Wednesday, 23 October

Iconic Plantation House From 'Gone With The Wind' Is On The Auction Block

Frankly, my dear, you can live like Scarlett O’Hara and Ashley Wilkes. The Twelve Oaks, the columned plantation house outside Atlanta used in the 1939 movie classic Gone With The Wind, is for sale. 

Target Auction & Land Company, Inc., who has set the starting bid at $1 million, manages the sale. Online bidding began on July 4 and a live auction is scheduled at the property for Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m., Eastern Time. 

Located in Covington, Georgia, the 11,000-square-foot Greek Revival mansion was built in 1836. Though it fell into disrepair after 1940, a $2 million renovation completed in 2017 upgraded the electrical systems, installed new HVAC, added baths, renovated the kitchen and more. The lot measures more than 3 acres and includes gardens, a pool, a gazebo, a pergola and a 4-car garage inside a historic carriage house. There are Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations for cars and golf carts, which are allowed on the streets of the area.

The interior, which has 11-foot ceilings throughout, features 12 large bedrooms, 12 and a half luxurious baths, a grand dining room that can seat up to 40, a grand parlor, an informal dining room and a chef’s dream kitchen. There are two bathtubs that reportedly cost over $14,000 each. The master suite has a morning bar, beautiful architectural elements and a true spa bath. Twelve fireplaces are modernized with remote controls. Some of the home’s furnishings will be sold separately. 

The property is income producing. For seven years, it has functioned as a bed-and-breakfast inn and as a sought-after wedding venue. It won Southern Living’s Best of the South Award in 2018; as an event venue, it won Best of the Knot and the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award.

Besides Gone with the Wind, 15 other movies have been filmed here, including Life of the Party, Tyler Perry’s The Family that PreysHalloween IISouthern Fried HomicideIn the Heat of the Night and Bessie. The property averages one to two movie or TV show contracts per year and also provides accommodations for cast and crew members.

Like Rhett Butler, we can watch and say, “Take a good look, my dear. It's an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about.”

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