• Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    Champ d'Or, which is French for 'field of gold' and cost $46 million to build in Hickory Creek, Texas, is up for auction on March 30, 2012. Called the "Versailles of Texas" by at least one reporter, the property is 15 minutes outside of Dallas. The auction calls for a reserve of $10.3 million but the home is expected to fetch much more.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    Champ d'Or has 25 acres of "beautiful treed property" in addition to the over 35,000 square feet in the main house. The listing states, "Upon turning into the beautiful esplanade that leads to the front of the property, matching guardhouses direct one into the treed acreage."
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The owner of Champ d'Or was reportedly obsessed with Napolean, as a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHSVvn-u38o&feature=g-upl&context=G2469a6bAUAAAAAAAAAA" target="external">Zillow video (link)</a> reports, and featured impoted Italian-made cyrstal chandeliers in the home.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    Champ d'Or has a theater/media room, or an opera house, complete with private boxes with a lobby on the second level and access via the east elevator.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    In the east wing, the master suite comes with a breakfast bar, wet steam room, weight room and "men's and women's powder rooms."
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The estate has a "two-story Chanel styled closet for her" that replicates the Chanel boutique in Paris and "equally lavish man's closet, as well as a private hair salon."
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The mansion also has three kitchens including one for catering kitchen and another "full kitchen," according to the listing.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    Champ d'Or has an outdoor swimming pool at the back of the property and a tennis house among the expansive grounds.
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  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    Champ d'Or's listing states that "off" the master suite is an indoor ionized lap pool, which offers an alternative to traditional chroline-use for keeping a pool sanitized.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The estate's listing states that "beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained by trained staff, the grounds offer lovely vistas, including a 1 1/2 acre lake to the west of the main house. Champ d'Or also offesr "a large garden room that may be used for year round entertaining which stretches across the rear of the home and opens to a veranda that can seat 450 people."
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  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The lower level is comprised of a two-lane bowling alley, full racquet ball court, garage which can fit 10 to 15 cars, laundry room with commercial washer, dryer and sheet press, wine room, and gift wrap room.
  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The mansion has a staircase that spirals with a painted mural. Before the home was completed in 2002, the owner said she was working with the mural painters on Sept. 11, 2001 and asked them to paint an eagle at the top of the staircase to commemorate that day <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHSVvn-u38o&feature=g-upl&context=G2469a6bAUAAAAAAAAAA" target="external">(link)</a>.
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  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    There is also a 37-acre commercial parcel on Swisher Road also available at the auction, the listing states.
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  • Champ d'Or Mansion for Auction

    The ballroom on the third floor mimics the French Palace of Versailles' hall of mirrors next to men's and ladies powder rooms, a catering kitchen, and "incredible storage," according to the listing.
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