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The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

Discover sunny Santa Monica beach houses, luxe West Hollywood mansions and more of the best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

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Why stay in a chain hotel when you could rent a charming Airbnb in Los Angeles? Unlike the typical neutral-tone hotel room, these apartments, homes and condos are bursting with character. From chic homes near West Hollywood to cozy craftsmans in Los Feliz via architectural townhouses in Venice, there’s something on this list for every style and budget. You’ll even find a few sunny cottages near the best beaches in L.A. Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or you’re a frequent flyer, these gorgeous Airbnbs in Los Angeles might just convince you to become an Angeleno.

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Best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

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Historic Remodeled Two-Bedroom Penthouse in Downtown
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Historic Remodeled Two-Bedroom Penthouse in Downtown

This beautifully restored 1,800-square foot loft in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles is heavy on both historic charm and modern amenities. The exposed brick wall acts as a pop of color in the living space, while a fully updated chef’s kitchen has all the appliances you need to cook a gourmet meal. Cheeky design elements like mustache pillows and oversized mirrors give the loft a funky personality.

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Luxury Four-Bedroom Beach House Steps from the Ocean in Santa Mo
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Luxury Four-Bedroom Beach House Steps from the Ocean in Santa Monica

For a weekend full of sand and sun, rent out this Santa Monica home just a few steps from the beach. With Carrara marble tile, vaulted ceilings and a formal dining room, it’s much more luxurious than your standard beach house. There’s nothing better than grilling on the backyard barbecue and roasting marshmallows over the firepit after a day at the beach.

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Views and Views! Central Silverlake Architecture
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Views and Views! Central Silver Lake Architecture

This 1940s-era building’s location atop a hill makes it feel remote, but you’re actually not far from the bustling main streets of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Relax on the porch with a cocktail or curl up with a book in front of the expansive windows, which provide a 180-degree view of the neighboring hills (and some particularly awesome sunsets).

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Melrose Modern Compound
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Melrose Modern Compound

This sleek contemporary home in West Hollywood is decorated in neutral grays, tans and browns—the exception being the azure pool in the center of the compound. Swim in the pool in the afternoon, then watch TV from the hot tub in the evenings. On a nice day, you can retract the glass doors to open the home up to the sunshine. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house easily sleeps 10 guests, making it perfect for big groups.

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Los Feliz Designer Craftsman
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Los Feliz Designer Craftsman

Mid-century modern furniture, one-of-a-kind art pieces and mixed patterns give this craftsman bungalow an eclectic vibe. With one bedroom and one bath, it’s an idyllic retreat for a couple looking to explore trendy Los Feliz.

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Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach
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Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach

It’s impossible not to smile at the vibrant purples, sunny yellows and orangey reds of this cheerful cottage. The quaint one-bedroom, one-bath home is just a half-mile away from the canals, one mile from the beach and a few blocks from the shops of Abbot Kinney. Take the two (somewhat rickety) bikes for a spin to explore the best of the area. 

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Private and Spacious Vacation Home Atop Hill
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Private and Spacious Vacation Home Atop Hill

It’s hard not to be jealous of the owner of this midcentury modern marvel with exposed beams, a brick fireplace and charmingly retro kitchen. At least you can pretend to live in this picture-perfect Highland Park home for a few days. Have dinner al fresco on the outdoor deck, cozy up with a book in the papasan chair or soak in the freestanding tub.

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Airbnb LA, Malibu
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Private Beach in Malibu

Don't panic, we're not suggesting you sleep under the stars. When we say private beach, we mean a huge beachside villa that comes with its own piece of beach in Malibu. There are restaurants within walking distance, while Santa Monica is just a 12-minute drive, and there's parking included. Sleeping 14, this sunny getaway would make for a great base for a big family get-together or a group of holidaying friends.

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Modern Private Mansion With Heated Pool and Jacuzzi
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Modern Private Mansion With Heated Pool and Jacuzzi

This smart home sandwiched between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood looks like something out of MTV Cribs. Neon-hued art, shag rugs and Italian marble decorate the interior, while the backyard features a massive pool, jacuzzi and firepit. Though you’re close to so many L.A. landmarks, it might be hard to tear your group away from all the mansion’s amenities. 

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Culver Urban Oasis
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Culver Urban Oasis

Tucked behind the owner’s home on one of Culver City’s tree-lined streets, this secluded A-frame cottage feels a bit like a treehouse hideout. To make the most of a small footprint, the owners capitalized on indoor-outdoors space: The porch serves as the living room, complete with a TV mounted on the exterior wall and couch cushions to laze around on. Inside, you’ll find a tiny but serviceable kitchen, cushy queen-sized bed and itsy-bitsy bathroom. 

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Topanga Cabin Chic Retreat
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Topanga Cabin Chic Retreat

Yes, it’s possible to become one with nature in Los Angeles. Just look at this 500-square-foot rustic cabin: Perched high in the mountains, it overlooks the lush vegetation of the Fernwood area. Adventurers can choose from plenty of nearby hiking and biking trails, then retreat to the serenity of the master suite’s spa bathroom and cushy queen-sized bed. A nap in the hammock sounds pretty tempting, too.

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Architectural Venice Beach Dream House
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Architectural Venice Beach Dream House

Postmodern architecture and traditional Japanese art combine in this stunning home. All 10 of your friends can pull up a seat at the dining table for dinner or spread out on the sectional for a game of cards. The master suite—featuring a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous four-poster bed—puts any standard hotel room to shame. You won’t even have to settle for tap water: The kitchen includes a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis machine to purify the water.

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Airbnb LA, Hollywood Hills
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Charming Bungalow in the Hollywood Hills

Hunker down into the Hollywood Hills in this cozy bungalow brimming with charm. The self-contained home comes with unparalleled panoramic views of LA, a queen-sized bed, two terraces – one of which has a swinging bed – and an outdoor shower, should the weather tempt you (there's one inside too, don't worry).

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