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Look inside Dr. Seuss La Jolla, San Diego home for sale – NBC 7 San Diego

At the northern summit of Mount Soledad sits a sprawling property where some of the most iconic children’s literature has come to life.

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel lived in the La Jolla home from 1948 until his death in 1991 and it is now up for auction for the first time in over 70 years by its current owners UC San Diego, who was gifted the property when Geisel’s wife Audrey died in 2018.

Audrey Geisel remodeled the house after her death, it still has touches inspired by the author. The current office recreates Geisel’s views when he created “The Cat in the Hat”, “The Lorax” and other whimsical tales that have been credited with inspiring generations of children to read.

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Right: 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. Left: A photo of Dr. Seuss’ longtime home office on August 15, 2022.

Guests are greeted at the front door with a hat tip from the cat in the hat himself and the pool tiles recreate his signature bow tie.

A hat tip from the “Cat in the Hat” greets guests on their way to the longtime home of Dr. Seuss

Keen observers can spot a bow tie belonging to the famous cat at the bottom of the renovated Seuss pool

There remains an upstairs observation tower, as do Mexico’s 270-degree views to – on a clear day – San Clemente, according to listing agent Jason Barry.

The real estate team gave NBC 7 a tour of the 4.03-acre, four-bedroom, four-bathroom property — which is being auctioned off in three separate lots of $3.9 at just under $12 million or all together for nearly $19 million — before auction closes Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Take a look in the video above.

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.

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 house 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 wraparound window that overlooks the mountainside and the shores of La Jolla 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”.

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