Whether it’s an architectural oddity, an innovative design, or just something bizarre, part of the fun of staying in an Airbnb property as opposed to a hotel is coming across that one unusual element. From totem poles to pirate homes to properties that come with luxury cars, there are plenty of those in Los Angeles. Here we showcase eight of our favorite unusual properties.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway ($95 a night)
We know what you’re thinking: How can I find a decent pirate-themed home for my next vacation? While it can be a challenge to find tribal masks, teepees, and totem poles all in one home, we’ve done it! This highly unusual, Topanga Canyon home which is part pirate lair, part Gilligan’s Island, comes complete with all of those things as well as a waterfall and outdoor, shell-encrusted tub. The home itself is done in a tiki motif with bamboo-covered walls and a shower with a skylight. With plenty of backyard space, including a hot tub, you’re definitely going to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’d like to see a preview of the space, you check it out in Cody Simpson and Ziggy Marley’s video, “Love”!
7. The Totem Terrace ($550 a night)
Just when you thought you’d never be able to find another property with a totem pole, one comes along! One guest calls this place the “ultimate glamping experience” and it’s easy to see why. With an outdoor deck tub, not to mention a deck that looks like something out of Architectural Digest, mountain views of Topanga Canyon that are so beautiful they almost look fake, and of course, a stunning totem pole, this rustic, Western-themed home is at once cozy and elegant. Take note solo travelers: The owner lives right on the property so if you’re concerned about traveling alone, fear not.
6. Celebrity Home with Movie Theater & Recording Studio ($1,500 a night)
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had a hard time finding the time to record that album you’ve been talking about. Well, now you’re in luck! This incredible four-story home is not only equipped with a fully operational recording studio, but engineers that are on call 24/7 to help you hit just the right notes (or at least sound like you are). In true rock star style, this home also has a glass elevator to take you from floor to floor. Not surprisingly, it comes equipped with everything you would think a recording artist would need like an infinity Jacuzzi, full outdoor kitchen, and cameras that let you see every nook and cranny of the property.
5. The Houdini Estate ($1,500 a night)
You might want to do a headcount each night before going to sleep in this property as it reportedly still has caves and hidden tunnels. The former home of Harry Houdini, arguably the world’s most famous magician, this house still has the deep water tanks where the master of magic practiced his underwater escapes. Known as “The Handcuff King,” Houdini was also said to use the pool for the same reason. This historic, yet surprisingly homey estate features waterfalls, three fireplaces, a gazebo, a natural spring pond, and even a statue of Houdini’s loyal dog. In addition to being a great place for magic buffs, it’s also a great place for hikers as the property contains an hour of hiking trails.
4. Hollywood Hills Luxury Estate with Lamborghini ($1,297 a night)
Nothing is worse than arriving at a vacation destination and realizing you’ve left something behind like a toothbrush, walking shoes, or a Lamborghini. While we’re not sure about the toothbrush, we can tell you that for an extra fee, this property can easily supply a Lamborghini (and if that’s too flashy for you, there is always the Porsche Panamera or the Mercedes G-Class 4×4). Complete with three bedrooms, killer custom closets and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, this place will really give you the Hollywood experience.
3. Surfer’s Paradise ($1,700 a night)
It may be called a surfer’s Paradise but with all the cool amenities here the surfer may not want to leave. For starters, there’s a 100-gallon fish tank in the dining room. Then there’s the waterfall black bottom pool. Of course, there’s always the Japanese soaking tub and the Ninja coffee bar and Nespresso coffee maker. If all that isn’t enough, this home is just steps from the beach.
2. Party Rock Mansion in the Hollywood Hills ($749 a night)
The 80s called and they want to you stay the night. Complete with the fish tank from the TV show, “Tanked,” this retro pad was the former home of rapper Redfoo from LMFAO whose likeness can be found in various aspects of the décor, in particular the throw pillows. Clearly a party house, it comes with no end of Instagrammable backdrops including a neon “Sexy and she knew it” sign, “Get Juicy” lights and grand piano painted in zebra stripes. Aspiring rock stars will also love the plethora of musical equipment in the recreation room. Party on!
1. 1908 LA Arts District Loft ($325 a night)
Once you’ve lived in a place with a ping-pong table in the living room, it’s very hard to stay anywhere else. We’re not even sure what all the features of this DTLA loft are (apparently those giant gear things are from antique elevator engine room). What we do know is that there’s a vocal booth in case you’re up for a little karaoke, a clawfoot tub in case you’re up for a little indulgence, a putting green in case you like to golf, and a giant Hollywood sign in case you win an Oscar while you’re there. You’ll also be in very close proximity to the downtown L.A. arts scene, garment district, and the Grand Central Food Market so if you can pry yourself from the loft, you’ll have plenty to do!