Chip and Joanna buy a castle

(Photo by Ethan Hutchins)
(Photo by Ethan Hutchins)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 7:11 PM CST
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Chip and Joanna Gaines are adding a famous castle to their list of 'fixer uppers' in Waco.

Magnolia has purchased the historic Cottonland Castle on Austin Avenue, officials confirmed to KWTX Friday.

"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," said Magnolia spokesman John Marsicano.

"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."

The castle-home was built in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

It's had several owners but hadn't been lived in for a long time until it was purchased by a professor at Oxford University named Dirk Obbink, a guest-lecturer at Baylor University in 2014.