Celebrity New Age wellness guru Deepak Chopra, advocate of the pseudoscientific “quantum healing” method and bestselling author of 90-some self-help books who rocketed to mainstream fame and fortune after he was interviewed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1993, is pulling up sticks in the swanky seaside community of La Jolla, Calif., listing his longtime West Coast abode with a $5.65 million price tag — about 2.5 times the $2.2 million he and wife Rita paid in 1993.
Listings held by Susana Corrigan and Patty Cohen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService California Properties, which make no secret of the home’s name-brand owners, describe the airy residence as a “soft contemporary” with sweeping golf course and ocean views that “bring joy and a lightness of being to everyday living.” The curvilinear hillside home offers five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in almost 5,900 square feet over three light-filled floors.
Open-plan living spaces finished feature wheat colored wood floors, cotton ball white walls and tons of natural light thanks to several skylights and walls of windows that open to slim balconies. A semi-circular stair well and a double-sided fireplace separate the top-floor living and dining spaces, while the unconventionally shaped high-end kitchen flows into a family room that comprises an informal dining area and a lounge with custom built-ins on either side of a fireplace.
During the COVID-19 quarantines last year, Chopra broadcast his daily guided meditations from one of the ocean-view guest bedrooms, while the serene primary bedroom offers a sitting area with fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that provide terrace access and a wedge-shaped bathroom sheathed in buff-colored polished Travertine marble with a double-sink vanity and an oval-shaped sunken tub.
A corkscrew staircase connects upper-level terraces with a somewhat small but eminently desirable flat backyard that includes a wee patch of grass and a stone terrace alongside a gently curved swimming pool and spa that that is less than optimally in full view of a few of the neighboring homes.
Chopra, who taught spirituality seeking A-listers like Madonna and Michael Jackson to meditate, and several years ago collaborated on the design of the Muse Wellness Residences in Sunny Isles, Fla., has said, “The homes we live in can have a powerful effect on our physical and emotional health”. So, it’s not too much of a surprise he has long maintained a spacious residence at Delos Residences, a five-unit wellness-oriented boutique building in New York City’s Greenwich Village that offers its few, financially fortunate residents, who once included Leo DiCaprio, vitamin C-infused showers, integrated air and water purifying systems, circadian lighting design and posture-supportive six-inch-wide Siberian oak floorboards. Tax records show the Chopra paid close to $5.9 million for the nearly 3,700-square-foot condo in 2014.