The design duo is slowly taking over their Texas hometown. Read more about the landmark property they purchased and what it could mean for their future.

By Hannah Bruneman
March 14, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, Chip and Joanna Gaines have been branching out. Shiplap has given way to new business ventures, celebrity friendships, and shocking real estate purchases.

So why not add another item to that impressive resume? According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Chip and Joanna recently purchased a historical Waco, Texas, landmark.

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Called Fort House, the 151-year-old home was, until recently, owned by the Historic Waco Foundation. The group preserved the home's rich past and have operated it as a museum offering exhibits on prominent moments in American history.

It has not been announced why Chip and Joanna bought the historic structure, but you can make some guesses. One clue is that the home conveniently sits just two blocks from the Magnolia Market. The market is open year-round in converted silos with an adjacent bakery and restaurant. Adding a museum to the mix would basically create a designer’s dream theme park.

However, Chip and Joanna can’t go full demolition mode on Fort House as they did with the homes on Fixer Upper. The property was purchased with a few major conditions.

“This has not been an easy decision,” said Jill Barrow, Historic Waco Foundation director, to the Waco Tribune-Herald. “It’s a part of Waco’s history. But we have worked extremely closely with Magnolia, and we have put a ton of deed restrictions on it. It’s going to look very much like it is now. Magnolia has bought into maintaining the historical integrity of the house.”

The closing sale price has not been disclosed, but Jill tells the newspaper that the money will help with repairs and maintenance of the foundation’s other properties.

One thing that is certain? Chip and Joanna won't be going anywhere anytime soon. They have made it clear that even though Fixer Upper ended last year, it was only their beginning.


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