dr. Seuss’ $25 Million “Storybook” Estate For Sale For First Time In 75 Years – National

Green eggs and ham has certainly provided a lot of green for the famous children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, because his lavish estate just hit the market with a price tag that will make your cat want to hold on to his hat.

For the first time in 75 years, the home of Geisel’s family is being put up for sale by the University of California (UC) San Diego, who donated the home through the Geisel Trust in 2019. The property was sold by Barry Estates for a whopping US$19 million, or C$24.5 million.

The estate, which Geisel bought with his late wife Helen in 1948, was also home to him and his second wife Audrey. Many of Geisel’s classic works, including: The Lorax and Mr. Brown can moo! Can you?were written at 7301 Encelia Dr.

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The property consists of four sites spread over four acres of hills in La Jolla, overlooking the Southern California coastline with a 270-degree view of the ocean.

Aerial view of the home of Dr. Seuss that is now for sale for the first time in 75 years.

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The approximately 5,000-square-foot red-tiled house has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

Home buyers wishing to purchase the property can bid on the entire complex or individual lots. The house itself costs $15.5 million, while three adjacent lots cost about $5 million each.

Screenshot of a promotional video showing Dr. Seuss in La Jolla, California shows.

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Interested buyers have until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday to submit their bids, and cash offers only will be considered.

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Proceeds from the sale of the home will go toward campus projects at UC San Diego.

“7301 Encelia Drive has long been home to Audrey and Theodor Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss,” UC San Diego said in a statement, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. “When this property is sold, the net proceeds from the sale will create the Geisel Fund in the UC San Diego Foundation, which will be an endowment. At the request of the donor, the chancellor determines the use of the disbursement of the endowed fund for campus needs.

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Audrey Geisel was a major patron of UC San Diego before she died in 2018. In 1995, she donated US$20 million to the university to expand the main library, which led to it being renamed the Geisel Library.

In the book dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: a biographyauthors Judith and Neil Morgan describe how Geisel 7301 Encelia Dr. made it his home.

Architect Tom Shepard showed the author an isolated, graffiti-covered tower on La Jolla Hill to give him a vantage point from which to look out at the landscape, and Geisel immediately loved it.

“All of Southern California seemed in their lap,” the Morgans wrote. “The next morning they bought the tower and two acres around it, two hundred meters above downtown La Jolla, taking the final step in the dream they’d cherished since their first visit[to the area]twenty years earlier.”

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Screenshot of a promotional video showing Dr. Seuss in La Jolla, California shows.

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Construction on the house began and the following year Geisel and his first wife Helen moved there.

“In this fairytale citadel above this fairytale mountain, the Geisels lived and worked for the rest of their lives,” the Morgans wrote.

Since Geisel’s death in 1991, his reputation has come under fire for using racist imagery in some of his books, including And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street and If I ran the zoo. Six of his books have been withdrawn from circulation for this reason by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Some of Geisel’s other famous books are: the cat in the hat, Oh, the places you go! and One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

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