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Landmark Berkeley Mansion, Built for Oil Baron, Asks $5.45 Million

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Stately, well-preserved East Bay gem lands on market for first time in 48 years

For the first time in 48 years, this 1910 mansion in the tony Claremont Court of Berkeley hits the market. Originally built for oil baron/banker Paul 0. Tietzen, 2840 Claremont features eight bedrooms, five and a half baths, and 8,639 square feet.

"This is the first time the home has been on the market in 48 years," reports Berkeleyside. "David and Sylvia Tower, the founders of the Berkeley Psychotherapy Clinic, purchased the property in 1968. They were just the third owners. David Tower died in 2014."

The entire landmark house set in motion a historical neighborhood, probably the nicest in the East Bay town. (The Claremont Court Gate alone is a designated Berkeley landmark; for a treat, check out Berkeley Historical Plaques, which boasts images of the subdivision’s original gates.) And while the gargantuan manse could use a comprehensive touch up—those old carpets and curtains, while delightfully reminiscent of days of yore, could use a serious refresh—its details and old-school vibe are still stunning.

Berkeleyside goes on to point out this is one of the few steeply priced $5 million-plus homes in Berkeley, noting, "The John Hopkins Spring Estate, commonly known as the Spring Mansion, sold for $6.5 million in 2005."

2840 Claremont asks $5,450,000.