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Epic Bayfront Mansion with Checkered Past Returns for $35.9M

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Location: Belvedere, Calif.
Price: $35,880,000
The Skinny: This huge mansion on California's exclusive Belvedere peninsula was only built after overcoming significant neighborhood opposition, including a neighbor who called the project a "parachute McMansion" in 2008. Of course, that's when plans were calling for a 10,280-square-foot structure on the 1.14-acre lot. Five years later, the house is complete, despite the opposition, and ballooned to over 15,000 square feet. Originally slated to be built by hedge fund manager John Tozzi, the property was eventually developed by Jeff Paster according to plans by S.F.-based architect Sandy Walker. The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom megamansion includes a three car garage, gated parking for more than 20 cars, 6,000-square-feet of terraces, a swimming pool, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and a staggering master suite with his and hers dressing rooms and a marble bathtub with bay views. Set on the Bay opposite San Francisco, the property enjoys some of the finest skyline views in the area, plus a full look at the Golden Gate Bridge. A project this luxurious, and this burdened with legal fees, wasn't going to come cheap; It is currently listed for $35.88M.

· 425 Belvedere Avenue [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Battle over Belvedere 'McMansion' [Marin Independent Journal]