Green Eggs with Ham It certainly made a lot of green for famed children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as his opulent heirloom just hit the market with a price tag that will make your cat want to grab his hat.
For the first time in 75 years, the Geisel family home is being put up for sale by the University of California (UC) San Diego, to which the house was gifted by the Geisel Trust in 2019. The property was listed by Barry Estates. for a whopping 19 million US dollars, or 24.5 million Canadian dollars.
The property, which Geisel purchased 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 Y Mr. Brown can moo! Can?they were written at 7301 Encelia Dr. according to the Los Angeles Times.
The property is comprised of four sites spread over four hillside acres in La Jolla, overlooking the Southern California coastline with a 270-degree view of the ocean.
The approximately 5,000-square-foot, red-tiled home features four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
Homebuyers wishing to purchase the property can bid on the entire complex or separate lots. The house itself is priced at $15.5 million, while three adjoining lots cost about $5 million each.
Interested buyers have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT to submit their bids, and only cash bids will be considered.
Proceeds from the sale of the house will go towards campus projects at UC San Diego.
“7301 Encelia Drive was the long-time home of 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 at the UC San Diego Foundation, which will be an endowment. Based on the wishes of the donor, the Chancellor will determine the use of the endowed fund payment 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 $20 million to the university to expand its main library, which led to its name being the Geisel Library.
In the book Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel: A BiographyAuthors Judith and Neil Morgan detail how Geisel made 7301 Encelia Dr. his home.
Architect Tom Shepard showed the author a freestanding tower covered in graffiti on the La Jolla hillside to give him a vantage point from which to look out over the landscape, and Geisel immediately loved it.
“All of Southern California seemed to be in his lap,” the Morgans wrote. “The next morning they bought the tower and two acres around it, eight hundred feet above downtown La Jolla, taking the last step in the dream they had cherished since their first visit (to the area) twenty years earlier.”
Construction began on the house, and Geisel and his first wife, Helen, moved in the following year.
“In this storybook citadel on 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 been criticized for the use of racist imagery in some of his books, including And to think I saw him on Mulberry Street Y If I ran the zoo. Six of his books have been withdrawn from circulation by Dr. Seuss Enterprises for this reason.
Some of Geisel’s other famous books include The cat in the Hat, Oh the places you will go! Y One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
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