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$17.5 million Lake Lanier home to be auctioned

9:37 AM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- It's a dream home: a $17.5 million house built 10 years ago in Gainesville along the shore of Lake Lanier. 

On Monday, the house goes to online auction. The bidding starts at $1.5 million. On Thursday night, homeowner George Donovan -- who has never lived in the house -- gave 11Alive a tour. 

Donovan says his family has changed and his children live elsewhere, so he doesn't need a palatial custom estate.

For two years Donovan tried to sell the home and couldn't, so now it's the gavel of the online auction. Seema Jain, of Sugarloaf Realty Partners, is handling the sale of this estate.

Here is the tale of the tape:

Six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, guest house, tennis court, 13.5 acres, 24,000 square feet, two docks, four-car garage with apartment, home theatre, steel structure, all stone and brick masonry.

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