This Gorgeous Tree House Is the World’s Most Popular Airbnb
When you see the pictures, you'll understand the hype.
If you had to guess what the most popular Airbnb in the world was, what would you say? No, it’s not a balcony apartment in Paris or a Caribbean beachside bungalow. A tree house in Atlanta, Georgia, appears on more wish lists than any other home on the site. Sound appealing? Check out these other tree houses you can rent.
Owner Peter Bahouth built the three-building tree house 18 years ago and listed it on Airbnb on a whim when he read an article about how people loved booking tree houses on the site. But he never expected it to reach quite the popularity that it did. Even if only the people with it on their wish lists got to stay, it would be booked for the next 812 years, he says. Book early if you want to snag a spot! If you want to book an Airbnb closer to home, these are the top rentals under $100 in all 50 states.
Outdoors for city folk
The tree house feels totally secluded, but it’s actually in Atlanta. That feeling of escape from the city is part of its charm because it has the best of both worlds. “We want to have some seclusion and some privacy, yet be close enough to get out and do things,” says Bahouth. “It’s not like you’re going out 300 miles and making instant oatmeal to eat for a couple days. You can leave the tree house and go to a really great restaurant within a mile.” Read the story of why one family decided to rent an Airbnb during coronavirus.
Bahouth says the tree house’s authenticity could be part of the reason it’s been so successful. He didn’t set it up as a guesthouse, decorating carefully with things he didn’t mind getting stolen. For instance, the sitting room has fossils, an old saw blade, and 80-year-old windows that have butterfly wings pressed between the panes. Check out these other wacky places you can rent on Airbnb.
It’s not like you have to risk your life climbing a ladder to reach the tree house, but it’s not a grounded cabin in the woods either. One side overlooks a hill, so you can dangle your feet and feel on top of the world. If you want small without the outdoors, try one of these tiny homes for rent around the country.
Sleeping under stars
Sure, you could close all the windows so none of the elements can get in—or you could sleep right under the leaves. The bed rolls out so you can sleep in the open air. “That’s childhood—it’s like camping in the backyard,” says Bahouth. “You wake up to the birds singing, and when you go to sleep you might hear owls during the night.” But don’t worry; the bed can move easily back in if it starts to rain. These are the most popular Airbnbs in each state.
No sun? No worries
Visitors don’t need to worry about bad weather, either. Bahouth says some people actually prefer the rain to “good” weather because they can watch the rainfall. The inside of the tree house stays dry, but the big windows feel way closer to nature than you would from an office window. Before booking, watch out for these signs you’re about to fall for a bad Airbnb listing.
Two thumbs up
The guests certainly seem to agree that it’s the perfect retreat. “The wood, the hum of the crickets and warm hospitality has regenerated my body that has been tired of the grind of the city,” a visitor from Chicago writes in the guest book. “We all sometimes need that getaway that reconnects you to the fresh imagination of being a child.” Check out these strange and unusual hotels you’ll want to go out of your way to visit.
Bahouth says his favorite part of the tree house is the 165-year-old pine tree that sits in the middle of a wraparound porch. Don’t miss these other photos of amazing trees around the world.