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    The historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
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    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Real estate agent Lynn Scholl exits the front door of the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Owner Thomas Roth in the grand room in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    A pair of old chairs sit under a window in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    An old bathtub is the only thing remaining of a bathroom in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    A stained glass window illuminates a wrought iron stair well in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    A window latch shows signs of age in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Real estate agents Sarah Illinik, left, and Lynn Scholl inspect some of the spaces in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Real Estate agents Lynn Scholl, left, and Sarah Illinik explore some of the spaces in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Real estate agent Mark Waterman, left, and owner Thomas Roth enter a bedroom in the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The number on the door is a remnant of a time when the house used as a boarding house. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    The historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    A pair of Lion sculptures greet visitors at the entrance to the historic Merkley house in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the grandest old mansions on Poverty Ridge is for sale for $895,000, but any buyer had better come ready to invest nearly that much to make it livable again. A for-sale sign beside the stone lions guarding the driveway says "fixer upper." The 6,600-square-foot mission-style mansion has seen better days. It was built near the turn of the century by the wealthy Merkley family to entertain the city's elite. But starting in the 1950s it served as a boarding house for single professionals and then as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. It was divided into a warren of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and gradually fell into decay.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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