Buckhead mansion ready for its close-up

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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- This English Tudor mansion sits on 10 acres in Buckhead's Tuxedo Park.

Mark Stiemke is the property manager and our tour guide of this estate completed in 1930, after two years of construction.

"The crest as you can see in the center is from Samuel Candler Dobbs and he was the third president of Coca Cola," Stiemke said.

In addition to being 'home' to Coca-Cola's top brass, it was the 1997 Decorators' Show House for the Atlanta Symphony. The estate has also been a spot for hobnobbing with politicians and their family members.

"Back in the 70s, Nixon has a fundraiser here," Stiemke said. "Chelsea Clinton stayed in home."

Then, last August, this 16,000 sq. ft. mansion was transformed into a Hollywood set. Cameron Diaz filmed several scenes at this estate for the movie, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Also starring Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock, it's in theatres this May.

Stiemke says about 150 people were there to film several scenes.

"They had two days of set up. One day of filming. Two days of breakdown," he said.

One of the home's two pools was used for a Reality TV show that's part of the movie.

The current homeowner cherished getting to see the cast and crew at work.

"Oh it's a great kick," Bob Edgell said. "I watched Cameron Diaz film for three hours one scene over and over and over again. I was appreciative of the amount of work that goes into acting."

The inside of the estate won't be featured in the movie, but you could see it on the small screen someday since scouts for The Vampire Diaries are intrigued by its grandeur and the gothic appearance of its grand salon.

Throughout the home, the mahogany woodworking and beamed ceilings are elaborate.

"Because it was during the depression, everyone was out of work, so they really had the opportunity to cherry pick the best of the best," Steimke said.

Several hand painted canvases bring nature inside the mansion, while the solarium, a new addition, allows you to admire the landscaped beauty outside.

If you think your home's beauty might be ideal for the big or small screen, Edgell offers this advice:

"First thing you do is negotiate the contract. I'm a retired businessman and 40 years of doing this for a living."

The retired international executive's first concern was protecting his home; an estate nestled in one of Atlanta's most prestigious neighborhoods.

If you think your home might make an ideal site for filming a TV show or movie, the Georgia Department of Economic Development makes it easy for your home to be listed in a database for entertainment scouts.

Films and TV shows typically carry liability insurance to cover any damage. And location fees are paid--but the payment spread is large. Student productions typically won't pay at all but larger production houses can pay several hundred to several thousand dollars a day.

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