Sleepers are trying to secure private financing. If they are able to, they may not sell. They're not accepting financial donations.

Their youngest child, Theodore Wesley, was just born at their home over the weekend, so while Sleeper agreed to a phone interview, he wasn't able to show The Associated Press around the property Monday.

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