Television chef Paula Deen has been bringing the best dishes from her house to yours for years, but now she’s bringing you the biggest dish of all: her entire house.
Just listed for $ 12.5 million, the sprawling French Caribbean–style mansion, appropriately named River Bend, measures 28,000 square feet. The eight-bedroom home sits along the Wilmington River and features many of Deen’s personal touches.
The heart of Deen’s home is the kitchen, or kitchens.
The kitchen in the main house has a classic country farmhouse style. The massive range has a copper hood, which matches the copper-bottom pans hanging from a rack.
“Everything in her kitchen is state-of-the-art, professional-grade appliances. It looks just like the kitchen you’d imagine Paula Deen would have,” says Seabolt.
The second kitchen is a barbecue lover’s dream. This outdoor kitchen has “three grills, a smoker, a professional-grade ice maker, and four refrigerators,” Seabolt says. “It is unbelievable.”
The living spaces are charmingly Southern. From the massive fireplace mantels, to the wood ceilings, to the transom windows, the spaces feel classy and timeless.
And, of course, these rooms have Deen’s personal touch. “She’s had a parrot for a very, very long time,” says Seabolt. “So there’s an aviary that is actually built into the family room.”
The 5.5-acre property feels more like a resort than a private residence. There are two guest cottages, both “furnished from the Paula Deen line of furniture,” Seabolt says.
The pool overlooking the river is the stuff of celluloid dreams. At the push of a button, an Imax-quality theater screen pops up over the pool, transforming the space into a dive-in theater.
The whole place is animal-friendly to boot. “She’s very much an animal person, so she has a stocked pond. She has ducks with their own little houses. She has a chicken coop with really beautiful chickens in them, and she actually uses the eggs,” says Seabolt.
While she may be selling her estate, we doubt the Queen of Southern cooking is ready to leave behind the soul food of the South. After Deen purchased all of her old shows from the Food Network in 2014, she launched the Paula Deen Network.