You Won’t Believe What Happened to These Famous ‘Fixer Upper’ Houses
True fans are still having a hard time coping with the news that the fifth season of Fixer Upper will be the last. Television just won’t be the same without Chip’s crazy antics and Joanna’s impeccable sense of fashion.
Over the years, the Gaineses have renovated lots of houses, usually employing their signature farmhouse chic, open concept style. And even though they’ve been accused of adding impractical accessories, they’re still one of the best-loved home renovation show couples on television. It’s hard not to love Chip and Jo.
But still, many fans are left wondering what happens to all those homes when the cameras stop rolling. Sure, it’s common knowledge that the homeowners don’t get to keep the furniture (unless they want to shell out a ton of extra money). But what about the houses themselves? What do they look like months or years after the renovation is done?
Ahead, check out some of the most famous Fixer Upper flips and see where they are now.
1. The Three Little Pigs House
Where it is now: It’s under repair after a car crashed into it.
Ken and Kelly Downs purchased the so-called “Three Little Pigs House” during the third season of Fixer Upper. Chip gave it the nickname because the structure looked so flimsy that he bet a huffing puffing wolf could probably blow it down. Of course, after Chip and Joanna worked their magic, it was perfectly sturdy and gorgeous. Which is exactly what makes this next part so tragic.
As lucky as the Downs family felt getting selected to be on the show, that’s how unlucky they felt as the victims of a random accident that damaged their beautiful new home. In July of 2017, a drunk driver crashed into their house, damaging the exterior wall. No one was hurt, but now the house needs to undergo extensive repairs.
Kelly Downs went on record blaming the neighborhood for their trouble. “This is a Fixer Upper gone bad,” she told the Tribune-Herald. “It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street … It’s been a problem from the beginning.”
2. The Barndomonium
Where it is now: It’s the subject of an intense court case.
One of the more unique renovations on Fixer Upper ended up embattled in a heated court case. In Season 3 of the show, Chip and Joanna put their talents towards renovating a barn and turning it into a gorgeous, unique domicile for the Meek family. Shortly after, the Meeks sold it to Kristi Bass, who saw the home as a real moneymaking opportunity.
Bass listed the property on Airbnb, renting the 5-bedroom property out for anywhere from $600 to $1,500 per night. She’s been renting it out and turning a pretty profit on the listing ever since, but all that extra traffic became a big issue with the neighbors. They complained to the city that Bass was running a business without a permit and the city tried to shut it down. Now the case is stuck in the court system. How it all turns out is anyone’s guess.
3. The Shotgun House
Where it is now: It’s on the market for a jaw-dropping price.
Cameron and Jessica Bell purchased the tiny 1,050 square foot, one-bedroom home for a mere $28,000 during Season 3 of Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna may have turned it into a little slice of heaven, but that still doesn’t explain the ridiculous asking price.
The Shotgun House was listed for sale with an asking price of $950,000 in June of 2017. That’s a perceived value of $905 per square foot in an area where the average home cost is more like $99 per square foot.
In the case of this property, the location might have something to do with the perceived value. The Gaineses’ shopping and lifestyle mecca Magnolia Market is situated close by, which could conceivably affect home prices. Still, whether a buyer with that kind of cash comes along is yet to be seen. Six months after listing, the house remained unsold.
4. The Plain Gray Ranch
Where it is now: It’s sitting on the market, awaiting new owners
Unlike some other almost million dollar listings from the Fixer Upper past, Season 4’s adorable ranch home is a little more realistic. Following the amazing renovation, including an open floor plan and kitchen island with built-in seating, owners Melissa and Matthew Yielding listed the home for just $325,000.
They’d still be turning a profit on the $134,000 purchase price, but still, you’d think that with the Chip and Joanna touch, the increased value would be worth it. That’s why it makes no sense that the house sat with almost no bites despite a price cut to $310,000.
One offer fell through in August 2017, and the house was relisted for $290,000. Some sources speculate that even though the house is beautiful, it’s not that close to Magnolia Market, which could detract from the value. Then again, maybe it’s just that not everything Chip and Joanna touch turns to gold.
5. The Hilltop House
Where it is now: You can rent it on Airbnb for $48/night.
Even though Chip and Joanna never did any renovations in The Hilltop House, the show’s popularity still helped to make it famous.
Homeowner Michelle Butler had no idea that the home was one of the rejects on the show until the episode aired and her friend called her to say her house was on TV. The Hilltop House was one of the options that homebuyers on Fixer Upper ended up rejecting. Since the filming occurred long before the house sold, she never knew her home would become semi-famous in just a few months.
Butler decided to capitalize on the show’s popularity by listing her property on Airbnb, saying it was “featured on Fixer Upper” — which technically wasn’t a lie. And even though there weren’t any renovations besides the hypothetical ones that are part of every episode, the house’s association with Chip and Joanna made it so the house got booked up right away.
The close proximity to Magnolia Market definitely doesn’t hurt.
6. The Harp House
Where it is now: It’s a vacation home that’s available to rent.
If you’ve ever watched Fixer Upper, then you’ve surely seen Clint Harp and his custom woodwork designs. Back in the first season of the show, Clint was one of the featured guests, with Chip and Joanna taking on one of their most ambitious projects to date.
The renovated home is located right next door to Clint’s shop, Harp Design Co., which is a major reason that he and his family decided to move. Always having work on his mind really cut into his relaxation time.
“I remember looking out the window on a Saturday in May, a great time to be playing with my kids, but I was worrying that there weren’t any cars in the (shop’s) parking lot,” he told the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Now the 5-bedroom, 3 and a half bath home is used strictly as a vacation rental. The Harp family even finished renovating the home beyond the rooms that got a makeover on TV.
7. The Gorman House
Where it is now: It’s a rental used for events.
Back before Chip and Joanna were household names, they filmed their very first episode of Fixer Upper in the Gorman House. This 2,700 square foot home has five bedrooms and can sleep up to 12 guests, according to the rental listing.
Owner Charmaine Hooper had the idea of turning the property into a daycare, but those plans fell through. Now, like so many other Fixer Upper renos, the home is available for rent. Thanks to its large size, the house is frequently used to host weddings, reunions, business meetings, and events for nearby Baylor University — the Gaineses’ alma mater.
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