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Inside Real Estate (Nov 27th, 2019)

Happy Thanksgiving, Inside readers!

To celebrate this holiday week, we’ve rounded up a selection of impressive homes built by the talents of renowned chefs and food corporations — some of which may have provided the ingredients for your Thanksgiving Day spread. Enjoy this food-centric real estate issue. 

Wishing you a great holiday,


1. Your green-bean casserole may have helped build the fortune that purchased a $5.4 million Palm Beach mansion in June. John Strawbridge Crompton, the great-grandson of the Campbell's Soup Co. founder John T. Dorrance, snatched up the California estate for a whopping $1,173 per square foot. While Crompton is an heir to the Campbell’s fortune, he reportedly purchased the property with a $3 million loan from BNY Mellon. - THE REAL DEAL

2. Speaking of Campbell’s Soup… the Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, mansion owned by the Campbell's Soup Co. founders is back on the market. Edmund B. Gilchrist designed and built the estate between 1928 and 1931 for stockbroker Rodman Ellison Griscom. It then traded hands to John T. Dorrance's family, who lived in it for more than 50 years. Dorrance is known for inventing the concept of condensing soup and founding the Campbell Soup Co. in 1914. “Linden Hill” is a 14,467-square-foot, French Normandy-style house is situated on 50 acres and includes a caretaker's quarters, 10-car garage and an aviary. The property also boasts two swimming pools and a tennis court. It was listed at $19.5 million in 2015 and is currently on the market for $22 million. - PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE

3. The famed Italian-American chef who headlines a slate of Food Network shows, Giada De Laurentiis, just closed on a $4.86 million Los Angeles bungalow. Situated on a third of an acre, the triangular lot features a basketball court, scythe-shaped swimming pool and detached glass-wall guesthouse. Of course, it also boasts an oversized, state-of-the-art kitchen. Another notable space: a subterranean car gallery. - VARIETY

4. Morton Salt Co. founder Joy Morton gifted his daughter — Jean Morton Cudahy— with a Lake Forest, Illinois, mansion designed by renowned Chicago architect David Adler in 1914. The 11,000-square-foot, French Provincial-style house has 17 formal rooms, including five suites. The property boasts a swimming pool, formal gardens and a tennis court. For several years it was on- and off-the-market after several price reductions. The last time it was on sale, the grand estate was listed at $7.9 million in 2017.  - CURBED

5. The mansion that Oscar Mayer built is a historic property in Evanston, Illinois. Oscar Ferdinand Mayer's son Oscar G. Mayer, Sr., who took over the Oscar Mayer sausage company in 1928, purchased this brick mansion in 1927. He lived there as recently as 1965. Registered as a historic landmark and built in 1901, this home was designed by architect Lawrence Halberg. The three-story, six-bedroom home has 7,401 square feet of living space and has recently undergone a comprehensive restoration. - PATCH

6. Food Network celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s $6.5 million contemporary Los Angeles abode marks his fourth west coast property, according to Architectural Digest. The 3,820-square-foot, four-bedroom house is outfitted with unique, imported finishes, like the South African blonde-wood custom cabinetry in the kitchen. Built in 2018, the new house sits on more than half an acre of land above the Sunset Strip. The property’s sparkling swimming pool comes with a sunbathing terrace and hot tub. Best of all? If Flay runs out of sugar, he can always borrow a cup from nearby neighbor Leonardo DiCaprio. - ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

7. The onetime home of nutritionist Janette Kelley — the woman who helped create fictional character Betty Crocker — is a cozy 1930s cottage in Norwell, Massachusetts. Built in 1681, the three-bedroom, two-bath Dutch Colonial-style home has 2,808 square feet of interior space and sits on more than an acre of land. Inside, it has dark-wood beams, an oversized fireplace and antique outfittings, including a four-poster bed with floral print bedding. - NEHS

8. A peek inside Julia Child’s former French vacation home proves she was cooking up a storm even while on holiday. Three of the four walls are decked out with an expanse of knives, pots, pans and an endless supply of other cooking gadgets. Child's French house, La Pitchoune — "The Little Thing" —  is in Plascassier, about a half-hour's drive from the city of Cannes and the Côte d'Azur. The late chef and her husband, Paul, built the four-bedroom, 1,614-square-foot cottage in 1966. A funny note on the cooking area: at a height of 6'2, Child had to have the counters raised in this cozy little cottage. - HOUSTON CHRONICLE

9. The sweet Piedmont, California, home built by for the Ghirardelli Chocolate founders is a stately Colonial Revival-style mansion. Giuseppe Ghirardelli commissioned the Mission Revival-style, 6,479-square-foot estate in the early 1910s. He passed away before its completion, and in 1911 his widow, Ellen Ghirardelli Cushing, remarried and changed up the facade and layout of the residence. Those alterations alone took a year to complete. One of the highlights of this property is its rose garden and expansive dining room. Box-beam ceilings and elaborate columns enhance the grandeur of the interior. Chocolate-y dark-wood paneling features prominently throughout the seven-bedroom home. The house was last sold for $4.65 million in 2016. - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

10. The Wall Street Journal recently dished up a profile of esteemed gourmands Barbara Lynch, Kaveh Zamanian and Koel Thomae. The outlet offers a tour of each celebrity chef’s kitchens — and the houses attached, of course. Among the standout properties is Noosa Yoghurt founder Thomae’s renovated Boulder, Colorado, house which is a stark difference between the “hippie-type” trailer-park community in which she was raised, the Journal explains. - WALL STREET JOURNAL

Written and curated by Darla Guillen Gilthorpe. Darla writes for the Houston Chronicle, where she was part of its 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist staff. She was previously an editor at Vox Media site Eater and has had bylines in Elle Decor, SFGate and various other outlets. Follow her on Twitter here.

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