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United Country Bonnette Auction Company in Alexandria will auction this equestrian estate in Starks on April 24. (Special to the American Press)

United Country Bonnette Auction Company in Alexandria will auction this equestrian estate in Starks on April 24. (Special to the American Press)

Beautiful homes up for auction

Last Modified: Monday, April 07, 2014 12:42 PM

By Rita LeBleu / American Press

There’s nothing like an auction to elevate the protracted business of buying and selling real estate to a one-day event fueled by great expectations. Buyers and sellers alike appreciate the quick, aggressively marketed approach: Here’s the property. Here are the buyers. An auctioneer (whose personality and skill is part of the show) knocks his gavel once or twice and begins, “We’re going to start the bid at….”

It’s a system with devoted followers. “We call them auction junkies,” said Mike Pedersen of Pedersen and Pedersen Auctions, Inc. “We understand it because we’re auction junkies ourselves.” He’s one of the owners of a local 30-year-old company that handles the buying and selling of equipment, livestock and estates.

On April 14, the company will auction a two-story Acadian style home for the Port of Lake Charles. The house and carport will all have to be moved at the buyer’s expense by June 15.

“Buyers go to auctions because they’re in search of a good deal,” said Barbara Bonnette of United Country Bonnette Auction Company in Alexandria. “But the number one reason that people go to auctions – they’ve done research on this – is because they’re fun.” She also added that buyers find things at auctions that they can’t find anywhere else. Her company sells classic cars, antiques and estates. Last year they auctioned the Nachitoches house that was used for the filming of Steel Magnolias and it sold for $550,000.

“We handled the auction of Kenny Rogers estate. It wasn’t that anything was wrong with the property, it was just one of those houses with an interesting history that was difficult to put a price tag on” she said.

Thursday, April 24 Bonnette will give buyers the opportunity to buy an equestrian estate in Starks, La., between Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas, ten minutes from Delta Downs Racetrack “for a price of their choosing.”

According to Bonnette, she said “an amount of their choosing” means that the bidding will start at a certain price. If there are no bids, the auctioneer will drop the amount until he receives a bid and then the price will go up from there.

Bonnette said that the property will be offered as a home and 70 acres, (plus or minus), or 50 acres with barns separate from the house and 20 acres.

It’s a custom cypress two-and-a-half story home with approximately 5,277 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, three baths, a walkout basement and three-car garage. The home is detailed with Pella windows, stone and cast iron gas fireplaces, slate walk-in shower, Jacuzzi tub, cypress floors and beams, walls with Trompe l’Oeil finish and wrap-around porches.”

Horse lovers will appreciate the gallop track, starting gates, horse breeding facility, paddocks and barns.

The April 24 event will be held live at 10 a.m. on site at 11538 Hwy. 109 in Starks, La. Interested parties can visit the house Sunday, April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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