You do remember this estate up in Hickory Creek, the stunning French magnifique modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France?

It’s enormous: 48,000 square feet now on 39 acres. Originally built by CellStar Corp. founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, the estate known as Champ d’Or (or “Gold Field”) is one of the grandest residences in the entire country. The property features endless unique high end amenities including a two-story mahogany library; a conservatory mimicking Tavern of the Green in New York City; an ornate theater complete with stage, twin loges, screen and and a concession stand; two commercial elevators; multiple staircases, powder rooms and fireplaces; a master suite with a steam room inspired by “The Rat Pack”,  hair salon, two-story Chanel-style “her” closet, two-story “his” closet, an indoor lap pool and an exercise room off the huge master bathroom with heated towel drawers. The third story holds a mirrored ballroom patterned after Versailles with complete kitchen plus powder rooms for the ladies and men. The entertaining prospects are endless there, or on the veranda with seating for up to 450 people. There is a catering kitchen and a Butler’s pantry. Downstairs, on the lower level, there is a bowling alley, full racquetball court, garage for 20 cars, and a laundry room with commercial washer, dryer and sheet press. There is also a full wine room and gift wrap room with storage. It doesn’t stop here: there is an outdoor pool and pool house, tennis court, and numerous patios and gardens.

As for actual number of bedrooms, there are about six with six full baths and eight powder rooms: the master wing is on the first floor, the Wedgewood suite with living area and fireplace, breakfast bar, luxurious bath and private laundry room, is on the second floor where you also find another two-bedroom suite, each with en suite baths. There is yet another bedroom compartment on the third floor near the ballroom. This one has living and dining rooms plus a kitchen with two bedrooms and separate en suite baths.

Once again, Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 1851 Turbeville Road, now known as “A French Country Retreat”. Asking is $17,500,000. No more Champ D’Or. Of course not: the Goldfields no longer own it. A new family, a new generation of life and love has filled 1851 Turbeville Road for the last few years as a second home, and they are ready to pass the beautiful baton:


4311 Brookview Beltre House

Aidrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood home. (Photo: Google Maps)

Of all the things to take from Adrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood mansion, the burglars who burgled the Rangers third-baseman’s home took tickets to his Globe Life Ballpark suite and his American League Championship ring according to this SportsDay post.

No untraceable electronics. No silver. No artwork. And no one was caught.

Sounds kind of personal, doesn’t it?

According to City of Dallas police reports, Beltre’s home was burglarized last Thursday morning shortly after he left for the Rangers’ homestand finale against Oakland. Nobody was in the house at the time. Beltre’s family is still in Southern California.

The police report cites the theft of precious metals and jewelry. Beltre, who only briefly returned home before the Rangers’ flight to Toronto last Thursday evening, said among the items taken was his 2011 AL Championship ring. Beltre also said the thieves made off with tickets to his suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“I’d like to see them show up there,” Beltre said. “I’m just glad nobody was home.”

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

I am truly baffled by this break-in, not just because of the items taken from Beltre’s stone-clad two-story at 4311 Brookview Drive, but over how someone could get away with such a crime. This area has so very little crime thanks to the off-duty Dallas Police patrols in the area and the overall watchfulness of neighbors, so I have to wonder if this doesn’t send some homeowners scrambling to update their security systems. Some say biometric security is becoming more common …

Adrian and Sandra Beltre’s 8,204-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, three fireplaces, and a backyard pool all on a 3/4 of an acre. DCAD says it’s worth more than $3 million.


Troy Aikman's home on Normandy in Highland Park went up in price within the first week on MLS, showing strong demand in the luxury market. (Photos: Shoot2Sell

Troy Aikman’s home on Normandy in Highland Park went up in price within the first week on MLS, showing strong demand in the luxury market. (Photos: Shoot2Sell

I had heard it was under contract, but Troy Aikman’s stunning home on Normandy, the one built by custom home builder extraordinaire Tatum Brown, sold and closed last week on May 22. The house had gone under contract in January, so that was a long due diligence period. Whew! Listed for $5,950,000 with (of course) Allie Beth Allman, the home sold for $5,400,000 or $503.36 per square foot. Yes, there are a lot of multi-million dollar homes on the market, but when one belongs to the greatest quarterback ever, it sells. Allie Beth first listed the home November 24.

(Hat tip and love to my pal Neal Leitereg at the LA Times for the heads up.) (more…)


The spiral staircase is the second most dramatic feature inside this Booziotis-designed home. The first would be the enormous windows that give you stunning views of the Trinity and downtown Dallas. (Photo: Jo England)

It’s no secret that civic leader extraordinaire Mary McDermott Cook has made her home in West Dallas, giving up a stunning spread on Strait Lane down the street from Ross and Margot Perot, Brint Ryan, and all the other Dallas glitterati who line that street.  The Dallas Morning News first spilled the beans in 2012. It was, indeed, the bluff above the Belmont Hotel where Mary built one of the most talked-about and architecturally significant homes in Dallas with the talent of architect Bill Booziotis and contractor John Sebastian. (more…)


YWCA Immediate Past Board President Catherine Z. Manning, left, and Ebby Halliday Acers. Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Dallas community leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, gathered yesterday morning to celebrate the opening of the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place, named after the grande dame of Dallas real estate, Ebby Halliday.

Empowering women to improve their lives is the bottom line, which is why the YWCA chose Ebby as its namesake, says Jennifer M. Ware, CEO of YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Ebby so beautifully represents what we do here and has such a great reputation and philosophy in her company of giving back,” Ware said. “Throughout her career, she has lifted other women up and educated people in her company about the importance of giving back to the community.”


Outside the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. This photo and all below: Candy Evans

YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place will provide programming, services, and resources that serve working poor women looking to make life better for themselves and their families. The center will offer programs that help women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, successful in the workplace, and financially secure.

Ware, Rawlings, and Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and ​​​Jennifer Staubach Gates cut the ribbon for Ebby’s Place around 10 a.m. yesterday at the renovated 20,000-square-foot building, located at 2603 Inwood Rd., between Maple and Denton Drive.

The center is adjacent to the Inwood/Love Field DART Rail Station and one block from a DART bus stop, offering access to all women throughout the community, including more than 286,000 women and girls battling poverty in Dallas County.

“The stats are heartbreaking,” Ware said. “Here in Dallas County, one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”


Rick Carlisle

First of all, relax: he is not going anywhere but downtown. Or shall I say, Uptown. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is staying right here in Big D, just changing his address. He and his wife, Donna, have decided to list the stunning Park Cities home on Greenbrier Drive for sale with agent to the athletes Jamie Adams of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Jamie, as you know, is the go-to guy for star athletes like Dirk Nowitzki, Daryl Johnston, Nolan Ryan, Sean Marion, and more we probably don’t know about.

3925 Greenbrier ext What is Carlisle leaving? (more…)

Iris 1

Thanks to Stanton Brasher over at the Dallas Observer, who says this year’s USA Film Festival Dallas may be the biggest ever. EVER! Music to my ears, because the movies are worth getting out of the house for, even for house porn lovers like me:

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Well, in the case of big D film festivals, when one ends its yearly run, another begins. Starting on Wednesday at The Angelika in Dallas, the USA Film Festival will open for its 2015 showcase of Texas and American independent films.

 This looks to be a big year for the 42 year old festival. On top of its slate of films, the celebrities will be out in full force. This year, Ernie Hudson, Lisa Loeb, Stephen Tobolowsky, Emmy winner Margot Martindale, and heavy metal icon Pat Boone will be in attendance.

This may be one of the biggest years for the festival yet. Here are the top 5 films to look for at this year’s USA Film Festival:

Stanton (love his name and it’s movie-like quality) mentions these five, but in a few hours I’ll be talking about Dior & I, IRIS, Sharing the Rough, Windsor, and Helicopter Mom… that wouldn’t be me, now, would it?

I even get to wear a 14 carat stone from Sharing the Rough, a film about how colored gemstones are excavated, mined and made into jewelry.

On Friday, April 23rd, the USA Film Festival in Dallas will honor the fabulous IRIS APFEL (in person)! Tickets are just $10.
The 45th Annual USA Film Festival runs April 22-26, 2015 at Angelika Film Center Dallas.  To view the full schedule of exciting events visit www.usafilmfestival.com
IRIS is the charming new film about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter).  The film pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 94-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. And yes, Iris, age 94, will be here in Dallas to show us all how to kick age in the un-Juvadermed chin!
And let’s name drop: stars in town you will see this weekend will be Tab Hunter, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, and Diane Baker. That’s because we will be screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth one night… duck and all.

What was that duck’s name? If you know, and can be the FIRST one to tell us the duck’s name in the comments, I can get you into the movie of your choice this week as my guest!

Tune in around 9 a.m. And check out this year’s schedule for the USA Film Festival Dallas: movies begin April 22 and I will be there almost every night… after blogging!

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Here is Jordan SpiethNo. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, getting his coveted green jacket. So proud of this guy! He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, though I have heard an unconfirmed rumor (which is why it’s a rumor) he spent some time at St Mark’s.

Jordan went to the University of Texas at Austin, left midway through his sophomore year in 2013, and started playing pro golf. He learned to play golf as a wee one at Brookhaven Country Club, where his family, who lives in Midway Hills, still belongs. He’s got the gift!

This weekend, the humble and most gentlemanly young man from Dallas graduated to major golf champion on the sport’s biggest stage. The 21-year-old held off strong runs and swings from the world’s best players. On Sunday, he became the world’s second-youngest golfer to claim the highly coveted green jacket. Tiger Woods was the first in 1997.

The University of Texas even burned UT tower orange in his honor Sunday night.

Magnificent Old Preston Hollow beauty with exquisite amenities!

Somewhere in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, near Bluffview

Jordan Spieth lives in Dallas, and we have told you that his Uptown townhome is on the market for $1,285,000. And that he bought a new, 7,378-square-foot stone mansion for $2.2ish in Preston Hollow, near Bluffview. Jump to see photos of Jordan Spieth’s townhome!  (more…)