Alabama mega-mansion going up for auction

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — 7 Montagel Way was once the biggest, most expensive home on the market in the United States.

At the end of the month, it will be sold to the highest bidder.

The Shoal Creek estate was designed by its current owner, Larry House, in the 1990’s.

House worked under Richard Scrushy at HealthSouth, and was appointed to run MedPartners around the time he started designing the home.

According to realtors, House spent roughly $35 million on the estate.

“His original conception was to have it like a European castle. He loved all the old castles in Italy and France,” said Pam Ausley with Remax Southern Homes. “He spent four years planning and building it. He brought in artisans from Europe to do the stucco work and the painting.”

Ausley said the intricate gold flake designs seen throughout the house are the work of the International Fine Art Conservation Studios, which also worked on restoration projects at Buckingham Palace and other European palaces.

The 55,000 square foot, 15-bedroom, 22-bathroom house was designed down to the last detail, Ausley said; A person sitting in the hot tub toward the back of the estate can see through a glass fireplace and french doors, far enough to watch people enter the front gate at the foot of the guitar-shaped driveway.

The estate also boasts a movie theater, complete with box office and seating for 25 people; a pool with two cabanas; a 3,000 square foot guest house; garage space for 12 cars; an indoor and outdoor horse arena; a stable with an 800 square foot apartment above; and acres of rolling pastures.

Ausley also pointed out the potential in the home.

She said several rooms in the basement are unfinished, and that it has hookups fit for a restaurant-style kitchen.

DeCaro Luxury Auctions is working with Ausley’s team to auction off the home.

“Whatever this buyer is willing to pay is how much it will be worth,” said Yasmeen Wilson, who is handling the listing for DeCaro.

She said there will be no reserve when the bidding starts on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m.

Viewings will be available by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. until the auction takes place.

To set up a viewing, visit DeCaro’s website.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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