Wondering what listing wins the title of “Best Airbnb Los Angeles”? You’re not alone. As it turns out, California dreamin’ is both a state of mind and a common online activity: last March, Airbnb announced their most wishlisted destinations for American tourists, and L.A. took the top spot.
Oh, the glamorous yet effortless allure of the city of Angels. There’s the designer boutiques of Rodeo Drive and the trendy shops of Abbot Kinney, the flashing billboards of Sunset Boulevard and the seafood shacks of the Pacific Coast Highway, the look-at-me style of Beverly Hills and the curated vintage vibes of Silver Lake. Add in a healthy dose of palm trees and perennially sunny weather (Los Angeles only gets 30 days of rain a year) and you have a locale that’s fabulously fun to fantasize about. Or, as vaccine rollout continues apace, fabulously fun to actually visit.
When this writer first arrived in Los Angeles, she was asked a very important question: “Are you a Hills person, or a beach person?” This, meaning: Los Angeles is a vast, sprawling city, predominantly navigated via car. The neighborhood you pick doesn’t completely define your L.A. experience—but it does play a large part in it.
So on that note, here are our nine picks for the distinction of Best Airbnb: Los Angeles. Whether you want a humble bohemian enclave or a buzzy Hollywood Hills modernist mansion, there’s certainly something to fit your West Coast-wanderlust ideal. (And, if you decide an urban getaway isn’t for you—don’t fret. Instead, check out some of our favorite homes in Joshua Tree.)