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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When your eyes land upon this palatial home in Old Preston Hollow, you may think you’re looking at a storied mansion that has stood on stunning manicured grounds for decades. In actuality, the awe-inspiring abode is only a few years old but has been in planning and construction phases since 2009.

Thoughtfully designed by renowned architect Robbie Fusch to be one of the most exceptional properties in Dallas, this off-market listing is the epitome of grandeur. It’s just waiting for someone new to create a legacy here. 

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Dallas real estate agents, take note! Now is your chance to win complimentary airfare and a five-day stay at a luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast. All you have to do is bring the buyer who will appreciate the views from this Chapel Hill listing. It’s a brilliant strategy from seasoned real estate agent Susan Baldwin with Allie Beth Allman.

She is pulling out all the stops to market her gem of a listing at 4636 Chapel Hill.  The six-bedroom, six-full-and-four-half-bathroom custom estate sits on 1.6 acres of prime White Rock Lake frontage with ambiance and views reminiscent of – you guessed it – the Amalfi Coast. According to Baldwin, the stipulation for the giveaway is as follows:

“For the agent who brings the buyer, and closes a successful sale in 2019, airfare and hotel for five days at a luxury hotel. Someplace restful and peaceful, with beautiful views!”

In fact, Baldwin is hosting a rather special Amalfi Coast event at the estate this weekend, exclusively for friends, family and people who are interested, particularly agents. Want to get in on the action and take a page from Baldwin’s book? Read on for all the juicy details in our exclusive interview on how this fantastic marketing idea came about, plus details on how to snag an invite to her fabulous event.

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When house hunting in Highland Park, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find luxury, but one thing that can be trickier to come by is character. That’s why we’re presenting you with this gorgeous Highland Park home full of personality and special details to make your hunt a little easier. From the moment you lay eyes on the Mediterranean-style abode, you will feel an instant connection and sense that this is a place where life unfolds. The enchanting Cyprus trees and arched front door will warmly beckon you inside each time you stroll up your walkway, that is if you’re lucky enough to be the new owner.

The romantic exterior is so breathtaking guests may get distracted and forget to ring the doorbell. Usher them in, but be prepared for friends and family to gush over everything they see, from the pristinely trimmed hedges to the bright foyer brimming with charm. Intricate millwork, high ceilings, a stately staircase, and herringbone wood floors welcome guests into your 6,457-square-foot home with style.  

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Give Elliott Perry, president of Hudson Construction, a call. Anytime. If he doesn’t get back to you within five minutes, he’s either on a plane or something is seriously wrong. “We’re not only client-focused—we’re client-obsessive. This business isn’t rocket science. It’s customer service and hard work.”

According to the CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, attention to detail is key. So is hiring the very best talent for each project, from architect to designer to project manager.  “New construction is a team approach. You have to take every piece and figure out how to make it all work together.”

Twin brother Alex, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman, plays an integral role.  The pair have a special alliance, offering up a unique blend of insight and experience.

“We’re two young hungry guys — one specializing in building and construction; the other, laser-focused on managing people and servicing clients,” says Alex.  “We both live and breathe real estate.”

They credit their strong work ethic to a lifetime talking business at family dinners. (Dad, David Perry, was a top producer in Los Angeles; the pair also have two older brothers.)

“With four boys, you had to fight to get a word in edgewise. While you’re competitive growing up, as you get older, they become assets,” says Elliott.

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Not too big, not too small, and located conveniently near well, everything, this charming home is sitting pretty awaiting a buyer. From the minute you lay eyes on the endearing abode, you’ll feel pulled to its delightful size and classic style. Whether you’re looking to use it as an investment property or move right into the lovely spaces, this delightful Dallas residence has much to offer and is a great value asking $330,000. 

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There are homes that wow you, and then there are homes like this modern mansion in Cedar Hill that completely blow you away. As you drive past the 85-foot long reflecting pool brimming with fountains to get to the front door, you’ll feel as though a valet is going to pop out to whisk your car away, and that’s not a bad idea for when you host parties here. Guests will be in awe from the moment they see the splendid abode, and that feeling will only continue to grow as they step into the polished porcelain foyer with soaring high ceilings and double staircases. 

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On an idyllic, tree-lined street in the Melshire Estates sits this gorgeous contemporary Dallas home that wows both inside and out. As you drive up to the striking abode, you’ll be blown away by its instant curb appeal. Sleek glass windows and doors reflect the lovely greenery of the front yard, so a connection between the luxurious home and nature is clear from the get-go. If you’ve ever dreamed of living in spa-like setting, this home finished by the acclaimed Desco Homes is definitely for you.   

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