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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Capturing “unit as view” enables buyers to mentally place unit.

[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Claridge straddling Turtle Creek at Lemmon Avenue. In 2016, CandysDirt.com hosted a four-unit simultaneous open house that reintroduced us all to homes in the same building with different stories to tell. I called those units “Rahab,” “Remodel,” “Refresh,” and  “Rejoice,” which reflected how move-in ready they were (based on my personal tastes).

My “Remodel” was unit 5D, which was listed at the time for $1.474 million. It’s now back on the market with Allie Beth Allman agent Sue Krider for $1.189 million. While snoozing usually equates to losing, this time it’ll snag any buyer $285,000 off the original price. The home remains 3,049 square feet with two bedrooms and three-and-one-half bathrooms. The floorplan (below) shows this was originally a three-bedroom that’s been converted to include two home offices — perfect for all you DINKs out there (Double Income No Kids).

Why am I revisiting this property?  The photos.

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Kyle Crews and the Allie Beth Urban Team with Allie Beth Allman right in the middle

Dear Diary,

Today I drove a Rolls Royce. Not only was it OMG big (like 20 feet long), but it rode so very unexpectedly smooth (I expected smooth, but it’s shockingly smooth). The new Phantom VIII was on display, and quite at home, at the Stoneleigh Residences in concert with the Allie Beth Urban team who’re taking over shell space sales. And you know me, I love to redesign a shell.

After my recent journeys through Southern Dallas, the city’s Market Value Analysis for affordable housing, and Housing First programs for the homeless, firing up the Phantom’s 563 horsepower, V-12 engine provided for some serious mental whiplash (the Phantom is far too polite to have caused physical whiplash).

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Crow house on Preston RoadHuge news in the Dallas high end broker industry.

Something’s been up with news about Allie Beth Allman & Associates for a couple of weeks! I got word last week that Allie Beth’s affiliation with Christie’s Great Estates had been severed. While I was researching that for accuracy—Duke Jimerson told me at an event Thursday night he knew nothing about it— Steve Brown was hot on the trail. He reports that Warren Buffett’s HomeServices of America, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has snapped up the $1.5 billion in sales company:

One of Dallas’ top residential sales firms has been purchased by investor Warren Buffett’s growing real estate empire.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates—a 12-year-old local real estate sales company that specializes in high end home sales—has been acquired by HomeServices of America Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.

Allie Beth Allman is one of North Texas’ top residential firms, and sold about 2,100 houses last year valued at $1.5 billion.

“Allie Beth Allman & Associates is a strong company with an exceptional reputation in a growth market,” Ron Peltier, HomeServices’ chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “This transaction aligns with our vision of acquiring distinguished companies in leading markets that share our core values.”

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Allie Beth Allman has more that 300 agents and sells homes in markets including North Dallas, the Park CitiesTurtle Creek, Uptown and Lakewood.

She’s personally handled marketing for some of the largest estates in North Texas, including businessman Tom Hicks’ $100 million estate in North Dallas.

The acquisition is Buffet’s HomeServices entry into real estate in Texas.

The company—the second largest U.S. property sales firm—has about 26,500 real estate agents operating in 480 offices in 27 states which operate under a variety of brand names, including Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate.

In 2015, the company expects to handle more than $77 billion in residential real estate sales and more than 220,000 transactions.

“We are joining an organization known for its strength and stability; one that is consistent with our high standards of service, integrity and community involvement, making this a win/win for our clients and our agents,” Allman said.

Some of Allie Beth Allman's recent home listings include Dallas businessman Tom Hicks' 25-acre North Dallas estate.

The Crespi Estate is not the only uber high end mansion Allman has listed. The $46 million Crow estate on Preston Road was also marketed by Allie Beth, but was taken off the market last week for, says Allie Beth, a holiday break.
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12001 Browning LR2I am seeing a plethora of sleek, contemporary young beauties hitting the market now at terrific price points below $2 million. Let’s call them “dolls”. First, there was 6720 Greenwich, which is right around the bend from this baby at 12001 Browning, north of Forest, south of Willow. I think they are really giving the stucco Mediterraneans and Hill Country stone cousins a run for their money. valley-of-the-dolls-patty-duke-susan-hayward-1967

12001 Browning is, says Allie Beth agent Forrest Gregg, an interpretation of a 1960’s contemporary. Perhaps the one that was torn down on this very lot. The architect is Mark Domiteaux, who brought in beautiful natural light, sleek lines and fine details.

12001 Browning ext 12001 Browning FR 12001 Browning LR 12001 Browning kitchen 12001 Broadway kitchen breakfast 12001 Browning patioGenerous family and entertaining spaces open entirely to the outdoors through sliding walls of glass, fusing the two as one. There is a spacious master suite on its very own level with a large sitting area, coffee bar, bright spa bathroom and enormous master closet. The master bathtub is a work of art, you have to see it. Nestled against the window, it has it’s own tile wall with built in shelving, gleaming like a permanent waterwall.12001 Broadway tub 12001 Broadway master bath 12001 Broadway master closet 12001 Browning master bath

In all, you get 4634 square feet with formals, media room, exercise room, game room, four bedrooms, three and a half powder bath, and a separate guest quarters for privacy. The home is on a huge .34 acre lot, about one-third an acre, in a treed quadrant near Preston and Forest. Built just in 2009, there are many energy efficient features and technology tricks like electric shades, flat screen TV wiring everywhere, smart home system, and security. What there isn’t: a pool. Who needs it with that tub? Asking $1,725,000.12001 Browning stairs 12001 Browning steps ext 12001 Broadway guest 12001 Broadway ext patio

Valley of the DollsCan you not just see Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate floating through the doorway in their swishing boudoir gowns and pill box hats, heading to the patio, cigarette holders in hand,  for a smoke? Make that an e-cigarette, please, and shut the door. There were a few things about the ’60’s we do not need to resurrect, but not many.

 

 


We all know Troy Aikman’s Highland Park  house on Highland Drive has been on the market now for nine months, at least. We all know it hasn’t moved. Steve quoted Allie Beth Allman saying she’s had several offers, and you can bet your bippy she took the whole Kardashian/Odom crowd over there to look/see. Maybe they wanted to lease it? Warren Buffet was in town last week checking out his Nebraska Furniture Mart, but a $24 million home is not his style, much as he might want to fill it with his namesake furniture.

With a home that unique and expensive, you’ve got to get it on parade!

How the heck can you sell a house when you can’t put it out for the world to see?

Then there’s Champ d’Or, another celebrity home whose owners were not psyched about opening up the home (save for their private parties) to let John Q. Looky-Loo march up through. Can’t say I blame them. (Can’t say I blame Troy!) We know what happened: the Champ is being auctioned off March 30 in Dallas. And now they are letting the world in! In fact, at Champ last Friday, one agent told Concierge Auction’s marketing director, Laura Brady, to keep her eye on Troy’s house as a possible future auction item.

So I ask you: should celebrities show off their homes more in order to sell them? Fame is a double-edged sword: super stars love all the attention that makes them stars and able to afford $24 million homes, yet when it comes to their home they don’t want the public in: most definitely a conundrum.

 

At first they wanted the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, but they couldn’t find a three bedroom condo to lease for just one year. So now word is that agent to the stars Allie Beth Allman, who I hear now tweets to keep up with Khloe, is helping the newcomers ink a deal at the W. Not sure which penthouse just yet, but I’d venture to say 2801 looks good, because it’s finished out (not a shell like a few of the remaining units over there) and has four bedrooms 4.2 baths, boasts 9285 square feet so the whole Kardashian gang can come in for Thanksgiving. (Khloe: Celebrity caters!) The unit is held by Encore Holdings and is the former home of Jonas Woods, remember him, who sold it in September of 2009 for $9,950,000 or $900 a square foot. Dang, remember those days? (Saw it in MLS, but I don’t believe it, I had heard closer to $6 million. But Carolyn Shamis, God rest her soul, is dead and I cannot call her!)

Allie Beth was the listing agent.

Another possibility might be Thomas A. Hartland’s 3102 which is 5731 square feet and a three/3.5, sold as a raw shell in October 2007, must surely be finished out by now. Also Don Carter has two units at The W, a smaller unit 2209 and and 2709 which is 3758 square feet, a three bedroom, 3.1 bath, had been on the market for $1.7ish.

Other agents helping the kids find a nice crib: Forrest Gregg who works on the Ben Jones team at Allie Beth, and  Seychelle Van Poole.

Don Carter's #2709