Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

GEORGETOWN, DC – Lovingly referred to by her former resident – the famous chef and TV personality Julia Child – as her “little jewel”, this buttery yellow shack on 2706 Olive Street has been masterfully restored by current owner Rory Veevers-Carter in a way It fits in with the home where Child worked on his groundbreaking culinary tone “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

During his ownership, Child was rumored to provide cooking classes for DC’s social set. Built on a green apartment block in Georgetown, the restoration of this beautiful and historic federal-style home is a love letter from Veevers-Carter to both his grandmother, an avid observer of Julia Child’s cooking shows, and to the icon himself.

At the time of Child’s purchase of the house – her first entry as a homeowner – Olive Street 2706 already had a famous history. Built shortly after the Civil War by Edgar Moore, a leading figure in black society, the house is part of a living tapestry of African-American influence in DC during the Reconstruction era. The home was eventually acquired by Paul and Julia Child in 1948.

At the center of this home in Georgetown is the kitchen that pays homage to Julia Childs’ penchant for making use of the latest culinary gadgets. (Red fine)
  • Address: 2706 Olive St NW, Washington, DC.
  • Price: $ 3,500,000
  • Square foot: 3,275
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • List Description: In the 1970s, renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen installed a wall of windows at the back of 2706 Olive Street, which the current owner has kept intact. After a lengthy renovation, the 3,275-square-foot house has been restored to its former grandeur, albeit in the modern vision of Veevers-Carter, an expert in home renovation. Bathed in natural light and flooded with exposed bricks and beams, the accommodation on several levels is equipped with luxury facilities on each trip. The entrance level, which houses an expansive living room, office, foyer, working fireplace and powder room, is sunny. As you move through the room, the floating staircase leads you through the breathtaking aspects of the house. At the heart of this modern marvel is the kitchen that pays homage to Julia Childs’ penchant for making use of the latest culinary gadgets. The kitchen should inspire one’s inner chef. Filled with stainless steel Viking appliances, a stove with eight burners, double-stacked ovens, a wood fire, perfect for family pizza evenings, and a temperature-controlled wine refrigerator for the serious oenophile, the open kitchen is purposeful and wonderful. It also leads out to a spacious but private patio area that is ideal for al fresco dining or for bending a green thumb. Inspired by the queen of French cooking, the kitchen is a meeting place for everyday pampering as well as special occasions. An evening spent enjoying boeuf bourguignon paired with a lovely red Burgundy feels reminiscent of the legendary dinner parties hosted by Childs. The upper floor has three brightly lit bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet with custom, built-in shelves. A private bathroom with a separate bath and shower in nuanced white marble gives a striking and clean look. Another full bath sits next to one of the secondary bedrooms. The underground level is meant as a sanctuary with a custom Hammam tiled in pink marble. Should the homeowner choose to convert the cave into a home exercise room, the area is spacious enough for various equipment. After a strenuous workout, the Turkish steam bath is perfect for relaxing. Equipped with laundry room and pantry downstairs, the lower level also provides a secondary entrance to the terrace via a green stone staircase.

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Julia and Paul Child bought this home in Georgetown in 1948. (Redfin)

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