An early Tesla investor wants to offload his Silicon Valley mansion for $51 million -- take a look inside

Tesla wouldn’t be the triumphant car maker it is today without Alan Salzman, a well-known venture capitalist who made an early bet on Elon Musk’s startup before it had a product.

Salzman owned about 9% of Tesla for a time. He sold a fraction of his shares when the company went public in 2010, and still owns nearly seven million shares worth $A3 billion. 

Salzman, the 63-year-old cofounder of VantagePoint Capital Partners, has the eye-popping mansion to prove his wealth. 200 Polhemus Avenue is a six-bedroom, nine-bath estate in Atherton, California, complete with an in-house spa, library, movie theatre, and golf course.

The house went on the market for $A50.66 million in March 2017. There have been no takers yet, which means the sprawling estate in the country’s third most expensive zip code could be all yours, if you have the millions to spare. Take a look inside. 

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In March, Salzman listed the 9,000-square-foot Atherton manor for $A50.66 million, which is an increase of 300% from what he paid for the house in 2001. It cost $A15 million then.

Built in 1931 and 'renovated with European grandeur,' the mansion embodies luxury.

The three-level main residence has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

Antique wood and French stone cover the floors. The listing also describes 'centuries-old interior doors,' silk wall coverings, Venetian plaster, and antique and Murano chandeliers.

A total living space of approximately 13,500 square feet make it a great place for hosting.

Salzman and his ex-wife Jillian Manus hosted -- a lot.

Before their divorce, Manus -- a triple-threat venture capitalist, philanthropist, and literary agent -- threw parties at 200 Polhemus Avenue that were the talk of Silicon Valley.

Jillian Manus poses for a photo with Jay Leno at one of her annual charity galas.

Her annual Valentine's Day parties routinely raised over $1.28 million for charity. The over-the-top soirées have included live elephants, scale replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a fairy-tale setting featuring a pumpkin-shaped carriage led by cotton-candy-coloured horses.

Tech executives, politicians, and socialites pay about $A4,000 for entrance. The VIP experience runs $A23,000. Manus continues to throw her famous bashes at her new Atherton mansion.

Source: The Almanac

200 Polhemus Avenue comes with some pretty sweet amenities.

The pool house includes two full baths and a sauna.

A billiards room features a built-in full bar and glass-enclosed wine storage.

A library offers a quiet place to read and recharge.

Salzman, who is believed to be a Feng-Shui enthusiast, had the house decorated accordingly.

'The entire property revolves around a line of energy that integrates water, wood, and fire elements,' according to the listing.

The mansion sits on 2.6 acres that include walking paths, a koi pond, and a 'secret garden.'

There's also a lighted, seven-hole golf practice area and a tennis court.

A redwood grove visually transports residents to the headlands north of San Francisco.

200 Polhemus Avenue is a catch, if you can afford it.

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