Chef René Redzepi buys 17th-century dream home in Copenhagen

René Redzepi
René Redzepi
Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighborhood
Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighborhood

Rene Redzepi, the world-class chef behind Copenhagen Noma restaurant,  is finally living in his dream home. The 17th-century row house and former blacksmith’s workshop “houses five bedrooms and two bathrooms in its 2,400 square feet and has access to a roughly quarter-acre garden shared with a city block of community-minded neighbors,” explains the WSJ. 

But dreamhomes don’t come cheap or easy. When it went on the market for $1.2 million, Redzepi was competing with two other bidders. However, even with a lowball bid he and his wife, Nadine, ended up victorious, because the seller likes that they planned to use the space as a multi-generational home — Redzepi’s mother moved in downstairs.

The couple paid $1.01 million and after two months of renovations it was finally complete. Because natural light is scarce in most Scandinavian homes, “the couple installed nearly 30 LED lights in the open-plan kitchen and living area.” It is no surprise that a chef’s home would also feature a “customized kitchen area, which has streamlined oak fittings and a massive fireplace equipped with an open grill. Appliances are concealed with the exception of a conspicuous Electrolux inductive stove.”

Located in a diverse area known as Christianshavn, it is in ideal location — just steps from his restaurant which is known for its “18-course dinners for 40 diners who pay about $420 apiece for the fixed menu, including wine pairings” It’s proximity allows him to spend “mornings at home.” While Noma will be closing at the end of the year, Redzepi will be opening a new farm and eating establishment located nearby.