From the San Francisco Chronicle:
When Carol Christ took over as UC Berkeley’s chancellor last week, not only did she become the first woman to occupy the job — she also broke with tradition by deciding not to move into the gated campus mansion made notorious by the costly spruce-up by her predecessor Nicholas Dirks.
More than $1 million was spent in recent years remodeling University House for Dirks and his professor wife, Janaki Bakhle — including $247,000 authorized by former UC President Mark Yudof to renovate the kitchen, paint the place, refinish the floors and install new window coverings.
The university also spent close to $700,000 — 2½ times the original budget — to install a security fence after protesters sprayed graffiti on the house.
Plus, Bakhle swapped nine Persian rugs for six newer ones — at a net cost of at least $90,000.
University House has been home to UC presidents and Berkeley chancellors since 1911 — so why isn’t Christ moving in?
“Because I have a lovely house in Berkeley that I love,” she told The Chronicle’s Nanette Asimov...
Full story at http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/New-Cal-chancellor-shuns-campus-pricey-mansion-11274196.php
Or maybe Dirks' old house was just that: too old: