Loyal fans of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper will probably recognize Season 3’s “Barndominium,” which epitomizes the “farmhouse chic” style that series leading lady Joanna Gaines has evangelized in house after house that she transformed on screen. Now, the five-bedroom home on the northern border of Waco, Texas is on the market, complete with a charming Dutch roof, contemporary interior styling, 16 acres of private land, and a whole bunch of drama.
Indeed, the seller, real estate investor Kristi Bass, is unloading the property after running into some trouble turning it a lucrative rental business. Bass purchased the home last year from the original family that appeared on the show, who moved away for job reasons. She then put it up as a short-term vacation rental for an eye-popping rate of $1,200 a night, immediately drawing ire from neighbors who were worried about increased traffic and effects on property values. According to Realtor, Bass is also selling the house after receiving two tickets from the city for running the business without permits.
While Barndominium certainly stands out with its hefty nightly rate, it’s definitely not the first Fixer Upper property to get the vacation rental treatment. There were, at one point, at least six of them on Vrbo and Airbnb. And the Gaineses aren’t pleased.
“We are going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward,” Brock Murphy, a spokesman for the Gaineses’s company, Magnolia, said in a statement last summer, in light of hoards of Fixer Upper properties popping up on rental sites.
Barndominium is listed for $1.2 million, in a neighborhood where the average median value for a property is in the mid-$80,000 range. It does come fully furnished with private lake access, though. What say you, Curbed readers? Is $1.2M worth it for 2,653 square feet of Joanna Gaines-approved accoutrements (Wooden kitchen island! Massive barn door! Farmhouse sink!)
Take a tour, below.