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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It


Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Chip and Joanna Gaines are known for working their magic on homes throughout the Waco, Texas community. Before Fixer Upper even aired, the couple renovated over 100 homes in the area.

Chip and Joanna walked away from the HGTV show last year to focus on family and other projects, but they’ve continued to do beautiful work on homes throughout Waco and neighboring areas. Their latest project is a big one that has fans more excited than ever before.

Chip and Joanna have purchased a real-life castle. They bought Cottonland Castle, which was built in 1890. The historic structure is over 6,700 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Chip and Joanna have had their eye on the castle for some time, and have even made attempts to purchase the property in the past. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they Gaines family is giving up on farm life. Renovating the castle is a passion project, but they have no plans to move in and make it their own.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

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You can’t underestimate the impact Chip and Joanna Gaines have had on home design. During Fixer Upper‘s five season run, we saw them breathe life and personality into a number of properties.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Tonight's tiny house was a huge mess. #demoday photo courtesy of @Hgtv @rachel_whyte

Before the show even aired, the couple had managed to renovate over 100 homes in the Waco, Texas, area. The work isn’t easy, but seeing the transformation of these properties must be tremendously gratifying.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Scoping out one of our latest projects... this renovation is going to be a good one. Look at these interior and exterior walls! #magnoliadesignandconstruction #oldgristmill

Chip and Joanna have taken on some pretty impressive projects. The results are always stunning, which is why fans are so excited about what’s to come.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

The #CottonLandCastle took 23 years to be built (1890-1913) housing cotton plantation owners since its start. #Texas #Waco #Slaves #MichaelFassbender

Chip and Joanna’s real estate company, Magnolia Realty, recently confirmed that the couple has acquired a Texas Historic Landmark. In fact, it’s a castle.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Our founder and co-owner Chip Gaines said it best, "Home is a big deal, which makes our job as realtors really important." Tune in to Fixer Upper TONIGHT, November 29th 9/8 PM CT on HGTV, and see Chip & Jo! #season4ishere

A spokesperson for Magnolia Realty released a statement regarding the purchase. It reads, “I can confirm that Magnolia has purchased the historic Cottonland Castle. For nearly two decades, Chip and Joanna have admired the property as a hallmark of the Castle Heights neighborhood—they’ve even made past attempts to purchase it. The property is an iconic piece of Waco’s history and while specific plans have not yet been determined, one thing is for certain: their efforts will focus on fully completing the home’s long overdue and well-deserved restoration.”

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

The 6,700-square-foot Cottonland Castle is nestled along Austin Avenue. The historic building is back on the market after it was purchased in 2014. #WeekendWacoUpdate #CottonlandCastle #AustinAvenue #ForSale #WacoRealEstate http://ow.ly/e9I550lYaiE

Cottonland Castle hit the market again after being purchased in 2014. It’s reported that the previous owner did some work to update the plumbing and electrical elements of the property, but ultimately couldn’t handle a full-fledged overhaul.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

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Some have already speculated that Chip and Joanna may have purchased the castle to renovate it and move in. Fear not, the Gaineses are not looking to give up farmhouse life anytime soon.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

A castle? In Texas? Yep but it's being renovated. #CottonlandCastle #lovetexas #ilovetexas #f4f

While we’re all aware of what Chip and Joanna are capable of, they certainly have a challenge ahead of them. The initial price tag on the property was $425,000, but the final sales price is unknown.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Stone contractor John Tennant began this house in 1890, when Waco's cotton-based economy flourished. In 1906 Tennant sold the structure to Ripley Hanrick, a cotton broker, but it remained unfinished. With plans drawn by architect Roy Lane (1884-1956), The Castle was eventually completed in 1913 as a residence for businessman Alfred Abeel (1845-1922). Limestone detailing decorates the sandstone edifice. Fine materials such as marble and mahogany embellish the interior. The house later became a focal point for the Castle Heights area. #texasphotographer #wacotexas #texasmercantile #texas #cottonlandcastle #texashistory #texaslife #texasstyle #ilovetexas #instatexas

The project ahead of them is bigger than anything they’ve taken on before. With a property as aged as this one, even the most seasoned renovator can’t know what to expect.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

The 6,700-square-foot Cottonland Castle is nestled along Austin Avenue and has some new owners! Chip and Joanna have purchased this Waco Historical building with the intentions of finishing all needed repairs. #WeekendWacoUpdate #CottonlandCastle #AustinAvenue #ForSale #WacoRealEstate http://ow.ly/e9I550lYaiE

A dig into what kind of updates the property might need by Realtor.com shows a very expensive renovation process is likely. The castle reportedly has water damage and rotting woodwork that, among other modernization efforts, could cost as much as $1 million.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

Look at these amazing old pine floors that are being installed at the new storefront in the silos! #gettingclose @magnoliamarket

It’s also a stylistic departure from the sort of properties that Chip and Joanna are used to working on. This castle will require a different tactic than renovating an old farmhouse.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

YOU GUYS! I've been writing up all of our Magnolia Silos, Marketplace and Fixer Upper tours for the blog and I just came across this news: Chip and Joanna purchased the Cottonwood Castle, a fun landmark in Waco, TX!⁣ ⁣ We stopped by this unique piece of real estate on our trip because you just couldn't HELP but check it out. I had no idea when we stopped and took pictures that it would be a future Fixer Upper project!⁣ ⁣ I can't wait to see what they do with it, and I hope they fix it up as another B&B option! How FUN would that be to stay in! Stay tuned for more details AND I promise to get our Magnolia posts up SOON!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #fixerupper #cottonlandcastle #chipandjoannagaines #magnoliamarket #magnoliahome #magnoliastyle #magnoliahouse #fixerupperstyle #fixerupperfanatic #hgtvfixerupper #waco #wacotexas #wacotx

There’s also the castle’s historical landmark status to consider. It places limitations on what can be done to the property in attempts to modernize or stylize it.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

So excited to see what the Gaineses do with this historical castle here in Waco! #waco #wacotx #home #chipandjo #fixerupper #castle #cottonlandcastle #chipandjoannagaines #community

Many are curious to see what Chip and Joanna will make of the property. It’s unlikely that they would just flip the home after the amount of time, effort, and money that will be put into it.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Just Bought A 129-Year-Old Castle In Texas And Plan To Restore It

We karate chopped and kicked the vinyl railing on this late 1800s home to make room for new authentic awesomeness. #hiiiiiiiiiiiiyaaaaaaaaa! #chipchop @hgtv #fixerupper photo credit @matsumoto818

Whether it becomes a bed and breakfast or a wedding reception hall or anything in between, we’re sure Chip and Joanna will add a charming touch to the property. Maybe we’ll even get some behind-the-scenes looks on their rumored upcoming cable network!

 

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