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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Powerhouse agents Mark Cain and Britt Rhodes recently moved to new brokerages.

In this week’s Agent Migration column we catch up with two veteran agents who recently made big moves. Did you make an Agent Migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Mark Cain Take Team to Compass

Realtor Mark Cain has moved to Compass Real Estate. “The decision to move was not made lightly as I invested nearly nine months researching the company to verify its track record and growth path,” Cain said. “Now that I’m here it is clear that Compass was the right choice for my business home.“

Cain said he came away impressed with Compass’ management team as well as its technology, marketing, advertising, and support personnel. Also attractive to him was the fact that everyone works from a centralized location, and that the office itself is open and user-friendly with lots of space.

“The whole move was a decision to offer more tools and strategies that will enable me to better serve my clients,” he said.

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Preston Hollow Experts Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Stake No. 1 Claim in Area 11 | CandysDirt.com

Preston Hollow Experts Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Stake No. 1 Claim in Area 11 | CandysDirt.com

Preston Hollow Experts Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Stake No. 1 Claim in Area 11 | CandysDirt.com

Buying and selling luxury homes in prestigious Preston Hollow has been a focus of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate since the brand’s earliest days. This is so much the case that for 2017, these Preston Hollow experts were No. 1 in Area 11 for sales volume, units sold (over $1 million), and market share.

Working with success in Preston Hollow takes extensive know-how as well as savvy marketing and negotiation skills. Clients get all that, plus white-glove customer service with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

“Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is unsurpassed in the quality and care they provide their clients,” said Realtor Mark Cain, who has been with the brand for 14 years. “Looking at it from almost any angle, we’ve been the leader in Preston Hollow for at least the past decade and a half and that is the reason I joined them so long ago.”  

Almost 25 percent of the brand’s sales last year in Preston Hollow were in-house, which speaks to agents’ extensive internal networking. That is key in selling high-end properties.

So what’s currently on the market for discerning buyers looking in Preston Hollow? I’ve found three fabulous examples of houses represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. May I give you a tour?

 

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Preston Hollow Mediterranean

Photos: Thomas Crosson Full Package Media

If you fancy a discreet neighborhood, one that the Perots, Troutts, and Nowitskis are happy to call home, you are in luck. If you’d like an elegant Preston Hollow Mediterranean estate for entertaining, this is it. If you want one of the most secure homes on the market with not only a lookout tower but also a bomb shelter, our Monday Morning Millionaire fits the bill beautifully. If you have kids and proximity to great private schools is a necessity, there is no better location than 4626 Dorset Road.

We see a lot of gorgeous luxury homes at CandysDirt.com — on a daily basis. Saying we are hard to impress is putting it mildly. Let me just say … we are impressed. This is hands down, one of the most extraordinary estates in Dallas. (more…)

Strait Lane

The estate at 10620 Strait Ln. is one of three currently represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate on this stories, exclusive street.

Strait Lane is one of the most fabulous and famous streets in Dallas. It’s home to a veritable Who’s Who of residents, from Margot and Ross Perot to Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki. They live in some of the city’s most impressive and esteemed estates. Buy a home on Strait Lane and not only have you arrived, you’ve probably arrived in a Learjet.

I’ve found three extraordinary Strait Lane residences represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. They’re within a half mile of each other on the most exclusive stretch of the street in Old Preston Hollow.  

Conveniently located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, this close-in arrangement is why some of the city’s most distinguished residents make Strait Lane their chosen address.

“Some of Dallas’ top-rated private schools, shopping, and dining are within minutes of Strait Lane and it has estates ranging from 1 to 25 acres — you have a country-like setting in this location,” said Realtor Ryan Streiff with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The homes are deeply set back and those on the east side have beautiful creek views. There’s also an off-duty Dallas police officer patrolling these gated properties, offering a very secure setting.”

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It’s Monday. Ease into it. Grab your coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy our Monday Morning Millionaire, a gorgeous transitional Mediterranean mansion at 6214 Mimosa Lane. Nestled in the middle of one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas — Preston Hollow North — it has everything you could wish for in a home. Even our discerning staff can’t find anything that has been overlooked, and we’re somewhat hard to impress. (more…)

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New construction just keeps getting better. The Metroplex has some of the best home building talent in the nation and this stunning Preston Hollow custom home is a perfect example of the caliber of that expertise. Douglas M. Jones Custom Homes has created a magnificent transitional mansion at 4309 Woodfin Drive in the Rockbrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow, one of the most coveted areas of Dallas.

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Mark CainMark Cain is known as one of the most hardworking and caring real estate agents in the business, certainly in North Texas. Voted one of the “Best Realtors in Dallas” by D Magazine readers for 9 years in a row, he has closed millions, over $25 million in volume sales alone in 2012. He is a consistent top-producing agent at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. His impressive list of accomplishments includes the title of “Best Son Ever,” according to his Mom for a very special Mother’s Day surprise. We nabbed Mark (it was hard) for a quick holiday interview to learn more.

 

CD: Where are you from?

Mark: I was born in New Jersey, but consider myself a transplanted native, or a “Reborn Texan” as Candy puts it. I love the Dallas area and have lived here for more than 35 years. My family moved to North Texas from Metairie, Louisiana when I was a young boy (after only a brief nine-month stint there). For the majority of my early childhood, however, we lived on a farm in Ohio. I loved living on the farm as a kid and have many fond memories of that time. We had a zillion acres (it seemed like to me), and my siblings and I would run and play for hours on end. The house was big and white, with tall white columns across its broad front porch. We had a large barn, a pony, some chickens, and miles of acres of gardens. My Dad was an executive with Marriott and was transferred many times during his tenure with the company. That’s how we came to Dallas. My father passed away in 1980 at age 43, and my mother decided to stay here to raise her eight children on her own.

CD: Eight children? Well, someone knows how to share. How did you get into real estate?

Mark: All my life I’ve been interested in architecture and residential homes. As early as second grade I toured open houses. One summer, when I was about twelve or thirteen, my mother worked as an assistant to an agent who was representing an entire neighborhood development. There were three model homes for buyers to view, which I loved touring as each one had its own personality and all were immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. On top of that, the agent drove a brand new Cadillac with power windows and a sunroof. I remember thinking, “Now that’s what I want to do!”

In college, I started working for a market research company as a means to earn money for my tuition and books. In July 2001, after 15 years in the industry, the company I was working for closed its doors in Dallas.

I took a few months off, but then decided to follow my passion and I enrolled into the Real Estate Career College in Dallas and got my license. I discovered I had a knack for the business, and my corporate experience fit hand in glove with real estate. By the end of my first year in the business I was a Top-10 office producer, and have been a consistent top-producing agent ever since.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Mark: I recently sold my house in Lake Highlands and purchased a three-story contemporary townhouse in Uptown, designed by award-winning architect Ron Wommack. I’m still getting settled in, but I love my new space with its high ceilings, walls of glass, and outdoor sky deck.

CD: And you drive a… let me guess, Mercedes Benz???

Mark: No way! I’m a BMW man. I’m on my third one. I’ve had two 7-Series, and currently drive a 528i. I “downshifted” (pun intended) as a result of the economy. I love the way BMWs drive. My next car will be either another 7-Series, or perhaps an X5.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Mark: With so many beautiful and interesting pocket neighborhoods in Dallas it’s very hard to choose. Obviously, I live in Uptown and enjoy its energy and proximity to shopping and restaurants. I like the urban feel here too. I’m also a huge fan of Preston Hollow and the Park Cities where I sell a lot of homes. But if I were to move somewhere else, it would be either Devonshire or Bluffview. I love the quaint cottages and big lots in Devonshire, and I’m attracted to the hills and tall trees in Bluffview. In either place, I’d like to build a new contemporary home that maximizes the lot and its views.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Mark: In 2007, I sold a $15 million estate property in Preston Hollow, which is the highest sale so far of my career. This past year I sold an $8 million new construction estate home, also in Preston Hollow. In both of these sales I was the listing agent, but I have also represented many buyers in the multi-million dollar price range.

CD: What was your hardest or worst sale?

Mark: The hardest transaction for me was heart-wrenching. A young mother, whose husband had abandoned her and their two young boys, wanted a three-bedroom house with a window in the kitchen that overlooked the back yard so she could watch her boys while they played. She was in a very difficult financial situation, scrambling to provide for her family and give her boys a sense of security. I knew the right home would make a huge difference in their life, and worked hard to find a house that met her needs on a very modest budget. It took a while, but we found it. I negotiated a new roof with the sellers and got her into the house. The buyer and her sons were absolutely radiant in their new house, and it meant so much to me that I was able to help them with a new start on life. It is most certainly one of my most gratifying transactions.

CD: Even more than your Mom’s story? Didn’t I read something about it in the Dallas Morning News?

Mark: Being able to buy my mother a house was certainly the most gratifying of all. When my father died of cancer in 1980, Mom was a widow with eight children at age 41. She managed to go back to school, get her teaching degree, and raise all of us on a shoe-string budget. I have enormous respect for her, and owe her so much for all that I am. In 2005, with some help from my brother Matt (who lives across the street from Mom’s house in Frisco), we decided to give back to her just a little of what she had given to us all these years. The surprise could not have been executed better, with the majority of my siblings and their families in attendance. Except for me, Matt and Matt’s wife, no one else knew about the surprise. We gave Mom a small box containing a note about her surprise — a new house and the key inside. I wish you could hear the giant eruption of astonishment and joy! We all walked across the street where a catered Mother’s Day lunch was waiting for us in her new home. I think that has to be the absolute best day and proudest moment of my life so far.

CD: Wow! You are definitely in the BEST.SON.EVER Hall of Fame! I guess I don’t have to ask you which is your favorite second home!

Mark: True. It is my only second home right now. Someday, I’d like to buy a beachfront home in Florida and a mountain cabin in the middle-of-nowhere Colorado.

CD: How quickly have you sold a home?

Mark: Sometimes within hours. I had one property in Preston Hollow where we had three full-price offers with incentives on the first day. The incentives included a week’s stay at a luxury resort, $2,000 above the highest offer, and an “as-is/no repairs” offer. That’s the one the seller chose, and we closed quickly with no repairs.

CD: What have you learned about selling?

Mark: Dave Perry-Miller has been a wonderful mentor and an exceptional example for me. He lives by a simple motto when it comes to real estate which is “What would be best for the client?” If you ask yourself that question, the answer will always be clear. I also think in terms of what I would expect from me if I was my Realtor, and try to meet or exceed my own expectations.

Every transaction is different, as every person, situation and home is unique. Following my listing client’s goals and objectives, I build a marketing plan customized specifically for them. I understand the power of advertising, and my corporate experience helps me determine the appropriate reach, frequency, venue, and target market strategies to employ in order to maximize exposure for my client’s properties. My reputation as an honest, fair, and easy-to-work-with agent gives me an advantage when working with my buyer clients. Often in multiple-offer situations my contract will prevail because of the positive working relationships I have with area agents and brokers.

Finally, I understand and respect that the client is the decision maker. My job is to provide my clients with sound guidance and informed counsel from which they can make the best, most educated decisions.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Mark: I’d open an advertising agency for realtors. I really enjoy marketing properties.