Extreme Dallas-Area House Porn: Champ D’Or

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Actually, by Guest Blogger John Burgdorf

The Champ d’Or, one of the most expensive estates in Texas, is back on the market for nearly $70,000,000 — $69,900,000 to be exact. (That’s $100,000 to negotiate.) The 48,000. sq foot mega mansion is located in Hickory Creek right across the Denton county/Tarrant county line. I have been following updates on the Champ and recently made the trek up to Hickory Creek, from Arlington, to go visit the estate…visit as in (shucky darn) ‚Äúgo look around‚Äù, not ‚Äúinvited in‚Äù.

As I traveled I35¬† glancing for my exit, I spotted the tip of the Champ’s rotunda. Kind of like the descent going into Reagan International. You take Denton Drive off of I35E — took me right to Turbeville Road; the country-like, curb-less crunchy lane led me through an area of wooded acres and green landscaping. Finally, there it was. Not too hard to miss, all 48,000 square feet rising like a $70 million dollar phoenix..

But I gotta tell you one thing – -and hope Candy won’t mind:

Turbeville Road is a complete dump. Actually, I will give some, but very little, credit to the street: the maintenance of the props in front of the Champ d’Or are kept in good shape, but other parts are just rundown and old!¬† (One wonders who is paying for the upkeep.) The roads are cracking, potholes are getting bigger, and the weeds are overgrowing onto the street. ¬†If you didn’t know, the Champ d’Or is actually one of the only residences on Turbeville Road. At the end of the street is a sandy, rocky cul-de-sac with three dirt roads branching off the circle. Worn down barns, potholes, and overgrown weeds are some attractions seen from the front gates of the Champ. Yup, those are your neighbors.

But despite the ill-kept streets and uncared-for surroundings, Turbeville Road is a calm, tranquil location. Traffic is very limited and I am sure the sunrises are to-die-for. As is the urban waterfall of trains from the Denton railroads and cars from I35.

Whether you are a critic or fan of the Champ d’Or, undoubtedly this estate is one of the finest in the United States. And it gives us something to blog about every time the owners, Alan H. and Shirley Goldfield change agents.

Let’s start a wager right here: will Champs D’Or ever sell, and if it ever does, how much?


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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. angela says

    I live in the area and dream about just going inside this home..but true the area is not fit for this castle! i think only oprah could afford it! it's been on adn off the market for more than 4 years that i know of. what a waste for such a lovely home!

  2. angela says

    I live in the area and dream about just going inside this home..but true the area is not fit for this castle! i think only oprah could afford it! it's been on adn off the market for more than 4 years that i know of. what a waste for such a lovely home!

  3. Kersten Rettig says

    This property is ripe for conversion into a Relais & Chateaux-type property. It's far too expensive for an individual to purchase nowadays. And, may I ask, "what were they thinking?"

  4. Kersten Rettig says

    This property is ripe for conversion into a Relais & Chateaux-type property. It's far too expensive for an individual to purchase nowadays. And, may I ask, "what were they thinking?"

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