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Los Angeles is not a cheap place to live. The average home sells for more than $700,000, but you can experience the Hollywood or Malibu life vicariously for far cheaper through the vast number of Airbnb rentals available at your fingertips, even in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. Pretend that you’re a celebrity for a day — you can literally rent Charlie Chaplin or Harry Houdini’s old haunts. No US city offers better cultural attractions, street tacos, celebrity sightings, and beach access all in the same day than Los Angeles. Here’s where to stay while you’re here.
Silver Lake Guesthouse
Just a short walk away from the super hip Sunset Junction, this adorable little guest house puts you right in the heart of Silver Lake. Perfect for a couples’ getaway, it has a spacious backyard and patio. Silver Lakers are obsessed with their four-legged friends, so you can feel free to bring Rover.
Price: $125 per night
Well Appointed Tiny House in Silver Lake
Who knew that you could experience the tiny home trend right here amongst the expensive real estate of Los Angeles. Of course, this tiny home would be located in the neighborhood of the oh-so-trendy Silver Lake. The tiny home features a nice bedroom setup and is within walking distance or a short Uber ride of cafes, bars, and beaches.
Price: $89 per night
Silver Lake Hills Craftsman
This two-bedroom home has been styled to perfection. Its modern chic exterior belies its modern, World Market-styled interior. This is a great rental for a party of five or a family, with a big open kitchen, large garden, and patio. It’s within walking distance of some of Silver Lake’s best restaurants and cafes and is in a location from which an Uber to the beach, Hollywood, or downtown won’t take over an hour.
Price: $240 per night
Urban Farm Airstream Trailer
Just northeast of Silver Lake, this Airstream rental is an urban oasis on a hill — with the wildlife and hike to prove it. Thirty-three steps lead you to the vintage trailer, which is surrounded by nature despite being in the middle of a massive city, and you’ll wake up to the sounds of raccoons and possums. Should nature call you, you’ll also learn how to use a compost toilet (don’t worry, instructions are provided).
Price: $70 per night
Modern, Hip Bungalow with a Porch
This little house sits just outside of DTLA and is a steal at just $75 a night. This bargain bungalow features touches of luxury amenities: chocolates on your pillow, high-end bed sheets from Matteo, and furniture from the fancy Restoration Hardware and West Elm. It’s a new way to appreciate Los Angeles — for the niceties of a simple and well put together home, rather than the scene that surrounds it.
Price: $74 per night
Breathtaking View From Mid-Century Mod Home
This place is listed as “celebrity” owned without saying who the alleged celebrity is, a move that is so Hollywood. This hideaway is ensconced in the famous Hollywood Hills. You’ll also be treated to hillside views of some of the most prime property in LA from an area that offers views of something other than beaches and sprawling neighborhoods.
Price: $365 per night
DTLA Super Suite + Parking
Stylish high-rise apartments are generally thought of as an East Coast thing, but this two-bedroom proves otherwise. The balcony looks out over the city, a unique view of LA to enjoy after preparing a meal in the well-equipped kitchen. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms are both well-trimmed. And you can park your car for free — a big deal since everything from Staples Center to trendy clubs, dining, and cocktails is within walking distance, and the beach is an Uber or subway ride away (yes, LA has one of those, too).
Price: $135 per night
Bed Luxury Estate
This wood-toned, Moroccan-styled Hollywood home is located within walking distance of some of Hollywood’s most popular tourist destinations. The owner lists Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Universal Amphitheater, and Pantages Theatre as the main highlights. You can easily check off your Hollywood tourist to-do list while staying here.
Price: $396 per night
The Houdini Estate
This historic five-acre estate was formerly owned by the magical trickster Harry Houdini. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds, which feature hidden tunnels, a deep-water tank, caves, and more. The home is a fantasy for aspiring magicians or any who appreciate the novelties of show business. The pool on the property is where Houdini practiced some of his most famous magic tricks. The original estate burned to the ground but was restored after 1959. Betcha this place is haunted too, double win.
Price: $2,107 per night
Stunning Modern Home on Mulholland Dr with Sauna
Located on a mansion-lined street overlooking Cahuenga Pass is this four-bedroom home. It’s close enough to all the Hollywood city action yet quiet enough for you to practice your perfect Sirsasana pose in perfect tranquility. There’s even a sauna out back, so get your steam on and zen out.
Price: $632 per night
Charlie Chaplin’s Cabin
This little cottage cabin from the 1920s is listed in every LA Airbnb roundup and for good reason. It was built by Charlie Chaplin and lived in by Rudolph Valentino, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Where else can you sleep for just $200 a night where past Hollywood royalty slept?
Price: $200 per night
Exquisite Midcentury Retreat
This zen hideaway sits over Sunset Blvd in the neighborhood of Beverly Glen. Newly remodeled in the latest Buddha swank, it features wall-to-wall glass windows, which allow you to take in the perfectly manicured greenery. Bonus points for the heated swimming pool, although I’m not sure how much you need it in SoCal.
Price: $782 per night
Ocean Front Malibu Beach House UP
For the ultimate Malibu experience, you can’t get any closer to the ocean than this three-bedroom house that suits up to eight guests. Pretend that you’re a millionaire for one night as you awaken to the rumble of crashing waves. A dining table is set up on the patio. The living room opens to a patio so that you don’t have to peel yourself over from the Pacific for even one second, and the living spaces feature oceanview windows that make waking up to those waves as effortless as falling asleep to the cool coastal winds. It is located just steps away from tide pools in which you can encounter crab, hermit crab, fish, and sea anemone during your daily excursions. Many guests have also observed dolphins from the living room.
Price: $810 per night
Guest House Great Ocean + Mountain Views Near Beach
You’re basically at a private resort in this house, secluded from the world but not from the views that people visit Malibu for. The house sleeps up to five though it only has one formal bedroom, but it features a large pool overlooking the hills, an onsite gym and hot tub, and plenty of parking. You may not even want to leave — which is doable as the WiFi is strong and the kitchen is equipped for cooking. All you need are the necessities for relaxation.
Price: $346 per night
Charming 3 Bedroom Venice Beach Bungalow
Houses pass for bungalows in Venice, where even the trendiest, most modern of hipsters don paintbrushes and skateboards when venturing to the beach and an otherwise normal lawn is considered eco-friendly. Here, you’re walking distance to Abbot Kinney and Marina del Ray, as well as Venice’s famed nightlife and beach scenes. Should you desire some privacy, the bungalow provides plenty of it — without sacrificing the beach vibes, of course, or the Southern Califonia sun. The open floor plan extends straight to the palm-lined outdoors.
Price: $375 per night
Creative Zen Retreat
Stay in the coolest bachelor pad ever — this man cave features an open layout where the interior meets the exterior. Walking distance to the beach and Abbot Kinney, this spot also features a spa-sized bathtub for all your romancing needs. The bedroom/living room opens with a mechanical door with backyard BBQ all set up and ready to go.
Price: $219 per night
A version of this article was previously published on September 8, 2017, and was updated on February 26, 2021, with more information.