Champ d’Or: Successfully Sold at Auction
An exquisite, 48,000-square-foot luxury mansion located on 39 acres, just 45 minutes north of Dallas, was successfully sold at auction, Concierge Auctions has announced. Following 433 auction inquiries, over 500 showings and over 10,000 website visitors, the estate, named Champ d’Or, which translates to “Field of Gold”, was sold in cooperation with listing agent Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. The buyer is based in the Dallas area with international ties and is represented by Clay Stapp of CLAY STAPP+CO. Their name and the purchase price are confidential.
“Share awhile with us the peace within; born of love and faith, made strong with time …”
Chiseled into the stone entryway that leads to the warmth within Champ d’Or, the inscription carefully chosen by its owners signals an important message to those who enter: Let our dream become your own. A majestic French estate among the large, ranch-style homes that dot the North Texas landscape, this impressive property inspired by Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris boasts 48,000 square feet of exquisite living and entertaining spaces situated near one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. Rich in intricate detail and exuding care in preserving precious history through worldly treasures throughout, the mansion, aptly named “Fields of Gold”, sits on an approximately 80-acre treed property in Hickory Creek, just north of Dallas, Texas. A mere 15 miles from one of the largest international airports in the country and a short drive from the amenities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Champ d’Or offers the essentials of private luxury living and grand-scale entertaining amid the richest of cowboy culture and country.
The property is an ideal opportunity for the discerning investor, as the estate itself is primed for use as a residential enclave or for a business endeavor.
Grand Estate, Grandeur Details
Wonder strikes the minute your guests enter along the impressive esplanade that leads to Champ d’Or. Greenery engulfs the long paved drive that sits behind wrought-iron security gates to the front entrance, flanked by reflecting pools, giving guests a magical opportunity to take in the details of 17th Century French architecture.
Substantial double doors open to reveal the grand foyer, its solid marble floors and sweeping ceiling a backdrop for intricate details the owners lovingly placed throughout the home. Each wall was custom-designed from plaster molding cast from the same as those used in Versailles, each painstakingly crafted — detailed roses, cherubs and intricate roping come to life throughout the home. The ceilings drape hand-selected, stunning crystal chandeliers, also custom-designed in Italy for each room of the estate.
Greet guests in the grand foyer before ascending to the ballroom for your exclusive event via elevator or make a grand entrance via the breathtaking custom staircase, lined with iron and copper railing and marked by the intricate plaster detailing noted throughout.
If it looks familiar, it might be — the home has been noted in several prominent articles and books on French architecture and design.
Avid art enthusiasts, the owners commissioned a mural along the round, hand-carved staircase that runs along the edges of this four-story mansion’s rotunda. At its 78-foot pinnacle, an American eagle symbolizes freedom while two painted doves, symbolizing peace, scatter rose petals that fall down the walls that line the iron and brass staircase — a tribute to the Twin Towers attack in 2001.
Wrought-iron railing with brass trim leads guests along the circular rise to each floor, marked at the top with a spectacular outdoor viewing area of the entire property and beyond, from which you can see the expansive skyline of Dallas amid the countryside — an unparalleled, dramatic sight.
The first floor of Champ d’Or holds several spacious living areas marked by the same attention to detail as the foyer and throughout the estate.
To the right of the grand foyer sits a two-story, balconied mahogany library. An exquisite, custom spiral staircase winds to the room’s second floor, which is home to a desk overlooking the library’s first floor — an ideal space for use as a property manager’s office, providing privacy of working while adjacent and open to the front entrance and foyer. Hardware throughout the home reflects the acute and loving attention to detail the owners painstakingly invested into every area; the library features gold shelf pulls and an antique chandelier among rich wood paneled-walls and custom exposed and glass-etched door shelving.
To the left of the entryway, seat guests in your formal parlor in front of a handcrafted floor-to-ceiling fireplace, flanked by sculpture niches. The ideal venue for welcoming guests with their aperitif of choice, the formal parlor has three sets of French pocket doors to shut the room off from the foyer when you’d like more privacy.
Whether welcoming guests to an intimate screening in your private home theater, or entertaining hundreds of guests during a charity fundraiser on your sweeping veranda, Champ d’Or is primed to take entertainment to a whole new level.
Just past the formal dining room, a double-height, garden room offers an idyllic view of the expansive yard and pool house through incredible floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.
Perfect for hosting events during North Texas’ mild winters, the enclosed area with gas log fireplaces reminds guests of the grandeur of the estate just inside. Set the tone for a larger event during the summer by converting the space to a covered patio and veranda via the remote-controlled windows and doors, which seamlessly raise and lower. The veranda will easily seat 450 guests for your next Under The Stars dinner event.
If everything’s bigger in Texas, prepare to awe your guests when introducing them to the mirrored ballroom patterned after Versailles. Located on the third floor and accessible to guests via one of two gold-plated elevators in the home, the ballroom features hardwood flooring and a view to the veranda below.
A private service staircase from the first to third floor leads just past a well-appointed caterer’s kitchen as well as three apartments — complete with a private kitchen — for overnight guests or live-in property caretakers.
The stage is clearly set for entertaining at Champ d’Or’s private home theater/media room with its own lobby and access via the east elevator. Modeled after Victorian theaters, A velvet-curtained stage takes the spotlight, best viewed from the two opera-styled boxes for VIP seating. A ceiling mural and custom moldings continue the opulence seen throughout the home.
Guests will enjoy the formality and privacy of separate men’s and women’s powder rooms near all entertainment areas. Each is furnished with Sherle Wagner fixtures and designed to evoke a unique experience.
The gourmet kitchen features commercial-grade equipment — a custom-built La Cornue range; a Hobart china and glass washer; Subzero wine chiller and refrigerators; a Scotsman icemaker and Asko dishwashers — all circling a spacious granite island with a built-in butcher block and storage. The room’s wood and saltillo patterned floors and two copper farm sinks give it instant warmth. Ceiling-to-counter glass pane windows open effortlessly to reveal a family breakfast room and conservatory, which features a circular seating area, bay windows, gorgeous chandelier and Chevron-patterned wood flooring. An adjacent family room is accentuated with a mahogany coffered ceiling and stressed oak flooring.
Perhaps among the most stunning rooms in the home is the formal dining room. With chandeliers and sconces custom crafted in Italy, the room exudes warmth without sacrificing formality with recessed lighting, Corinthian columns and beautiful hardwood flooring. Seating for up to 16 allows for hosting intimate or extravagant meals. An adjacent butler’s pantry features four glass-front cabinets, originally used in a jewelry store in Paris, that raise into the ceiling.
The Hall of Fontainebleau sits to the west, modeled after the wall of plates in Napolean’s castle, and leads to a tea room, a fanciful replica of New York’s Tavern on the Green. It’s colorful chandeliers and corner flower boxes were designed to honor the four seasons.
Let the scent of freshly-brewed coffee wrest you from sleep in your intensely private master suite. Complete with a breakfast bar, spa and indoor lap pool, a Chanel-inspired closet and more, the master suite is truly a self-sufficient enclave. Through double doors installed for their ability to completely seal the suite during large parties or for daily security, welcome to wonderland.
The bedroom suite features silk-lined wall panels, Baccarat sconces and a massive, hand-carved stone fireplace. Ceilings soar over the large living space and house electronically-controlled draperies. Rising will be easy with the promise of a few laps in your heated indoor lap pool, framed in its own room with etched doors, designed to mirror Lalique doors, and modeled after the rooftop pool at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, and a quick steam in the gorgeous stone steam room before bathing in the separate spa shower, all powered by the touch of your finger via an Aqualink system. Leaving your dressing area? Now that might prove difficult.
One of two two-story closets, “Her” prized room, was modeled after the Chanel boutique in Paris. From the black-lacquered storage cases and pink-and-black tile marble flooring to the custom spiral staircase rail, this closet will beautifully showcase your finest denim, diamonds and more.
“His” closet is handsomely appointed, with rich, dark wood and custom finishes.
The suite also features a bonus room overlooking the front drive ideal for an exercise room, an art studio or collections room; a sitting room; a wall of storage cabinets, ideal for linens, that leads to the theater room; and a personal hair salon.
An additional three apartments on the second floor help guests feel at home; The Wedgewood Suite includes a living area with fireplace, a bedroom with a breakfast bar, luxurious guest bath and adjacent laundry room. A second suite contains two bedrooms, each with a private bath, and is perfect for guests with young children.
Meticulously-maintained landscaping beckons guests to venture to the pool house, a cleverly-appointed entertainment area ideal for hosting a crowd. Soak in the summer while lounging just outside, or cool off with a dip after cheering on a match from stadium-style seating on the tennis court.
The word garage takes on an entirely new meaning at the Champ d’Or — perhaps an adult’s indoor playground would more aptly describe the lower level of the estate. This spacious, cedar-lined facility can house up to 20 of your favorite cars, which you and your guests will admire while traversing to the wine cellar, hidden behind the cedar walls.
This floor surely doesn’t strike out on entertainment. Practice your form in the custom, two-lane Genesis bowling alley, or take on your best opponent in a rousing round of racquetball. This graciously-appointed gaming area includes a wetbar and plenty of built-in storage space for equipment.
Fun also meets function on the garage level: A large, commercial style laundry room handles delicate fabrics and heavy furnishings by way of a commercial linen press, Cissell and Unimac commercial washer and dryer units, and traditional residential units. Plenty of storage lines the walls. The area also features a craft room and adjacent wine cellar.
Welcome to Endless Possibilities
Whether you plan to live and play at the Champ d’Or or see its incredible investment potential as a commercial endeavor, the property has safety and security literally built-in. Steel construction grids the home, and a Carrier air flow system ensures even, controlled temperatures at the touch of a screen.
A security manager’s office sidesaddles the estate and is accessible from a private entry. Hookups for electronics to view outdoor and indoor areas of the property allow instant access to the goings-on, particularly important during large-scale events. A closet near the interior office, on the second floor of the library, houses all major controls for the home’s Infinite Integrations (Sammy Barnes) sound system.
The property, while an exquisite opportunity for the discerning luxury home buyer, has development potential as an exclusive executive retreat, medical or spa facility, or retirement center, among other potential. The adjacent available 37 acres of commercial property, left undeveloped, serves as an excellent buffer to development along the conduit Swisher Road, but could be developed for additional restaurants and shops at the owner’s decision. Please see listing for more info.
The possibilities, much like the details, are endless.The bid is yours.
About The Area:
Hickory Creek, Denton County, Texas
“Hickory Creek, Texas, allows its residents to catch their breath without missing a beat …”
A generous blend of parks and nature trails, growing subdivisions and bustling businesses, the charming city of Hickory Creek, Texas, allows its residents to catch their breath without missing a beat.
Located in Denton County and a mere 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, the progressive city fronts picturesque Lake Lewisville along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River as well as direct access to Interstate 35, a major connector for travel in the Metroplex.
The juxtaposition couldn’t be more ideal for residents who get a thrill from the bustle of “The Big D”, the ninth largest city in the U.S., but enjoy a slower pace at home.
Join bass fishing enthusiasts and boaters along Lake Lewisville’s 183 miles of shoreline during Texas’ warm spring and summer months, or relax among rolling bermuda fairways and greens at the 18-hole championship Lake Park Golf Course, minutes from the shore.
Set sail with the help of the experts at the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club or house your watercraft at wet or dry storage in several marinas. The lake features campgrounds, multiple boat docks and ramps, and beaches to enjoy year-round.
Forget your idea of Dallas. Sure, “The Big D” has its share of big hair, cowboy hats and wealth, but this isn’t the Dallas you remember from the popular television series.
Located a mere 45 minutes from Champ d’Or, the ninth largest city in the United States breaks stereotypes with its burgeoning business, cultured cuisine, attention to the arts, respected recreation and athletic teams, and exposure to some of the most elite experiences in shopping, charitable work and history.
Welcome to the new Dallas. Your Dallas.
Spend a gorgeous spring morning brunching on the patio in one of the city’s distinct neighborhoods. The Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff is well-known for its rebuke of traditional Dallas, catering to eclectic tastes with its myriad of restaurants and vintage-style boutiques. Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York City and draws well-known chefs — on average, Dallasites eat out about four times per week. Dash from the district to the venerable Highland Park area, home to Highland Park Village. Here, spend the afternoon shopping at Chanel, Christian Louboutin and more. It’s easy to get lost among the top-notch design boutiques in the Village and the renowned Galleria in North Dallas, along with the growing number of standalone shops of notable and new designers. Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States. Finding an opportunity to don new duds won’t be difficult — enjoy the cocktail club atmosphere of downtown on the weekend or clink your glass while attending one of the hundreds of events charities host to raise funds on a patio overlooking the city.
If cowboy culture reigns supreme in Texas, Dallas is a dose of diversity. The Arts district is home to the Dallas Museum of Art’s 24,000-strong collection of objects dating from the third millennium BC to present, including highly-regarded African and contemporary art collections. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus calls the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center home. Performances continue at the AT&T Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, completed in 2009 as part of the city’s overhaul of its image. Within its 10 acres in downtown Dallas, it includes the Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and City Performance Hall. Known for its variety, the center presents indoor and outdoor Broadway, dance and music programs throughout the year.
Among the most recognizable skylines in the country — you can see it from the observation patio from the Champ d’Or — downtown Dallas is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.
While it hasn’t lost sight of its roots in energy — natural gas and oil exploration and production remain — Dallas has strong branches in banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, health care and medical research. Sometimes referred to as the heart of “Silicone Prairie,” it’s home to Texas Instruments, AT&T, Verizon Communications and a host of other telecommunication companies, as well as 12 Fortune 500 companies.
Like many of its residents — famous for their big personalities or big wealth — Dallas loves the spotlight. In 2011, Dallas became the first city to host the Super Bowl, the World Series and the NBA Finals — all within 12 months. The Metroplex is home to avid fans of teams in every athletic endeavor — the World Champion Dallas Mavericks, the two-time American League Champion Texas Rangers, and the popular Dallas Stars and FC Dallas teams.
Rather gamble on horses than with your team? Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie will get your heart pumping. White Rock Lake, a major artery on the Trinity River Trail adjacent to Dallas’ world class arboretum, is the destination of choice for outdoor enthusiasts eager for nature hikes, bird watching, trail running, biking, kayaking and sailing.
For Dallas investors, athletes and artists, it’s the location, location, location of this city that drives its powerful appeal. Four major interstate highways — I20, I30, I35 and I45 — meet in Dallas, and two airports call the city home. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are both headquartered in Dallas; Southwest Airlines operates from Love Field north of downtown and provides many short-service flights. DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) International Airport sits in the middle of the two major cities in the Metroplex and is larger than the island of Manhattan. The airport serves all major carriers and is a major connecting stop. DFW residents easily find flights, and both airports have private and corporate services available.
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