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If visions of living like Marie Antoinette dance in your head, this jaw dropping French chateau at 4850 Preston Road, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, and built by Sharif & Munir, may be your dream home. It was listed last week by Allie Beth Allman (of course!) for 14.5 million. Mon Dieu, it is flawless-and the history… ooh la la. (more…)

 

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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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3056 Concord Front

For an East Texas town, Tyler isn’t small potatoes. For those inclined to journey to Shreveport every so often, it’s considered the halfway point on the drive toward casino gambling and Louisiana State Police speed traps. But it’s so much more than that. It has tons of parks including a nationally renowned rose garden, as well as nearby lakes, and is home to several small college campuses.

So you can see why this city can support a luxury development, Colonial Estates, in which you’ll find this stunning chateau at 3056 Concord Place. This home is just lovely, and is a true value considering the size and level of quality in the finish-out.

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With three bedrooms, three full and two half baths, this home is spacious enough for both day-to-day life as well as hosting parties or weekend guests. And with almost 5,000 square feet of space, you’ll be sure to find a nook for some privacy and down time. It’s marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Drew Burroughs for $1.25 million.

Built in 2006, this home has all of the latest interior features buyers want with the very best materials. In the living areas you’ll appreciate the grand floor-to-ceiling arched windows and custom draperies, the dramatic chandelier and stately fireplace flanked by candelabra-style sconces. The millwork, with arched doorways fitted with well-crafted mouldings and cavernous ceilings sporting huge exposed beams, is exceptional.

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In the dining room you’ll notice the luxurious fixtures convey a sense of graciousness, with the salmon paint and white trim warmed from the glow provided by the beautiful crystal chandelier and sconces. The only turn off to this room is the carpet, which can be easily updated with either tile or hardwoods — take your pick.

The kitchen, though, is where I wouldn’t change a thing. The immense island and breakfast bar make this whole room feel huge, and considering that it is open to the family room and the breakfast nook, well, this is the space that all 21st century families crave. Polished stone floors, white custom cabinetry, granite counters, commercial-grade appliances, and beautiful fixtures make the whole cooking area an enviable environment for the most discerning home chefs.

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The master bedroom is a huge retreat, with a 24 x 17 footprint and a huge lounge area. The painted paneling (or is that wallpaper? I can’t tell) feels a bit dark and masculine, but I don’t see that as being a tough fix. I love the soffited ceiling, which adds a touch of grandeur to the room.

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The master bath has the same color scheme as the bedroom, but you’ll notice that it feels a little more sedate, thanks to the tile floor and light-colored window dressings. This is the very definition of a spa-worthy master bath, with a gigantic jacuzzi tub and a huge steam shower. Separate vanities would take it to the next level.

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In the backyard you’ll find a great little pool and an outstanding loggia for relaxing in this incredible weather. Honestly, if you’re considering moving out of the hustle-and-bustle city life to a town that’s a little more slower paced without sacrificing luxury, this home is just what you’re looking for.

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