Make yourself at home with the Wallpaper* edit of Airbnb’s global property portfolio. Our travel team took an extensive cyber tour of the 500,000 plus listings in 33,000 cities and picked out the most handsome, quirky and classy. Airbnb is an online service that provides a platform for individuals to rent out unoccupied living spaces to anyone who creates a guest profile on its site. Listings include anything from simple rooms in shared accommodation to castles, boats, treehouses, tipis, igloos, converted water towers, apartments and houses designed by noteworthy architects, and even private islands. If you want to stay a night or more in any of the properties we’ve chosen, simply go to www.airbnb.com/wishlists/wallpaper
Canal Close, London, UK
This part of London is Tom Dixon Town: his shop is two minutes away on Ladbroke Grove and he’s converted this former water tower into a stunning residence. The six-floor hike up to the wood-panelled apartment, via a custom-made circular steel staircase, pays off with interiors you’d expect from Britain’s homewares legend: sleek yet lighthearted furnishings and a memorable bathroom suite.
Boulevard de Bartole, Grimaud, France
Who said the biggest parties were on the coast in St-Tropez? Across the gulf from the overcrowded port, this glass and concrete house in the Grimaud hills sleeps 11, with five-star details like an infinity pool, private bedroom terraces, Ligne Roset sofas and a garden suite in a shipping container. Communal spaces with sea views have brilliant entertaining potential.
Overtoom, Amsterdam, North Holland
This spacious two-bedroom garden apartment on the ground floor of a boulevard townhouse has recently been completely renovated. The owners have pushed back the walls and ceilings to the max, adding recessed lighting, ample glazing and sleek contemporary built-ins. From here, it’s a quick walk to the cluster of museums located on Museumplein, via the luxuriant Vondelpark.
Rue de la Folie Méricourt, Paris 11e, France
What is the hottest address in Paris right now? This one, located practically in the backyard of the merry Café Charbon on Rue Oberkampf, with the burgeoning Canal Saint-Martin cultural quarter up the road. If the selection of chairs at neighbourhood design boutique Merci isn’t to your liking, this two-bedroom former artist’s atelier has more than its fair share, displayed like sculptures along the gleaming white floors.
Þjóðvegur, Akureyri, Iceland
Few places in the world are more remote than this property on the Eyjafjördur Fjord in north Iceland. With its simple design and efficiently organised interior, it stands amid the scrub like a postmodern prairie ranch, basking in midnight sun in summer and the aurora borealis in winter. If things get lonely, Akureyri, a fishing port with a population of 17,000 and a robust cultural scene, is ten minutes away by car.
Parsons Ranch Road, Pioneertown, CA
LA is miles away, literally and metaphorically. The itHouse is an off-grid, solar-panelled eco-ranch house near Joshua Tree National Park, the spiritual home of the unplugged. It’s a prototype for small-footprint living, but it’s not without its material pleasures: a streamlined kitchen, Louis Poulsen ‘AJ’ lamps and a Fire Orb fireplace.
County Route, Accord, NY
Your home ‘upstate’, which comes with its own dance studio, is a drive round the reservoir from fabled Woodstock, but it’s got quite a provenance of its own. It was designed by architect Tom Pritchard with a novel Neoprene exterior and bought (then sold) by actor Willem Defoe. The landscape comes in spectacularly through glazed walls that curve with the architecture.
Lispenard Street, New York, NY
De Niro for a day (or five) is how you’ll feel in this unusually quiet Tribeca loft designed by an interior architect and a gallerist in the neighbourhood vernacular of wood floors, exposed brick walls, huge banks of windows, wood-burning fireplace and vast B&B Italia sofa. SoHo is just up the road, but there’s no need to leave the neighbourhood to have a memorable time.
Liberty Street, San Francisco, CA
There are few better advertisements for living in San Francisco than this faultlessly restored Victorian house in Liberty Hill. Featuring original mouldings, fireplaces and bay windows, it also boasts a to-die-for kitchen, a spa bath and covetable lighting. The garden feels like a room in itself, and all the treats of trendy San Fran, from the Mission to the Castro districts, are a stroll away.
Ruta D, Paiguano, Coquimbo, Chile
These cabins were created for watching the stars. They are completely isolated, about nine hours north of Santiago, wedged between mountains. And yet these light-filled, wood-panelled structures are something you would want all your friends to see: stepped up the hillside with three open levels, each one includes a sleeping area with a window that allows you to watch the sky as you lie in bed.
Avenida Atlântica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This two-storey oceanfront penthouse has far-reaching views over Copacabana Beach from just about every window. But who needs to take the lift to the beach when you have your very own modernist rooftop pool and sundeck at your disposal. This very spacious loft-style apartment – all white walls and wooden floors – has three bedrooms (one with private jacuzzi), simple, modern furnishings, and a striking statement staircase.
Praça da República, São Paulo, Brazil
Oscar Niemeyer’s Eiffel tower, built in 1956, rates highly with design bloggers, though few could boast having seen it from the inside. The building’s duplex apartments are like manors in the sky. This one, the quadriplex penthouse, features a whimsical white curving staircase, plush seating and access to the roof with a 360-degree view over the sprawling modern city.
Fidar, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
Rising from the ruins of a Crusades-era castle outside ancient Byblos, this cluster of buildings is by architect Raëd Abillama. The furnishings are avant-garde but not over the top, and the infinity pool looks out over the sunset side of the Med.
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 697-807, South Korea
With the sea before you and the dormant volcano Halla behind, the scenery here in southwest Jeju is hardly in short supply. And if you want remoteness, well, you’ve got it out here in the East China Sea. Even the entrance to your room is private, and the austere interior entirely devoid of visual reminders of home. The contemporary concrete and wood surrounds are interrupted only by beams of natural light.
Jalan Pantai Brawa, North Kuta, Bali
Bali’s beaches may draw the tourists, but the island’s sublime interior, stepped with ancient rice paddies, is what keeps them coming back. This villa, a few miles inland from Berawa Beach, a surfer’s favourite, is like a private resort, available by the room or as a whole. Tropical gardens embrace an infinity pool, tranquil baths and a dozen dining options, while the interior design goes that extra mile.
Newland Street, Queens Park, Sydney, Australia
Sydney practice Fox Johnston, which featured in Wallpaper’s 2013 Architects Directory (W*172), designed this contemporary concrete home in Queens Park, grafting a two-storey folded volume onto the rear of the existing federation house. The sweeping ground-floor plan is open to the garden, while the upper level suite is equipped with an en suite and more outdoor space. In-between are private guest rooms and play areas.
Glen Street, Bondi, Sydney, Australia
If you’re in Sydney for the beaches, you’ll love this massive resort-in-a-home within walking distance of three – Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama. The house’s Sanctuary Room, which sleeps two, is tucked away on one of the many floors, and has access to the bamboo garden and screening room. The whole house was designed by acclaimed Australian architect Drew Heath (W*178) in steel and wood, and features a kitchen as big as a café.
Oxford Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
This light-filled apartment in a converted 19th century warehouse oozes industrial charm with its soaring ceilings, vast aluminium windows and exposed pipes. In the heart of one of Melbourne’s coolest suburbs, it’s well placed for an exploration of the area’s cafés and vintage furniture stores. And after a day spent fossicking (Australian for rummaging for treasure), take a relaxing soak with a glass of wine in the kitchen’s claw foot bath.