Ashley Wilkes’s Mansion From Gone With the Wind Is For Sale

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Though Margaret Mitchell mostly declined to be involved in the film adaptation of her classic novel Gone with the Wind, she did reach out to producer David O. Selznick’s company for one very specific reason: to mail them a newspaper clipping of a certain Georgia mansion, suggesting that they use it for Ashley Wilkes’s family home Twelve Oaks. They took her advice.

Now, almost 80 years after the film's release, the house is on the market, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.

Twelve Oaks newspaper clipping that Margaret Mitchell sent to David O. Selznick
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The current owners spent about $2 million to restore the 10,000-square-foot mansion in 2017, bringing it up to code with new electrical and HVAC modifications, as well as making major renovations to the bathrooms and kitchen. The home now also includes other modern technologies like remote-controlled chimneys (five of them) and fireplaces (an impressive 12), Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations for cars and golf carts, and an intercom system. Based on the photos, they managed to maintain the architectural and decorative spirit of the Antebellum era with dark hardwood floors, chandeliers, period lighting, and more.

Bedroom and study in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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The mansion boasts 12 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, a dining room that seats 40, three laundry rooms, a formal parlor, a four-car carriage house, a pool complete with a gazebo, and over 3 acres of gardens. And it's all only a three-block stroll from the historic town square of Covington, Georgia, a city known as the “Hollywood of the South” because so many movies and television shows have been filmed there (including 2014’s Selma, 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama, and 2000’s Remember the Titans).

Bathroom in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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Judge John Harris built the house in 1836. Following the Civil War, a man named Robert Franklin Wright bought the home for the tidy sum of $1000. It’s a little more expensive now, what with the restoration and inflation; bidding for the property started at $1 million.

If that’s in your price range, you can register with Target Auction to place a bid from now until July 25.

Reviews.org Wants to Pay You $1000 to Watch 30 Disney Movies

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Razvan/iStock via Getty Images

Fairy tales do come true. CBR reports that Reviews.org is currently hiring five people to watch 30 Disney movies (or 30 TV show episodes) for 30 days on the new Disney+ platform. In addition to $1000 apiece, each of the chosen Disney fanatics will receive a free year-long subscription to Disney+ and some Disney-themed movie-watching swag that includes a blanket, cups, and a popcorn popper.

The films include oldies but goodies, like Fantasia, Bambi, and A Goofy Movie, as well as Star Wars Episodes 1-7 and even the highly-anticipated series The Mandalorian. Needless to say, there are plenty of options for 30 days of feel-good entertainment.

In terms of qualifications: applicants must be over the age of 18, a U.S. resident, have the ability to make a video reviewing the films, as well as a semi-strong social media presence. On the more fantastical side, they are looking for applicants who “really, really lov[e] Disney” and joke that the perfect candidate, “Must be as swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon.” You can check out the details in the video below.

Want to put yourself in the running? Be sure to submit your application by Thursday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m. at the link here. And keep an eye out for Disney+, which will be available November 12.

A Handy Map of All the Royal Residences in the UK

Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Somewhere along the way, you probably learned that Buckingham Palace is home to the ruler of the United Kingdom and many unflinching, fancily clad guards. And, if you watch The Crown or keep a close eye on royal family news, you might recognize the names of other estates like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

But what about Gatcombe Park, Llwynywermod, or any of the other royal residences? To fill in the gaps of your knowledge, UK-based money-lending site QuickQuid created a map and corresponding illustrations of all 20 properties, and compiled the need-to-know details about each place.

quickquid map of royal family residences
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip kept eight estates for themselves, and divvied up the rest among their children and grandchildren, some of whom have purchased their own properties, too. Though Buckingham Palace is still considered the official residence of the Queen, she now splits most of her time between Windsor Castle and other holiday homes like Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House, which Prince Philip is responsible for maintaining.

quickquid illustration of royal family residences
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Windsor shares its grounds with two other properties: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, Frogmore House, and the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew (the Queen’s second youngest child) lives.

illustration of frogmore house
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Southwest of Windsor is Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s official family home with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They also own Birkhall in Scotland, Clarence House in London, Tamarisk House on the Isles of Scilly, and the aforementioned Llwynywermod in Wales. Much like the Queen herself does, Charles and Camilla basically have a different house for each region they visit.

illustration of highgrove house
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In 2011, the Queen gave Anmer Hall—which is on the grounds of Sandringham House—to Prince William and Kate Middleton as a wedding gift, but they’ve recently relocated to Kensington Palace so Prince George could attend school in London.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Anne, resides in Gatcombe Park with her daughter, Zara Tindall. Anne also owns St. James’s Palace in London, where her niece (Princess Beatrice of York) and her mother’s cousin (Princess Alexandra) sometimes live.

Lastly there's Edward, Elizabeth and Philip's youngest son, who lives with his wife in Bagshot Park, which architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner called “bad, purposeless, [and] ugly.”

illustration of bagshot park
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If you’re feeling particularly cramped in your tiny one-bedroom apartment (or even regular-sized house) after reading about the royal family’s overabundance of real estate, take solace in the knowledge that at least you’ll never have to follow their strict fashion rules.

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