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The best Boston Airbnb homes to rent out right now

Forego even the best hotels in town and opt for comfort and style when staying at the best Airbnb Boston homes

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What did we do before Airbnb? We stayed at the best hotels in Boston and the best cheap hotels in Boston, of course. Although still great options, those looking for even more affordable, stylish and comfortable digs might want to browse through our list of best Boston Airbnb homes. City dwellers offer their historic brownstones, over-the-top condos and even moored boats to visiting strangers. Whether you're a resident craving a change of scenery or an out-of-towner visiting our history-drenched city for a weekend (here are the best things to do while in town), these amazing Airbnb rentals are guaranteed to spark a little real estate envy.

Best Airbnb Boston homes

Floating B&B on Freedom Trail

Floating B&B on Freedom Trail

Sure, you’ve probably already taken a cruise around Boston Harbor, but how about sleeping on it for a night? Docked in a Charlestown marina is a boathouse-cum-studio perfect for a sea-happy couple (but no one else; quarters are, uh, snug). There’s no kitchen, but there is a pool on the marina, and there’s even a tiny deck with Adirondacks so you can wave at fellow sea dogs. Pro tip: skip the rental car (parking’s expensive and difficult) and take a water taxi from Logan straight to your boat. From $229 per night

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Harvard/Porter Square home

Harvard/Porter Square home

Time to gather the extended fam and pretend to be Harvard intellectuals for a weekend. This stunning, five-bedroom Mansard Victorian is just a 10-minute walk to Harvard Yard (please, no “Hahvahd Yahd” jokes). It’s a classic Cambridge abode—lovely yet unpretentious, combining an airy, modern kitchen with quirky decor, comfy furniture and the perfect yard for frolicking young’uns while the adults enjoy a glass of wine on the adjoining deck. From $1,250 per night

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Smallest house in the world

Smallest house in the world

There’s a reason this one gets national attention. It’s basically a four-roomed bed on wheels; a tiny camper that provides shelter and little else (i.e. a toilet). But is it a gimmick? Unclear: At least one guest claims to have spent two nights on the banks of the Charles River, sleeping in the little vessel at night and exploring the city (and presumably its secret free showers) by day. From $55 per night

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Historic carriage house

Historic carriage house

When 225 guests and counting have given it five-star raves, you know you’ve found a special spot. It’s a traditional-looking carriage house from the outside, which makes the Scandinavian interior that much more surprising. From a deep-blue entryway, you head upstairs into a sundrenched open studio space awash in modern trappings (flat screen, Bose speaker, Roku).  It’s a private respite that just so happens to put you in the middle of everything the funky neighborhood of Jamaica Plain has to offer, from ethnic eateries to antique shops and indie record stores. As for the history, back in 1907, this carriage house was home to one of the world’s oldest horses, named, incongruously enough, Jeff. From $173 per night

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Renovated home on Charles Street

Renovated home on Charles Street

This dreamy, feminine apartment feels like something straight out of a sitcom about aspiring twentysomethings in the big city, maybe. Grab an adventurous bestie for a weekend of sightseeing and shopping—the apartment is literally atop Charles Street in Beacon Hill, the most picturesque street in the city. No fighting over bedrooms, as both are impeccably appointed. From $295 per night

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Family-friendly downtown home

Family-friendly downtown home

Hotels are wasted on the young. But a kid-centric condo in the middle of the city’s lively North End neighborhood? That’s another thing entirely. Adults will appreciate the exposed bricks, rolling barn doors and high-end gut reno of the kitchen and bathrooms. But this one is really about the kiddos, from the Murphy beds to the downstairs playroom and the walking proximity to attractions like the aquarium (to which you’ll also receive a free pass). From $700 per night

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Historic brick Victorian row house

Historic brick Victorian row house

A dark wood library with leather couches astride a massive fireplace? A pool table and wet bar? A ballroom? A private roof deck? An elevator? This 1860s single-family brick rowhouse in the South End just drips with history—and, in fact, it once served as a gathering place for civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph. Within the home’s six floors, there are three total bedrooms available for rent, and breakfast is included (either the owner or the owner’s mother will be on site to coordinate). Once you’ve managed to extricate yourself from these elegant 19th century trappings, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a trendy area filled with hip bakeries, restaurants and boutiques. From $350 per night

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Large, modern light-filled house

Large, modern light-filled house

This might be your best chance to live inside the pages of Architectural Digest. What first pulls you into the single-story modernist home is the entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard. But it’s really the austere, museum quality of the decor that will keep you gaping—and then sending you home to Kondo your own cluttered hovel ASAP. From $600 per night

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Second oldest home in Beacon Hill

Second oldest home in Beacon Hill

It’s the second oldest home in Beacon Hill, itself the oldest neighborhood of Boston. But what makes this space so irresistible is that it feels like a secret abode: A tiny jewel of a basement studio with brick walls peeking out between twee antique furniture. This is true city living (just be aware of the late night noise), which means you can walk or take public transportation to every place you wish (seriously, don’t bring your car—Beacon Hill parking is a beast). The accommodating owners live upstairs and have even been known to stock the studio refrigerator with beer. From $129 per night

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Three-story luxury home

Three-story luxury home

As centrally located as this Bay Village brownstone is, it’s going to be damn hard to get yourself out the door—the decor is just that arresting. A predominantly white canvas serves as background to pristine mid-century lamps and furniture, as well as wall art both minimalist and splashy. The modernist, angular kitchen feels like it belongs in a museum, and the intimate side patio is the perfect spot for a morning coffee while you plot the day’s activities. This is a professionally managed Airbnb, so for those who seek both luxury and privacy, you’ve found your pied a terre. From $275 per night

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