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World famous Dr. Seuss mansion in La Jolla up for sale after 75 years

Theodor Geisel, affectionately known as Dr. Seuss, remains one of the most renowned children’s book authors of our time. Theodor and his wife, Audrey Geisel, moved to La Jolla in 1948. They bought an observation tower high atop Mount Soledad, which Dr. Seuss would use as his office.

He bought the land in 1947 and lived there until his passing in 1991.

Overlooking the picturesque view of the La Jolla coastline and the famous Monterey Cypress trees in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Dr. Seuss would find the inspiration for many of his most beloved and popular stories. It was during his time in La Jolla that he would write 48 books including “Horton Hears a Who!,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Dr. Seuss won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984, a testament to his enduring legacy. His children’s books would be incomplete without his works of art, and his ties to San Diego and La Jolla California are indisputable.

Remodel includes Redland Clay Tile

In 1995, The house was remodeled by Architects Lorimer-Case of San Diego, to preserve its original looks and aesthetics. In order to do so, for the roof of the Mansion, Redland Clay Tile’s “Two Piece Mission, Old Sedona Blend “ was selected and it remains as spectacularly looking as when it was installed.

The house and adjacent lots are up for sale by its current owner: UC San Diego, home of the Geisel Library.

The property was gifted to the university in 2019 and proceeds from the sale with go into a newly created Geisel Fund in the UC San Diego Foundation to be used for campus projects to be determined by the university chancellor.

The following link will guide you to a video of the property:

Sources: UC San Diego, Barry Estates, Fox 5 San Diego, The LA Times,, NBC news.


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