BELVEDERE (CBS SF) — A mansion on the exclusive Marin County island town of Belvedere is going down in history as the highest reported single-family home sold in the area.

Barely making its most recent asking price of $49 million (down from $65 million in 2005) , Curbed reports the home known as Locksley Hall sold for $47.5 million on Wednesday. That’s $12 million more than the record for San Francisco and makes it the highest sale in Belvedere by about $22 million.

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So what, you might be wondering, makes this home so spectacular?

For starters, the 9,234-square-foot mega home features enchanting views of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge from nearly every room, plus a poolhouse, rose garden and panic room.

And it garners celebrity status thanks to Heart Castle’s architect Julia Morgan who designed the bronze gates that guard the entrance of the estate.

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An added bonus for the anonymous buyer, Curbed reported last year, is the property tax situation. “Because this is a historic spread, 440 Golden Gate falls under California’s Mills Act, which reduces property taxes in exchange for preserving buildings.”

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Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets


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