man caves

The 19,500-square-foot house at 4105 Hartlee Field Rd. in Denton has multiple man caves. All photos: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Man caves provide a place for dudes to recharge their batteries after a long day on their jobs, and a space where they can hang out with buddies, family, or alone. Many people say that men have a basic, primal, instinctual need to have a space to call their own, and the man cave fulfills that. They come in all shapes and sizes—sometimes, it’s a shed in the backyard. Other times, it’s a super posh spot in the house.

The folks over at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have six houses on the market now that take man caves to their highest level. These ultra luxury digs showcase man caves in all their glory, from a full basketball court with airstrip outside, to a ten-car garage created to be the ultimate relaxation space, too.

Read on to get inspiration for your man cave.

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Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house extWe know that Mike and his precious, vivacious wife, Allison, are expecting twins — a boy and a girl! — sometime this summer. And they have a big, huge, wonderful 9244 square foot house in Kelsey Square, near Strait Lane, on almost 1 full acre of land. Love that area!

And they just listed that home for sale on March 23, my anniversary!!!, with Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sothebys!

Mike Modano and GFAnd we know Mike also has a home in Preston Hollow, that is stunning, at 6424 Mimosa Lane. That pup is on the market with David Nichols and is pending at this very moment. Mimosa, not too far from Rhonda Aikman, is 7250 square feet, was listed last May, and was originally listed at $2,495,000.6424 Mimosa ext Mike Modano

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It was reduced to $2,295,000 and that must have been the magic number. Modano and his first wife, model Willa Ford,  bought the house in 2007 and filled it with beautiful Golden Retrievers. The home is on 0.433 acre and features both sleek stone and hand-scraped wood floors, two staircases, fabulous formals, an oversized kitchen, temperature-controlled wine closet, a master bedroom suite with steam shower, three bedroom suites, a huge exercise room, a gameroom with wet bar and humidor, a backyard that is a total oasis with a putting green, brick gazebo with fireplace plus one of the most gorgeous saltwater pools and spas I have ever seen.

Like, I would have bought Mimosa in a heartbeat, then whipped up a mimosa! Stay tuned for news on the buyer…

But the current Modano estate!Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house ext long

Kelsey Square is definitely more of an estate property on a beautiful, treed acre, that has been updated. The color palette is very light and these photos do not do the home justice because this is what it looked like before Allison moved in –  we know she has added her special touch. (Joan does not have any photos with the house yet, probably because the listing is so dang new.) There is carrera marble in the gourmet, well-stocked kitchen and also in most baths, scraped hardwoods again and marble flooring. The kitchen has Viking appliances, an island, a breakfast room and adjacent office/morning room. The master has a great bath, ginormous closets and complete views of the expansive yard and pool. There are formals, a Great room and study, both with fireplaces. Upstairs is another living area and gameroom, five guest bedroom suites, an exercise room and enough storage to hold five sets of twins’ gear. There is a four car garage to hold everyone’s car in 15 years, plus the best outdoor kitchen and living area south of LBJ.Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house foyer Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house living Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house kitchen Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house morning Mike Modano's Kelsey Square master Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house master bath Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house ext kitchen

For all of this, the Modanos are asking $3,495,000.

Why are they moving? Mimosa is pending, and I am more than sure that Allison wants to build her own space. And I bet I know just who will be doing that building…Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool 2

 

Champs D'OrYes, you heard that right and no, this is not deja vue. The Dallas real estate market is back, and so is Champ d’Or, listed this time with that go-getter of a Rogers Healy, priced at $35 million.

You may recall the 48,000-square-foot Hickory Creek mansion (basically Denton), known as Champ d’Or, which translates to “Fields of Gold,” was put up for auction by Concierge Auctions out of New York March 30, 2012 with a minimum reserve bid of $10.3 million.

Champ d’Or cost about $46 million, took five years to build, and has been sitting on the market for umpteen years. Last market listing was in fact $35 million and at least five local tip-top brokers have attempted to shed the house.

Champ d’Or was modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Paris. Rogers tells me that the new owners, the Tabani family, have completed some renovation and extensive landscaping and I cannot wait to see what they have done to every square inch of this glorious property!

Stay tuned!

Champs D'OrYes, you heard that right and no, this is not deja vue. The Dallas real estate market is back, and so is Champ d’Or, listed this time with that go-getter of a Rogers Healy, priced at $35 million.

You may recall the 48,000-square-foot Hickory Creek mansion (basically Denton), known as Champ d’Or, which translates to “Fields of Gold,” was put up for auction by Concierge Auctions out of New York March 30, 2012 with a minimum reserve bid of $10.3 million.

Champ d’Or cost about $46 million, took five years to build, and has been sitting on the market for umpteen years. Last market listing was in fact $35 million and at least five local tip-top brokers have attempted to shed the house.

Champ d’Or was modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Paris. Rogers tells me that the new owners, the Tabani family, have completed some renovation and extensive landscaping and I cannot wait to see what they have done to every square inch of this glorious property!

Stay tuned!

11558725_2_6This is one you cannot miss. I am trying to re-schedule my Friday just so I can head over to experience the glittering estate sale of Shirley Goldfield, once the mistress of Champ D’Or. Surely you recall that 48,000 Hickory Creek manse that was auctioned off last year? You know how they say it takes a Village? Well, it took a nation of agents to sell this home including Joan Eleazer Briggs-Freeman Sothebys, Doris Jacobs Allie Beth Allman, Greg Cagle Ebby Halliday, Cindy Frey Coldwell Banker, Elaine Whitfield & Mathew Edwards, Dave Perry-Miller, Joan Eleazer again and again. The mammoth estate was auctioned off last March by Concierge Auctions, in collaboration with Briggs Freeman Sothebys and Joan Eleazer. The reserve was set at $10.3 million, but I heard it sold for somewhere around $8.7 million.11558725_19_5

That mansion had been on the market for about ten years.

ANYHOO, the deal is that Mrs. Goldfield, the original owner and designer of Champ D’ Or Mansion, has filled a 13,000 square foot main home (across the street from Champs) with most everything that was in the house and then some.11558725_1_6

Today, Friday, it all has to go! Boom! Crystal, art, original Thomas Kinkade Paintings, Donald Sultan, Emilio Sanchez, Emanuel Romano “Wild Turkey”,John Zinsser, other art from around the world, books from the extensive 2 story library, French Louis XVI Gilded carved wood center table, Charles Pollock Dining table and 14 chairs, 18th Century Armoires, Louis XV style Giltwood Vitrine, Lladro Cinderella, Magnificent clocks, 19th century Louis XV style iron table base with Texas Pearl stone top, the Custom Chanel Rug in her closet, a nearly 2000 sq ft master closet filled with designer labels such as Chanel, Escada, St. John, plus 1000’s of pieces of designer clothes and gowns. There’s a magnificent Brunswick pool table, Candlewick pattern glass collection, Lenox, cranberry glass, Beautiful French Epergnes, the finest of oriental and designer rugs, designer patio and wicker furniture, tools,, yard and ranch equipment. There is also Ms. Goldfield’s personal 2006 custom made Pink VW Bug Convertible with only 860 original miles.

Chanel RugGates will open for parking at 6 am. Doors open 9:00am Friday June 28th! 1850 Turbeville Road, Hickory Creek. Please note that is NOT the original mansion, but a large, lovely home across from it.

When you go up there, take a look/see around. Centurion bought 1745 Turbeville Road, 20 acres that includes a 13,439 square foot house with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, three car garage listed for $5.6 million, which is exactly what it sold for according to MLS. The home also has a pool with cabana, sauna and kitchen in cabana, commercial grade construction and 3000 square feet of patios. Centurion also bought 1850 Turbeville Road, listed for $15 million, that being 116 acres including a 12,588 square foot home with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, billiard room, covered terraces, ten stall horse barn, log cabin home, riding corral and private lake loaded with ducks and geese. The game plan is, I think, to create a housing development here that may very well be called Gold Fields surrounding the House of Gold! Prices will begin in the $400,000 range with minimum square footage of 2500 square feet – most will likely be around 3000 to 4000.

I saw Realtor Marilyn Hoffman a few weeks ago at the patron party for the Dallas Art Fair. She told me she once brought Mr. Goldfield an offer for $44 million he turned down. Another high profile agent tells me he was almost kicked out of the house when he offered to take the listing for an asking price of no more than $29 million back in 2009. I think it was Greg Cagle with Ebby who got the best offer of all, something close to $50 million “back in the day”.11558725_8_6 11558725_10_6 11558725_12_6 11558725_14_5 11558725_15_5 11558725_16_5 11558725_17_5 11558725_18_5

 

11558725_2_6This is one you cannot miss. I am trying to re-schedule my Friday just so I can head over to experience the glittering estate sale of Shirley Goldfield, once the mistress of Champ D’Or. Surely you recall that 48,000 Hickory Creek manse that was auctioned off last year? You know how they say it takes a Village? Well, it took a nation of agents to sell this home including Joan Eleazer Briggs-Freeman Sothebys, Doris Jacobs Allie Beth Allman, Greg Cagle Ebby Halliday, Cindy Frey Coldwell Banker, Elaine Whitfield & Mathew Edwards, Dave Perry-Miller, Joan Eleazer again and again. The mammoth estate was auctioned off last March by Concierge Auctions, in collaboration with Briggs Freeman Sothebys and Joan Eleazer. The reserve was set at $10.3 million, but I heard it sold for somewhere around $8.7 million.11558725_19_5

That mansion had been on the market for about ten years.

ANYHOO, the deal is that Mrs. Goldfield, the original owner and designer of Champ D’ Or Mansion, has filled a 13,000 square foot main home (across the street from Champs) with most everything that was in the house and then some.11558725_1_6

Today, Friday, it all has to go! Boom! Crystal, art, original Thomas Kinkade Paintings, Donald Sultan, Emilio Sanchez, Emanuel Romano “Wild Turkey”,John Zinsser, other art from around the world, books from the extensive 2 story library, French Louis XVI Gilded carved wood center table, Charles Pollock Dining table and 14 chairs, 18th Century Armoires, Louis XV style Giltwood Vitrine, Lladro Cinderella, Magnificent clocks, 19th century Louis XV style iron table base with Texas Pearl stone top, the Custom Chanel Rug in her closet, a nearly 2000 sq ft master closet filled with designer labels such as Chanel, Escada, St. John, plus 1000’s of pieces of designer clothes and gowns. There’s a magnificent Brunswick pool table, Candlewick pattern glass collection, Lenox, cranberry glass, Beautiful French Epergnes, the finest of oriental and designer rugs, designer patio and wicker furniture, tools,, yard and ranch equipment. There is also Ms. Goldfield’s personal 2006 custom made Pink VW Bug Convertible with only 860 original miles.

Chanel RugGates will open for parking at 6 am. Doors open 9:00am Friday June 28th! 1850 Turbeville Road, Hickory Creek. Please note that is NOT the original mansion, but a large, lovely home across from it.

When you go up there, take a look/see around. Centurion bought 1745 Turbeville Road, 20 acres that includes a 13,439 square foot house with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, three car garage listed for $5.6 million, which is exactly what it sold for according to MLS. The home also has a pool with cabana, sauna and kitchen in cabana, commercial grade construction and 3000 square feet of patios. Centurion also bought 1850 Turbeville Road, listed for $15 million, that being 116 acres including a 12,588 square foot home with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, billiard room, covered terraces, ten stall horse barn, log cabin home, riding corral and private lake loaded with ducks and geese. The game plan is, I think, to create a housing development here that may very well be called Gold Fields surrounding the House of Gold! Prices will begin in the $400,000 range with minimum square footage of 2500 square feet – most will likely be around 3000 to 4000.

I saw Realtor Marilyn Hoffman a few weeks ago at the patron party for the Dallas Art Fair. She told me she once brought Mr. Goldfield an offer for $44 million he turned down. Another high profile agent tells me he was almost kicked out of the house when he offered to take the listing for an asking price of no more than $29 million back in 2009. I think it was Greg Cagle with Ebby who got the best offer of all, something close to $50 million “back in the day”.11558725_8_6 11558725_10_6 11558725_12_6 11558725_14_5 11558725_15_5 11558725_16_5 11558725_17_5 11558725_18_5

 

No kidding! Recall the piece I wrote earlier this week on a gadzillion bathrooms being the newest building craze? I spent the afternoon up at Champ D’Or in Hickory Creek shooting a video, and you learn something new every day. I have been to Champ a few times but never, ever knew the mansion has heated drawers tucked in the Master bath.

These are impressive: they are deep, metal-lined drawers right next to the vanity, you pop in a robe or towel, turn it on and voila! Toasty warm snuggly towels and robes! I thought I had seen it all in this house. In 20 years you could not see it all.

I also overlooked, the last time I toured, the huge sauna off the Master bath, across from the coffee bar, down the hall from the Chanel closet and beauty salon room. It has beautiful tile work and was patterned after the sauna in the movie The Rat Pack. It also has a Lalique handle on the door. There is so much Lalique in this house, you wonder if they had to set up a temporary factory in Hickory Creek during construction.

Counted bathrooms: 6 regular, 8 powder for a total of 14. One powder off the first elevator has a double sink, much like a commercial powder room.

I interviewed Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Joan Eleazer, the first, middle and (hopefully) last agent who will represent Champ, at least for the Goldfields. I asked her how she got the listing, since she was the very first agent. (Remember, we had a contest here on CandysDirt.com asking people to name all the agents to win tickets to Agent ReBoot: Joan, Doris Jacobs, Greg Cagle, Joan, Elaine Whitfield, Cindy Frey, Joan. By the way, each agent spent about $100,000 marketing the Champ, except for Greg Cagle who spent $150K.) Joan told me that it was because of Sotheby’s that she got the listing. Briggs was affiliated with Sotheby’s initially, then Christie’s, and now back to Sotheby’s. Shirly and Alan Goldfield, the owners, had decided to sell the home before they even finished it. (And they spent five years building it!) They called Sotheby’s, who contacted Robbie Briggs. Out drove Robbie and Joan up I-35 to Turbeville Road in Hickory Creek for the shock of their life: 48,000 square feet of a near replica of Vaux le Vicomte, a  17th century French château  35 miles southeast of Paris, not too far off the highway. Workers were still on scaffolding finishing up all the work. Shirley Goldfield was a perfectionist, and every inch of the home had to be utter perfection. I noticed little things today like sound-proof doors to the home theater and storage, storage everywhere. The Goldfields even bought a jewelry store in Paris, Texas and brought in all the cabinets and shelving to create their Butler’s pantry. There is an island in the Butler’s pantry that opens at one end and stores a full size Brown Jordan serving cart. There is nothing, nothing Shirley didn’t think of. The house is 48,000 square feet and has a tea room, garden room, ballroom and mini-theater. The over 30 acres of property include a swimming pool, tennis court and a lake. The style of the house mimics a French Chateau and the center dome is 78 feet high. There’s a two-story mahogany library with cabinets for books so you don’t see them, that private hair salon, Rat Pack steam room, weight room, gift wrap room and as well as a bowling alley, ballroom and racquet ball court. The house has two elevators but you still need GSP inside. Joan also told me that there were not that many showings because, after all, who could qualify for a home of this price? I would be surprised, she said, if I knew which high profile (and very qualified) Dallas families seriously looked at it, liking the location. Alas, they did not bite. Not one nibble. Anyhoo, the folks from Channel 8 were up there today, my pal Steve “Stole-her” and crew, Steve telling me he had always wanted to see inside the Champ. See he did, today.

The winner gets a ticket to next Wednesday’s Inman Agent reBoot… 6 hours of learning fun and of course, gossip!

Hint: Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was first and, quite possibly, the last agent. Hey, be happy I didn’t ask for how much all these agents spent in marketing…