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Inside the House of Chip and Joanna Gaineses

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Several ‘Fixer Upper’ homes have been listed for sale, and some have a much bigger price tag than what the homeowners originally paid.

  • “Fixer Upper” home renovation power duo Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit HGTV show have catapulted the city of Waco, Texas, into the national spotlight.
  • Over the course of the show’s five seasons, dozens of houses in the Waco area were transformed into “farmhouse chic,” modern dream homes, and home renovation and design enthusiasts grew into superfans of the show.
  • The Gaineses announced in 2017 that the “Fixer Upper” show would not continue, but their creations live on throughout Waco — as well as in the city’s active real estate market.
  • Several of the fixer uppers have been listed for sale by the homeowners featured on the show, some with a much bigger price tag than what the homeowners originally paid.
  • We spoke to Kristin Clements of Camille Johnson Realtors, who is handling the sale of the “Asian Ranch House,” a “Fixer Upper” from season 2 currently listed for sale for $679,900 in Waco, Texas.
  • Clements told INSIDER that the “Asian Ranch House” is just one of the “Fixer Upper” homes bearing a high sticker price thanks to its fame status in a city where the median listing price is $200,000.
  • Take a look inside the high-priced “Fixer Uppers” that are for sale.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

The Gaineses incorporated an island, stone countertops, and a farmhouse sink into the kitchen space.

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The kitchen inside the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

And new yard landscaping was put in.

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

There are four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in the “Asian Ranch House,” so each bedroom has its own bathroom.

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

The master suite has two vanities and two closets

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

There’s also a shower and a freestanding bathtub in the master suite

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

And a game room, a utility room, and a computer nook area are included, according to the listing

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

The episode aired in 2015, and four years later in April 2019 the Reed’s listed their “Fixer Upper” home renovated by the celebrity couple on their show for $739,900

nearly $300,000 more than what they paid for it to begin with

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

The home has seen a series of price cuts since then and is now listed for sale at $679,900

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Clements told Business Insider that some of the homes the Gaineses have renovated on their show — ones that she does not manage — that are in the lower price point typically sell well

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

But when a listing, whether it’s affiliated with “Fixer Upper” or not, gets to be over half a million dollars, like the “Asian Ranch House,” Clements said the number of buyers dwindles

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“I know big cities do that, but Waco’s not there yet,” Clements said

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Clements said she has held handfuls of showings of the home, but the showing activity hasn’t been anything noteworthy

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

What has been noteworthy is the online traction, according to Clements

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Clements said that when the home was first listed online, it raked in 18,000 views, whereas most of her homes will get maybe 100 views

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“Just by having the ‘Fixer Upper’ name in our description, we get a lot of traffic online, which is typically how you sell houses,” Clements said

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“In this case, it’s kind of been different because people are looking at it just because it has a ‘Fixer Upper’ name on it, not because they can actually afford it,” Clements said

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

She said the majority of people viewing the online listing likely don’t live in Waco, or even Texas

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The kitchen in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Clements also said that the majority of people actually coming to see the homes are not locals

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The kitchen in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“I think that the buyer is definitely not from Waco,” Clements said

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Though Clements said it’s not because there aren’t Wacoans that can afford the $679,900, because she said there are

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Property taxes in general throughout Waco have gone up in recent years, with the Gaineses’ Magnolia brand and the presence of “Fixer Upper” homes in the city cited as a potential contributor

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A bathroom in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Source: The Waco-Tribune Herald, Country Living

And Andrew J. Hahn, Waco’s chief appraiser, told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the city actually uses a different neighborhood code for “Fixer Upper” homes since they’re priced so much higher than other homes.

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A bathroom in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Source: The Waco Tribune-Herald

Though that doesn’t mean that the tourism drummed up by “Fixer Upper” and Magnolia attractions won’t drive up housing prices and, as a result, property taxes.

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The entryway in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

Source: Cheat Sheet

The property taxes on another “Fixer Upper” home, the “Prickly Pear House” seen below at 215 Trailwood Drive in Woodway, a suburb outside of Waco, have risen at a slower rate than the “Asian Ranch House” within Waco city limits.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”Courtesy of Quickpics and Mariah Burgett

In 2014, property taxes on the home were $6,410, and in 2018, they were $7,673.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

The Severn family paid $230,000 for the “Prickly Pear House” that was featured in season 4 of the show and allotted $145,000 for the Gaineses renovations.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

The episode aired in 2017, and in late 2018, the home at 215 Trailwood was listed for sale at $499,000.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

Photos of the listing show that the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home still boasts that rustic chic Gaines mark, as well as the upgrades featured in the show.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

There’s a custom island in the kitchen, with crisp white cabinetry.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

A reading nook in the family room was built with the Severn’s kids in mind.

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The “Prickly Pear House” at 215 Trailwood Drive just outside of Waco that was featured in season 4 of “Fixer Upper.”

Photos of the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road listing show that it also still bears the signature design aesthetic of Joanna Gaines, and much of the renovation remains.

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“Everything in that house is on-trend,” Clements said. “It’s got the big, huge porch, it’s got the great colors.”

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The “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.”

“The house is in pristine care,” Clements said. “I just think it’s going to take the right buyer who wants to be in Waco and also who can afford a higher price point.”

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A bedroom in the “Asian Ranch House” at 2419 Arroyo Road in Waco that was featured in season 2 of “Fixer Upper.

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