The former home of Aunt Bee is for sale in North Carolina
Frances Bavier lived her later years in Siler City, NC.
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In 1972, not long after her final appearance on Mayberry R.F.D., Bavier left Hollywood and purchased a home in Siler City, North Carolina. Despite the fact that her Mayberry scenes were filmed in Southern California, Bavier noted, "I fell in love with North Carolina, all the pretty roads and the trees."
Siler City sits about 90 miles southeast of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Griffith's hometown and the real-life inspiration for Mayberry. At the time, both little burgs were about the same size, with about 5,000–7,000 residents. It's easy to assume that life in Siler City was akin to living in Mayberry.
Bavier lived the rest of her quiet life in the town until she passed away in 1989. She was buried in Siler City. Chiseled on her tombstone, under the name "Aunt Bee," the inscription declares, "To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die."
If you're curious about what the home of "Aunt Bee" looked like in real life, her old property is currently on the market.
"This is your chance to own a part of NC history! The former home of 'Aunt Bee' from The Andy Griffith Show!" the real estate listing on Remax declares. The five-bedroom house sits on an acre of land and is asking $425,000.
You can take a virtual tour through the home at Realtor.com.
The brick, country-style house features a wood-paneled den and bathrooms in baby blue. Naturally, there is a large kitchen, perfect for making pickles and pie.