The mansion that inspired ‘Gone With the Wind’ is now up for sale
What better way to celebrate “Gone With the Wind” than buying the mansion that inspired the plantation-style property of Twelve Oaks.
Although Margaret Mitchell mostly declined to be involved in the David Selznick film adaptation in 1936, she did have a vision for the mansion that Ashley Wilkes lived in. She mailed Selznick’s company a newspaper clipping of a certain Georgia mansion, suggesting they use it for the family home in Twelve Oaks.
Now 80 years later, the house is on the market, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.
“I’m from the area, and it has been my favorite home here for as long as I can remember,” the seller, Nicole Munn, told “Good Morning America.” “It was in really bad shape — over 30 busted windows, the landscaping was overgrown and it was a mess. I wanted to see it be beautiful again.”
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The mansion has grown over time to keep up with modern taste. Being built in 1836, the owners spent around $2 million on restorations in 2017. The house is up to code with new electrical and HVAC modifications, with major design renovations. The home now includes modern technology such as five remote-controlled chimneys and 12 fireplaces. There are Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations for cars and golf carts, and an intercom system. Based on the photos, the inside is decorated with a Southern Antebellum flair.
The mansion can host enough guests for 12 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, two tubs that cost over $14,000 each, a dining room that seats 40, three laundry rooms, a formal parlor, a four carriage house, personal library, a pool with a gazebo, and over 3 acres of gardens. If guests grow bored of the pool, the “Hollywood of the South” is nearby, named after the movies and shows that were filmed there.
The home has served as a private home, a renowned bed-and-breakfast, an event venue, tourist destination, and the backdrop on “Life of the Party,” “Vacation” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
The bidding for the property is starting at $1 million and will be auctioned off to residential and commercial buyers July 25 at 2 p.m through the Target Auction Company.