Famous Airbnb Houses and Other Rentals You Can Stay At
If you're looking for a unique vacation rental, there are plenty to choose from. Some of these Airbnb houses and other famous rentals have appeared in movies and TV shows, while others are well known for their real-life, legendary residents.
These properties are currently available for rent. They may not always be, so if you're a fan, now is the time to book your next trip!
Walk in the Footsteps of Ol' Blue Eyes
Location: Palm Springs, California
Bottom line: Frank Sinatra lived large in his heyday, and his Palm Springs vacation home is a reflection of just how large.
Located in the Movie Colony, this four-bedroom, seven-bath MCM home features furnishings from the period and his famous piano-shaped swimming pool.
Sinatra fans will also be treated to his music and memorabilia, which can be seen throughout the home that is also available for private events and tours.
Make Music from Big Pink
Location: Saugerties, New York
Bottom line: This unassuming house doesn't look like much from the outside, but if you're a music fan — and in particular, a fan of Americana and alt-country — you already know how important it is.
Dubbed "Big Pink," the home was the location where Bob Dylan and the Band wrote and recorded and demos that would later become the basis for the Band's first album, "Music From Big Pink" (released in 1968), and Dylan's "Basement Tapes," which was released in 1975. A few members of the Band lived in the house as well.
The home is now available as a vacation rental and looks pretty much the same as it did when music history was made. The basement is off-limits (and used for special events), but if you ask the owners to see it, they just might let you.
Relive the Jazz Age in F. Scott Fitzgerald's House
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Bottom line: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in this Montgomery home for about a year and spent their time writing their respective novels: "Tender Is the Night" and "Save Me the Waltz."
The bottom half of the home serves as a museum to this literary couple, but the upstairs has two suites that can be rented for overnight stays, and they look very much the same as they did at the end of the 1920s.
Live Amongst the Muggles
Location: Lavenham, England
Bottom line: Before Harry Potter found himself in the care of his aunt and uncle, he lived with his parents in Godric's Hollow. The home is really a Tudor-style bed and breakfast located in Lavenham, which is known for its medieval, heritage-listed structures.
Known as De Vere House, this 14th-century property has a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, three double bedrooms and two en-suite bedroom suites. The owner provides "fluffy dressing gowns," perhaps to give you a real feel for the era.
Where the Magic Happens
Location: Los Angeles, California
Bottom line: The Houdini Estate in Laurel Canyon was a derelict property for decades but has since become an event space as well as a place that you can actually stay in.
Legend has it that Houdini stayed here when it was owned by his friend Ralph M. Walker. He used this property to get away from it all and practice his spellbinding tricks. His wife, Bess, lived here for decades after his death.
Its grounds are massive — there are hidden caves and tunnels throughout its 5 acres — and they can accommodate up to 1,000 people for events. The mansion, itself, has four spacious bedrooms with modern amenities and classic interiors.
Live Like Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story'
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Bottom line: "A Christmas Story" has become a true holiday staple over the past few decades. The home where the Parker family lived is a 19th-century Victorian and was used for its exterior as well as some interior shots in the original film. When it was purchased by a developer in 2004, it was restored to how it looked in the film.
The home is one of four buildings that serves as a dedicated museum and is open to the public throughout the year. Guests can use the third-floor loft throughout their stay as well as the whole house after the museum closes for the day. It can accommodate up to six people. Included with your stay is a free tour of the entire museum.
Live Abroad Like Shoshanna from 'Girls'
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Bottom line: This colorful loft space, built in 2005, is located in the Mitaka suburb of Tokyo and was featured on the HBO series, "Girls," as Shoshanna's apartment.
The structure is dedicated to Helen Keller and was created by designers Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa, who, through their architecture, want inhabitants to live outside their comfort zone.
The homes are currently being renovated and will be available to rent in March 2023.
George Washington's Home Away from Home
Location: St. Stephens Church, Virginia
Bottom line: You can stay where the first president hung his hat. This 23-acre farm known as a Traveler's Rest was built in 1760 and was, as the name suggests, a place where people (including George Washington) would refuel along their respective journeys.
After decades of neglect in the late 1800s, the home collapsed, with only a portion left standing, but it was rebuilt and lost none of its colonial charm.
As it is also a farm, there are animals on site and horseback riding tours available.
Double Fantasy in the Hollywood Hills
Location: Los Angeles, California
Bottom line: This hidden oasis in Laurel Canyon was built in 1961 and was originally owned by actor John Compton Tolley, who sold the 5,065 square-foot-property to Elliot Mintz, who was John Lennon's (and Bob Dylan's) publicist.
The home has its place in music history: "John and Yoko attended my 31st birthday party there, and John visited during his 'Lost Weekend' period," Mintz said.
The cozy home is a little less than a 1,000 square feet in size, but it has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There is a private tram up to the house, which is at the top of a hill known for its stunning views.
Solve Mysteries With Jessica Fletcher
Location: Mendocino Village, California
Bottom line: "Murder, She Wrote" fans will recognize this home as the home of Jessica Fletcher, who lived and solved crimes in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, during the run of the series.
The cottage is really the Blair House Inn, a bed and breakfast built in 1888. It features plenty of nods to the long-running series, including Angela's Suite (named after actress Angela Lansbury, who portrayed Fletcher), which is the biggest suite on the property.