Green eggs and ham for famous children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, certainly created a lot of greenery, as his opulent estate just hit the market with a price tag that will make your cat want to hold onto his hat.
For the first time in 75 years, the Geisel family home is being offered for sale by the University of California (UC) San Diego, which donated the home to the Geisel Trust in 2019. The property has been listed by Barry Estates for an incredible price. 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, incl The Lorax and Mr. Brown Can Moo! can youwere written at 7301 Encelia Dr. according to the Los Angeles Times.
The property consists of four sites spread over four hillside acres in La Jolla, overlooking the Southern California coast with 270 degree ocean views.
The 5,000-square-foot home with red roof tiles has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
Home buyers who want to buy a property can offer the whole complex or individual lots. The price of the house itself is $15.5 million, while the three neighboring lots cost around $5 million each.
Interested buyers have until Wednesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time to get their offers in, and only cash offers will be considered.
Proceeds from the sale of the house will go toward campus projects at UC San Diego.
“7301 Encelia Drive was the longtime home of Audrey and Theodore 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 at the UC San Diego Foundation, which will be the endowment. At the donor’s request, the chancellor will determine the use of the payment from the endowment fund for the needs of the campus.”
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Audrey Geisel was a major patron of UC San Diego before her death in 2018. In 1995, she donated $20 million to the university to expand its main library, which led to its renaming the Geisel Library.
In the book Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biographyauthors Judith and Neil Morgan detail how Geisel made 7301 Encelia Dr. his home.
Architect Tom Shepard showed the author an isolated, graffiti-covered tower on a La Jolla hillside to give him a view of the landscape, and Geisel immediately fell in love with it.
“The whole of Southern California seemed in their lap,” they wrote to Morgan. “The next morning they bought the tower and two acres around it, eight hundred feet above downtown La Jolla, beginning the final step in a dream they had cherished since their first visit (to the area) twenty years before.”
Construction began on the house, and Geisel and his first wife, Helen, moved in the following year.
“In this fairy citadel atop this fairy 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 the use of racist imagery in some of his books, including And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street and If I ran in the Zoo. Six of his books were withdrawn from circulation for this reason by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Some of Geisel’s other famous books include the cat in the hat Oh, the places you’ll go! and One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
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