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Dr. Laura’s Calif. mansion with radio studio lists for $20M

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Dr. Laura is offering something other than relationship advice — a $19.5 million Santa Barbara compound, The Post can exclusively reveal.

It’s where the controversial radio personality raised her family, recorded her once scandal-plagued show and even hosted her son’s wedding, she told The Post of her 16 years there.

“You walk into a house and it’s like a warm sweater or not. This house is like a warm, toasty sweater,” Dr. Laura Schlessinger told The Post. “It has a good feeling because there was so much happiness here.”

The 74-year-old SiriusXM radio host plans to downsize because her late husband Lewis Bishop died in 2015 and her son Deryk Schlessinger, 35, is grown, she said.

“It’s amazing to come full circle in this house — to have a baby, and now he’s married… It was touching to be the mother of the groom,” she said.

“You walk into a house and it’s like a warm sweater or not. This house is like a warm, toasty sweater,” radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger told The Post. “It has a good feeling because there was so much happiness here.”

"It's amazing to come full circle in this house — to have a baby, and now he's married... It was touching to be the mother of the groom," she said.
“It’s amazing to come full circle in this house — to have a baby, and now he’s married… It was touching to be the mother of the groom,” she said.

The 74-year-old SiriusXM radio host plans to downsize because her late husband Lewis Bishop died in 2015 and her son Deryk Schlessinger, 35, is grown, she said.
The 74-year-old SiriusXM radio host plans to downsize because her late husband Lewis Bishop died in 2015 and her son Deryk Schlessinger, 35, is grown, she said.

The estate is where she raised her family, recorded her show and even hosted her son's wedding, she told The Post.
The estate is where she raised her family, recorded her show and even hosted her son’s wedding, she told The Post.

The foyer has a winding staircase.
The foyer has a winding staircase.
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A large living room is pictured.
A large living room is pictured.
Jim Bartsch

The estate also has her main studio where she recorded almost all of her relationship advice-geared radio shows, she said. It is soundproofed with beige padding and equipped with a directional microphone, she said.

“My commute is about 50 seconds,” she said. She does not plan to retire and will build a new studio in her new home, she said.

The estate has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms spanning 8,788 square feet. The house is equipped with six fireplaces, a media room, a billiards room, an onyx bathroom and an expansive south-facing ocean view along the coast.

The kitchen has an island with seating.
The kitchen has an island with seating.
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A dining area is pictured.
A dining area is pictured.
Jim Bartsch

“The first time I saw the house, I went to the back and said ‘Holy cow’ — actually, I said a naughtier word,” she told The Post.

She’ll miss the ocean view but hopes her new place will have a view too — or at least a koi pond or a fish tank, she said.

“The view is just staggering. You have to see the property to grasp it — there’s nothing like it,” listing broker Jason Streatfeild of Douglas Elliman told The Post.

The bathroom stone in onyx, said Schlessinger.
The bathroom stone in onyx, said Schlessinger.
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A billiards room is pictured.
A billiards room is pictured.
Jim Bartsch

The 3.75-acre estate has a gym, a lighted tennis court, a pickleball court, a putting green, a guest apartment, an outdoor fireplace, a hot tub and a pool she said she has used “maybe four times.”

“This is one of the most beautiful view properties you would find anywhere in the world. It’s like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast but California,” Streatfeild told The Post.

But her favorite outdoor feature is the quarter-acre hiking path loop, which she completes four turns of daily, she said.

A media room is pictured.
A media room is pictured.
Jim Bartsch
A gym is pictured.
A gym is pictured.
Jim Bartsch
Dr. Laura isn't a big swimmer and has only used the pool about four times, she said.
Dr. Laura isn’t a big swimmer and has only used the pool about four times, she said.

The pool has a vast view of the ocean.
The pool has a vast view of the ocean.

“Someone is going to have a very good life when they discover the house and move in,” Streatfeild told The Post.

The outspoken host of “The Dr. Laura Program” on SiriusXM switched to streaming radio in 2010, before which time her show was broadcast on hundreds of radio stations around the United States. Her net worth is unknown.

Schlessinger, who has a doctorate in physiology and a certificate in marriage and family counseling, is known for books including “The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands” and “Stop Whining, Start Living.”

An outdoor patio has a large stone fireplace.
An outdoor patio has a large stone fireplace.

The patio overlooks the ocean.
The patio overlooks the ocean.

The patio has a sunning area.
The patio has a sunning area.

Dr. Laura often uses the tennis court, she said.
Dr. Laura often uses the tennis court, she said.

The tennis court is lighted.
The tennis court is lighted.

Local rules prohibit lights on tennis courts, but these lights were grandfathered in, making it a special amenity.
Local rules prohibit lights on tennis courts, but these lights were grandfathered in, making it a special amenity.

There is also a pickleball court.
There is also a pickleball court.

Schlessinger's son got married on her 3.75-acre lawn.
Schlessinger’s son got married on her 3.75-acre lawn.

The 3.75-acre estate has a gym, a lighted tennis court, a pickleball court, a putting green, a guest apartment, an outdoor fireplace, a hot tub and a pool she said she has used "maybe four times."
The 3.75-acre estate has a gym, a lighted tennis court, a pickleball court, a putting green, a guest apartment, an outdoor fireplace, a hot tub and a pool she said she has used “maybe four times.”

"This is one of the most beautiful view properties you would find anywhere in the world. It's like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast but California," Streatfield told The Post.
“This is one of the most beautiful view properties you would find anywhere in the world. It’s like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast but California,” Streatfield told The Post.

"The first time I saw the house, I went to the back and said 'Holy cow' — actually, I said a naughtier word," she told The Post.
“The first time I saw the house, I went to the back and said ‘Holy cow’ — actually, I said a naughtier word,” she told The Post.

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