Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, today released a report revealing the most “wish-listed” Airbnb listing in each of the top 50 home sharing cities in Texas.
Airbnb’s “wish-list” function allows users to save the listings they most desire when planning trips, whether it was a beautiful kitchen, a peaceful backyard, or a charming neighborhood that first caught their eye. The most wish-listed Airbnb listings in Texas are among some of the most unique and special homes on the platform. For this report, Airbnb tabulated and added up hundreds of thousands of wish-lists to establish which listing in each city was #1. The top 50 markets reflect a wide array of cities across the 7 geographic regions in Texas, while the diversity of the #1 listings reflect what makes Texas so authentic and unique.
Some of the most popular listings embody the kinetic energy of Texas’ urban centers, such as Jason’s Modern downtown loft (#1 in Austin) as well as Eric and Mercedes’ bungalow within walking distance of the RiverWalk and Downtown (#1 in San Antonio). On the flip side, other top listings became popular for allowing guests to get off the beaten path and experience the more tranquil, rural areas of Texas. These include Sandy’s 3 acre farm and orchard (#1 in Spring) and Cheryl’s Quaint & Secluded Beach Getaway (#1 in Brownsville), which she describes as being “off the grid.”
Some top listings are available only during select periods, such as Bob’s Beautiful home (#1 in Arlington) that he only rents when his family is away on travel, as well as Marty’s Weekend rental that he primarily shares during Texas A&M football games. Other popular listings are available year-round, such as Aaron’s Nuggett Hill Bed & Breakfast (#1 in Longview) and Flora’s Angler’s Court Beach Bungalow (#1 in Port Aransus), which is a fully-licensed vacation rental.
The #1 listings vary widely in size and scope. They range from Michael’s remote Modern Solar Home (#1 in the Marfa area) — which sits on 1,000 acres of land — to Victor’s 220 square foot Stylish Casita (#1 in El Paso).
Many of the most popular listings appear to have shot up the wish-list charts due to their proximity to water, like firefighter Derek’s Beautiful beach house (#1 in Galveston County) on the Bolivar Peninsula, as well as Mark’s guesthouse on Lake Travis (#1 in Lago Vista). Meanwhile, Trevor’s earth-built adobe dome (#1 in the Terlingua area) goes the other direction, offering guests an authentic experience in the dry terrain of the Chihuahuan desert.
For some #1 listings, affordability appears to be a factor in their popularity. Dora’s NICE PRIVATE ROOM (#1 in McAllen) is an extra room in her home that she lists for $32 a night, while Josh’s Comfy and Stress Free room (#1 in San Angelo) goes for $45 a night.
The rankings indicate a desire of many Airbnb guests for direct interaction and engagement with their hosts. For example, both Reid and Barbara’s Mi Casita Hideaway (#1 in New Braunfels) as well as Annette and Patrick’s Private Cottage (#1 in Harlingen) are both guest houses adjacent to their primary residences.
Over 30,000 Texas now share their homes via Airbnb, yet according to a third-party economic study conducted for the Governor’s office, Texas hotels are experiencing dynamic growth in occupancy and revenue. This parallel growth may be explained by the truly unique and unreplicable homes available on Airbnb, like Tim’s 2 story Barn-treehouse (#1 in San Marcos), Jackie’s Vintage Airstream (#1 in Denton), Danielle’s Extraordinary Treehouse (#1 in Dallas) and Leslie’s Texas Bell Tent (#1 in Spring Branch).
Though in some cases, there’s crossover with the boutique hotel industry. The Enchanted Oaks Guesthouse (#1 in College Station) doubles as a proper bed-and-breakfast and an actual horse hotel.
Throughout the duration of 2018, Airbnb and its Texan host community are committed to supporting and growing the Lone Star State’s tourism economy.
Top 50 wish-listed listings in Texas
Check out more listings in the Gulf Coast:
Corpus Christi: Salty Toes Beach House (hosted by Betsy)
Galveston: Beautiful beach house (hosted by Derek)
Harlingen: Private Cottage, hosted by Annette and Patrick
Houston: Upper Kirby/Galleria, hosted by Donna
Port Aransas: Angler’s Court Beach Bungalow, hosted by Flora
Rockport: “Catch N Relax” Bungalow, hosted by Robbin
Spring: 3 acre farm and orchard, hosted by Sandy
Check out more listings in Hill Country:
Fredericksburg → Charming Cottage Close to Main St., hosted by Mary
Kerrville: Upstairs in Downtown, hosted by Dalia
Lago Vista: Lake Travis Waterfront Hill Country Jacuzzi & Dock, hosted by Mark
New Braunfels: Mi Casita Hideaway, hosted by Reid and Barbara
San Marcos: 2 story Barn-treehouse in the woods, hosted by Tim
Spring Branch: The Texas Bell Tent Glamping, hosted by Leslie
Wimberley: Rustic Cabin on Blanco River, hosted by Adena
Prairies & Lakes
Check out more listings in the Prairies & Lakes:
College Station: Enchanted Oaks Guesthouse, hosted by Enchanted Oaks BnB And Horse Hotel
Dallas: Escape the City to The Extraordinary Treehouse, hosted by Danielle
Denton: Vintage Airstream/ Glamping Oasis, hosted by Jackie
Euless: FabEuless Hideaway, hosted by Kyle and Trena
Fort Worth: Backyard Cottage Near Downtown, hosted by Britt and Travis
Grand Prairie: Cute Studio Apartment, hosted by Ben and Kelli
Grapevine: Treecastle, a lake front apartment with pool, hosted by Robbert and Lisa
Irving: Urban Chic Retreat, hosted by Liz
McKinney: 2 Bedroom Suite on 2 Acre Homesite, hosted by Mike and Steffanie
Plano: House with a Beautiful Backyard Oasis, hosted by Rich
Waco: Shotgun House, hosted by Cameron and Jessie
South Texas Plains
Check out more listings in the South Texas Plains:
Edinburg: Private & spacious 2nd floor, hosted by Mario
Laredo: Chique Garage Apartment, hosted by Charlie
McAllen: NICE PRIVATE ROOM IN MCALLEN, TX, hosted by Dora
Mission: Old Charmer, hosted by Esmer and Joseph
San Antonio: Awesome location-1 mile to RiverWalk and downtown!, hosted by Eric and Mercedes
All homes referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific home listings or any other homes on the Airbnb platform.