If you weren’t already aware, the lavish Champ d’Or estate is headed to the auction block on March 30th. We just learned that it will have a reserve price of $10.3 million. Located at 1851 Turbeville Road in Hickory Creek, TX, the 48,000 square foot French style mega mansion cost approximately $46 million to build! It went onto the open market in 2002 with an asking price of $72 million and has been on the market ever since with a recent asking price of $35 million. It is situated on 40+ acres with a 1.5-acre lake and boasts 6 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, veranda seating for up to 450, grand ballroom, multiple kitchens, full indoor racquetball court, bowling alley, 2-tier home theater, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and ability to add a heliport.

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  • jim

    group buy anyone?




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  • Sam

    This house has never really appealed to me, I’m not surprised it didnt sell for $72 million but I am surprised its reserve price is a mere 10!




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  • Daniel

    Honestly, I’d be surprised if it broke the reserve. This is just a gargantuan home that was overbuilt X1000 considering the area. I really wish I could have been in the office with the Goldfields when they were designing this. I think I would have smacked both of them when they decided on the location. A pity that such extravagant details are wasted. Probably will be bulldozed…




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  • Josh

    I still think it’s a gorgeous home. Overdone? Yes, but that’s part of its appeal. A mega-mansion that looks the part. It is too bad about its location though. Somewhere else, even in the South, and it’d be more justified at the 20-35m range.




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  • Grrrowler

    I’m not a fan of the house, but I do find it sad. In spite of not liking it I recognize that the house is really spectacular, but the choice to build it where it is may prove fatal to the house. It seems like such a waste based on one couple’s ego and poor decision making.




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  • John L.

    I am not familiar with Texas at all. Can someone provide some context on the location, and why it is so bad? Thanks.




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    • george

      To the rear of the house is an industrial park surrounded by trailer parks. I’m not a snob, but your neighbors are never going to treat you like one of the guys if you live in a castle and they live in huts. Living there would be a very lonely life.




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      • Staci

        It’s about 25 minutes north of Dallas in Denton County.




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  • Joejoe509

    I’m not familiar with the location either other than this house belongs some where along the East Coast, not Texas. I’ve never really commented on the house itself. I REALLY like the interior. Other than being obviously WAY over the top, it’s really nice! I think one might even be able to call it liveable. For it’s size, each room is decently proportioned and VERY well furnished/designed. The exterior however… is pretty offensive to me. It’s big, overwrought and obnoxious.

    This home deserves better and it’s a damn shame that it’s been empty for nearly a decade… if it couldn’t sell in 2003-2008, It won’t sell in this market at all. Please don’t bulldoze it. Turn it into a resort or a hotel or something…




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  • C

    When I win the MegaMillions tonight—– I am buying this house.




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    • Joejoe509

      Do they deliver? Because I would sure like to take this house to-go!! Haha




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  • James

    $12,000,000 sold!




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  • Karl

    So whats the real deal with this house? I’ve seen the video tour of it with the owner Shirley Goldfields and it seems to be her ultimate dream house. Designed as a collection of things throughout her life. So why place it on the market initially. Why has it been empty for years. Did they build a bigger, better new home. Fall into financial issues?




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    • Chance

      They did the opposite, a much smaller home. They decided after living there about a month that the house was far to big. I don’t believe they have financial issues.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    The Goldfields are auctioning it with a tenth of the land they own around the property. Why do I think that this latest attempt at selling the home might also fail? Contrary to many opinions, I do like the over the top design and decoration of this house – from the viewpoint of the effort that went into building it. Tastes vary – everyone has one – but the quality of work that went into the home is top notch.




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  • Candy Evans

    Thanks for the link to my blog http://www.CandysDirt.com. Guys, this is the most talk-about house in Dallas. I was up there today and saw Shirly, she is so unassuming! They just kind of overdid the house. I’ve heard that Mr. Goldfield seldom went to the construction site during the 4 years it took them to build the home. He was a little shocked she had gone so over the top. It was put on the market even before they finished it. I suspect they thought they’d make a huge profit because the Texas market was booming. She had the best on the interiors, and the finish out is exquisite. I love this blog, and the story of Champ D’Or fits right in. Cannot wait to see what happens at the auction!




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  • Rocco

    This house would’ve sold already had it been located in Preston Hollow/Park Cities area or maybe even Westlake, but Denton is just not the right place for this estate.




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  • Steve’O

    The smaller home was built before the catastrophe was even plotted out. They lived in house for less than 6mos. They never even completely moved out of smaller residence before moving back. Most of the land,about 180 acres, was sold to A developer. The house was under construction before the area began to develop. “The trailer park was there first!” The house is museum like,not live able. Location is the main killer however, nothing appealing inside. To bad for homeowners in area to have too look at, and pay more property taxes




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