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

 

I have been sitting (or rather, skiing) on this news for about a week now, verifying. Listing agent Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s has confirmed that Champ D’Or, the 48,000 square foot Turbeville Road mansion up in Hickory Creek, near Denton, French baroque castle meets Plano McMansion dream chateau, clearly the most outrageous home in Dallas, or rather, North Texas, will be auctioned off March 30.

Not sure yet what Champ’s reserve will be — that’s the “base price” that a seller agrees to sell for before the auction, so you don’t end up giving a $32 million property away for like $3 million because, let’s face it, we’d all want that! I need to dial up Pat Kirby at Grand Estate Auctions for Auction Review 101 — Pat just sold a home in Lahaina, Hawaii for $4.48 million. There were 13 bidders from Canada to Florida.  The home had been on the market for three and a half years!

Champ D’Or has been on the market since the day it was completed in 2002, priced from $72 million to $35 million, depending on the land tossed into the deal, the market, or the owners’ whim. You could open a boutique agency with all the agents who have listed (and $$$ marketed!) Champ, the latest being Joan who was also, ironically, the first. The owners of the property are Alan and Shirley Goldfield, he the cellphone mogul, she the one who re-created Chanel’s Paris boutique in her master closet: it is outfitted with 18K gold doorknobs, a vanity with an antique chair purchased in France, a $30K custom gold chandelier, made in Florence, a custom iron railing modeled after the famed mirrored one in the Chanel store on Rue de Cambon in Paris, and a $10K custom area rug with the brand’s intersecting-C logo.

“When I built this closet, I tried to think of everything that I would need,” Goldfield told HGTV when they filmed the closet.

Champ has been on every media outlet that exists, too!

Full disclosure: I took Champ to Pebble Beach Concourse D’Elegance this summer, and it was the most talk-about home at the car show. Yes, it even turned the head of Jay Leno!

Champ D’Or is ten years old this year, and is probably the only 48,000 square foot house in the world that has never been lived in. The price includes, we think, the main house, a pool and tennis house, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, adjacent lake, and up to 25 acres of beautiful treed property. Upon turning into the beautiful esplanade that leads to the front of the property, matching guardhouses direct one into the treed mega mega acreage. Beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained by trained staff even though the house is still technically vacant, the grounds offer vistas, including a 1½ acre lake to the west of the main house. There is a large garden room that may be used for year round entertaining which stretches across the rear of the home and opens to a veranda that can seat 450 people.

The east wing of the home is comprised of the men’s and women’s powder rooms (yes, plural) and an exceptional master suite. Here are the goodies in that suite: a breakfast bar, wet steam room, weight room and master bath with a two-story Chanel styled closet for her and equally lavish man’s closet, as well as a private hair salon. Off the master there is an indoor ionized lap pool.

On the second level there is a theater/media room with lobby and access via the east elevator. Then there’s the Wedgewood suite: a living area with fireplace, bedroom with breakfast bar, luxurious guest bath, and adjacent laundry room. A second suite has 2 bedrooms, each with a private bath, and is perfect for guests with young children.

The third floor has a lovely ballroom complete with men’s and ladies powder rooms (again, plural), a catering kitchen, and incredible storage. There is also a third floor suite with living room, dining room, full kitchen and 2 bedrooms with separate baths.

The lower level is comprised of a 2 lane bowling alley, full racquet ball court, garage which can house 10-15 cars, laundry room with commercial washer and dryer and sheet press, wine room, and gift wrap room. You could eat off the floor in that garage. There are two elevators in the home, 130 tons of heat and air, and an office area on the second floor of the library.

According to a great story in D CEO, one of my favorite magazinesChamp is “The Best Little Teardown in Texas”. A financial firm named The Stanford Group (heard of them?) once made a serious play to provide Goldfield’s company, Cellstar, $25 million in needed capital. Cellstar’s board refused to reply to the offer, and the deal never went through. Just think what might be happening to that house if they had accepted that moola. Alan Goldfield is a telecommunications billionaire, hence some also call this the House that Talk built. I’ve heard rumors that Mehrdad Moayedi, head of Carrollton-based property developer and investor Centurion American Development Group, who paid $4.55 million for the Stoneleigh Hotel, made an offer that the Goldfields found too low. Oh oh, I’m giving away my next story…