Champ d'Or Estate

The Champ d'Or estate is a baroque French chateau located in Hickory Creek, Texas. Inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte [1] near Paris, France, the chateau situated at 1851 Turbeville Road, in Denton County, Champ d'Or—literally, "Field of Gold," from the surname of Alan and Shirley Goldfield, who built the house in 2002—echoes 17th century masterpiece architecture and design.

Champ d'Or was one of the more unusual architectural works in North Texas, featured not only in countless news articles,[2] most notably being Forbes Magazine,[3] but also gaining notoriety through its appearance in several books on French architecture and interior design.[4] Champ d'Or's dominance of the Hickory Creek landscape has made the chateau something of a tourist attraction.

The Chateau

Champ d'Or took five years to plan[5] and construct[6]—using materials from all over the nation.[7] The 25-acre (100,000 m2) estate includes the 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) mansion, an adjacent one-and-a-half-acre lake, formal gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court, a pool/tennis house and two matching guardhouses. The sprawling house features an iconic dome with a ceiling height of 78 feet (24 m); a ballroom with Versailles-style mirrors; a garden room with windows which descend electronically, opening to a veranda which seats 450 for dinner; a two-story Chanel-styled closet in the master; a theater; a bowling alley, and a racquetball court.

Controversy

Because of its size, soaring price tag,[8] and what critics see as a gaudy interior, Champ d'Or has been depicted as one of the region's most glaring displays of wealth-driven foppery. In April 2009, D Magazine named the property "The Biggest Little Teardown in Texas",[9] scathingly writing:

In the distance, you’ll see something so huge and so incongruous in its French-baroque-meets-Plano-McMansion mashup that it seems more hallucination than house.

The chateau's ornate design, including marble floors, gold plated elevator, and hand-carved spiral staircase has not appealed to prospective buyers. The house has passed from listing agent to listing agent, from 2003–2009, with no serious offers. As Alex Roostaei[10] noted:

Sales History

In April, 2012 Champ d'Or Estate sold to the highest bidder through a luxury real estate auction by Concierge Auctions, a national luxury real estate auction firm.

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