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Ex-Bill Losman selling his Oakland Place home

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Former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman, who was drafted with high hopes to lead the team only to disappoint fans later, has put his Buffalo home near Women & Children's Hospital on the market.

Losman has listed the 2,880-square-foot home at 70 Oakland Place with M.J. Peterson Corp.'s Susan Lenahan since December. He is seeking $710,000 for the two-bedroom, 3.5-bath Georgian-style brick row house, which makes up the front one-third of the old Mitchell Mansion.

The mansion, between Bryant and Summer streets, was built in 1900 but was later divided into three parts, with three different addresses on Oakland. The rear unit, 74 Oakland, is also for sale by a different owner, for $699,000.

Losman's home features a grand foyer and three-story circular staircase, a formal dining room with French doors leading to a porch, two wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom suite, a third floor with a family room, office space and a two-car garage.

Losman bought it from Sheldon Berlow for $650,000. He has not lived in the home since last spring, shortly before he got married in California, to a woman from Buffalo whose mother still lives in Rochester.

The house has not yet sold, but Lenahan said sales in the city have been "strong" in recent months. She sold eight houses in January, which "is unheard of," given normal weather for the month.

"The market in the city has been very active," she said. "We're having a good spring so far, partially due to the fact that we didn't have any winter."

The Bills drafted Losman in the first round in 2004, but he was injured during training camp and saw only limited action that year before he was named the starter for 2005. He struggled and was benched, eventually splitting time for the rest of the season with Kelly Holcomb.

He started again in 2006 with a much better season but was injured again early in 2007 and was replaced by Trent Edwards. He was released at the end of the 2008 season, and has since played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the upstart United Football League, as well as the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and now Miami Dolphins.

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