These Are the Airbnb Rentals on Everyone's Bucket List
By Greg Keraghosian
From a luxurious villa to a spare apartment bed, you can probably find it on Airbnb. But what kinds of rentals are getting the most love, and what destinations are most popular on the site?
Airbnb released some data today that helps answer that question. It counts up those rentals that compelled users to use the “wish list” saving feature the most—and if you take this as an indicator of aspirational travel, it seems that people really want to stay in treehouses when they travel.
This treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, which at last check was going for $350 per night, is the favorite Airbnb rental in the world, according to the wish-list data. The Buckhead property has three rooms, with a grown-up interior décor to complement any childlike fantasies its guests may have.
It’s one of four treehouses in the top 10, which seems to indicate that people aspire to stay in a quirky-yet-elegant rental over a big mansion-type property. Also in the top 10 are a seashell-shaped house, a mushroom dome, and a pirate-themed home.
Here are the 10 most wish-listed rentals are Airbnb:
1. Secluded Intown Treehouse: Atlanta
2. The Seashell House: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
This gated island home looks just as the name suggests, and it’s something out of a Tim Burton scene. It was built by the owner’s husband and is secluded near a cliff.
3. Casa Barthel: Tuscany, Italy
This cube-shaped, modern-styled treehouse is just outside Florence, with a tennis court, olive trees, and a swimming pool.
4. Unique Cob Cottage: Mayne Island, British Columbia
This compact home has a fairy-tale look to it and comes with lots of privacy, with sheep and gardens on the property. When you do venture out there’s a winery and beach nearby. The owners offer to pick you up and drop you off at the ferry dock.
5. Aroma(n)tica Treehouse: San Salvatore Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy
Yup, another Italian treehouse – this one in northern Italy about 40 miles from Turin. You’ll have access to a garden with a solarium, a swimming pool, and the abundant wineries of the region. The “shabby chic” room includes a balcony to take in the resplendent view.
6. Mushroom Dome Cabin: Aptos, California
Because if you’re going to stay in a cabin in the woods, why not sleep under a mushroom-shape dome? This is a small cabin with a deck amid 10 acres of nature – perfect for a quiet California getaway.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway: Topanga Canyon, California
If you don’t have time for the Disneyland ride during a Los Angeles visit, this pirate-themed room is an excellent Plan B. Amenities include an outdoor bathtub, fire pit, and hammocks. You’ll be minutes from Topanga State Beach and the hiking trails of Topanga State Park. Just be warned, matey: no children are allowed here.
8. Balian Treehouse with private pool: Bali, Indonesia
This treehouse in a quiet beach town has honeymoon written all over it, with a large garden, private pool, and easy access to the sand. Surfing and the nearby night market are two activities for those who want to leave the house – though you may not want to.
9. Brand New Mini Loft: Rome, Italy
This small-but-modern loft is a 15-minute walk to the Colosseum and makes for a hip, affordable alternative to staying in a hotel.
10. Off the Grid itHouse: Pioneertown, California
If high-concept design is more your speed than treehouses, this desert home near Joshua Tree is the place for you. The “it” house has been featured by the likes of Dwell and the Los Angeles Times for its striking glass walls and minimalist design and prefabricated materials. Just one word of warning: there’s no air conditioning, so it can get hot.
As for which American cities got the highest percentage of wish lists, sunny destinations dominate the list. Here are the top 10 according to Airbnb:
1. Savannah, Georgia
2. Mendocino Region, California
3. Ojai, California
4. Hood River, Oregon
5. Florida Keys, Florida
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
7. North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
8. Sedona, Arizona
9. The Big Island, Hawaii
10. Kauai, Hawaii
And here’s the same list when applied to all cities in the world:
1. Belize City, Belize
2. Okinawa, Japan
3. Savannah, Georgia
4. Turks and Caicos
5. Mendocino, California
6. Kyoto, Japan
7. San Juan, Puerto Rico
8. Margaret River, Australia
9. Jervis Bay, Australia
10. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Finally, these are the types of properties getting the most love on Airbnb – no surprise that treehouses are at the top: