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This $9.5M Mega-Mansion's Owner A Mystery — 'til Now!

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There are many mysterious things about the estate known as 1 Sundance Place. Situated on 135 acres and with three separate structures (including a "recently built" four-story centerpiece with roughly 6,000 windows and balconies), the Cartersville compound is currently on the market for $9.5 million — rare anywhere, but especially so in the sizzling real estate market of Bartow County. (Hold the hate mail: Yes, this is way OTP, but it's also way extraordinary). Anyhow, the Euro-Mediterranean behemoth is perched high on a hill and visible from Interstate 75, raising its profile and leaving one to wonder who its prestigious owner might be ... until now!

Via the wonders of rudimentary Internet research, Curbed Atlanta has determined the mansion belongs to ... romance/suspense/crime novelist Iris Johansen, who is (somewhat depressingly) a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author.

Ol' Iris has written damn near 100 books since 1983 and, according to an old AJC article, owns a home in Kennesaw but uses (or used) this ginormous estate to get away from it all and churn out her masterpieces. A total square footage wasn't listed, but the main home has five beds and seven bathrooms, a wide range of interesting styles and lots of amenities — including what appears to be a 21-seat movie theater. That could break the previous Curbed listings record for home-theater seating set by this Buckhead monstrosity.

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep

· 1 Sundance Place Cartersville [Estately]