Airbnb just released its report detailing the most desired properties in the 50 Texas cities in which it operates. The report was compiled from the site’s wish list function, which allows users to bookmark from more than 30,000 rentals when planning upcoming trips.
The top listing in Houston is this Upper Kirby studio. The 500-square-foot space occupies the second floor of a bungalow and includes amenities such as a private side entrance, keyless entry, and access to a saltwater pool — for only $67 per night.
Location is one of the top selling points in large cities like Houston, Dallas, and Austin. But the reasons for each listing’s popularity are as varied as the locations on the list. In coastal areas, proximity to the beach is the main selling point, with most of the most sought-after listings along the Gulf being a mile or less from the ocean.
In the Texas Hill Country, users gravitate towards properties in natural settings, such as a light-filled cabin close to Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs, a funky Wimberley charmer on the banks of the Blanco River, and a converted barn in San Marcos complete with an indoor garden.
Of course, affordability is also important. In smaller towns, you can score a coveted Airbnb for as low as $32. In bigger cities, the rentals offer luxury accommodations and a convenient location for far less than the nightly rate of a top-tier hotel.
If you have a trip on the horizon, check out the full list of most wish-listed rentals. However, be prepared to book quickly. The most popular listings are already spoken for through much of the summer.