Paula Deen’s 28,000-square-foot former Savannah palace sets sales record — again

Paula Deen’s former Savannah home is a mansion unlike almost any other

Fast facts on Paula Deen.Born in Albany, the Georgia native first moved to Savannah in 1987.Two years later, she began her side business The Bag Lady, where she made lunch for coworkers.By 1991, Deen had opened a restaurant in Savannah.In 1998, Deen published her first cookbook, "The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook."

Georgia-native Paula Deen’s former Savannah mansion has set yet another local sales record. Riverbend, her 28,000-square-foot former estate, recently sold for $8.4 million — a 24% increase over the property’s already record-breaking $6.8 million purchase back in 2020.

The massive estate features 14 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, two guest cottages, a dock house and a customized barn turned guest house. The home’s record-breaking sale was represented by Ridley Stallings of Corcoran Austin Hill Realty.

“Welcome to Vila Sacadura, an extraordinary Southern estate honoring Portuguese influences,” the home’s listing stated. “This stunning oasis on the Wilmington River boasts 28,000 sqft of living space including a main house, guest cottages, a barn and more.”

Two sales later and now renamed Vila Sacadura, Paula Deen’s former Savannah mansion has a new identity. But the luxurious estaate has not lost its rustic charm.

“As you pass through the gated entry, you are instantly swept away to your own private resort with lush gardens, stocked pond and outdoor recreation areas‚” according to the home’s listing. “This custom home offers an opulent yet inviting design, a private primary suite with river views, gourmet kitchen with commercial appliances, a study with saltwater fish tank and many more unique features.”

As the largest residential sale in Savannah’s history two times over, Paula Deen’s former mansion certainly has a lot to offer across its massive property line. Outside, the estate is a vacation-worthy paradise.

“The patio features a pool, hot tub, full bath & outdoor kitchen pavilion perfect for entertaining‚” according to the home’s listing. “Two guest cottages & a versatile barn cater to extended family or guests. The property offers 300 feet of deep water frontage, a floating dock & a charming dock house with a unique fishing feature. This estate is not just a home but a lifestyle, a sanctuary and the epitome of coastal living on the Wilmington River.”

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