19 Unique Airbnb Listings

Jun 13, 2024

19 Unique Airbnb Listings

Discover a secluded desert dome where stargazing becomes an ethereal experience, or indulge in a modernist masterpiece that combines and architecture seamlessly. These Airbnb offers vacation rentals suit every taste and every bucket list. 

Whether seeking adventure, romance, or a whimsical escape, these handpicked Airbnb stays offer the perfect blend of comfort, charm, and allure.

1. Sitka Lighthouse, Alaska

Nestled on a one-acre private island in Southeast Alaska, this fully functional lighthouse offers a unique stay for up to six guests. The well-equipped accommodation features two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, dining areas, and a bathroom. The highlight is the wraparound deck, providing stunning views of the lush forested landscape. Outdoor amenities include a hot tub and opportunities for stargazing. The lighthouse, built in 1983 by a local veterinarian, is now available for weddings, honeymoons, and business retreats. Guests can explore the tranquil island, rich in wildlife, with kayaks and paddleboards provided.

2. Secluded Intown Treehouse, Atlanta

This enchanting Airbnb, rated #1 “most wished-for listing worldwide” on Airbnb for two consecutive years, offers a unique treehouse experience just minutes from downtown Atlanta. For approximately $450 a night, guests can enjoy an intimate, restful retreat among the trees. The treehouse comprises three beautifully furnished areas — Mind, Body, and Spirit — connected by rope bridges. The bedroom features a cozy double bed with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and a soothing Haiku fan. The hammock deck surrounds a 165-year-old Southern Short-Leaf Pine tree. While the bathroom is in the main house, the guest house residents have exclusive access to it during their stay.

3. Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree, California

Escape to the modern-bohemian Dome in the Desert, a tranquil Joshua Tree retreat. Surrounded by desert landscapes, the Airbnb boasts a unique blend of natural wood and stone elements. Warm up by the wood-burning stove or stay cool with the AC. Stimulate your mind with antique books and games, and enjoy sprawling mountain views by day and starry skies at night. The Dome is conveniently located near Joshua Tree’s town center and the national park. Embrace the magic of the desert at this serene oasis, lovingly crafted for relaxation and reconnection.

4. San Juan Cabin, Colorado

Experience the ultimate mountain retreat in this stunning glass cabin with panoramic views of Pagosa Springs. The modern, two-bedroom abode is perfect for those seeking solitude and a connection with nature. Situated on 72 acres, just 1.5 miles from the heart of Pagosa, it offers a relaxing and comfortable experience. The cabin is fully equipped with special attention to detail, including a private bedroom with a king bed and a sleeping loft with three twin beds. While well-behaved dogs are welcome, cats are not allowed. A 4WD or AWD vehicle is required in winter months or with snowy conditions.

5. The Pickler 

An entire Airbnb devoted to Pickleball? This Scottsdale home may look unassuming from the street, but walk through the French doors and guests will find a full, regulation-sized Pickleball court in the desert-landscaped backyard. 

The Pickler features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an open living space with all the modern amenities.

6. The Onion House, Hawaii

Nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Onion House is one of the most unique Airbnb listings and has garnered attention from MTV, HGTV, and other media outlets. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the entire house, surrounded by lush foliage for utmost seclusion. The highlight is a 70-foot pool, gardens, and serene lily ponds, creating an oasis of tranquility. Originally built for the McCormick Spice family by architect Kendrick Kellogg, the house features translucent arches and colorful stained glass. The separate master bedroom suite offers a private meditation garden and a king-sized bed. This architectural gem offers a remarkable stay close to beaches and Kailua-Kona town.

7. Agua Norte Cabin, Minnesota

Experience the ultimate cozy one-bedroom cabin, perfectly located on Lake Superior, crafted from locally sourced and sustainable white pine timber. Ideal for couples and small families, the lofted sky-lit bedroom offers stargazing opportunities, while the nearby pebble beach beckons agate hunting. Detox in the new cedar-paneled sauna, which is available from November to March. Embrace the evergreen surroundings and take classes at the renowned North House Folk School. With stunning Lake Superior vistas and a skylight for stargazing, this cabin offers an all-American honeymoon dream. 

8. The Blackfoot at Stoner Creek Cabins, Montana

Discover a contemporary architectural dream in Montana with the stunning Blackfoot cabin at Stoner Creek Cabins. Nestled within a woodland paradise on a ten-acre property, this modern gem offers year-round comfort just minutes away from Lakeside’s dining and breweries. Completed in 2018, the cabin boasts Shou Sugi Ban siding, a Japanese preservation technique, and features a queen bed in the bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living area. The open-concept kitchen and living space offer floor-to-ceiling windows for a true connection to nature. Enjoy the outdoor deck, grill, lounge chairs, and private fire pit in the evenings.

9. Taos Mesa Studio Earthship, New Mexico

Escape to the unique off-grid Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, for an exceptional living experience. This brand-new studio catches rainwater and generates electricity while maintaining a steady 72 degrees year-round. Modern amenities like Wi-Fi, Netflix, and a deep soaking tub for relaxation are available. The sun passively heats the space, while blackout shades allow undisturbed sleep. Enjoy the luxury of this eco-friendly dwelling, built with dedication and care. Dogs are welcome with a fee, and the house accommodates up to four guests with two queen beds.

10. The Nook, North Carolina

Crafters and nature enthusiasts will adore The Nook, a one-bedroom retreat in Swannanoa, celebrating the rich history of craftsmanship in North Carolina. Locally sourced materials like black walnut and hand-dyed sheep’s wool create a stunning and comfortable stay. The house features handcrafted elements and a unique indoor swing for relaxation. Designed to highlight the area’s cultural and ecological legacy, The Nook fosters intentionality and awareness. It is located near Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers a perfect artist’s retreat or romantic getaway.

11. The Lily Pad, Ohio

Discover one of the coolest Airbnbs in the US — a chic shipping container turned tiny home in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Set on 30 wooded acres, this unique retreat offers a full kitchen, a motorized glass garage door, and a covered patio with a swinging bed, hot tub, and grill. The bedroom features a large full-view window with remote-controlled blackout blinds. Enjoy the surrounding natural beauty with hiking trails and attractions nearby. Owned by a couple passionate about sharing their love for the area, this modern lodging experience is a dream.

12. Oceanside A-Frame, Oregon

Embrace breathtaking panoramic ocean views from this rustic mid-century A-frame cabin in Oceanside, Oregon. Perched on a hillside just above the village and beach, the unit features a private deck with unobstructed vistas from Cape Meares to Cape Lookout. Enjoy the cozy wood-burning stove on chilly nights and the ambiance of a surf shack or quirky summer beach cabin. The upper loft bedroom offers stunning ocean views, and the unit comes with modern comforts like Wi-Fi, music streaming, and fluffy bathrobes.

13. Pocono Castle, Pennsylvania

Experience castle life without leaving the US at this Pennsylvania getaway. The 2,300-square-foot castle home features four bedrooms, two full baths, and luxury perks, like an outdoor hot tub and cedar sauna. Outdoor games, dressing up in costumes, and fishing in the one-acre private pond offer fun for all ages. Enjoy basketball, badminton, mini-golf, and a large chess game outside. Inside, the game room offers casino bar tables, foosball, air hockey, and indoor darts. Relax with panoramic pond views while dining in the fully equipped kitchen.

14. Red Sunset, South Carolina

Red Sunset is a stunning, newly built 5-bedroom home, offering Sunset Cay Marina and Folly River views. Enjoy magnificent sunsets daily from the wraparound or screened porch with a grill and dining area. The home features a spacious and beautifully designed kitchen, a light-filled great room with a vaulted ceiling, and a 65-inch smart TV with a sound bar for movie nights. With a private in-ground pool, outdoor shower, and various lounge areas, it’s perfect for entertaining family and friends. Additional amenities include a foosball table, office, and kids’ bunk room.

15. Dreamy Tiny House Cottage, Tennessee

This newly built, most-wish-listed tiny house in Tennessee is a charming 250-square-foot space, ideal for two guests, but accommodating up to four. Filled with soft pastel touches, including a robin’s egg blue kitchen and a standard claw-foot tub, the tiny house offers modern amenities and a mix of old and new. It features two lofts, a queen-sized bed, and a twin day bed that expands to a California King. Enjoy the open and airy feel, the kitchenette with appliances, and the beautiful view of the adjacent wooded lot.

16. Redwood Tree Haus, Texas

The unique Redwood Tree Haus in New Braunfels, Texas, is a 2-bedroom, 1-bath treehouse that can accommodate up to 8 guests. Inside, you’ll find a galleria-style kitchen, a spacious living area, and comfortable beds. This gorgeous hideaway features a shared walk-in swimming pool, cabana, and mini children’s playground. The pool has 17 swim-up bar stools, and a short walk down the hill leads to the Guadalupe River at Lake Dunlap, where guests can enjoy a private boat ramp and over 200 ft of waterfront. Nearby attractions include Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Gruene, and wineries.

17. Alpine A-Frame, Vermont

Experience the magic of Vermont with the Alpine A-Frame, a charming mid-century cabin near Lake Raponda in Wilmington. This cozy and romantic Airbnb offers a full kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, AC, Wi-Fi, and a Casper queen mattress with organic linens. Enjoy outdoor amenities like a deck, firepit, Weber grill, and Adirondack chairs. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.

18. Underground Hygge, Washington

Live out your Lord of the Rings dreams at this Underground Hygge rental in the Columbia River Gorge mountainside in Washington. The unique hobbit hole features a circular door and cozy stone and wood interiors. Enjoy a queen-sized bed, indoor fireplace, dining table, and stunning views. Hike around the six-acre property for an unforgettable adventure. There is a short drive to the hobbit hole, and in the winter, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended due to snow.

19. PinkCastle Babe’cation, Wisconsin

Live out your Barbie dream house fairytale in this stunning pink Victorian mansion in Wilmington, Vermont. This themed Airbnb boasts 4,400 square feet of opulent living space with five bedrooms. Experience ultimate luxury with an outdoor pool, a year-round hot tub, and an entertainment room. Special features include a mermaid room, giant golden thrones in the dining room, and a cabana pool house with a bar. Rent a pink escalade or moped for added flair. The mansion, built in 1883, is lavishly decorated. A once-in-a-lifetime experience in this glamorous and unique home.

Invest in unique vacation rentals with Arrived

Inspired by these unique Airbnb ideas and want to invest in your own? Investing in vacation rentals can be an excellent way to build an asset that gives you a recurring source of passive income. The right purchase can ensure regular cash flow and an asset that grows in value for years to come.

However, if you’re not ready to purchase your vacation rental, we’ve got you covered. You can still get a piece of this growing market through Arrived’s many vacation rental properties, including The Oasis in Tennessee and The Hammock in Florida. 


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