Dr. Seuss House For Sale In La Jolla, San Diego – NBC Chicago


The La Jolla home of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who imagined the whimsical worlds of ‘The Grinch’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’ as author Dr. Seuss, is on sale for the first time in over 70 years .

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home atop Mount Soledad doesn’t necessarily seem like it belonged in the whimsical world that Geisel brought stories to life in the late 1900s, but the beloved children’s author was inspired to write some of his most famous creations from his perch with 270 degree panoramic views.

It is now for sale by its current owners UC San Diego and listed by Jason Barry at Barry Estates for nearly $19 million. Interested buyers should be ready to pay cash and submit bids by 5 p.m. Aug. 17, the University said. If the price is a little high for you, the 4.03-acre property is divided into three smaller lots ranging from $3.9 to just under $12 million each.

The property was gifted to the university in 2019, and the proceeds from the sale are going into a newly created Geisel Fund within the UC San Diego Foundation to be used for campus projects to be determined by the university’s chancellor. , said a spokesperson.

According to the City of San Diego, Geisel and his first wife, Helen, built the house around an old observation tower on Encelia Drive in 1948, when his career was booming and after a stint in Hollywood. After Helen’s death in 1967, he married Audrey and the two lived together in the house until Geisel’s death in 1996.

A map shows three lots for sale, which were part of Dr. Seuss’ more than four-acre home on Mount Soledad. (Barry Estates)

Audrey Giesel died peacefully at home in 2018. She was an avid supporter of UC San Diego and donated $20 million to campus for the school’s library, which was later renamed Geisel Library. The library now houses the collection of Dr. Seuss sketches and drawings, also donated, and other Seuss memorabilia.

During his career, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 47 books – from his first publication in 1937, “…And to Think I Saw Him on Mulberry Street” to his last during his lifetime, “Oh, the Places You I’ll go!” published in 1990 – and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his contribution to children’s literature. Most seemed fanciful but had meanings beyond their story. The Lorax, for example, broadcast an environmental message. It was likely inspired by the Monterey chypres of San Diego and the housing expansion at the time.

The panoramic view of the La Jolla home inspired Geisel in some of his most popular works, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1986. Photos taken in 1957 show the author at an artist’s drafting desk in front of a window wraparound that overlooks the mountainside and the La Jolla shores below. During the 1950s he wrote a few children’s books a year, culminating in 1957 with the publication of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat in the Hat”.

Photos taken of Geisel while working from the hilltop home in the late 1950s and mid-1980s provide insight into the author’s life from home in La Jolla. Looked:

Seuss at work

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American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 -1991) working in his home office on a sketch of ‘An Alley Cat for a Very Low Alley’, La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957.

Doctor Seuss and his wife in front of their house

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American writer and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991) points to something in the distance as his wife Helen prepares to take a photo outside their home in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957.

Dr Seuss and his creatures

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American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991), holds the head of one of his characters in his home study room, La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957.

Dr Seuss and his dog outdoors

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American writer and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991) lies down with his Irish setter Cluny and some evidence of his work by a swimming pool at his home in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957.

Author Théodore Geisel (""Dr Seuss"") at home

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Author Theodore Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”) at home. (Photo by Mark Kauffman/Getty Images)

Dr Seuss at his desk

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Sitting in his office with his most recent book, “You’re Only Old Once!…An Outdated Children’s Book,” is Dr. Seuss, famed author of 44 children’s books. September 14, 1986.

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