Versailles has moved to Texas. Champ d’Or is the most grandeur mansion to ever hit the Pacific, built to replicate some of Europe’s most palatial quarters but placed in the small town crook of Hickory Creek in Denton County. Originally built for cell phone mogul Alan Goldfield, the $70 million Texas palace was created from the ground up to particularly rigid specifications, before the owners realized their palace was a bit too spacious.
When there is only a Walmart and farm hands nearby, you might never need to leave the spacious Champ d’Or – a home that includes a bowling alley, opera house, salon, closet that replicates Paris’ Chanel boutique, mirrored ballroom like Versailles, racquet ball court and two pools. There aren’t many more words to describe the space than truly massive, but after being completed in 2002 the home has remained empty.
The 49,000 square foot home was constructed throughout 2001 for around $46 million, but the “field for gold” (Champ d’Or’s French translation) has been vacant ever since – and is now up for auction for a slim reserve price of $10.3 million. Concierge Auctions, who is running the March 30th auction, expects a hefty sum for the priceless space, likening the space to a ‘piece of art or jewelry.’
The 20 car garage, three kitchens, veranda with seating for 450 has done more for this sleepy town than the owners originally expected – an eyesore for locals, the home has become an underground attraction for those passing through the area. Though the expansive home is gated by 18K gold doorknobs, the massive popular appeal has elicited concern for locals – especially now that it’s marketed for such a low price.
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