The biggest mansion in Alabama is being auctioned — and it could be ‘the buy of a lifetime’

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The home was last auctioned in 2003 for a reported $3.95 million. It’s famed for its peculiar, guitar-shaped driveway.
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Birmingham’s most infamous luxury listing is hitting the auction block on Halloween.

Known as “The Guitar House” and touted as Alabama’s biggest estate, 7 Montagel Way is the dream home of Larry House, the former CEO of MedPartners, a healthcare-staffing firm. House resigned his position in 1998, right before the company was sued by its shareholders. This happened around the same time that House settled a costly divorce.

Though the 27-acre estate was sold by another auction house in 2003, a spokesperson explains that House “put the home up for auction and it was purchased by a bank, which he then bought it back from.” The house was sold for a reported $3.95 million at the 2003 auction.

The private auction on October 31 is in collaboration with DeCaro Luxury Auctions, and the bidding will start at $0. The auction house describes the property as “the buy of a lifetime.”

Keep scrolling to check out the house with a guitar-shaped driveway and palatial interiors.


Welcome to Birmingham’s 50,000-square-foot Guitar House. Auctioned in 2003 for $3.95 million, the home was listed in 2011 for $17.9 million.

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By early 2015, the listing price fell to $9.9 million.

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Architect Bill Sheppard modeled the design after historic castles in Italy and France. As you walk through the foyer, don’t forget to look up.

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The house has 15 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms.

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The first floor of the Southern palace is separated into his and hers master wings. Each wing includes a bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, and sitting room.

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Feel free to bypass the elegant stairway — there’s a commercial-grade elevator.

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House poured a reported $30 million into the home, installing a huge wine room and a 25-seat home theater with a 170-inch screen, stage, and old-fashioned box office.

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House says the home’s drapes cost upwards of $400,000, as did the custom carpets.

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Traces of 24-karat gold leaf can be found throughout the mansion.

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Guitar House is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Its gated community, Shoal Creek, is also home to an impressive, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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Between the golf course, the stately office, and this billiards room, the estate makes for an excellent space to entertain business guests. There’s also a commercial office space on the home’s lower level.

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A detached, 3,000-square-foot caretaker’s house has two bedrooms, two baths, two offices, a workshop, and a two-car garage. The main home’s nine-car garage can fit up to 12 vehicles.

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With a riding arena, two pastures, and a six-stall barn with a lofted apartment, this is also an equestrian estate.

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The grounds include an oval pool with dual cabanas and that legendary guitar-shaped driveway.

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House says the driveway was inspired by Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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