Aspiring chefs and blowtorch enthusiasts, rejoice: You can now make meals (or heat up old leftovers) where celebrity chef Julia Child once cooked. The first house she owned—a 150-year-old four bedroom, three bath, wood frame home in the Georgetown Historic District—is on the market for $1.1 million.
Julia and her husband Paul purchased the house in 1948, but left that October for a long stay in Paris where Paul worked for the U.S. Information Agency. Even though Child had worked as a clerk with top security clearance for the Office of Strategic Services—where she met her husband—during World War II, the end of the war prompted a change of course, and during her two years of unemployment before the couple's transatlantic move, she began studying The Joy of Cooking.
When they returned in 1956, Child was an official graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and co-founder of the cooking school L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. To accommodate her recently acquired cooking skills, the couple remodeled their kitchen to include a new gas range, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. They moved to Cambridge, Mass. in 1958, bringing her new appliances with them.
From the pictures, the home—which the real estate listing describes as “a tribute to prosperity of the middle class in America”—looks like it requires quite a bit of work. Still, who wouldn’t want the chance to say “Bon Appetit” in Child’s own house?
[h/t Washington Post]