Heading to Austin? Check out these one-of-a-kind Airbnbs that provide an experience as offbeat as the city itself.
Everyone knows Austin and “weird” go hand in hand like chips and queso, and the local propensity for all things quirky extends to the countless outside-the-box lodging options in town. Whether you’re a local looking for an unforgettable staycation or a visitor who wants that signature offbeat Austin experience, we tracked down seven of the quirkiest Airbnbs in the Austin area.
Now it’s time to ask yourself that age-old question: would you rather stay in a school bus or a chicken coop?
1. Modern Casita
What looks like a cross between a futuristic bank drive-thru and a contemporary art museum, the Modern Casita is located in East Austin. This compact, modern abode can house up to two guests comfortably with its one bedroom/one bathroom set-up. While the interior is bright and airy, you have options if you ever start to feel cramped: pop on outside and enjoy the pool or explore the hip surrounding neighborhood.
2. Happy Camper
In a city where you can order everything from kimchi fries to sushi out of a kitschy retrofitted trailer, it’s only fitting you can stay in one too. The Happy Camper feels like a cute, cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with the convenience of knowing you’re still just a mile from downtown. And what’s camping without a little bit of roughing it? When it comes to freshening up, there’s an outdoor shower for you to use and a separate shed with the bathroom.
3. Airstream with Country-Like Setting
Travel back to the ’70s with a secluded, relaxing stay in this renovated 1976 Airstream trailer. The space seems a littler larger than it actually is thanks to its deck (which is covered by a handcrafted pergola) and the generous yard space (complete with a picnic table and peaceful views). Some fun attractions just a 10-minute drive away include the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Lady Bird Wildflower Center.
4. Chicken Coop
There may not be any real chickens here, but this adorable, chicken coop-themed cottage boasts being “an egg-cellent place to chill after a long day of pecking around Austin.” The quaint tiny house has one bedroom and one bathroom, and it’s located less than 10 miles from downtown Austin. But with its private entrance and charming little courtyard, maybe you’ll want to stay cooped up for some rest and relaxation.
5. Cool Artistic Treehouse Cabin
Embrace your inner child (or your inner hippie) in this bright, playful house nestled in the trees. The best part? Even though you’re surrounded by nature, you don’t have to give up your usual comforts. The space truly feels like glamping with its inviting, well-furnished interior. If that wasn’t enough to help you unwind, there’s also a waterfall, pond and fire pit for your enjoyment.
6. Backyard Land Yacht
What would you say to staying the night in a school bus? Regardless of whether your bus rides as a kid were happy memories or not, the Backyard Land Yacht is unlike any other school bus you’ve experienced. It doesn’t look like much from the outside (or, to be more specific: it looks like a broken down school bus), but the inside is a whole different story. Besides being decked out in wall-to-wall wood paneling, there happens to be enough room for beautiful bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dining spaces inside. Oh, and don’t forget to say hi to the chickens you’ll be sharing the yard with!
7. Modern Spartan Mansion
This remodeled 1955 Spartan Mansion camper proves that you can still live in luxury even in a smaller space. Its sleek, modern interior feels much closer to a high-end hotel rather than the inside of a trailer, and there are a number of unique touches like a vintage record player and outdoor shower (in addition to a tub and shower inside). With its queen bed and sofa bed, up to four guests can enjoy their stay here — just don’t be surprised if the surprising chic interior decor inspires you to go home and repaint your whole house black.
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