Paula Deen Puts ‘Food Network’ Estate on the Chopping Block with $12.5 Million Asking

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen—notorious for her using exorbitant amounts of butter in her southern-style cooking—is now looking to trim some fat off her real estate portfolio by listing her picture-perfect estate in Savannah, Georgia for $12.5 million (over four times the figure she purchased it for back in 2006).

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Situated on 3.92 acres, the 28,000-square-foot property’s star attraction is a 14,500-square-foot, custom-built, French-Caribbean main house, which features eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths.

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Additional spaces include a media room (complete with a movie screen, projector, soda fountain, and ice maker); a large private master suite with its own custom dressing room and views of the Wilmington Island River; a study aviary; a three-car garage; a saltwater fish tank; and a pool accompanied by a dive-in movie theater, not to mention a massive outdoor kitchen on top of the home’s professional kitchen (outfitted with commercial-grade appliances).

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A 10,000-square-foot barn with three bedrooms, two guest cottages, and an eight-car garage—on top of a dock house showcasing a one-bedroom guest home by a floating dock, plus a stocked half-acre pond, croquet court, koi pond, chicken coop, and an ice cream room with a pro ice machine—also rest on the grounds.

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The home was long ago the production site of Deen’s televised Food Network series, Paula’s Home Cooking (which ran between 2002 and 2012).

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Though she got booted from the Network around two years ago after she admitted to using racial slurs, Deen has since had quite the comeback; in fall 2014, she announced the launch of her very own network: an online, subscription-based service that will air Deen and her guests cooking in front of a studio audience.

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Photos and details courtesy of Zillow and People

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