You can land a cute, quaint Airbnb rental for less than $100 per night, even in notoriously pricey California. But if you’re looking to really live it up in the Golden State, and you can spend up to five figures per day for the privilege, you can live like royalty for a night, a weekend or — if you can afford it — even longer.
Airbnb reserves its most exclusive properties for its “Luxe” listings, where well-heeled renters can book some of the most magnificent estates, villas and mansions in California and the world.
The following is a look at the most palatial Airbnb rentals in the state. For consistency’s sake, the nightly rates listed are for two adults during the weekend spanning Friday, Sept. 23 to Monday, Sept. 26.
Luxury Estate in Palm Springs
- Nightly rate: $8,500
The Pond Estate in Palm Springs sits on 12 sprawling acres, complete with tennis courts, an outdoor pool and the open desert as the backdrop. Inside is another pool, a wet bar, a hot tub, a massive wood-burning fireplace and a media room. The estate has five bedrooms, seven beds, and 5 1/2 baths to comfortably sleep 14 guests.
Villa in the Santa Rosa Mountains
- Nightly rate: $10,500
If you decide to stay at La Casa Azzurra, you’ll spend your vacation high in the Santa Rosa Mountains with stunning views of the Coachella Valley below. The estate — which consists of the main home with two adjacent homes built by the Gucci family — sits on 23 secluded acres and is designed with remote privacy in mind. Located outside Palm Desert and next to a national park, the estate’s 10 bedrooms sleep 20 guests.
Villa in Beverly Hills
- Nightly rate: $15,873
Chateau de Laurel is a French Baroque estate in Beverly Hills that can sleep 16 guests in eight bedrooms with 8.5 baths spread across the main house and the guest house. The stunning property, located just off North Beverly Hills Drive, includes a swimming pool and hot tub combination, a wine cellar, a wet bar and a home theater. But those are just a few of the luxuries you’ll find in this stunning chateau, which was designed with a blend of French and American contemporary architecture.
The Merv Griffin Estate
- Nightly rate: $12,000
The legendary entertainer after whom this palace is named once called this Moroccan-themed estate and its 13 bedrooms home. The main house alone boasts 5,400 square feet — and then there are the estate’s four guest pods and two guest houses. An endless lawn dotted with mature palm trees bump up against the Santa Rosa Mountains. Its Moroccan-inspired great room is one of the most elegantly decorated chambers in California.
Villa in Palm Desert
- Nightly rate: $10,000
Bobby Berk of “Queer Eye” fame is the designing mind behind Casa Tierra, where you can take your pick between golf course views or mountain views, depending on where you rest your gaze. A wet bar, a balcony, bocce courts, a hot tub and a heated pool with a poolside bar are all part of the package.
Mansion in Palm Desert
- Nightly rate: $11,100
The scent of the surrounding citrus groves fills the air at Kempa Villa, which includes nine bedrooms spread across the main house, a casita and a guest house. Looking out over the sea, you’ll have ocean views from the outdoor swimming pool, which is situated on the property’s elegantly manicured grounds.
Historic Estate in Beverly Hills
- Nightly rate: $14,950
Hillcrest is a classic mid-century Hollywood mansion built in 1934. Statues dot the arched entrance, which leads to a massive library, beyond which lies a concert room with a stage and a movie lounge. Twelve guests can stay comfortably between the main house and the guest house. When they step outside, they can live like studio bosses from Hollywood’s golden era as they stroll through the manicured sculpture garden toward the pickleball courts and tennis courts, which have a built-in skateboarding ramp — and Sunset Boulevard is just down the hill.
Villa in Palm Springs
- Nightly rate: $10,000
Hacienda Barranca — formerly the home of “Ocean’s Eleven” producer Jerry Weintraub — is nestled up against the beautiful San Jacinto foothills. Take it all in while sitting around the fire pit, soaking in the hot tub or taking a dip in the deep blue saltwater pool. A few minutes away, you’ll find winding hiking trails and Joshua Tree National Park.
Italian Estate in Beverly Hills
- Nightly rate: $15,790
Laurel Grand Nouveau is located in Beverly Hills, but guests could easily believe they’d been transported to Tuscany or Florence. Situated just off of Rodeo Drive, this Italian-inspired estate features a terrace and heated swimming pool, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, a balcony, a wet bar and a fire pit. Inside, the laundry list of amenities includes a home theater, a 14-seat dining area, a wine cellar, a sauna, a pool room and an elevator.
Villa in Calistoga
- Nightly rate: $4,487
The outside of this Victorian estate in Calistoga comes complete with soaring mountain views, vineyards, state parks that spread out to the horizon, and a solar-powered outdoor swimming pool. Inside, you’ll find seven bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths, a home gym, a chef’s kitchen and daily housekeeping services.
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