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The Atlanta real estate agents at Sotheby’s International Realty pride ourselves on knowing the best and most luxurious homes in Atlanta and the metro area. Many of the top homes in Atlanta aren’t for sale, and some, like the Margaret Mitchell House, are genuine Atlanta treasures. We feel that special homes deserve the spotlight, especially when they are historically significant gems. Today, we’d like to highlight the Margaret Mitchell House.

Located on Peachtree Street in the heart of Atlanta, the Margaret Mitchell House exemplifies the historic soul of the South that still dominates culture in our fair city. The three-story house was built in 1899 by Cornelius J. Seehan as a single family home, but 20 years later, it was converted into 10 individual apartments. It was in Apartment number 1 that Margaret Mitchell wrote her best-selling novel, Gone with the Wind, and secured the house’s fame for all time.

Mitchell moved into Apartment 1 in 1925 with her husband, John Marsh. There, she wrote and published one of the defining works of southern literature, her Pulitzer-prize winning exploration of the Civil War and its effect on the young and naïve Scarlett O’Hara. Gone with the Wind was greeted by overwhelming sales, which caught Hollywood’s eye. In 1939, just three years after the novel’s initial publication, the epic film version swept the world, shattering financial records and permanently cementing Gone with the Wind and Mitchell’s importance in southern culture.

The Margaret Mitchell House did not have the immediate successes that Gone with the Wind did—in fact, it lay abandoned for seven long years until a group of preservationists came together to save and restore it in 1985. The Tudor Revival style house was designated a city landmark in 1989, but a series of fires forced restoration to continue until May 17th, 1997, when the house finally opened to the public.

We hope that you will take the time to enjoy the Margaret Mitchell House, which is one of Atlanta’s most treasured landmarks and most beautiful homes.