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With the help of our friends at AllTheRooms, we’ve taken a look at the most booked vacation rentals in the United States, and the results might just surprise you. The most popular accommodations are not always the most luxurious or expensive but rather in markets with high tourism that tend to be expensive. These places capitalize on being able to provide somewhere to stay that was reasonably priced but with a cool look. Every property included in this list was booked every day in 2018 from March to the 2019 New Year.
This basement unit really makes the most of its location. The apartment brings in a lot of business because it is a short commute to JFK Airport — drawing in plenty of business travelers. Plus, the makeshift office space in the apartment, complete with an ergonomic chair, furthers the attraction. The space also uses the appeal of Brooklyn to its advantage — as one of the trendiest areas in the whole country, the listing showcases cool restaurants and bars in the area. It is also one of the rare places in New York City with a backyard living space.
Of all of the properties listed in this article, this one generated the most revenue for 2018. In the 276 days polled in 2018, the Malibu property was able to earn well over $100,000. While on paper this property is significantly more expensive, it is still somewhat affordable when put into perspective. Beachfront property in Los Angeles, especially in Malibu, is at an all-time premium. Most other properties, or hotels, could easily charge twice as much. This listing was even named one of the “Top 7 Airbnb in Los Angeles” by Conde Nast.
This guest suite is not exactly in the heart of The City by The Bay. Instead, it is south of what people generally associate as San Francisco. However, the owners have been able to receive consistent business. First of all, they emphasize convenience. This listing states how easy both the airport and tourist destinations are to reach via Uber or Lyft several times. This minimizes any hesitation over the nontraditional location. Also in a city where space and comfort is a commodity, the host emphasizes the home’s “private” nature and its “remodeled” features.
Nearly every criticism of Los Angeles given by tourists revolves around the difficulty of navigating the city. Everything is far apart and traffic is inevitable. The host of this property immediately addresses this in the description. By listing numerous areas of interest close to his property, he alleviates some worries that potential bookers may have. The owner also takes care to advertise its location as “Mulholland Drive” or “Los Angeles” — recognizable names, rather than its neighborhood “Laurel Canyon”, which is not as well-known to Los Angeles outsiders. The intelligent descriptions coupled with the photos of the bright, smartly decorated interior make this an easy booking.
There is nowhere in the United States with more recognizable attractions than New York City. This listing wastes no time mentioning accessibility to places like Times Square, Lincoln Center, MoMa, Central Park, and the Met. By advertising features like a kitchen, this host has been able to generate traffic from keyword searches. While it may be simple, the clean look and reasonable price make this a great listing for NYC.
San Diego is a premium vacation rental market. With its numerous beaches, a lively downtown, near-perfect weather, and family-friendly activities, it’s an obvious choice for a vacation. But as holidayers drop hundreds of dollars on entry to attractions like SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, and Legoland, beachside vacation rentals and hotels quickly become an additional expense that are hard to justify. Enter this home. Finding modern, luxurious accommodations in San Diego, close to downtown, for well under one hundred dollars a night is nearly impossible. However, this cute home checks all the boxes and has become one of the most booked (and profitable) vacation rentals in all of the United States.
Author: Zack Davisson
Zack is a recovering technical recruiter who traded in his suit and tie in Silicon Valley for salsa music and a passion for writing in Medellin, Colombia. When not writing for AllTheRooms you can find Zack with his nose in a book, puttering around nature, or getting ultra-competitive while watching Jeopardy.