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The most unique Airbnbs that you can rent in Los Angeles

From castles and train cars to mountain escapes, these are the most unique Airbnbs for rent across L.A.

Written by
Michael Juliano
Rhys Thomas
Lola Christina Alao
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

L.A. The place of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and all those snazzy jazzy places. Why would you settle for anything less than a super cool and unique Airbnb? From boho hideaways in the mountains to bright and colorful hilltop villas giving you Old Hollywood star vibes, there are plenty of quirky places to stay compared to your standard (even luxury) hotels. 

Los Angeles is an architectural playground, with gorgeous homes nestled in the canyons, steps from the ocean, or in the heart of the action. Below, you'll find a selection of our favorite unique Airbnbs for your next trip, whether they're just crazy quirky, stunning, or impossibly located, there's something you'll love here. 

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Unique Airbnbs in L.A.

A kitsch jungle playground in Topanga
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1. A kitsch jungle playground in Topanga

This house, which calls itself a Pirates of the Caribbean getaway, is a lot, me hearties. It’s all tiki and seashells and laser lights, with Jungle Cruise-meets-Indiana Jones decor (and a questionable teepee). But we legitimately love the lush flora and general vibe—just make sure your tolerance for kitsch is strong. There's 73 photos for you to fawn over. From the practical side, it sleeps two and there's a sauna. 

The medieval themed guesthouse in Glendale
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2. The medieval themed guesthouse in Glendale

This medieval-themed Airbnb in L.A. - known as the red Drake Inn - is certainly unique. Differing from the typical luxe Airbnbs, with clean-cut, modern interiors, this Airbnb is definitely a different experience. Sleeping up to three guests in one queen-sized bed and a single bed, it's perfect for small families or a couple's getaway. The medieval charm runs throughout the Airbnb but don't worry, it still provides you with the modern conveniences you'll need for a comfortable stay. A bit like a fantasy inn set in Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, the studio Airbnb includes a bathroom, Wi-Fi, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a stone fireplace for ultimate cozy vibes. Open the double doors into the private yard space where you'll find a courtyard patio with fire pit and gas grill, ideal for dining in the L.A. heat. 

The architectural wonder in West Hollywood
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3. The architectural wonder in West Hollywood

If the views don't sell it to ya, then we don't know what will. This stunning architectural wonder Airbnb in West Hollywood, L.A is worth staying at for the views alone of the spectacular Sunset Strip. Gather your best buds, the Airbnb sleeps five guests and is packed full of things to make your stay comfortable and memorable. The rustic wooden vibe gives a cozy, homely atmosphere, with the modern touches ensuring you're perfectly comfortable. From the luxurious bathroom to the outdoor deck, you'll be blown away. 

The bungalow over the water in Malibu
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4. The bungalow over the water in Malibu

Although not technically over the water, this bungalow Airbnb in Malibu, L.A is literally on the beach, at arm's length of the water. Sleek, modern, and with a touch of beachy vibes, this Airbnb is the one to stay at for a cute beach trip but close to urban areas if you want a break from sunbathing (as if!). Watch the gorgeous sunset from the comfort of the sofa with the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, or have a cheeky cocktail out on the balcony and take in the salty air. We feel calmer already.

A designer doodle studio in Glendale
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5. A designer doodle studio in Glendale

Okay, we know at first glance that it's A LOT but this unique Airbnb in Glendale is so worth the visit. Coined the doodle studio – as it's fully clad in doodle art by world-famous artist @prettydone – this property is ideal for a couple of pals looking for somewhere unique to call home for a few days. Located near Hollywood, this is luxury artsy living at its best. Oh, and if you need a moment's respite from the craziness, head to the bathroom where wall art is at a minimum. 

A house with a tram in Laurel Canyon
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6. A house with a tram in Laurel Canyon

Speaking of celeb connections, this hilltop hideaway bills itself as a “John Lennon home”— as best as we can tell, the former Beatle, at most, attended a birthday party there in the ’70s. But hey, if you've got it, flaunt it! Besides, that isn't the only reason to visit. The views are fitting of a-List parties in any decade, and then there's the house’s most unique asset: a private tram that’ll pull you up a steep hill and to the house. Use that tram to get down the hill, and from there, you're not actually too far from West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. 

An indoor-outdoor Craftsman in Venice
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7. An indoor-outdoor Craftsman in Venice

This Venice guest cottage feels like it’s distilled every aesthetic of the California dream into a single structure: raw wood and industrial-chic surfaces meet clean, cushy furniture and a vine-covered outdoor bathroom, all wrapped up in an airy Craftsman-inspired space. Beautiful, simple, elegant and quintessentially L.A. Adjective-evocation aside, the place is situated in a beautiful garden right by Venice Beach, so if you're looking to keep the outdoor vibes when you go and unwind somewhere a little more private, well this is sure the place for you.

A colorful caboose in Cornell
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8. A colorful caboose in Cornell

Yes, this studio is inside of a train car. And as you'd expect, combines rustic charm with some lavish-looking touches. Outside, you can climb atop the caboose to find a patio with views of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains which is highly recommended. Do note that there’s a metalworking studio on the property that’s active on weekdays—but the resident peacocks, parrots and hummingbirds should hopefully balance that out with some more pleasant noise. Besides, you're near Malibu, so you'll probably be out exploring for the most part, won't you. 

Artist bungalow near DTLA
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9. Artist bungalow near DTLA

You'll find this 500sq ft house on a quiet residential street next to Entity Magazine HQ in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of LA. Enjoy the LA weather on your own front porch. That means being able to enjoy the hot sun without even having to leave the property, completely ideal LA living. There is also a TV equipped with Netflix, Hulu (with an HBO add on) in the bedroom for those days when you just want to chill (or be cali sober, no vaping or smoking allowed though) - plus all the other necessary amenities to make sure your stay is concenice full and hassle free. There's also over 100 different plant species on the grounds, if that's something you'd like to go look at. 

A villa straight out of Old Hollywood
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10. A villa straight out of Old Hollywood

With a blue mosaic pool shaded by cypress trees and impeccable iron detailing all over, this hilltop villa conjures the Golden Age of cinema. The stylish decor, the massive arched window, the mezzanine bedroom, the fireplace, the 25-foot ceilings, too. As it should, much of the aforementioned is origina from the 1930s. We simply love everything about this Hollywood home (well, everything except the price tag) but hey, there's probably not a more romantically cinematic place to stay in the world. 

A legit castle in the Hollywood Hills
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11. A legit castle in the Hollywood Hills

Turrets, stained glass, high ceilings, chandeliers, details reliefs—yep, this is a castle, alright. But there’s nothing medieval about this stunning Hollywood Hills home; you’ll find fancy appliances, a bathroom with more showerheads than we could count, an outdoor fire pit and a pool and spa. Everything modern royalty could need. The castle itself is unique too (not many of them in Los Angeles is there) it's an example of something called 'Filmic Storybook Architecture' which had a moment in the 1920s and early 30s. This one's a 1931 building. 

A mansion with secrets fit for Houdini in Laurel Canyon
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12. A mansion with secrets fit for Houdini in Laurel Canyon

The first thing to know about the Houdini Estate: It’s unlikely the legendary magician ever owned it or lived there, but he may have rehearsed acts in the property’s deepwater tank, because well, they're in short supply aren't they. The second: In the Before Time, this mansion was best known for big-budget weddings and parties. But now? It’s a (pricey) way to play king for the day and have an entire four-bedroom mansion to yourself—including its Escher-like tangle of staircases and who knows how many secret passages. Still, it's a pretty cool place to stay and has a douze of the charm and mystery of lovely old time Hollywood that'll absolutely deep into your vibes whle here. 

A tranquil retreat in Topanga
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13. A tranquil retreat in Topanga

Light wood, big glass, all the light. Super sleek appliances and interiors, views of the Santa Monica mountains. Yes, this place is promising a peaceful holiday people. Nearby you're able to hike, mountain bike, surf, and do horseback riding. All of the altitudes covered. There's also yoga and artist studios. That's all assuming you even bother leaving this beautiful temporary home (and its lovely garden) of course. 

A home in the heart of Beverly Hills
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14. A home in the heart of Beverly Hills

This is what you call 'centrally located'. Walking distance to il Pastaio, Wally’s, and Avra; and Rodeo Dr. Great. So there's not going to be too much of a need to be in a beautiful home complete with a 70" HDTV (and every channel you could ever need, including Dinsey+, Apple TV, Hulu and the others), a patio area with good views, and loads of natural light, but hey, here you have that too. 

A modern sanctuary in Hollywood Hills
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15. A modern sanctuary in Hollywood Hills

Okay but say you want to go all out. You want Kardashian style gaff. Maybe even more elaborate than Kardashian, more, king of the sillicone valley style accomodation but on the Hollywood Hills? Well it has to be this place. Sleeping a dozen across six rooms means the cost can become sort of tangible. The good stuff. Look at it, truly modern, whites and glasses in fun shapes. 6,500 sq ft, cost $7million to make. The six bedrooms have en suites of course, and there's also a jetted hot tub on the roof, a pool table in the second living room, multiple balconies with great views of downtown LA and Santa Monica's beaches. All the water is filtered, even the toilet... because why not. We could go on. Selling sunset vibes guartanteed, either way.  

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