Another house from Fixer Upper has hit the market, located “just minutes from the Silos” and with tons of built-in, established rental income.
What’s the most intriguing about this listing is that you can see how the couple actually styled the home after Joanna left them to their own devices — and which, if any, of the pieces that the Gaineses selected that the veterinarian and her ultra-marathoner husband actually chose to purchase.
The “Bicycle House”, an historic 1910 house featured in the season 1 finale of Fixer Upper, has been renting for $250 per night on VRBO by HomeAway, and is apparently booked solid through May, with limited vacancy through June, according to Realtor.com. It features all of the actual furniture and decor and taste of the actual owners — the charming unicorn of a couple who craved carless, bike-and-walk-friendly Texan living. (or, in HGTV speak, the “Active Baby Boomers Seek Sanctuary Near Nature”.)
Attractive features for outdoorsy, active guests — and future owners — include Waco’s Brazos River Walk within two blocks from the home, and the Cameron Park trails are less than a mile away. Originally built for the Mailander family, who came to Waco from Germany to start a furniture factory, the 1,600 square foot home feels cozy and quaint but has 11-foot ceilings and lots of original windows with period character and architectural detail to let in plenty of natural light — plus warmth, figuratively, from the original cocobolo, a type of rosewood, and quarter-sawn oak floors and the three original (yet non-working) fireplaces.
What viewers probably remember most about the home, however, are the quirky arched stucco facades on the exterior that are somewhat reminiscent of The Alamo. While they lend the home a super unique and memorable curb appeal, they also have a practical purpose as they create large front and side porches under which to enjoy outdoor living with a reprieve from the sometimes relentless Texas sunshine.
The three bedroom, two bathroom cottage at 1403 N 5th Street in Waco‘s Brook Oaks neighborhood “sleeps four max” and is currently available for sale as an investment opportunity (with built-in rental income) for $350,000.