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Much to the chagrin of Joanna and Chip Gaines, the married decorating duo behind HGTV's hit show "Fixer Upper," multiple homes they've resuscitated and transformed into forever homes for deserving families around Texas are now being rented out as hot vacation spots on sites like VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and Airbnb.
According to a rep for Magnolia Market, the Waco area has seen a noticeable uptick in tourists and home rentals since the show skyrocketed to popularity. "Over the summer, we did have anywhere from 30,000-35,000 visitors at the (Magnolia) silos a week," said Brock Murphy, director of Public Relations.
The Waco Tribune reports that there are 12 "Fixer Upper" properties available to rent including the Shotgun House, the Gorman House, the Barndominium, the Chicken House, the Mailander House and the Midcentury Modern House.
This past spring, Joanna Gaines Instagrammed this image of the 2,700-square-foot Barndominium, a former horse farm turned family home. It's currently being rented out on VRBO for $1200 per night.
The ranch-style Chicken House is renting for $195 a night on Airbnb.com.
The Mailander house can currently be rented via VRBO for $252 a night.
The Shotgun house is taking reservations at $325 a night and is just down the street from Magnolia Silos.
This is great news for the innumerable fans of the show who are flocking to the Waco area of Texas to experience their own little piece of Magnolia magic. For those who are wait-listed for these rental homes, there's always Magnolia House, the bed and breakfast retreat recently opened by Chip and Joanna. But be prepared, reservations are booked through 2016.
How do Joanna and Chip feel about these forever homes being turned into rental properties? Not happy, apparently. Moving forward, the Magnolia team will be much more strict with their contracts.
In an official statement, Magnolia's PR rep Brock Murphy stated: "We have no problems with our client's interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience."