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.



Swiss Avenue is full of wonderful properties that have so much history and life to them. They have more character in one square foot than many Dallas homes have throughout. Homes on Swiss Avenue are the antithesis of the zero-lot-line McMansions you see in the suburbs (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), and they have such beautiful presence that it’s no wonder they’re magnets for people who adore architecture.

Peter and Christine Loh purchased 4930 Swiss Avenue, a unique Prairie School home built for Texas rancher Thomas W. Newsome by noted architect C.P. Sites, and have been in love with the home since then. Built in 1914 for just $16,000, this home is celebrating it’s 100th birthday during this year’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour. Christine was kind enough to take the time to chat with us about her incredible home. Don’t miss this wonderful event this weekend! We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the home tour tomorrow so stay tuned to!


NFNL Holiday Home Tour Collage

This is Holiday Home Tour Week, and we have tons of tickets to give away to loyal readers. First, we have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Sunday, Dec. 8, New Friends New Life Holiday Home Tour. Keep reading to find out how you can win!

You don’t want to miss out on this lineup of incredible mansions and estates in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. The tour, chaired by Tanya Wiggains with honorary chair Gina Ginsburg, features these amazing addresses:

  • Gina and Scott Ginsburg at 3500 Beverly Drive
  • D’Andra Simmons at 3501 Lindenwood Ave
  • Anne and Steve Stodghill at 10401 Lennox

Yes, that’s right, you can sneak a peek inside unbelievable Beverly Drive homes, and get a gander inside D’Andra Simmons’ beautiful contemporary showpiece on Lindenwood, which we featured right here on, between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Of course, you don’t have to wait to find out if you’ve won tickets, as you can buy them for $25 in advance online or at select Tom Thumb stores. Tickets are $30 at the door and the proceeds help the nonprofit organization rescue and restore trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women.

To enter our giveaway, you must leave a comment below telling us which home you look forward to touring, and then email with your full name and daytime phone number before 5 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll do a random drawing on Wednesday and announce the winner.

Stay tuned for more home tour ticket giveaways this week!