The abandoned beauty of Blake House

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

Blake House, perched north of Berkeley Hills and once called itself home to University of California Presidents, is abandoned. The 90-year old building hasn’t housed a President since 2008 — but with the arrival of new UC President Janet Napolitano, that might change. However, to make the beautifully decorated house into a hospitable, livable mansion will take time — and millions of dollars.

Until Napolitano or the UC Board of Regents approve the renovation, however, Blake House will remain a shell of itself, beckoning for a new owner to eat, sleep and live within its confines.

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