It’s fair to say that California has it all: an 800-mile coastline, an embarrassment of diverse natural beauty, abundant cosmopolitan and cultural delights, seemingly endless varieties of locally sourced food and wine. And a strong sharing economy of homes, befitting travel. Indulge in California’s many diverse pleasures from the comfort of one of these standout Airbnbs located up and down the state. All are offered at real-life price points within feasible driving distance from airports in major metros. What are you waiting for? It’s time to turn those California dream homes into reality.
Dreamy glass cottage in Santa Barbara
This unique Santa Barbara property is perhaps unlike any other place you’ve stayed: The glass house nestled among sycamore and oak trees literally reflects nature and even seems to merge with it. The redwood back deck is a seamless extension of the indoor space — and is ideal for yoga or meditation. You may even gather fresh eggs from the chickens for your home-cooked meals. Overall, the retreat spans three acres with a private cottage, outside kitchen, redwood bathhouse, pool, hot tub and hammocks. Here you’ll feel totally off the grid, but with easy access to downtown Santa Barbara, wine tasting, the beach and trails.
Enticing Craftsman bungalow in Calistoga
This charming bungalow is the perfect crash pad for enjoying wine country. Sip your spoils after a day of tasting amid the lush greenery in the private backyard. Inside, the open living and dining areas share a double-sided fireplace with the bedroom, all under soaring vaulted ceilings. Here, it’s all about the details: Eye-catching green tile work decks the spacious bathroom, and decor throughout is cohesive with pops of green on doors, artworks and linens. This Plus-category listing is airy, inviting and impeccably maintained.
Charming home on an artichoke farm in Castroville
Explore the Monterey Bay from this newly built Castroville home with a near-perfect Airbnb rating. The listing in Airbnb’s prestigious Plus category is located on a family artichoke farm and has five bedrooms with room for 10 guests to gather. Cook in the immaculate, white-tiled chef’s kitchen with soaring ceilings, and dine at the custom table for eight or outdoors on the sun-soaked terrace. It’s utterly airy and bright throughout.
Treehouse with forest backyard in Big Bear
If you’re dreaming of isolation, you’ll find that feeling here, just minutes off the main road. The treehouse-like home with a wraparound deck opens right into the national forest for sledding, hiking and more. Inside, the home has a mid-century look with thoughtfully curated, vintage-inspired decor and a stock of games for analog bonding. The stone fireplace makes an ideal centerpiece for gatherings with views of the towering pines outside.
Secluded dome house in Palm Springs
This spellbinding dome home is located on five sprawling acres in Palm Springs for total seclusion amid the surreal landscape of windmills, desert and mountains — with unobstructed views in every direction. The living room features a soaring 26-foot-high ceiling. Skylights add drama to a loft bedroom, from which to view the starlit sky; there are three bedrooms in all. A large, covered patio adjacent to the landscaped atrium offers another vantage point for unique views in both day and night.
Architectural guest house in Los Angeles
A design-minded couple, pair of friends or solo traveler will delight in this architectural find in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area. Light from a wraparound wall of glass bathes the 450-square-foot loft-style interior space with 12-foot-high ceilings. In the evenings, close the motorized shades for privacy and zen. In the kitchen, find high-end Miele, Thermador, and Bosch appliances. A private deck adds 400 square feet of outdoor living. The Bauhaus-inspired, solar-powered space was fully remodeled and finished in 2017.
Luxury villa on the bay in San Diego
Location, location, location: This listing sits right across the strand from the sea with spectacular coastal views. The airy open-plan villa has room for four guests to stay in luxury, with soft faux leather sofas, a designer kitchen, spa-like bath and a patio with a gas grill for cookouts. Bonus: Watch the fireworks over the theme parks as you barbecue.