Luxury real estate: Why this $16 million mansion in California was cut in half

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A $16 million listing in California was once cut in half with a chainsaw and transported to its new location.

There was a practical reason for such aggression with a beautiful mansion built in 1904.

The property, which is now on the U.S. market, once stood in the Pacific Heights area of ​​San Francisco and was split in two and transported across the San Francisco Bay to its address in Belvedere, Marin County, in California.

Moffitt Mansion was under threat from demolition in the 1960s.

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The Belvedere house is expected to fetch $16.2 million. (Compass)
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The mansion was built in 1904 but came to rest at its current address in the 1960s, thanks to a chainsaw and a barge. (Compass)

To save it, a construction crew used chainsaws to fracture it in the middle and put the pieces on a barge. He made headlines, when such a method was probably considered renegade and extravagant.

The wrecking ball loomed over the mansion as San Francisco’s population exploded and demand for denser housing threatened older, larger homes that took up valuable development space.

Today, it’s an $11.95 million ($16.2 million) list, perfectly preserved despite its precarious past, on the books of Compass agent Janet Williamson.

To 8 West Shore RoadThe five-bedroom mansion has “bespoke millwork and mouldings,” the advert explains, ornate fireplaces, elegant leaded windows, stretches of hardwood floors, and rows of French doors.

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8 West Shore Road, Belvedere, California, known as the Moffitt Mansion luxury home real estate estate
The beautiful quartz waterfall bench in the kitchen. (Compass)
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Floral decor, true to its time, and French doors are its signature. (Compass)

The master bedroom has a spa-like bathroom, with a freestanding tub and a private balcony that catches a tickling breeze from the San Francisco Bay.

Large doors in the living room lead out to the landscaped swimming pool, which has red brick paving and a pebbled firepit area with a built-in stone lounge, shaded by olive trees.

A “bonus” room on the upper level shows the character of the old building, with its angular ceiling and log fire.

8 West Shore Road, Belvedere, California, known as the Moffitt Mansion luxury real estate estate
The balcony catching the breeze from the San Francisco Bay. (Compass)
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The quaint upstairs “bonus” room evokes the origins of the property. (Compass)
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The landscaped outdoor living room and the outdoor fireplace. (Compass)

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