Paula Deen Is Selling Her Savannah Mansion for $12.5 Million (PHOTOS)


Paula Deen is shaking things up, y’all!

The celebrity chef is selling her 5.5-acre Savannah, Georgia, estate for $12.5 million, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The private, gated property — where she filmed her Food Network cooking shows — boasts a 14,500-sq.-ft. home, a stocked pond, a croquet court, a chicken coop, a 10,000-sq.-ft. barn, a dock house and more.

“When Paula is in Savannah, she wants an easier and simpler life,” the source says, citing a slew of Deen’s projects, including expanding her restaurant business, new cookbooks and her recently launched digital network. But all that won’t stop her from picking up a new project: creating another Deen-designed home in — where else? — Savannah. “She can’t wait to find, renovate and design her next home.”

Even though Deen is keeping her primary residence in Georgia, the chef is looking at apartments in New York for a potential second home.

We can’t imagine how her new digs — in N.Y.C. or Savannah — will compare to her current (massive) estate, which includes:


A 14,5000-sq.-ft., custom-built French Caribbean main house with:
Exercise room
3-car garage
Pool — complete with dive-in movie theater
Professional gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade appliances
Media room with movie screen, projector, soda fountain and ice maker
Large private master suite overlooking the Wilmington Island River with custom dressing room
Study aviary
Saltwater fish tank
Outdoor kitchen with 4 refrigerators, 3 grills, 1 smoker, 1 electric oven, ice maker, sink


The private, secured and gated property features:
Stocked ½-acre pond
Croquet court
Koi pond
Chicken coop
Ice room with professional ice machine


Don’t forget the 10,000-sq.-ft. barn:
3 bedroom guest quarters
8-car garage that can accommodate 2 RV’s
Two guest cottages

And, of course, a dock house:
Guest house
Bedroom, bath, kitchen
Dock with floating dock

We counted three ice makers — seems sufficient, yes?

—Morgan Gibson, @morgangibson

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