WacoWe know, we know. When we say “Waco” nowadays everyone is nearly conditioned to think “shiplap.” But we found a home in the Waco exburb of Woodway that will ship the shiplap straight out of your noggin.

It’s a good day for a good midmod, yes?

This incredible home at 7820 Tallahassee Road sits on a heavily wooded lot that’s not quite an acre.

It was built in 1961 by Waco designer Ray Barnes. A bit of scrounging found a 1955 story about Barnes at the beginning of his career in Waco, where Barnes said he wasn’t quite sure what his signature style was just yet, but that it definitely had a lot to do with bringing nature to the forefront. (more…)

Roman Novian with Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors has listed 5842 Mount Rockwood Circle in Waco for $999,000.

Ahh Waco, where do we begin. As the home of the Baylor Bears and HGTV’s hit sensation Fixer Upper, there’s a lot to love about Waco – and it’s not just the cupcakes dished out at Magnolia Table. Waco is a Central Texas city nestled along the beautiful Brazos River. It’s known for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, and a locally invented soft drink you probably have stocked in your fridge. Here’s looking at you Dr Pepper.

Attractions aside, it’s Waco’s affordable home prices, nationally ranked football team, and charming small town feel that makes it a great place to live. How far does a million dollars go in Waco you ask? Pretty far actually. Here we uncover two million-dollar-beauties, each with great bones and desirable locations, but interiors that would make for one hell of a fixer upper. Ready to take the plunge? These properties are a great place to start.

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Chip

Chip and Joanna Gaines are back for their last season of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” which premiered Tuesday night.

While there won’t be a “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” recap this week because it’s a repeat, the HGTV gods are still in a giving mood — Tuesday was the premiere of the first episode of the last season of “Fixer Upper.” (more…)

Texas

Andy and Ashley Williams will become the latest Texas-based home renovation stars when their “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” debuts next week on HGTV (Photo courtesy HGTV).

From the final season of “Fixer Upper” to the freshman season of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” Texas is home to several home improvement or design shows this fall. HGTV, the DIY Network, and even Great American Country, locals are ready for their close-ups.

As shows begin to roll out their season debuts, we thought we’d take a look at the ones who have been blessed with a full season run, and a couple that are still out there fighting the good fight to get picked up. (more…)

Waco fixer upper

The Shotgun House was renovated on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and is for rent on AirBnB for $325 a night. It was featured in season 3, episode 12 of the show. Photo: AirBnb

If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, then you know their renovated homes are all near Waco, Texas. It turns out several of the owners of these monuments to shiplap and style showing up on popular rental services AirBnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) as celebrity-designed spaces available by the night.

The cable television stars have made their name creating rustic chic homes in this town about 95 miles south of Dallas. And people from Dallas and around the country are flocking to these homes, according to The Waco Tribune. People come to Waco in part to see the Gaines’ Magnolia Market and take part in the celebrity culture.

Read the whole story on SecondShelters.com!

 

 

Photo: Leah Shafer

All photo except Chip and Joanna Gaines: Leah Shafer

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Alleged Thief Stan "Dan" Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

Alleged Thief Stan “Dan” Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

We sounded the alarm about Stan “Dan” Tucker, a middle-aged man who is targeting open houses and owner-marketed properties. He comes in and heads straight for the medicine cabinet, stealing prescription medication while touring homes. Realtor Lydia Player tipped us off that this guy has been all over North Texas and Oklahoma, touring homes and snatching things from people’s bathrooms and bedrooms.

“His mode of operation is to pose as a potential home buyer. He claims to be looking for a property for his son, or himself or something like that. Currently it looks like he is targeting homes that are for sale by owner. Security is a major issue when selling a home without an agent and he is proof. Letting a stranger in your home is risky business for a homeowner.

Based on the calls and emails I’ve gotten, he has robbed homes from Waco to Stillwater, Oklahoma. This slippery snake is good at what he does and seems to always avoid getting caught in the act. Yesterday, I got a call from a homeowner in Lake Highlands where he did his usual routine.”

But who is this guy? And why is he stealing?

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Woman tied up in pickup screen shotHave you seen this? Thank God, it’s not an actual woman tied up in the back of a pick-up truck, it’s an ad for a company in Waco, Texas that makes decals for trucks. They thought it would be a good move to make a super realistic decal depicting a woman tied up in the back of a pickup truck. According to Business Insider it was intended to be an experiment to show off the company’s decal-making capabilities. Instead, some people are making 911 calls, thinking the image is real.

The “lifelike”decal is the work of Hornet Signs, a Waco marketing and advertising company business owned by Brad Kolb. Kolb told KWTX that his business has received “an influx in tailgate decal orders since the sticker has hit the streets a month ago.

“I wasn’t expecting the reactions we got, nor do we condone this by any means,” Kolb added. But apparently he condones it enough to use an image of violence against women to represent his business. A female company employee even posed for it!

Kolb said it was something he wanted to “put out there, to see who notices it.”

Well guess what, people are noticing and wondering if it is horse manure or fertilizer that has seeped into your head. I cannot even imagine what kind of decals he might come up with for a real estate company!

 

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