Most people’s dream vacation lodging is about as far from a luxury hotel as one can get – at least if the list of hottest rental properties is any indication. The top ten roundup of wish-listed abodes on the property site shows that quirky, unorthodox residences are the places most people wish to stay in.
From a secluded tree house with rope bridge in the woods of Atlanta, Georgia to a ‘seashell’ house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’-themed guest house in Topanga Canyon, California, the properties that were the most popular were strange and fanciful.
Treehouses are especially in-demand, representing four out of the ten properties. It is also number one on the site’s list of most popular property types.
The U.S. was the most represented country on the list, with three of the four properties represented in California.
The second most popular destination was Italy, with three locations in the top ten. Mexico, Canada, and Bali rounded out the list.
No. 1: ($350 per night) This secluded treehouse in Atlanta contains three connected treehouse rooms in the woody area of Buckhead – the house was featured on Treehouse Masters – it’s also only minutes from downtown Atlanta – each room is furnished with antiques, natural artifacts
No. 2: ($249 per night) This seashell shaped house in Isla Mujeres contains private pool, two king beds, a kitchen and free Wifi and air conditioning
No. 3: ($281 per night) This glass paneled treehouse in Tuscany, Italy is only only twenty minutes’ from the Duomo and one hour from Siena – the tree home is surrounded by olive trees, and boasts a kitchen garden, tennis court and small swimming pool
No. 4: ($100 per night) This unique cob cottage in Mayne Island, British Columbia is sculpted of local, sustainable natural materials – guests have access to all of the surrounding lush property, including the small private vineyard
No. 5: ($157 per night) Another treehouse, this time in San Salvatore Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy – it contains one bedroom, one bathroom, a garden solarium and swimming pool on the property – and a cat
No. 6: ($110 per night) This mushroom shaped dome cabin in in Aptos, California is called a ‘geodesic dome loft’ and it has a large outdoor deck shaded by oak and madrone trees and abutting a redwood grove on ten acres of prime forest chiming with birds – there’s also a nearby beach – there’s a flatscreen TV with DVD player but no television reception
No. 7: ($95 per night/two nights minimum/$225 for one night): This stunningly unique tropical Pirates of the Caribbean movie-themed guest house contains a Jacuzzi and BBQ fire pit – the property contains waterfalls and ponds. The owner stresses that no parties are allowed
No. 8: ($76 per night) This ‘mushroom villa’ as the locals in Bali call it, comes with a beautifully lit private swimming pool with ocean view and garden where you are free to pick your own fruit and veranda where you can watch the sunrise – there’s a hot water shower and Wifi spot
No. 9: ($43 per night) A newly-renovated mini-loft in Rome is perfectly situated: A 15 minute walk to the Coliseum and many other attractions and in the historic area of San John right near a metro station and surrounded by cozy cafes and restaurants – for some bizarre reason, it’s priced at only $42 a night
No. 10: ($380 per night) This off-the-grid solar-powered house in the high desert of Pioneertown, California does have heat, hot water, and a washer, but of course no TV or Internet – Joshua Tree National Park is nearby