2706 Olive STREET NW, Washington, DC 20007
MLS® ID: DCDC2017774
Affectionately referred to by its previous resident – renowned chef and television personality Julia Child – as her “little jewel,” the butter yellow clapboard house at 2706 Olive Street has been masterfully restored by current owner Rory Veevers-Carter in a manner befitting the home where Child worked on her groundbreaking culinary tome “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” During her ownership, Child delighted in offering cooking classes to DC’s social set – who learned how to perfect poached eggs and sautéed chicken from one of the most luminous figures in food. Perched on a leafy, residential block in Georgetown, the restoration of this beautiful and historic Federal style dwelling is a love letter to both the owner’s grandmother – an avid watcher of Julia’s cooking shows – and of course, to the inimitable icon herself. Drawn to the enormity of the project after the building fell into disrepair, the owner worked tirelessly to preserve this landmark house. After a lengthy refurbishment, the 3,275-square-foot house is restored to its former grandeur – albeit in the contemporary vision of the current owner, an expert in home renovations. Bathed in natural light and awash in exposed bricks and beams, the multi-level residence is equipped with luxury amenities at every turn. The entry level – which houses an expansive living room, office, foyer, working fireplace and powder room, is sun-filled – allowing the homeowner to cultivate plenty of flora throughout the turning seasons. As you move through the space, the floating staircase leads you through the breathtaking aspects of the house. At the center of this modern marvel is the kitchen – which pays homage to Child’s penchant for making use of the latest culinary gadgetry. Designed around the intersection of congregating and cooking, the kitchen is meant to inspire one’s inner chef. Replete with stainless steel Viking appliances, an eight-burner cooktop stove, double stacked ovens, a wooden hearth perfect for family pizza night, and a temperature-controlled wine fridge for the serious oenophile, the open kitchen is purposeful and prodigious. As a whimsical touch, the owner retained some of the original kitchen wall from the Julia years. Encased in glass, this “window to history” that sparked an American food revolution is a classic conversation starter for guests. The kitchen also leads out to a spacious, yet private, patio area ideal for al fresco dining or flexing a green thumb. The upper level features three brightly lit bedrooms. The primary bedroom features a walk-in closet with custom, built-in shelving. An en suite bathroom with a separate soaking tub and standup shower in hued white marble makes for a striking and clean appearance. A second, full bath sits adjacent to one of the secondary bedrooms. The lower level is meant as a sanctuary – with a custom Hammam tiled in pink marble. Should the homeowner choose to convert the den into a home gym, the area is roomy enough to accommodate various exercise equipment. After a strenuous workout, the Turkish steam bath is perfect for relaxation. Equipped with a laundry room and downstairs pantry, the lower level also provides a secondary entrance to the patio via a green stone staircase.
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