A Texas Barndominium on Sale for $120,000

Douglas A. McIntyre

It does not seem very much of a deal at first. A barn converted to a three-bedroom, two-bath 1,600 square foot house. It sits southeast of Dallas and probably is within commuting distance. It was built in 2013.

17415 County Road 4052 sits in the tiny town of Kemp, which had 1,154 people when the 2010 Census was done. The racial makeup of the town is 89% white and 9% African American. Median household income was just above $34,000, about $20,000 shy of the national average. The poverty rate 15.7%, about par with the national average.

The barn sits on 10 acres. While the outside is acknowledged to be old, the inside is apparently much newer. A close look at the posted photos confirms that is true. However, it appears the material used to update the house was cheap.

Realtor.com made the following comment:

When we first heard the word “barndominium” four months ago, we fell in love. This mashup was coined to describe an old barn converted into a loftlike living space. And it turns out, we’re not the only ones enamored with these rustic residences.

According to your clicks, a beautiful Texas barndominium soared into the top spot when we surveyed this week’s most popular homes on realtor.com. This old red structure has been transformed into a three-bedroom residence with all the expected modern conveniences, including an open kitchen with granite countertops. Yes, in a barn.

Odd it is such a huge draw, in the middle of nowhere and not in particularly good condition. It must be the barndominium part. Realtor.com has its own conclusions about its popularly:

It’s been four months since we came across our first barndominium. And history repeats itself thanks to this similar structure on 10 acres—it strolled away with the crown of most popular this week. This West Texas property looks like a classic old red barn on the outside, but the interiors are like new. The rustic staircase is a highlight, as is the fact the builders were able to squeeze three bedrooms out of the old building. We’re ready to bet big on the future of barndominiums!

There is no evidence of a spread of the barndominium.

The listing:

The perfect barndominium built with attention to detail & function! Sits on 10 manicured acres on a quiet county road. Once you get past the curb appeal, trimmed oak trees, gated entrance your eyes will wander to the details of the home itself. The staircase with rustic details, the extra tall custom hickory kitchen cabinets. Mud room has wall of custom cabinets for pantry storage. Bedrooms are large & bathrooms roomy. Built energy efficient.