Dr. Seuss’ $19M hilltop estate lists for the first time in 75 years

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“You are going to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get going!”

That quote from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Theodor Seuss Geisel – aka the great Dr. Seuss — is fitting, given that his sprawling California estate has hit the market for the first time in nearly 75 years.

Located in La Jolla, is the home where Dr. Seuss conceived the whimsical worlds of “The Grinch” and “The Cat in the Hat”, owned for the past few years by the University of California San Diego.

The property was donated to the university in 2019 by the late wife of Dr. Seuss, Audrey Stone Diamond.

Proceeds from the sale are expected to go to the UC San Diego Foundation’s newly established Geisel Fund to be used for campus projects determined by the university chancellor, a spokesperson said.

Consisting of four lots totaling more than 4 acres, the private, hillside property offers 270-degree views of the ocean, coastline and mountains of Southern California, the listing explains.

The house is located on 4 plus acres.
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The pool overlooks the ocean.
The pool overlooks the Southern California ocean.
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Any potential buyer has the option to purchase all four sites for $19 million or independently, ranging from $4 million to $12 million.

Jason Barry of the Jason Barry team at Barry Estates holds the list.

“This is arguably one of the most spectacular sites of over 4 acres on the West Coast with a breathtaking 270-degree shoreline and mountain views,” Barry told The Post. “Ted Geisel could have chosen to live anywhere in the world and he chose this hilltop estate in La Jolla. This is a property that only occurs once in a generation; it hasn’t been available for 75 years and when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Interested buyers must submit their bids by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, and are expected to pay in full in cash, the listing said.

A map shows three lots for sale, which were part of Dr.  Seuss on Mount Soledad.
A map shows three lots for sale, which were part of Dr. Seuss on Mount Soledad.
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dr.  Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits back with his Irish Setter Cluny and some evidence of his work at the edge of a swimming pool at home in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957.
dr. Seuss with his Irish setter, Cluny, and some evidence of his work at the edge of a swimming pool at his home in La Jolla, California, on April 25, 1957.
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A map shows three lots for sale, which were part of Dr.  Seuss on Mount Soledad.
American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) works in his home office in La Jolla on April 25, 1957.
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dr. Seuss and his first wife, Helen, built the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house atop Mount Soledad in 1948 on an old watchtower on Encelia Drive. After Helen’s death in 1967, he married Audrey and the two lived together in the home until his death in 1991.

Audrey passed away at home in 2018. An avid supporter of UC San Diego, she donated $20 million to the campus for the school library, later named Geisel Library after Dr. seuss.

The library now houses the also donated Dr. Seuss collection of sketches and drawings and other Seuss memorabilia.

dr.  Seuss points to something in the distance as his wife Helen prepares to take a photo outside their home in La Jolla, California on April 25, 1957.
dr. Seuss points to something in the distance as his wife, Helen, prepares to snap a photo outside their home in La Jolla, California, on April 25, 1957.
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In recent months, “cancel culture” has continued the legacy of Dr. Seuss tampered with. Six of his children’s books were pulled from publication because of what some called racism.

The company that oversees the publication of Dr. Seuss said it was scrapping the six books: “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “The Cat’s Quizzer,” “On Beyond Zebra!” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!” – because they “depict people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“We felt it was time to take action,” DSE said in a statement to The Post.

“We have listened and received feedback from our audience, including educators, academics and specialists in the field, as part of the assessment process.”

In addition, it was announced that a series of invisible sketches, drawn by Dr. Seuss, will be edited by an “inclusive” group of writers and artists from “diverse racial backgrounds” before being published for the first time.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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