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.


Deion’s jazzed-up, 5000 square foot plus downtown pad at the top of the Azure changed hands late last month for a cool $4 million. The Hall of Fame defensive back and former major league baseball player unloaded his Prosper spread while the Dallas pad took a bit longer. 

It was only last March that we were quite excited about all the activity up at Deion’s Prosper estate.

That is, his former estate. Deion, as you may recall, sold his palatial 29,000 square foot spread (a most befitting noun) at 1280 Preston Road with those talented folks from Concierge auction. Reportedly, the sprawling estate went for under $4 million.

A very magic number for Deion, $4 million.

Then the buyer couldn’t, um, “perform”.


Country estate ext 1Stunning main abode, cabana, quarters, putting greens, tennis court, pool, private stone-lined waterway and even an original storm shelter. Whose home is it? Oh how my lips are sealed! When someone asks me not to reveal information they give me, keep a secret, I DO.  And so I am torn, dear readers, simply torn because this is SUCH a beautiful, sprawling, distinguished estate that has truly merged the elegance of yesteryear with today’s fingertip conveniences — so rarely found in Dallas.

But I have promised not to say who lives there.

So very many major names have been here, played here, slept here. Rather than tearing down and starting anew, these owners preserved the historic significance of a pioneering Preston Hollow home. I would love to tell you whose jammies it holds, but alas I gave my word. So zip. Mum. This home is not even in MLS.

Country estate ext 2This is what I can tell you: the beautiful estate, or a portion of it, was built in 1939 in old Preston Hollow when Preston Hollow was not even a part of Dallas. That’s right, Preston Hollow was actually its own township, just like Highland Park. In the late ’30’s, residents banded together to set up a township with Ira Deloache as one of the leaders in a move to incorporate as a tax-free city. On November 18,1939, Preston Hollow became incorporated as a township and remained independent (and tax-free) from the rest of the city, which practically ended at Mockingbird Lane. Preston Hollow was annexed by the city of Dallas on April 3 1945, for water and utility access. Recall my call to de-annex from Dallas a few years ago when I furious over property tax raises? Well if this home could talk, it would tell you what life was like in Dallas — no, scratch that — Old Preston Hollow before Northwest Highway even existed. Talk about walkable, Preston Hollow was TROT-ABLE: Eva Potter Morgan over on Ravine once told me she came home from school and rode her horses all through Preston Hollow, sometimes galloping.

But I digress from the story of this 10,000 square foot landmark estate. Nestled on almost five acres along a tributary of Bachman Creek, the English style home has had only three owners over the past 75 years.

FootbridgeHmmm maybe I can tell you who two of those are…

Several years ago the current owners embarked upon an extensive, exhausting refurbishment of the original estate led by Boerder-Snyder Architects, designer Rebecca Hughes, and contractor Mike Deaton. Original elements were restored and fluffed, including the lime stone veneer facade and the slate roof. The original 1939 structure was then seamlessly expanded while it was improved, yet all the while mindful of the principal architect’s English country intentions and integrity.

Let me tell you what you get for a price somewhere in the eight digits. The main residence consists of four large, airy bedrooms — the master alone is about 18 by 26 — , five full and two half baths. The master bath is a his and her’s with enough closet space to hold Neiman Marcus NorthPark’s couture department. There is the original living and dining rooms, a conservatory, a sun room, family room with office tucked away, loggia, chef’s dream culinary kitchen, trophy room, a morning room (we know what those are) with media, and then something very unusual and uncommon, a “common room”. A “common room” is what the English and Canadians call a shared lounge, that is connected to many private rooms and sometimes shares a bathroom.  The common room in this estate is more like the resting room at the Ritz Carlton Spa, and has an exterior entrance.

Country estate pool 1Retractable doors from the main house serve as the entrance to the magical back yard acreage experience with lush green and color, color everywhere. There is an outdoor kitchen on the way to the pool pavilion should you need nourishment. There are twin open-air pergolas near the pool pavilion, a pool and spa. There is also a large cabana room with a full service kitchen, fireplace, shower bath, and changing rooms.  I have no doubt you could create a private jogging trail in the woods if none exists. There are also, and this is highly unusual, not one but TWO putting greens. A charming footbridge crosses a Bachman Creek outlet with limestone retaining wall, which leads to a peninsula where you find the regulation-size tennis court. Tucked discreetly in this scenario is a full service laundry facility, a breezeway,  and a spacious four car garage.

Oh, and those Preston Hollow pioneers were smart whippersnappers: this home also has an underground storm shelter built in 1939 and tucked away in the original basement. If I have said it before, I’ll say it again: one of the most significantly amazing homes in Dallas, and the tops of any Most Beautiful list I might create. Listed with Ralph Randall (he gets the best dang listings) of Dave Perry Miller, an Ebby Halliday Company.Country estate pool 2