Are you a Gone With the Wind superfan? Or just a fan of living in big, southern mansions? Great news, because the Covington, Georgia estate that doubled as the Twelve Oaks mansion home of the Wilkes family during the Civil War is up for auction. The mansion, which is just a little bit outside of Atlanta, was spotted by Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell during the film's pre-production and she sent a picture of it to movie producer David Selznick. The rest was Hollywood (and Oscar-winning) history.
But now, according to Southern Living, the Georgia mansion that saw the likes of Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes, and others walk through its halls is going to a live auction. The starting bid for the 10,000-square-foot antebellum mansion is a whopping $1 million. Bidding for this American real estate treasure started July 4th and goes through July 25th.
According to Target Auction company, the mansion has 12 bedrooms, 12 fireplaces, 12 and a half bathrooms, a grand dining room, a formal parlor, a gazebo, acres of gardens, a Captain's Walk, and a four-car carriage house. Target Auction also says the mansion is a pretty solid investment, and not just from a real estate perspective. The property averages several move and TV contracts a year. Films like Sweet Home Alabama have been shot there, as well as both scripted and reality TV shows.
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Originally built in 1836, the property was at one point an actual southern plantation. It's been a famous location for over a century and a half, having been put on the National Register of Historic Places and routinely considered one of the greatest examples of antebellum architecture in existence. Currently the mansion operates as the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast and event venue as well. Located on Monticello Street, the property is only a few blocks from Covington's famous town square. So whether you're looking to host some movie shoots or hotel guests, or just live in a big old white mansion, now's your chance. If you, um, have a million dollars.