You love it when friends and family visit, but your 900 sq. ft. craftsman in South Park is barely big enough for you, much less out-of-town guests. Or perhaps you just need a change of scenery for a few days and want somewhere extra special to relax with your brood. We’ve found 10 Airbnb rentals that really wow with features including a treehouse nestled in the pines, a home theater, the beach at your doorstep, an infinity pool with a view, even a stay at Bing Crosby’s estate! Check out these showstopping rental homes for an unforgettable vacation — right in your own backyard!
Del Mar Dreamin'
Nothing says San Diego like an ocean view and this home on Del Mar's coastline has the Pacific Ocean directly in its backyard. Just as stunning as the vista, is the home itself. Beautifully decorated in modern detail, it has every convenience, including a gourmet kitchen and an outdoor fireplace.
FOR THE KIDS: Bunk beds will turn sleep time into a mini-adventure. There's also a hot tub and sauna and of course: the beach!
Mt. Helix Haven
This private East County villa boasts over 5,000 sq. ft. of living space, which means it's a perfect location for a family reunion or celebrating a big birthday or anniversary with lots of friends and loved ones. This property boasts every amenity so you may never want to leave! Manicured lawns with fruit trees and rose gardens, outdoor BBQ and dining area, gourmet kitchen and master suite with balcony, to name just a few.
FOR THE KIDS: The outdoor pool includes a waterfall and slide. There's ping pong, badminton and croquet. A media room with 65" TV and plush seating means movie night gets kicked up a notch.
The Charming Castle
If your little princes and princesses have always dreamed of staying in a castle, this South Park rental will make those wishes come true. The curb appeal will enchant your whole family: a turreted roof, lopsided windows and manicured trees set the stage for fairytales. Inside you'll find all the usual amenities, including a pack 'n' play for your littlest guests.
FOR THE KIDS: As if the castle itself weren't enough, this home is located steps away from parks and trails. South Park provides plenty of walkability with shops and restaurants nearby. The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are a quick drive away.
The Tremendous Treehouse
If you're looking for something rustic, this property in Julian is not your average cabin in the woods. Spend your days wandering trails on your own private acre of forest land or gazing up at the starry sky at night. Historic Julian and Cuyamaca Lake are both close by, where your family can enjoy picnics, fishing, and of course, pie.
FOR THE KIDS: Oh, did we mention the treehouse? This cottage cabin connects to a floating bridge that brings you to a treehouse high in the pine trees, ensuring giggles and gasps of wonder from kids and adults alike. There's also a spa and home theater.
Mission Bay Marvel
If your aesthetic is more modern and stylish, check out this "Sleek Retreat" located right off the Mission Bay boardwalk. Access to the beach literally means walking out your back door. There's also an outdoor patio and BBQ and a rooftop deck with Jacuzzi. Inside you'll find a gourmet kitchen, the latest electronics and 24K gold fixtures throughout (cue the Bruno Mars).
FOR THE KIDS: Not only do they have direct beach access, but they're also in walking distance to Belmont Park, surfboard rentals, and Mission Beach Aquatic Center.
If you're looking for something low key, but still unforgettable, this La Mesa home is for you. Originally built in 1967, this is one of the only domes in San Diego. Open and airy with truly amazing domed walls, the home evokes a modern feel, despite its age. Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, Netflix and Hulu and bath products.
FOR THE KIDS: The domed walls will fascinate your more architecturally minded offspring and the whole place gives off a treehouse vibe. There's also a deck and dogs are welcome.
You will not believe the stunning views from this North County home. In fact you may want to spent your entire stay in the infinity pool simply staring out at Lake Hodges. If you manage to tear yourself away, you'll enjoy a spacious, modern kitchen, perfect for big dinners or game night. You can also make use of the large deck, BBQ and fire pit.
FOR THE KIDS: Besides the pool, there is also a pool table and badminton, as well as tennis and basketball courts on the premises. A giant flat screen TV connected to Netflix and Hulu makes movie night a breeze.
Bing Crosby's Regal Desert Estate
Pull out all the stops for a truly spectacular getaway by renting the lavish former estate of Bing Crosby. Absolutely stunning, it looks straight out of the movies: fire pits, a pool, and beautifully decorated rooms at every turn. This Rancho Mirage residence boasts 7,000 sq. ft. of living space and two master suites, ensuring everyone will have privacy after a day lounging by the pool. Of course, this kind of luxury comes with a hefty price tag, so it's certainly a splurge.
FOR THE KIDS: The pool is immense and sure to entertain for hours. There's also a billiard/ping pong table, a putting green and a relaxing home theater.
Bing Crosby Bungalow
If you don't have quite enough to splash out on Bing's entire desert estate, but still want to indulge, his Rancho Santa Fe guest house may be just right. With nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of living space, there's ample room for family and friends with all the latest luxuries. The home is decorated in a warm California aesthetic with a deluxe kitchen and open-concept living area. Outdoors, you'll find beautifully manicured lawns and tennis courts. Note that although kids are allowed, this rental is not recommended for those under 2 years-old.
FOR THE KIDS: Tennis courts and basketball hoops will help keep them active. A high definition TV with DirecTV will keep them entertained. With pre-approval, family pets can also join in on the fun. Del Mar's beaches are a short drive away.
Harbor Island Hideaway
If your family is the adventurous sort, perhaps you don't want to rent a home at all. How about staying aboard a boat in picturesque Harbor Island instead? This 34-ft-long vessel comes equipped with all the basic amenities — stocked kitchen, microwave, bathroom facilities — while also adding in fun extras like WiFi, Netflix, kayaks and bicycles. Renters also have access to all marina facilities.
FOR THE KIDS: In addition to the kayaks and bicycles, the marina has a pool and hot tub. Harbor Island also provides plenty of space to stroll, play and eat.
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— Michelle Franklin