A Joanna Gaines-Designed House Just Hit the Market in Waco — And You Can Actually Afford This One
The Waco Dream
Most Fixer Upper fans would go to some pretty extreme lengths to live in a home designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines, but the houses featured on the show that have recently come up for sale — the "Barndominium"(season 3) and "Shotgun House" (season 4) — were way outside the average budget, asking $1.2 million and $950,000 respectively. Now, a new Gaines family special has hit the market at the much more attainable price of $565,000. Fittingly, it's listed with Chip and Jo's own agency, Magnolia Realty.
Shiplap, Not So Much
Dubbed the "Pick a Door House," for its bizarre "before" facade, the home is now an industrial-meets-farmhouse dream with Joanna's signature open-plan living area and a few unexpected styling choices, like plaster walls finished to look like concrete.
Slide On In
"Functionality is so big for [Joanna] and the wall of doors in the living room that can be opened to the outside makes for an incredible outdoor/indoor space," notes listing agent Jake Russell, of Magnolia Realty and New York-based Core.
Who's Selling (and Why!)
Though the home was just renovated during Fixer Upper's fourth season (which wrapped up in March), there are no hard feelings between the owners, Dean and Brittany Wixsom, and the Gaineses for moving out so soon. "We were truly blessed by the Magnolia team and are so thankful for the experience they provided our family," the Wixsoms told Russell in a statement shared with PEOPLE.
All in the Family
Russell adds, "As a Magnolia agent my goal is for my clients to feel like family, whether they are moving to Waco or away from it. The Wixsoms are a wonderful family and we wish them all the best." Over the last few years, some Fixer Upper homeowners have listed their properties on vacation rental sites, which stirred less friendly relations, according to the Waco Tribune.
Additional noteworthy features of the four-bedroom, three-bath home, located in the Waco-adjacent town of China Spring, include massive sliding doors that separate the office and dining room from the entry and main living space.
A Touch of Jo
The office's warm wood built-ins and gold-tone lighting add some of Joanna's signature warmth to balance the more industrial stylings.
Bigger in Texas
The bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, but Russell notes privacy is not an issue on this Texas-size compound. "The fact that the home is on 5 acres at the end of a dead end street, that is not really seen as part of the show." he says.
Feeding the Dream
More details of this half-a-million home can be found on Magnolia Realty, along with plenty more Gainesian listings to fill your "Moving to Waco" Pinterest board.