Airbnb, the site that matches up spare bedrooms, couches, and guesthouses with hotel-averse vacationers, is full of heartbreak and joy. For the vacationers (and staycationers) in the crowd, we're kicking off Renters Week with six pretty fabulous LA-area Airbnb rentals, almost all at prices cheaper than comparable hotels.
Location: Mar Vista
Nightly Rate: $100 (min. two nights)
What you get: "Parked in the backyard of a private home, this private 27 foot Airstream comes with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The Airstream is located on our pie shaped lot toward the back - our lot goes street to street - the Airstream guests use the back gate to enter. The 1974 Airstream has been completely re designed in an eco chic style with cork flooring, wrap around lounge, small kitchenette, Tempur Pedic queen mattress, private W/C and outdoor hot shower. There is a flat screen TV with HDTV 500+ channels, DVD player, high speed wi-fi, ipod ready speakers, a work space, small refrigerator, kettle, coffee press and sink."
Location: Historic Core
Nightly Rate: $135 (min. two nights)
What you get: "Large 900 sq ft 1 bedroom loft overlooking Gallery Row in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Corner unit with lots of natural light, exposed brick, modern kitchen and 1st class amenities. Wrap-around views of the busy streets down below."
Nightly Rate: $390 (min. four nights)
What you get: "This amazing upper level 3 bedroom / 2 1/2 bath house located right on exclusive Malibu Beach, offers the unique opportunity of getting away from it all at 'home', while still being only minutes away from the city. This spectacular house has skylights in every room, providing a bath of natural daylight, while hardwood floors and breath taking 6ft. diameter beach-side windows in almost every room give a luxurious feeling of serenity."
Location: Bronson Canyon
Nightly Rate: $200
What you get: "Sleep among the tree tops in this peaceful, private home with beautiful canyon views. Enjoy some of the best hiking and horseback riding trails Los Angeles has to offer. Griffith Park, Bronson Park, and the Hollywood Sign are just outside your front door."
Nightly Rate: $175
What you get: "Located in the heart of Venice, CA, at Windward Circle, 1 block from the beach (literally steps from the sand), this 2 floor residence epitomizes space and sunlight." Complex has a pool, jacuzzi, and barbecue.
Location: Topanga Canyon
Nightly Rate: $91
What you get: "This small stone cabin is situated next to a large wilderness area. It feels like you are alone in a wild and beautiful canyon. There is a sacred peacefulness to this place that is hard to convey in photos. A lovely creek with sculpted rock is just below?The cabin features a separate composting toilet, a comfortable loft bed, high speed wireless internet, small fridge, water heater, microwave and hotplate, parking, and coin laundry in the community. There is an outdoor shower with a tankless water heater that never runs out of hot water. There is also a large bathtub for bathing under the stars!"