SOURCE: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

August 26, 2010 12:34 ET

Move Over J.R. Ewing: Unique Dallas Estate Listed for $69.9M

Investment Opportunity in Dallas Includes 256 Developable Acres, a French-Styled Chateau, Contemporary Guest Home and Hill Country Estate

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) -  Champ d'Or, a magnificent combination of 256 developable acres, a 48,000 square-foot French-inspired chateau and three other luxury residences all contained within the property, has come onto the market listed at $69.9 million.

This expansive mixed-use estate is conveniently located just minutes outside of Dallas/Fort Worth in Hickory Creek, Texas, and is situated among stunning Parisian gardens, private lakes and towering trees. It is also within close proximity to surrounding recreational lakes and parks.

Listing agent Cindy Frey of the Building, Land and Commercial Services division of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas/Fort Worth says, "For the first time, this magnificent property is on the market with all of its acreage and residences presented in one inclusive package. This opportunity has potential to be a remarkable master-planned, mixed-use commercial development and is complete with a spectacular mansion -- the current focal point of this exclusive property." 

Professionally designed renderings and blueprints offer a vision for land development which includes hundreds of single family homes and townhomes at the south end, while the north end of the property depicts mixed use for future commercial buildings, including restaurants, retail and office space. A proposed hotel could be situated adjacent to the existing French-inspired main residence, which is large enough to serve as an event center under the proposed development vision. The property is also being marketed for a potential resort spa/golf course development, corporate retreat, medical facility, university among other possibilities.

Notable features of the chateau include replicas of some of the world's most beautiful places:

  • a tea room fashioned after Central Park's Tavern on the Green
  • a two-story master closet modeled after the Chanel at Chateau Fontainebleau boutique in Paris
  • a grand ballroom patterned after the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles
  • a theatre reminiscent of old New York with loge box seating

Other grand features include:

  • a 78-foot-high rotunda foyer enhanced with a beautiful Trompe L'oeil
  • a conservatory and veranda accommodating 500 people
  • a two-lane bowling alley and racquetball court
  • an outdoor pool, pool house and tennis courts with stadium seating

Among the additional residences offered on this property is a 16,000-square-foot contemporary home designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition, which could serve as a potential amenity center for residents of the planned community. In addition, the property also includes a traditionally designed 12,000-square-foot home with a game room styled after the bar in the movie "Casablanca," and a rustic log cabin.

"This expansive property is just minutes from Interstate 35 and it is a short drive to the DFW International Airport, the central business district of Dallas, and Cowboys Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys," says Frey, who has been in the real estate industry for more than 10 years. "We envision this estate as a unique opportunity to enhance the growth and make a positive impact on the surrounding communities."

The Dallas/Fort Worth area offers many attractive reasons for commercial development and business investment:

  • Texas was recently named the top state for business by CNBC;
  • Home to over 10,000 corporate headquarters, Dallas/Fort Worth has the largest corporate headquarters concentration in the U.S.;
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to 24 Fortune 500 headquarters, behind only New York City (42);
  • Confidence in the market is evidenced by a number of large scale mixed use developments including: Victory Park in Dallas, Midtown in North Dallas, 1717 McKinney Avenue in Uptown, State Highway 121 and Parkwood Boulevard in Plano, and an upscale outlet shopping center at State Highway 114 and Loop 12;
  • The area experienced a 23% population growth rate between 2000 and 2009, outpacing the state of Texas (18%) and the nation (9%). The population is expected to grow to more than 7 million from its current 6.2 million within the next five years.

The estate will be of particular interest to international buyers who are looking to American investments in light of the euro's precarious position in global finance. (According to the most recent survey from the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, 51% of respondents indicated that the U.S. currently provides the best opportunity for capital appreciation as compared to 37% in 2008.)

The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the seventh largest airport in the world for passenger traffic, is just 18 miles away.

Information about this exceptional estate can be found online at

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