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Julia Child's Charming Cottage in France Goes on Sale

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All photos via Sotheby's

Location: Plascassier, France
Price: € 800,000 (~$859,360)

Julia Child, the beloved American chef credited with bringing French cuisine stateside, lived in France for less than six years, but she made sure to build a retreat there that would offer incredible holidays for decades. Named "La Pitchoune" ("the little one" in Provençal), the stucco cottage was constructed in 1963 on land owned by Simone Beck, Child's best friend and co-author of her seminal book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Per the listing, Child and her husband Paul visited the property every year, often hosting "other culinary legends such as Jim Beard and M.F.K. Fisher." In 1993, the 1,614-square-foot abode became an American-run culinary school, which closed this year...so now the home is going on the open market for the very first time.

The house has bright living, dining rooms, three en-suite bedrooms, a separate studio building, and pool, but needless to say, the highlight is the original kitchen, which was modeled after the one that had been in Child's house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The only private Julia Child kitchen left in the world, it's permeating with authenticity: the counters are extra-tall to fit Child's 6'2 frame and the pegboard walls are still covered with original cooking equipment.


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