Waco-area homes renovated by “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have made an impression on the real estate market over the years.
And it figures that some of these coveted homes would eventually make their way to the market—after all, the couple renovated nearly 80 homes over the course of “Fixer Upper.”
However, the home that the Magnolia carpenter Clint Harp has put on the market for $899,000 is special, in many ways.
It was featured in the first season of “Fixer Upper,” long before the Gaines became renovation superstars and landed their very own television network.
In the show’s sixth episode, Harp bought the decrepit structure, which was built in 1913, for a mere $10,000. It’s located across the street from his woodworking shop, so the location was a plus. However, it looked as if he’d got a bum deal—rats and squirrels were eating their way through the walls, the home was full of garbage, and the structure appeared as though it could crumble at any minute.
Harp had established himself as Jo’s carpenter of choice and continues to work for Magnolia to this day. Back in 2014, he had made furniture for some of the “Fixer Upper” remodels when Chip and Jo decided a renovation of Harp’s derelict mess would make a great episode.
The couple completely gutted the place, saving just a few planks from the hardwood floors that hadn’t rotten or been ruined by rodents.
And of course, the end result was dazzling, with much of the furniture and custom built-ins created by Harp himself.
All the mechanical systems were replaced, and the plumbing, electrical, water, gas, and sewer lines were brought into the 21st century. The home also received a new roof, new insulation, new windows, and a new driveway,
After the episode aired, the renovation became a fan favorite—a true Chip and Jo classic.
Harp and his family lived in the redone residence for two years. But when Waco blossomed with all things Magnolia, and tour buses began motoring by the Harp house and the adjacent Harp Design Co, his personal business and storefront, Harp decided to turn the residence into one of Waco’s most profitable short-term vacation homes.
Featuring five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, the Harp House can easily accommodate up to 12 guests.
Inside, the bathrooms have all been remodeled, but offer vintage touches that acknowledge the home’s 100-year-old bones.
The master suite has its own sitting area, which isn’t common in many vacation rental properties.
There are are also three living/gathering areas downstairs. A designer kitchen features high end-appliances, a custom Clint Harp island, and a dining table designed by the woodworker himself. Some of the downstairs rooms boast 10-foot ceilings, also uncommon in vacation rental properties.
Beyond the gorgeous interiors and premium pedigree, the location remains an A-plus. It’s ideally located, within a mile of Magnolia Silos and Downtown Waco, and just 2 miles from Baylor’s McLane Stadium.
It appears that the home has been removed from Airbnb for now, but similarly sized homes with a “Fixer Upper” provenance rent for prices starting at $900 per night.
One would surmise that the rental income made during high tourist season would go a long way toward offsetting the home’s mortgage payments. That is, if any buyers don’t decide to keep the Harp House all to themselves.
The home has even had its own small share of drama. In 2018, a woman filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from a fall she took on the front staircase when she rented the place back in 2016. Three years later, there’s no report the suit was ever settled.
Whatever the disclosures say, the current asking price does include all furniture you see in the listing photos—even the kitchen items, TV’s, bedding, towels, and linens.
Martha Kate Gunn with Camille Johnson has the listing.