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Berkeley Castle Cuts Half Million Off Price

Bonkers European home in East Bay slices $500,000

The landmark Hume Cloister, also known as the Hume Castle, at 2900 Buena Vista Way, snipped ten percent off its asking today. The 5,746-square-foot home, built in 1928 to resemble a Toulousain 13th century medieval palace, made headlines earlier this year for its downright Game of Thrones-looking splendor smack dab in the hills of Berkeley.

Conceived by John Hudson Thomas, the estate was built for Samuel Hume, the head of University of California, Berkeley's Greek Theater Department, and his wife, Portia Hum, a psychiatrist.

The five-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath kingdom is centered around a courtyard replete with stone Gothic arches. It also features carved lions, domed ceilings, and heavy wood beams. It is, one would think, a home for a very specific type of aesthetic.

Landing on the market in April for $5 million, it has now been reduced to $4.5 million. This isn't the only local landmark to take a pruning to its price. Last week, the famed Flintstone House in Hillsborough (an unofficial landmark for 280 commuters), dropped $585,000 off its price.