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 most coveted listing in Fort Worth is this backyard cottage near downtown. The remodeled guest house in Arlington Heights boasts "all the charm of a 100-year-old home with the amenities and design of a brand new space." The one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage has a patio and grill for guest use, and is in within a few miles of all the major attractions in Fort Worth.
The top listing in Dallas is this boho treehouse, tucked away in the Little Forest Hills neighborhood near White Rock Lake. The two-bedroom, two-bath retreat blends "Bauhaus contemporary with warm rustic elegance," says the listing, and includes amenities such as a fireplace, private entrance, free parking, and Wi-Fi. The getaway offers quiet respite without sacrificing access to shopping, nightlife, and world-class restaurants.
Location is one of the top selling points in large cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, 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 toward 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.