Hey guys. Here are some updated pictures of the Champ d’Or estate in Hickory Creek, TX. If you don’t already know, it recently went back on the market for a whopping $69.9 million and now includes over 200 acres of land and 2 additional mansions. Thanks to Homes of the Rich reader KEV for the tip. I have to say, I like every single room. I especially like that screened in patio! You could throw some amazing parties out there.

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  • Kieran

    In love all over again! 🙂




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  • Mak

    Just plain too big. I would feel silly sitting in any of huge empty rooms by myself. In fact, it would make me damned depressed. I would be thinking “all this space and for what? All this glitz and it doesn’t make me happy”. Helllooooo? Anyone here?




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  • KEV

    The most amazing thing about that room Kenny likes is that those arched window/doors drop down into the floor, opening up that outdoor veranda to the “covered patio,” I guess you could call it. So you have a combination indoor-outdoor space that can entertain hundreds of people.

    However, as I always say, it should have never been built where it was. That opinion will never change. But man, what a piece of work this place is.




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  • Daniel

    It is a nice home. But you can photoshop the s**t out of it and it’s still Hickory Creek, and it’s still not worth anywhere near $70,60,50,40,30 or even $20 million.




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    • Barney

      Dan and KEV……I agree with both you totally. I wouldn’t give a dead rat’s ass about this house normally, but only because I honestly think it’s TRULY EXQUISITE, but in an equally HORRIBLE location. The Goldfields either are both extreeeeemelhy intelligent and have impeccable eyes for GENUINE French antiques, art, lighting and all-around perfect decor’, or they were smart enough to hire a world-class (and INCREDIBLY expensive, I’m sure) Interior Designer who knew what the Hell he/she/they were doing, BIG time. The entire house is drop-dead gorgeous, even though I eat, sleep & breathe mid-century modern/contemporary & art deco, this place is still breathtakingly beautiful. The modern home included in the sale looks to be FREAKIN’ fantastic, and I’d LOVE to see some interior pics. However, and that’s a HUUUUUUGE “however”, the location of this place is every bit as AWFUL as all the aforementioned compliments are wonderful about this palace, and it sure as hell would seem the Goldfields didn’t just shoot ONE of themselves in the foot by building there, but BOTH of themselves, in BOTH FEET, TWICE! And, just as powerfully, even though I think the place is stunning, what’s just as stunning is their absolute indescribably INSANITY at building a house THAT UNBELIEVABLY GARGANTUAN. WHAT were they thinking?!? They NEVER even moved in, and decided to sell BEFORE it was finished, ’cause they realized it was ridiculously TOO BIG! Honestly, if this place sells AT ALL, in the next five years, I’ll be dumbfounded. What a shame…..SO beautiful, but equally too big, and equally POORLY located.




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      • Jason

        the interior designer of this house was Betty Lou Phillips of Dallas. She’s one of the city’s most prominent Francophiles and has a beautiful french manor of her own in Highland Park designed by the emminently talented Larry Boerder.




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        • Barney

          Thanks, Jason……really nice to know who should get the applause. And Phillips & Boerder should, absolutely! I’ll have to go check out their websites, and send them e-mails about how beautiful the house is. I’ll bet their homes are breathtaking, too.




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  • Grrrowler

    Like Barney, I like the looks of the modern house included in the sale too, probably more than the main house.

    As impressed as I am by the scale, the engineering it obviously took to build this thing, and the finish, I just can’t force myself to like this house. I’ve been in museums that had more warmth and unique character than this place. Plus, it’s too far over the top when it comes to the interior. Some of it is OK, like the green-floored sun room and the main foyer, but most is way over the top.

    As in most things, in interior design there’s a fine line between magic and tragic, and this house crossed that line more than once. Taking risks in design and having it work out is a great thing, but this house doesn’t really take any risks; whoever designed the interior just kept putting more and more layers of makeup on the rooms. The Chanel dressing room is overdone to the point of being embarrassing. The whole thing comes off as high camp.




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    • Barney

      Now see Grrrowler, how interesting is this……we’re at the exact opposite opinions of the entire interior opinion. While I’d never want to live in (much less design & build) such a hugely GRAND, French home, I think the interiors are absolutely a beatufiul & correctly proportioned interpretation of a true French (provincial, Louis XVI, or a combination of the two) as they can be. The scale, amount, color, placement and design of all the architectural structures/embellishments, paint, window treatments, art, furntiure and all else look textbook to me. Looooong story short, I live in what’s called Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, which is one of four other Grosse Pointe cities, and we’ve got a fantastic historical society website that’s cataloged all the magnificent estates in the Pointes that’ve been built since 1885, and then torn down (95% of them, I’m eternally heartbroken & disgusted to say). And the pics of these magnificent mansions show exquisitely correct, and gorgeous, pristine French interiors filled with a lot of the worlds most expensive & irreplaceable furniture, art, carpets, porcelain, etc., etc., and Champ d’Or is VERY much like so many of them. I honestly think this chateau would be perfectly at home transplanted to the REAL French countryside, with native citizens of France saying “Magnifique’!” BUT, you are right about the Chanel dressing room, but what the HELL…..Mrs. Goldfield wanted to feel like one of Coco’s EXCLUSIVE, STAR clients in that room, so good for her! I think it’s pure fun.




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      • Grrrowler

        Barney, I completely see your point and I’m a huge fan of the grand estates from the Golden Age. Visiting Newport, RI is like a trip to Mecca for me. And you know, looking at the pics again I see that the owners could have been trying to recreate those grand houses that were trying to recreate the great country estates and chateaux of Europe. I guess ultimately it’s the location that does me in and makes me question the entire project. While some of the great houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were in out of the way places (think Shelbourne Farms in Vermont), they were out of the way to make them private and secluded. Building a French chateau next to a shopping mall just screams of tackiness which ruins the whole thing for me.

        Sadly Seattle has suffered the same fate as your area. There were some beautiful mansions on Queen Anne, First, and Capitol hills that have since been torn down. Luckily a few remain, but look at the pictures of the incredible houses that are gone just tears my heart out.




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        • Barney

          As my Jewish friends would say (and it suits me perfectly, too!) OY VEY, could we talk! I honestly could talk about this with you for the next week solid. Sighhhhhh……..we’re obviously reading from the same book, chapter, page, paragraph, sentence and WORD. Ya’ gotta’ love people of great Taste, Discernment & Design talent!

          ANYway….do yourself a HUGE favor and “www.gphistorical.org”….it’s the fantastic website I mentioned that’s worth all the time you can spend on it….the homes will literally put you in a stupor of admiration. AND, you MUST google “Lynnewood Hall”, BECAUSE…..it’s one of the LAST STILL STANDING examples of famed, gilded-age architect Horace Trumbauer’s work, in Philadelphia. Trumbauer (I BELIEVE) designed “The Elms” in Newport, and he also designed Anna Thompson Dodges’ (one of the two Dodge brothers wives) second interpretation of her incredibly magnificent “Rose Terrace” here in Grosse Pointe that was torn down in 1976 :-(((. Lynnewood Hall was built for an industrialist named Widener….check it out definitely and write me if you’d like. I’m at “bsn1@comcast.net”…would honestly love to correspond with you about one of my absolute favorite things in life & on earth….architecture, interior design & construction!




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          • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

            Barney,

            Are you a part of the Lynnewood preservation group? I was invited to join them some time ago but do not have time for Facebook and stuff like that. I do wish, though, that the current Lynnewood owner would agree to sell the property and allow someone to restore it – it is too precious an architectural treasure for it to be allowed to collapse from neglect.

            Maybe Kenny and his colleagues could give it some positive publicity and help save it? This is a great website to help a cause like that . . .

            Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, Kenny! And thanks for turning everyone who visits here into an addict. 🙂




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          • Kenny Forder

            hmmm, we’ll see 😉

            haha you’re more than welcome =). That was my goal; to turn you all into real estate addicts!




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  • Stewie

    Champ D’Or should just finally give up. No one is interested in this place out in the middle of nowhere. Granted the house is beautiful but I am getting sick of looking at it by now




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  • Venom

    Nice house, bad location, horrible location.

    Reminds me of the Arabs here in Michigan, they will build a house anywhere.
    You will see a mansion sitting right on a 4 land highway or on the crappiest lot in a neighborhood backing on to the road.
    Never understood that.




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    • Venom

      *lane*




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    • Barney

      DUDE!!!! You COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE MORE RIGHT!!! Have you driven on Telegraph, between Quarton Rd. & Pontiac within the past seven/eight years or so? Some brain-damaged IMBECILES actually built (two or three, right next to each other) BIG, UGLY and I’m sure, EXPENSIVE homes, RIGHT on Telegraph, with NOTHING to look at except the all concrete, SIX LANE highway to look at!!! And even WORSE, to LISTEN to, 24/7!! The first time I saw those places, I literally could not believe my eyes! Like living RIGHT on 696! Have you seen ’em?




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      • Venom

        Barney, those were exactly the homes I was referring to. lol




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  • Len

    I traveled to Dallas last year and made it a point to find this house. For some reason I thought it was in Denton. Either way, it seems like it’s the in middle of nowhere, yet there’s a shopping center that borders east side of the property and a commerical road that borders the northern border of the property.
    Anyway, virtually everything about estate was designed so well, but only if the owner wants this house and all the properties sorrounding them because there are two huge entrance gates are right across from one another like it’s one massive property.
    The whole place is designed for royalty, but the location is crazy. I was expecting to see beautiful vistas or waterfront views, but nothing.




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  • James

    Absolutely love, love, love the house…hate, hate, hate the location!




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  • Chance

    It’s definitely an impressive estate and the inclusion of 2 more houses and a lot more land make this place much more viable, it still needs a $30 million price drop, but something tells me that won’t happen.




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  • Why is it that several of the homes I’ve peeked into recently have these 2 story libraries with hardly any room for books? I’ve looked at pictures of this library with 2 other angles and I have yet to see more than a tiny area for books! I am a book-nut since birth and have given away most of my books many times just so I can keep only 2 double bookshelves in my library/dining room combo because I don’t have any more room! Then I see these rich people who want to have libraries but must be close to illiterate! I guess they are more concerned about their rich friends looking for first editions than they are reading. That’s sad!!!




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  • Easily one of the most luxurious properties EVER




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  • B-Rock

    Here’s a nice article that explains why people build large homes in what seems to be unusual areas:

    http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/mansions-in-the-middle-of-nowhere

    For me, Champ d’Or is in a great location, central to my family and my wife’s family. I am strongly considering the purchase of this estate for holidays and family gatherings… my bank account is even stronger in its inability to make the purchase at this time.




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  • Kyle

    Hey Barney give me your contact info so we can discuss architecture, interior design, and construction sometime perhaps, I actually just ordered a big fat book about the history of consturction over the last 3,000 years. I am a beginner on these subjects though, still learning. I am currently working my way through Judith Miller’s giant book “Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary.”

    On this particular mansion, not my taste per se (not warm and cozy in the way I like—my style would be the room of the character “Rose” in “Titanic,” with some Clive Christian, woods I like), but still very nice from a mansion standpoint.




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  • Danny

    I actually have family that live right around the corner and have seen the house in person. I do agree with some that the house is too big but the pictures do not do justice. The house is more breath taking than these pictures lead on. And the goldfields did move in to the house but only lived there for 3 months. They say they sold it because they were never home but it was just way too big for just 2 PEOPLE.




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