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$14.7M Georgia 'safe house' with bat cave, waterfall headed to auction block

It took six years to build, but the Rice House Atlanta, a luxury home in North Fulton County, Georgia, was more than 60 years in the making. 

The $14.7 million36,000-square-foot compound in the Country Club of the South was created by a self-made, octogenarian entrepreneur who wanted to build a home that embodied all of his boyhood dreams. 

Now, it’s going to be sold at auction

>> On AJC.com: Usher sells Alpharetta mansion with climate-controlled treehouse, yoga studio for $1.5M

According to a Concierge Auctions news release, bidding will begin Tuesday and close Thursday. The starting bid is $3.9 million. So, what do you get for that price?

A bat cave? Yes. Waterfall? Sure. Secret entrances and exits? You bet. Upper and lower motor courts? Um-hum. And the art museum, infinity pool, bowling alley, gun range, game room, solarium, spa, theater and play area that resembles something from Disneyland. 

>> See more photos here

“He is an intellectual thinker and he is a super fun guy,” listing broker Paul Wegener, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, said about the homeowner. “He dreamed as a child of building something like this. All these things you think about when you are a kid,” Wegener said. 

The homeowner had planned to fill the eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, six partial bathrooms and three kitchens with family and friends. He had hoped the home would become a gathering place and a legacy for his family to pass from one generation to the next. 

>> Previously on MyAJC.com: Atlanta’s safest house still up for sale at $14.7 million

He was holding onto the home but ultimately, other priorities won out. His son wasn’t much interested in living there, and with much of his family on the West Coast, the homeowner decided to sell his $30 million project. 

In building a home that would last forever and survive any foreseeable catastrophe, he sought out and worked with a team of the best architects, landscapers and security experts in the country. 

The process began with a full-scale model, and as construction continued, the homeowner added different features that seemed cool. “He would say, ‘We’ve got more room. I want to add a gun range and a bowling alley.’ The scope of the project continued to grow,” Wegener said. 

Atlanta architect Charles Heydt brought to life the homeowner’s vision of the Greek acropolis. Whatever standards were set by building code, the home was made to meet at least triple those requirements. The foundation was dug to the rock bed, anchored with rebar and poured with concrete that can withstand 5,000 pounds of load per square inch. The exterior walls have the same level of strength. 

>> See the listing here

Al Corbi, a renowned security expert, came in to make sure the security features of the home were part of the construction process. Reinforced walls, bulletproof windows and doors, concealed entrances and exits and an underground bunker are just a few of the features that make Rice House one of the safest homes in the country. 

The home is also self-contained, and projections indicate that inhabitants could survive for three years on the property without outside assistance, Wegener said. 

There are three water sources : municipal, three 1,000-foot-deep artesian wells and a reserve tank of purified water that would normally be used for irrigation on the property and for topping off the pool and fountain. 

Wegener was initially skeptical about the need for a house with such high-level security features, but then he thought about events such as 9/11. 

>> On AJC.com: Here's what an ‘average’ house looks like in Georgia

“You almost don’t like to say survival, but suddenly it doesn’t become that far-fetched. He was forward-thinking,” Wegener said. 

It takes about 2 1/2 hours for Wegener to walk prospective buyers through the property. And yes, there have been prospective buyers. 

But who, other than an owner with a vision, would want a property such as this one? Maybe it could be a safe house for board members or executives of a major international corporation or a family haven for another successful entrepreneur in a high-risk industry. 

So far, inquiries have been coming from outside and within the country. The security of the home has proved to be the biggest draw, along with the level of detail that went into designing the home, Wegener said. 

There have also been some curiosity seekers who are clearly not serious buyers. 

“The serious interest comes from the same crowd,” Wegener said. “This particular project is the cream of the crop for the amount of money spent and the degree of security.” 

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While the home is complete, the finishing touches have been left to the whims of the new owner. Wegener says it is the most unique home he has ever dealt with and it is important to him to find just the right buyer. 

“There are homes (in Atlanta) that are beautiful but were never constructed to this level of complexity,” Wegener said. “It was not just meant to be a massive compound. It was important to him to construct this property that would be enjoyable. It was ultimately for family and these other things were layered in. I am trying to find someone that will appreciate all of that.”

For more information on the property ahead of the auction, visit conciergeauctions.com/upcoming-auctions.

'N Sync's Lance Bass says he was outbid in effort to buy 'Brady Bunch' house

"Brady Bunch" fans, it's time to say "Bye Bye Bye" to your dreams of owning the iconic California home from the popular 1970s sitcom.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: ‘Brady Bunch’ house for sale

'N Sync singer Lance Bass tweeted Friday that he was buying the house made famous in exterior shots of the Brady home. It recently was listed for $1.885 million.

>> PHOTOS: Take a look inside the 'Brady Bunch' house

"Super excited to announce they accepted my offer on the #BradyBunch house last night!!!" Bass wrote. "This is going to be a fun project!"

But not so fast. A few hours after celebrating, Bass tweeted  he was “feeling heartbroken” when he apparently was outbid for the house, KABC reported. And -- Marcia, Marcia, Marcia -- Bass won’t be hosting actress Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady in the series, for dinner any time soon.

Bass said he was told that another buyer -- perhaps a Hollywood studio -- was ready to buy the property “at any cost.”

Bass said after being told he was the winning bidder, he discovered that another buyer, possibly a Hollywood studio, was prepared to acquire the property "at any cost."

"They will outperform any bid with unlimited resources," he tweeted. “I'm hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome.”

According to the listing, the 2,477-square-foot home, located at 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City, California, features three bedrooms, three baths and a 12,500-square-foot lot.

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"This iconic residence is reportedly the second most photographed home in the United States after the White House," the listing claims.

McCormick seemed pleased when she heard Bass had the high bid.

"Congratulations!" she tweeted to Bass. "May all your problems from here on out always be solved in a half hour." 

Woman outraged after homeless squatters set up tent in her backyard, claim to own house

A Seattle woman says she came home to find homeless squatters setting up a tent in her backyard.

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The home is for sale. Lisa, the owner, who asked KIRO-TV not to use her full name or identify the house so it would not interfere with her sale, said one man expressed interest in buying the house Friday. She told him to come back with an agent.

>> On KIRO7.com: Seattle's illegal homeless encampments: Q-and-A on the city's response

When she came home Monday, she said she found that man and another one in her backyard setting up a tent and drinking out of the hose. She said they'd spread items out on the patio and the stairs, too. She said they'd even brought religious statues to put on the steps.

Lisa said she screamed and told them they were trespassing and to leave. She said one man walked up to her and told her that she was the one trespassing, claiming he owns the house. 

"The delusion is what scares me. You never know what somebody's capable of when they don't have rational thought," Lisa said.

Neighbors rushed over and scared the men off while Lisa called 911. While an officer was taking a report, the men came back. Lisa thinks they came to get their belongings. 

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"I feel completely violated," Lisa said. "I've spent my last seven years putting my hard work and money into this house, and I feel fiercely protective. But at the same time, I don't want to threaten my own safety by protecting this property."

She said the men have been back five times. Lisa had a friend stay at the house Tuesday night, and he was armed. 

Lisa worries they’ll be back.

"Who is to say it might not happen again?" she said.

Lisa also spoke to KIRO Radio's Dori Monson, who reported this story Wednesday afternoon. Listen to that interview from the Dori Monson Show below.

Seattle police took the items from the backyard and are investigating the pair for trespassing and prowling, according to the police report. Officers have been called out to the house several times. 

>> Listen to the KIRO Radio interview here

Photos: Inside Oprah’s new $8.2M home on Orcas Island

Oprah Winfrey purchased a 43-acre estate on Orcas Island in Washington for $8.275 million.

Lance Armstrong's former Austin home on the market for $7.5 million

Want to live in Lance Armstrong’s old house?

>> See a video slideshow of the home here

The cyclist’s former home in west Austin, Texas, is on the market for $7.5 million. According to CultureMap, it was originally listed two years ago for $8.25 million.

>> On Austin360.com: See a photo gallery of the home

The six-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom home across the street from Pease Park was built in 1924 and has since been remodeled. The 8,158-square-foot home has a pool with a fountain, a pool house with a full bathroom and kitchenette and a covered outdoor living area.

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Photos: Inside $550K Lion Gate Estate, whimsical home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars

In the market for a whimsical $550,000 home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars and statues lurking around every corner? No? You'll still want to check out the now-viral listing for Detroit's Lion Gate Estate. Trust us.

Woman finds strangers living in her home, and now she can't get them out

A Cobb County, Georgia, woman is filled with frustration after she says strangers moved into the vacant house she was selling without her knowledge.

>> Watch the news report here

Getting them out is tougher than you might think.

WSB-TV's Ross Cavitt talked to both sides of this problem and found out important information for homeowners.

Dena Everman couldn't believe it – and still can't believe the situation she is in.

 After finding someone living in her home and a broken window in the back, she assumed a quick call to the police would clear out the trespassers.

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"I found out in the past week there is some archaic law that says if someone sets up residence in your home, it doesn't matter how they get in there, they have rights until we evict them,” Everman said.

Tamera Pritchett is living in the East Cobb home with her fiancé and two kids.

She said the family found it listed for rent on Craigslist. They signed a lease by fax, paid their rent via money order, never saw the ad poster and only learned there was a problem when Everman called the police, Pritchett said.

The next day, she went to the courthouse where she says deputies told her she could stay.

"And they told us until these people come and forcibly evict us, they can't force us out on our rights," Pritchett said.

Pritchett said the family is looking for another place to move but admitted that for now, they're staying.

"We're not just trying to stay in your home and hold you up on your sale. But at the same time, we just spent $3,000; that's not something we can just pull out and immediately move somewhere else, you know,” Pritchett said.

Everman is mad that she may lose the pending sale on her house and said her social media posts on her situation have generated anger.

"Outrage. Everybody doesn't understand why someone who has no legal right to be in my home can stay in my home, and I'm the one who has to evict them,” Everman said.

A lawyer who handles these cases told WSB-TV that in real estate, possession really is nine-tenths of the law and the homeowner will have to go through the painful eviction process, which could take four to six weeks.

Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home.

>> PHOTOS: Donald Trump’s childhood home

According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2.14 million for the home where Trump lived until he was about 4.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Donald Trump's childhood home goes on auction block

The house, built by Trump's father, Fred Trump, has "a brick and stucco exterior and an old-world charm interior featuring arched doorways, hardwood floors, five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, library, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, basement and more," Paramount Realty USA said in the listing.

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'Father of the Bride' house sells for nearly $2 million

For more information, contact Listing Agent Ann Gluck of Compass at 626-616-2310 or ann.gluck@compass.com.

"Um, I met somebody in Rome. Uh, he's an American -- He's from LA, actually! And his name's Brian McKenzie, and he's just this wonderful, wonderful, amazing man. And well, we started seeing each other -- a lot. And we fell in love."

The scene in which Annie Banks (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) tells her father, George, (Steve Martin) that she's getting married in "Father of the Bride" is nothing short of iconic. 

And the house featured in the 1991 film just sold -- and at a steep price.

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The four bedroom, four-bathroom house, located in Alhambra, California, hit the market in June with a $1,998,000 price tag.

That's approximately $454 per square foot -- and there's 4,397 square feet total. It sits on a 18,110-square-foot lot.

"I’ve been really fortunate to work in an area with a lot of movie and TV locations," said Listing Agent Ann Gluck," "But I have to say this is one of my all time favorites."  

The home, listed by Compass, is a 1925 Colonial that was used for the wedding and basketball scenes in "Father of the Bride." The front of the house did not appear in the movie.

Special features include "a wonderful new gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances including a 90 bottle wine fridge and French doors overlooking the expansive yard," according to the listing.

There's also a grand entry, formal living and dining rooms, a walnut-paneled den and a sun room with a Batchelder fountain. A separate 600-square-foot room has its own full bathroom.

Gluck says the "icing on the cake" is that the basketball goal at the house is the same one that's seen in the movie.

>> Click here to see photos of the home.

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