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Location: New Orleans, La.
The Skinny: While Top Chef New Orleans continues to simmer and boil its way through its season run, the French Quarter row house in which the contestants bunked during filming has recently hit the market for $2.985M. The historic Bourbon Street building was part of the storied Maison Hospitaliere retirement home complex (Life magazine colorfully described it in 1946 as "a home for old Creole ladies") that closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The property proceeded to molder in elegant decay until 2009, when Lauricella Bourbon Properties bought and began to restore the former Maison. Built in 1838, the fully renovated home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plenty of exposed brick- and wood-work, and a glassed-in pneumatic elevator that adds just a hint of steampunk to the otherwise restrained redo. As one might expect from a home featured in a cooking reality TV show, the second-floor kitchen is fitted out with features including "honed marble countertops and GE Monogram appliances," though committed Top Chef fans (Cheffers?) might be disappointed to learn that the distinctive purple stripe in the stairwell has been painted over.