6 Charming Texas Rental Homes at the Center of the 'Fixer Upper' Controversy

Here's how you can score the stunning, rustic listings embroiled in the homeowners-versus-TV scandal.

As you might have heard by now, Chip and Joanna from HGTV’s Fixer Upper are a little less than thrilled that some of their past clients are now renting out the homes they worked hard to fix up as part of compelling television programming. They say they understand why people would be pulled to do something like this (we understand, too!) but that the show’s contracts moving forward will be a bit stricter to help avoid this kind of profit turning.

While we get it that some of the murky legal stuff here can cause issues — like using HGTV’s brand in rental listing headlines to gain traction and build credibility — still, these are the homeowners, and in the end they have the final say-so... for now. And even if future Fixer Upper homes won't be available for rent on account of contract changes, several of the homes from past seasons are.

That said, who's heading to Texas and wants to rent a poshly renovated pad? Here are the listings at the center of the controversy, available for your booking pleasure.

1.  Mailander House

The Mailander House is a cozy but convenient place to unwind — just a short drive to Baylor, Cameron Park, and other area attractions. The kitchen is gorgeous — open with warm-white tones and stainless steel appliances. A veggie and herb garden will help add some fresh (and incredibly local) flavor to any meals you might cook while on the premises. The restored iron tub is the perfect place for a nice warm bath. The entire house welcomes guests with a subtle rustic vibe that is met with modern amenities and a comfortable dose of minimalism.

2.  Gorman House

This giant house — The Gorman House — is located near the Magnolia Market and Baylor. The upgraded home boasts a wraparound porch, sleek wooden floors, plush bedding, a dreamy open kitchen, and a yard that’s perfect for children.

3.  Mid-Mod House

The job the team did on the outside of the Mid-Mod House (cedar siding + black brick = swoon) might be reason enough to book a stay by itself. On the inside, you’ll find open spaces, rich dark accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an gorgeous selection of lighting fixtures. Out back, you’ll find a bohemian crocheted hammock and a lush overgrown yard. All in all, it’s a perfect spot for a Waco getaway.

4.  Shotgun House

Tall, long, and completely redone, the Shotgun House is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Waco. Bright colors make the outside distinctive while neutral tones define the indoor color schemes. With a pristine loft, open areas throughout, and lots of windows, it’s difficult to imagine anything short of a wonderful stay in this picturesque house. There’s even an Airstream in the yard!

5.  Barndominium

This converted barn (the Barndominium!) is an easy favorite from the Fixer Upper catalogues. It has country charm and contemporary amenities. The inside is glamorous and inviting and the outside is just as much of an attraction: A private lake and wooded land surround the place! Plus, the rental comes with lots of bonuses, like a kayak, paddle board, hammock, selection of yard games, kite, gas grill, and stocked fridge and pantry. Yes, you read that right.

6.  Chicken House

This 1949 ranch dubbed “Chicken House” is yet another Fixer Upper special you can rent while traveling to Waco. You’ll love the chandeliers, open kitchen, wooden floors, archways, and, of course, the chickens that live in the back yard. 

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