The largest, and some might say most famous, estate in North Texas once known as Champ D’Or is officially now a wedding and events venue called Olana.

Yes, brides are now getting dressed in that master closet fashioned after the Chanel boutique in Paris.

And after Tuesday night’s town hall meeting in Hickory Creek, that wedding venue will be expanding. Walters Hospitality, the new owners since September of 2018, have been approved to forge ahead with plans to build more commercial spaces on the property — a two-building hotel and a restaurant.

The changes were not popular with a smattering of nearby property owners in the town of 4956.

Developers working with the new owners, Walters Hospitality, sought zoning changes from the township of Hickory Creek that would allow the additional buildings to expand the Olana into more of a destination venue.  Think conference center. It is already in use as a wedding venue, but recall the home, though 48,000 square feet, really did not have that many bedrooms to accommodate wedding guests. And when you are in Hickory Creek, there are not many hotel options for guests. So… (more…)

 

Last we heard, Champ d’Or had been sold to Walters Hospitality, with plans to make it an entertainment venue/private club. Now, trouble is brewing up in Hickory Creek over the new owner’s mighty plans.

Champ d’Or is a magnificent property in Hickory Creek we have written about extensively from its birth to the nine years and eight agents it took to sell the monster mansion. Once listed at $72 million, the 48,000-square-foot estate — yes, 48,000 — was put on the market the minute it was finished. It took years to build. The owners even bought a home across the street to live in while they built it. The various sales and auctions and marketing attempts to get it sold have given us more copy than a real estate blogger could ever dream of. 

Cellstar Corp founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, built Champ d’Or starting in 2000, but never really moved into it. It is modeled after a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, and the two-story women’s closet in the master suite is modeled after the Chanel boutique in Paris.

C’est bon? Mais no.

The “Champ” is now drawing the ire of the many homeowners who live around it. The original estate was on 39 acres, but much of the land was sold off to create housing developments. We hear plans to turn the estate into a private club have now been abandoned. Developers with the new owners, T. Chateau Event Center, LLC, plan to make it into a wedding and event center that has gotten a little steroidal (kind of like the mansion itself) with a hotel or two, restaurant, bar, and spa on the property.
 
The estate, once the lone structure on a North Texas prairie, is now in the middle of a residential neighborhood, across the street from an attractive community of homes selling in the $500,000 range with a 32-acre equestrian center, and walking paths that lead directly to Lake Dallas. Steeplechase North is to the west of the estate, with a smattering of nice homes in the $300K-ish range. Megatel Homes is one of the builders, if that tells you anything. And the only access to the community, Turbeville Road, is still just a two-lane road off I-35.
 
So a large part of the town of Hickory Creek’s population, which has grown considerably over the years because of the Champ, is in an uproar.

Hickory Creek has blossomed around Champ d’Or, once the sole structure on Turbeville Road.

 
 

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Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is one pretty amazing agent. In fact, when I hear talk of Realtors going by the wayside as AVM’s and other computer-based platforms take over the selling of homes, I think of Joan. She sold Champ d’Or, once priced at $72 million, after nine years and eight agents. 

And now, she just sold it again, closing this week.

If you are new to Dallas, here is a quickie primer on Champ D’Or, 1851 Turbeville Road, probably the biggest estate in North Texas, the one Curbed called…

The estate is up in Hickory Creek, just south of Denton, off of I-35. It is modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France.

The initial home offering was 48,000 square feet 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 hands down one of the grandest residences in the entire country.

I once had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Goldfield. She told me how God inspired her to build this home and keep it going post 9/11. (The doves on the foyer ceiling are Shirley’s tribute to 9/11.) 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, screen and and a concession stand. The home has 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.

Yep, heated towel drawers. I want some.

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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:

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Chanel ClosetWell, this is kind of rude. 

The Texas megamansion that has been redefining “gauche” since 2002—took another tortuous turn this week, when the troubled home hit the market less than two years after being sold at auction.

You know how I feel about homes: there is something about them to love, each one of them, no matter how homely. And there is a LOT to love about Champ d’Or, obviously, like 48,000 square feet! Yeah, it was sold at auction two years ago and yeah, it’s on the tax rolls for $9.72 million. Now where did that number come from? Hmmmmmm. Still, the real estate world has changed A LOT since 2012 and Dallas home prices are higher now than they were in the recession. We have re-gained our footing and more.

I don’t know what all this Curbed secrecy stuff is –“…from an undisclosed buyer with “international ties”, whatever that means.”

I told you what it meant. Gosh, does anyone READ anymore?

Pierre Hotel penthouse
Penthouse at the Hotel Pierre? I’ll take the Champ!

I don’t know, I think $125 million for a penthouse at the top three floors of the Pierre Hotel is pretty tacky. (Last December they lowered the asking by $30 million.) In Beverly Hills, there’s  Fleur de Lys, a 45,000-square-foot house modeled after Versailles.  Ira Rennert, some industrialist, built a house in the Hamptons, that at 66,395 square feet is one of the largest residences in the U.S. and how can we forget the 90,000 square foot Queen of Versailles, which I hear is back in finish-out mode. All these make our Champ look like a bargain!

How much do YOU think Champ will sell for, this time?

 

Chanel ClosetWell, this is kind of rude. 

The Texas megamansion that has been redefining “gauche” since 2002—took another tortuous turn this week, when the troubled home hit the market less than two years after being sold at auction.

You know how I feel about homes: there is something about them to love, each one of them, no matter how homely. And there is a LOT to love about Champ d’Or, obviously, like 48,000 square feet! Yeah, it was sold at auction two years ago and yeah, it’s on the tax rolls for $9.72 million. Now where did that number come from? Hmmmmmm. Still, the real estate world has changed A LOT since 2012 and Dallas home prices are higher now than they were in the recession. We have re-gained our footing and more.

I don’t know what all this Curbed secrecy stuff is –“…from an undisclosed buyer with “international ties”, whatever that means.”

I told you what it meant. Gosh, does anyone READ anymore?

Pierre Hotel penthouse
Penthouse at the Hotel Pierre? I’ll take the Champ!

I don’t know, I think $125 million for a penthouse at the top three floors of the Pierre Hotel is pretty tacky. (Last December they lowered the asking by $30 million.) In Beverly Hills, there’s  Fleur de Lys, a 45,000-square-foot house modeled after Versailles.  Ira Rennert, some industrialist, built a house in the Hamptons, that at 66,395 square feet is one of the largest residences in the U.S. and how can we forget the 90,000 square foot Queen of Versailles, which I hear is back in finish-out mode. All these make our Champ look like a bargain!

How much do YOU think Champ will sell for, this time?

 

Holy mackerel. I was staring at these photos of Celine Dion’s insane $29.3 million mansion on her own private island outside of Montreal and I was a little overwhelmed … but it’s all coming back to me now. Tell me this: Does the French Normandy-style compound look a lot like the lost cousin of Champ d’Or or what?

The interiors of the multi-platinum diva’s estate are just as opulent, if not moreso, than Champ’s. I mean, if you’re into tons of silk, antiques, and gold-covered everything. And guess what, folks. Now that Celine’s got a regular gig in Vegas, she’s putting her crazy, crazy home on the market.

In all, the 24,000-square-foot mega mansion has three living rooms, three dining rooms (the formal can seat 18), a wine cellar, two master suites, an outdoor pool and guest house, and one heart … just kidding!

I wonder if the house, which includes art, linens, custom everything, and helipad if you can negotiate it, will sell at auction like Champ did. Heck, I’d love to buy it myself, but there’s a very short list of folks who can throw down that kind of dough, and that’s just the way it is.

Oh well. My heart will go on.

Thought you might enjoy seeing the national/international post I wrote for Concierge Auctions, on our illustrious Champ d’Or, they being the folks who spurred the sale of our most famous or infamous mansion to date.