Nobody wants to buy this 214-room mansion in Silicon Valley that's on sale for $45 million

Hayes mansion san jose for sale 25Courtesy of Dolce Hayes MansionHayes Mansion could be all yours — if you’ve got $A45 million to spare.

A Silicon Valley city wants to unload a historic mansion that is costing millions of dollars a year in upkeep. But nobody with pockets deep enough seems to want it.

Built in 1905, Hayes Mansion is a 214-room hotel and conference center located in San Jose, California. The city bought the private estate for $A3.18 million in the early 1980s during the personal-computing boom. It wanted to make the mansion a hub for the tech industry.

But tourists and professionals coming to town for conferences never followed in the way the city had hoped, in part because Hayes Mansion sits on the outskirts of Silicon Valley. An investigation by the San Jose Mercury News found that the city has sunk more than $A76 million over the last three decades in subsidizing renovations and maintenance.

San Jose put the mansion up for sale in July, after a deal to sell it for $A60 million ($A6.36 million over asking) fell through. It has since slashed the asking price to $A45 million.

Take a look inside Hayes Mansion.

Hayes Mansion is an architectural gem.

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From above, it bears a striking resemblance to President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

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Built in 1905, it belonged to the Hayes Family, who made their fortune mining iron in the Great Lakes area. The Hayes heirs went on to run newspapers in the Bay Area.

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Source: San Jose Mercury News

But it was more house than one family needed. The Hayes Family sold most of the estate in 1964, and the mansion entered a long period of decay. It sat vacant for many years.

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Source: San Jose Mercury News

The city of San Jose scooped it up for $A3.18 million in the 1980s. It launched a massive renovation that added 214 guest rooms and 133,000 square feet of meeting space.

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The renovation caused the city to go $A75 million into bond debt, a report from the Mercury News showed. And the hotel and convention center never took off as expected.

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The mansion is fully operational, but it doesn't attract the business that city officials projected.

Hayes Mansion did not immediately respond to a request for the hotels' occupancy rate.

Each year, upkeep for the mansion costs taxpayers between $A2.5 million and $A7.63 million.

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They just don't make mansions like they used to.

The city desperately wants to sell the mansion, posting a sale price of $A45 million in July.

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Hayes Mansion might appeal to tech companies scouting locations for their next event, as San Francisco's Moscone Center remains closed for renovations. It has 24 meeting rooms.

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Executives could wine and dine prospective clients at one of the center's two restaurants.

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There's also a lounge area with a bar for more casual gatherings.

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This outdoor patio looks like a great place to close a deal.

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Conference-goers who want to unwind at the end of a long day can shoot some pool.

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Or they can take a dip in the palm tree-lined pool.

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There are 214 guest rooms and suites on the property. Rooms start at $A248 a night.

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Wireless internet is available throughout the hotel and conference center.

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In addition to conferences, Hayes Mansion hosts weddings, anniversary and birthday parties, fundraisers, and other gala-type affairs in its 6,600-square-foot ballroom.

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The mansion's history adds a touch of class to any gathering.

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And it could be all yours for the bargain price of $A45 million.

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