“Fixer Upper” enthusiasm reached new heights as reservations for the Magnolia House in McGregor opened Wednesday.
An announcement to reserve the renovated 2,868-square-foot rental home in McGregor was sent to fans through a notification to anyone who signed up to receive special offers from the Magnolia Market, made famous by Waco celebrity renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Within a few hours of online reservations opening, Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said the 1882, two-story vacation home featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” was seemingly booked solid.
“We only have a handful of one- night stays available, but we had a filter to restrict you from booking only a one-night stay, because it’s a minimum of two nights,” Murphy said. “But now, with no more two-night stays left together, we will have to open (the one- night stays) in some capacity because we have had a ton of people reach out to us who want the one night.
“I don’t know how we are going to do it, but I am sure we will book up for the whole year pretty quickly.”
The Gaineses undertook the project and flipped the home, about 15 miles outside of Waco, into a rental property. The official opening stay is scheduled for March 14, and the cost is $695 per night.
Murphy said reports that the Magnolia Market website crashed because of a spike in traffic were unfounded, but a rush of interest has been evident.
“I think everybody involved is surprised with how quickly this has happened,” Murphy said. “We knew there was a lot of excitement with the house and a lot of people have inquired about it in the past, but until you put it out there and people reserve you, you never know how it’s going to go.”
The large push to secure reservations was not a huge surprise for nearby neighbor and McGregor City Manager Kevin Evans. He said the eight-person-capacity house is expected to remain heavily booked in the town of about 5,000.
“I live a block away and I can personally tell you that on Saturdays and Sundays, they drive by about one vehicle per minute to see the house, at the least,” Evans said. “During the daylight hours, that is absolutely true, and when I leave the house to go to work every day, whether that is 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., there is somebody outside taking pictures. It’s been amazing to watch from where I’m sitting.”
Evans said McGregor is eager to welcome “Fixer Upper” fans and the added business for local shops, including antique stores and a specialty cupcake maker.
“We are nice people, and I know we will be good hosts for them,” Evans said. “I just hope we have enough antiques and cupcakes to feed everyone.”