Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman finally sold his Hillcrest Estates home Oct. 28, after two agents and almost three years of marketing and just hours before Elite Auctions was set to auction the home with no reserve.

As so often happens with auctions, a buyer came forward at the last minute and signed on the dotted line.

“Everyone is very happy,” says Elite Auctions Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski. “This was a pre-auction offer, which means the auction actually never took place. When we take on a property to sell, we won’t take it unless we feel we can get a reasonable price for the sellers.”

And they did. The final sales price was … (more…)

This story has been updated to include the new reserve and the extended auction.

Now this is the big league way to market a luxury home: hop aboard a King Air 350 at Love Field’s Business Jet Center, soar up over Dallas, land in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 18 minutes later and hop into an SUV waiting right inside the hangar.

That is exactly how we traveled to tour the magnificent 18,327-square-foot estate of the late Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim and his wife, Patty, who passed late last year. The Pilgrims’ three children knew that selling such a highly specialized estate built on Bo’s chicken fortune — 43-plus acres more than 120 miles east of Dallas — would be a challenge. So they opted to do what more and more owners of luxury homes are doing these days: put it up for auction.

In fact, the online auction of Cluckingham Palace (more on the name later!) began Tuesday night and goes on until October 25. There is now a reserve of $2,999,999. So you have plenty of time to bid!

The Pilgrim estate at 800 South Greer Boulevard is on the main road to Pittsburg. The mansion has six bedrooms, 10 and a half baths, exercise room, formals, quarters, media room, and chickens etched in every corner. There’s also a huge indoor swimming pool and spa that was patterned after the famous Greenbrier Spa in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“Mrs. Pilgrim visited the Greenbrier and phoned Richard Drummond Davis from the spa that she wanted their indoor pool to look just like the Greenbrier’s,” says listing agent Kyle Crews with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Drummond Davis designed the home, built by Steve Thornton for an estimated $15 million, in 1992-1993. The mansion and grounds are now valued at more than $8 million.

The heavily wooded grounds include trails, statues, smooth green fields beckoning a soccer game or a horse hunt, and a pond brimming with fish.

And so we travelled the way Mrs. Pilgrim did whenever she came into Dallas to shop at Neimans or Northpark: by private jet.

From left: Terri Cox, Susan Baldwin, Mark Cain, Juli Harrison, Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Allman, Ralph Randall, Candy Evans, Joe Kobell, and Sanders Avrea

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Comes word from Elite Auctions Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski that the no-reserve auction for Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman’s home in Hillcrest Estates has been canceled. The no-reserve auction was to take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 28.  We are told that a pre-auction offer has been accepted by the sellers, Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz.

In fact, the home now shows pending sale status in MLS.

The price on the contract is confidential. All we know is “the price was acceptable to the buyer and seller.” (more…)

In just two weeks, one of the most coveted European-inspired estates in Westlake will hit the auction block. And it could be yours if the price is right. The no-reserve auction will take place Tuesday, June 25, through Thursday, June 27, and features a one-of-a-kind custom home you have to see to believe. Which is precisely why we went straight to the source, owner and longtime Westlake Mayor, Laura Wheat, for the scoop.

Pictured left to right, owners of 2006 Navasota Cove, Laura and Doug Wheat.

“There is nothing else like 2006 Navasota Cove,” says Wheat. “It is a blend of European luxury and modern amenities on 1.25-acres, with mature trees, flowing fountains, and a resort style pool and gardens, designed by Elizabeth Smidt of Great Gardens. The grounds are truly magical. Once inside, guests find themselves in the soaring wood paneled rotunda that has taken many a breath away.”

European Luxury On 1.25 Acres

And there is more than meets the eye in every room. Architect Richard Drummond Davis is responsible for the design, alongside Dallas builder, Paul Kramer, for construction.

“Although we were the first owners, we did not have any input on the original project,” adds Wheat. “Over the years, we have developed a great working relationship with Anne-Michelle Cooley and Joanie Cooley of Cooley and Cooley Interior Design. We have a rule that all four of us have to agree on the direction we’re taking. It’s a rule that has served us well!”

In addition to its idyllic locale and magazine-quality interiors, the home affords ample space for hosting elegant affairs, from intimate parties and social gatherings to large weddings and corporate events. And as indicated by the property brochure, “the majestic wood-paneled rotunda at 2006 Navasota Cove is perfect for cocktails and is a sophisticated backdrop for formal galas.”

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Southlake

From staff reports

If your home is your castle, this nearly 20,000-square-foot mansion in Southlake, with its turrets and stained glass, takes that up a notch — and it will be up for auction this month.

The home at 3716 North White Chapel Boulevard sits on nearly two acres, and has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and four powder rooms. It includes an elevator, in-home theater, workshop, and a garage with space for 15 cars.

 

A chef’s kitchen, wet bar, and large common spaces provide plenty of room for entertaining, and outdoors, a grotto-style pool and hot tub provide the fun and frolic, while the covered and open lounge areas and outdoor kitchen provide the opportunities for cooling down and dining al fresco. (more…)

It is not too late to bid on this house! EMAIL: alicia@eliteauctions.com or PHONE: (214) 326-1875!

You have heard us go on and on about former Texas Ranger Michael Young’s fantastic home at 3508 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

We had an open house event there a Saturday or two ago, and you couldn’t pull me out. 

Created by Emerson Residential in 2006, this house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, one half bath, a designer kitchen, expansive master suite, and lovely outdoor area with a covered patio and fireplace. Enough room for a small pool, and there is even a small sun room off the back yard that would be a perfect entertainment hub. I was totally blown away by the home, quality of construction, design and details. A more family-friendly home in UP I have not seen.

Now I am blown away by the fact that the house is selling tomorrow, September 1 (August is gone!) at 11:00 a.m WITHOUT RESERVE. And someone is going to get the deal of the century. I mean, the home is listed with Allie Beth Allman’s Lilly Young for just under $3.5 million. Hec, once it was listed for $3.9!

“This University Park neighborhood is just a short commute to downtown Dallas and in the attendance zone for Highland Park ISD, a major draw for many,” said Alicia Chmielewski, Elite Auctions Market Director, Southwest. “An open floorplan and luxe amenities make this home appealing for the discerning buyer.”

No kidding. The Highland Park School District is one of the most coveted in the southwest. (more…)

Auction Alert! Snag Mark Teixeira's Westlake Vaquero Mansion with No-Reserve | CandysDirt.com

As you may know, we hosted a CandysDirt Staff Party last Saturday afternoon in the beautiful enclave of Vaquero where former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira has owned a home for more than a decade. It gave me a chance to do two things: really see this house up close, and try to find Rex Tillerson’s house (he’s now trying to sell his lake house, again) and Glenn Beck’s spread. I hear that Beck is selling his private jet. Could the Vaquero spread be next?

But mostly, I peeked in all the corners of this fabulous, sprawling Westlake mansion, a waterfront property, actually. Sitting on 1.08 acres, the 8,554-square-foot house offers an ideal floorplan with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half baths, three living areas, two dining areas, indoor-outdoor theater with wet bar, master suite wing, game room, a separate casita for guests, wine cellar, two-story office, pool, hot tub, and cloistered patio. The custom millwork is part of a look that can only be described as perfection! 

Valued at more than $4 million, the stone-and-stucco house at 2220 King Fisher Dr. will be auctioned May 12 at 11 a.m. in a no-reserve event hosted by Elite Auctions. That is correct, no reserve. Mr. Teixeira means business here. (more…)

You may recall our coverage of Timber Creek Ranch the last few weeks, as we led up to the March 8th sale of one of the most gorgeous ranches you will find in Texas.

We even had to cancel not one, but two Staff Party events out there because the spring rain would. not. stop.

Well, lots of you have asked — did the ranch sell at the auction?

Yes, it sold!

“In cooperation with Kyle Crews of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that the 428-acre Timber Creek Ranch near Winnsboro, Texas is now under contract. With just five weeks of exposure, the auction marketing campaign for both the ranch and lakefront parcels generated more than 1,000 prospects, 21 open house groups, 19 showings, seven registered bidders and one lucky winner.”

That’s the official statement from Concierge, who will not yet tell us who the buyer is. I do know he comes from OUTSIDE the state, so not a Texan. Stay tuned, because we will find out!

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