Julia Child's Georgetown home hits the market for $3.5 million
Oven ready! Julia Child’s Georgetown home where she created her famous recipes hits market for $3.5 million – and just look at that kitchen!
- The Georgetown home of Julia Child has hit the market for $3.5 million
- Child lived in the 3,150 square-foot butter yellow clapboard house with her husband Paul from 1948 to 1959
- She had renovated the kitchen following the couple’s trip to Paris in 1956 where she held French cooking lessons and created her famous recipes
- Decades after their departure, current owner Rory Veveers-Carter purchased and renovated the home in 2015 but still kept Child’s charm
- The home was originally built by African American architect Edgar Murphy in 1869
The Washington DC home where legendary chef Julia Child whipped up some of her most famous dishes that appeared in her classic book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, has hit the market for $3.5 million.
The 3,150-square-foot butter yellow clapboard house, at 2706 Olive Street in Georgetown, was the beloved chef’s home from 1948 to 1959. During that span, she also lived with her husband, Paul, in Paris, where she began her journey to culinary greatness.
The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom Georgetown house has been restored and renovated by current owner Rory Veveers-Carter, who purchased the two-story home in 2015 for $935,000.
Child, who died in 2004, was a pioneer of cooking shows on TV when her program The French Chef debuted in 1963. She melted plenty of her beloved butter in the since-remodeled kitchen while fine-tuning many of her beloved recipes, including beef bourguignon, French onion soup and coq au vin.
In the listing, Veveers-Carter’s grandmother was revealed to be an ‘avid watcher of Julia’s cooking shows’ and was ‘drawn to the enormity of the project after the building fell into disrepair … work(ing) tirelessly to preserve this landmark house.’
The 3,150-square-foot Georgetown home of former chef and television star Julia Child has hit the market for $3.5 million
Child had lived in the home with her husband Paul from 1948 to 1959. She taught French cooking lessons and created some of her famous recipes in the home’s kitchen
Child had renovated the kitchen upon her return from Paris in 1956 and installed a $400 Garland Model 182 stove that featured a commercial gas range with six burners and a steel griddle.
That stove is now displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Veveers-Carter has upgraded the kitchen with stainless steel Viking appliances, an eight-burner cooktop stove, double stacked ovens, a wooden hearth and a wine fridge.
He did keep the shade of her original kitchen walls and a window that was featured in her cooking shows.
‘Encased in glass, this window to history that sparked an American food revolution is a classic conversation starter for guests,’ the listing said.
Current owner Rory Veveers-Carter purchased and began renovating the home in 2015 which featured a more open concept
Veveers-Carter kept up the kitchen’s charm with culinary gadgets such as stainless steel Viking appliances, an eight-burner cooktop stove, double stacked ovens, a wooden hearth and a wine fridge
The owner also kept a bit of Child’s charm in the kitchen by preserving some of the original paint she had
In terms of renovations, exposed brick and wood beams were utilized along with a natural light concept
The naturally-lit dining room features plenty of space for Child style dinner parties and events
A spacious patio is also available leading out from the dining room as well as above the lower level of the home
In addition to the famous kitchen, the home features exposed brick walls and wood beams with an open-floor concept on the first level that includes living room, office, foyer, working fireplace and powder room.
Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom as well as two other bedrooms, with one featuring an adjacent full bath.
A small room under the kitchen was converted by Veveers-Carter into a den, laundry area and a private Turkish steam room.
A spacious outdoor patio extends from the kitchen and there is a lower level with an entrance available through a green stone staircase.
Prior to Veveers-Carter’s purchase, architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen had refurbished the home during the 1970s. The updates included adding a spiral staircase, which has since been removed, as well as adding wall of windows.
The house was built in 1869 by African American architect Edgar Murphy when the neighborhood had been inhabited by predominantly black residents and had lived with his family there until his death in 1908, according to the Washington Post.
The master bedroom is located upstairs with an en suite bathroom also included
Two other bedrooms are also located on the top floor with an adjacent full bath attached to one of them
The marbled bathroom features the typical ammenities such as a bathtub and shower as well as separate water closet
The home in total features three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
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