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Top 10 Most Interesting Real Estate Auctions

10. Gregg Allman’s Bay Area Pad

We jumped at the chance to auction the former home of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Greg Allman. (Gregg freaking Allman…!) The property is a small paradise located in San Rafael, CA consisting of a 4 bedroom 2.5 main house with a separate guesthouse and recording studio. A wine cellar, pool, waterfall, tropical gardens and expansive decking put an exclamation point on the wow factor. Williams & Williams sold the property in 2009.



9. Divine Living in New Hampshire

A Wall Street Journal House of the Day ( ) this picturesque historic landmark church, blended with a modern-designed home in Center Harbor, NH, awed just about all of us. The home consists of 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, while the church is 5,600 square feet of gorgeous woodwork, stained glass and tile. This uniquely beautiful property was auctioned in 2013. The question for us was always would you want to live in a church? (This one? Oh, yeah.)

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8. The Lodge at Glendorn. Est 1929.

The world-renowned Glendorn resort is tucked away in a valley next to the Allegheny National Forest near Bradford, PN. Serving for almost 70 years as a private 1,208 acre family retreat, it was made available to the public as a luxury Relais & Chateaux resort in 1995. The property includes the well-known “Big House” and 14 more rustic cabins located across the thousand-acre old-growth forest. It’s breathtaking in ways pictures cannot describe. Williams & Williams auctioned Glendorn in 2009.

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7. Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons

Another Wall Street Journal House of the Day ( ) this 20,000 sf French chateau in Tulsa, OK was built by satellite TV technology pioneer Ed Taylor – partner of none other than Ted Turner. The 19-room home was built for lavish entertaining, filled with priceless period pieces, hand-painted ceilings and gold plating just about everywhere you looked. The massive residence was intended as a gift for his wife, Nancy, who passed away before its completion. Mr. Taylor never spent a night under its roof. It was auctioned by Williams & Williams in 2012.



6. A Desert Car King Compound

A car lover’s dream home, this amazing Glendale, AZ property was formerly owned by Ron McClure from the TV show Desert Car Kings. The walled compound features a 6,600 sf main home, 2 guesthouses and a 10-car garage on 3 perfectly-manicured acres. It was auctioned in 2013 by Williams & Williams.

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5. Former Military Base

No celebrities lived here. And it’s certainly not the most beautiful property you’ll ever see. However, this is without a doubt one of the more interesting properties Williams & Williams has ever auctioned. This 100-acre former military base, located in Havre, MT, just 44 miles from the Canadian border, consists of 4 houses, a duplex, 10-unit motel, commissary, dorms, concrete shelter, wind generators and an iconic 80 ft radio tower. The prepper, survivalist and off-the-grid communities loved the place. Williams & Williams auctioned the former military base in 2014.

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4. Rock Star HANSON® Home & Studio

When TMZ covers it, you know it’s big. Just south of their hometown of Tulsa, the suddenly world-famous Hanson brothers created a private family residence far from LA’s cameras. Built on 120 acres, the property features a 6 bedroom 5 bathroom main home with a walkway and gorgeous cabana wrapping around a large pool area. A separate 3-car garage was converted into a world-class studio where many well-known musicians recorded. Now grown up, with families of their own, the Hansons decided to auction their childhood residence and studio with Williams & Williams in 2011.

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3. The Log Majal: A handmade 5-story wooden castle. In Alaska. On the ocean.

We do not mince words. It’s handmade. It’s wooden. It’s a castle. And it’s completely off the grid in rural Alaska with a mind-boggling ocean views. Taking 7 years to build, the so-called Log Majal five-story home sits on 10 pristine acres on the Alaskan coastline. The property is powered by 3 windmills and 36 solar panels enabling a truly off-the-grid lifestyle. It was auctioned by our good friends at Grubstake Realty and listed on Live bidding and coverage of the auction was made available via Sadly, a fire razed the home in 2012.

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2. The Silverdome

Yes. That Silverdome. It hosted a Superbowl. Elvis. Led Zeppelin. Michael Jackson. Even the Pope. It was one of the premiere American venues of the 70s and 80s. However, after losing professional sports contracts for the NFL’s Detroit Lions and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, the City of Pontiac was unable to afford upkeep on the aging stadium. Fielding investor inquiries from 84 countries, Williams & Williams auctioned the Pontiac Silverdome in 2009.



1. The town of Buford, WY. Population 1.

Billed as the “Nation’s Smallest Town” with a population of 1, the opportunity to “own your own town” in the American West captivated the world’s attention. On auction day, April 5th 2012, the media attention reached a fever pitch. A CNN truck camped out on location. The word Buford was a top 10 trending topic on Yahoo! And viewers from around the world tuned in to watch the auction live on At the end of a round of spirited bidding, the town of Buford, Wyoming was auctioned by Williams & Williams to a Vietnamese national who flew in for the sale. He said it was his “American” dream come true.

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Long & Foster Partners with Williams & Williams for Real Estate Auctions


The Long & Foster Companies, the parent company of Long & Foster Real Estate—the No. 1 independent residential real estate company in the country, has partnered with Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction. The strategic alliance presents Long & Foster clients with the option of selling their homes via live and online auctions—a growing avenue for properties of all price ranges, including high-end and luxury homes.

Williams & Williams is one of the most respected brands in real estate auction with over 100 years of experience. Its auctioneers specialize in all types of real estate, including residential, commercial, land and real-estate owned (REO) properties, and have sold more than $7.5 billion worth of real estate over the past five years. The company credits its success to the customized global marketing strategies it employs to drive interest and competition for properties sold through its live on-site auctions and Auction Network online auctions.

“We are excited to be working with Williams & Williams and their team of experienced real estate auctioneers,” said Pandra Richie, president of Long & Foster’s Corporate Real Estate Services. “Their proven performance and history of achievement were key in our decision to partner with Williams & Williams, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship as we grow and move into the future.”

Going forward, clients who list their properties with Long & Foster will have the option of auctioning their homes in partnership with Williams & Williams. During the home sale, clients will work hand-in-hand with both their Long & Foster Realtor and representatives from Williams & Williams, who will provide added support in both marketing and advertising properties.

“At Long & Foster, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping their buyers and sellers through a successful real estate transaction, and the addition of Williams & Williams auction services provides our team with one more way to support our clients and help them achieve their real estate goals,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster and Gary Scott, presidents of Long & Foster Real Estate. “We’re confident that with our team’s real estate expertise and the additional backing of Williams & Williams, we’ll be even better positioned to serve home buyers and sellers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.”

Fontana Fitzwilson, EVP of sales at Williams & Williams, echoed their enthusiasm for the partnership. “Our team at Williams & Williams is excited to work with Long & Foster and its real estate professionals. Not only are they known for their exceptional real estate services and support, but also their open and innovative approach to marketing and advertising properties makes them a perfect fit for our auction services,” said Fitzwilson.

For more information about Long & Foster, visit For more information on Williams & Williams, please visit


Tulsa Luxury Home Auction – 6605 E 109th St, Tulsa, OK 74133

6605 E 109th St will auction October 23rd. Click here for registration details.


First-of-a-kind Charity Home Auction Raises $500,000 for Make-A-Wish of Oklahoma

On Thursday, August 7th, Williams & Williams auctioned a new home built by Simmons Homes in Broken Arrow, OK. The home’s high bid was matched by a generous long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish, raising a total of $500,000 for the organization. The total donation was the single largest donation for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma for the year.

We would like to thank the volunteers, the auction team, Auction Network, the buyer and donors, and Simmons Homes for making this charity auction truly successful.

Read the full press release here.

Click here for more information about Make-A-Wish.

To learn more about Williams & Williams real estate auctions for individual home sellers, contact Melissa Slusser at 918.217.6426.


Make-A-Wish® Home Auction – Williams & Williams to auction Simmons Home to benefit Make-A-Wish Oklahoma

On August 7, at 6:30pm CDT, Williams & Williams will auction a 4BR 3BA, 2,300+/- sf home built by Simmons Homes of Tulsa. Simmons Homes will donate all proceeds of the home sale to Make-A-Wish®.

Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma is a non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. As a long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma, Simmons Homes has chosen to auction this home to expedite the funds needed to continue granting wishes.

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The newly-built home, located at 2600 W Tucson Ct in Broken Arrow, OK, is the Simmons Homes Bailey Plan, a layout that offers a bonus/office room, a covered patio, and a third-car, side-entry garage. The home is located off of 121st Street, in The Villas at Spring Creek, in close proximity to Broken Arrow’s shopping and entertainment options.


This beautiful home features premium finishes, such as granite countertops, upgraded flooring, and 42″ kitchen cabinets.

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The benefit auction takes place on August 7th, on the lawn of the home at 2600 W Tucson Ct in Broken Arrow. Bid live onsite or online via Auction Network. Click here for more information about the home and bidder registration information.

Watch the video below for a virtual home tour:

Learn more about Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma: