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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A backyard with a pool and 2,500-square-foot home on Lower Greenville? Yes, it’s possible with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Phillip Murrell of Compass RE Texas has this 1999-built Tudor-inspired transitional home with four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,532 square feet on a 9,000-square-foot lot that’s walking distance to Blue Goose and Trader Joe’s. It was custom built to fit the beautiful Tudor and Craftsman-style homes along Palo Pinto Avenue.

Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, designer lighting, custom stone fireplace, and subtle color on the walls that make this home feel very soft and comfortable like a pair of your favorite yoga pants (sleek enough to be contemporary and dressed up, but comfortable enough to crawl under the covers with). The large open living area that features built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace flows into casual dining and the kitchen.

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We searched Amazon for the best of the best Halloween decor and now we’re sharing it with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

If you haven’t already, it’s time to decorate for Halloween. With Amazon’s two-Day Shipping you can be creepy and kooky and just a little spooky for just shy of half a month. And you don’t have to break the bank. I mean you can, but you don’t have to. That’s all we’re saying. Cover yourself in cobwebs and let’s get to it.

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Don’t miss what’s happening in Highland Park this weekend. Yes, the hottest neighborhood in Dallas has three Open Houses you have to see to believe. Each offer fantastic locations and exceptional interiors but with a price point for every buyer. Which Highland Park home catches your eye? Tour them all then tell us which is your favorite in the comments. Happy hunting! 

Stately On Stratford

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Listing Agent Courtney Parker with Coldwell Banker nailed it when she said the owners of 1605 N. Waterview Drive in Richardson “spared no expense without compromising the Midcentury Modern-style.”

Let’s start with the Roman brick exterior that’s the perfect shade of sandy beige and really lets that era-appropriate turquoise door pop. Landscaping and mulch were recently added and who even cares? We love this house. Look at that little hip roof. Too cute, but wait, there’s more …

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A recent report shows Dallas taking a top spot in the best cities for senior citizens to live, retail leasing continues an upward trend, and Dallas 20-somethings are more likely to live with their parents than a spouse, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

A recent report shows Dallas taking a top spot in the best cities for senior citizens to live, retail leasing continues an upward trend, and Dallas 20-somethings are more likely to live with their parents than a spouse, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Senior Citizens Choose Dallas As A Favorite Place To Live

Regardless of income, there are plenty of residential options in Dallas.

There are traditional and modern homes, mansions and studio apartments, furnished high-rise rentals and starter homes with space to build an in-ground pool.

There are, in fact, 185 senior living options in the Dallas area, according to a recent report issued by Caring.com.

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This custom build for a commercial architect took plenty of skill and finesse, says Kevin Key of Key Residential.

Listening to owner Kevin Key talk about his eponymous company, the term that comes to mind is “renaissance man.” With over 25 years of experience in the homebuilding/remodeling business, the portfolio of this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder encompasses multiple genres.

From traditional to contemporary, rustic to transitional, the one factor that unites them all is Key’s commitment to quality — a time-tested mix of craftmanship, purpose, and style.

“We don’t want to get pigeon-holed into one specific type of house. Our point of difference is that we can do any type of project.” Another plus is the opportunity to work with Dallas’ top architects, trade partners, and interior designers. From beginning to end, it’s a collaborative effort. “The ultimate goal is to make our homeowners’ vision come to life.”

 

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Our Steal: Wayne Garcia with Dave Perry-Miller InTown has listed 6664 Santa Anita Drive for $429,000.

With over $100,000 between them, these two offerings in Ridgewood Park are looking better by the minute. There’s no denying the historic charm both provide, plus each is filled with designer touches that surprise and delight! Only question is which would you choose, the Renovated Ranch Splurge or the Brick Beauty Steal? Tell us which one and why.

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