It’s hard to get a feel for the area when you’re in a generic hotel or hostel room. It’s much better to spend your time in a local home. Many of the California Bay Area homes available on Airbnb are located in vineyards with terraces overlooking the vines, in bustling city districts or right on the Bay.
Here are some of the best listings in the region.
1. $185/night, Cole Vally, San Francisco
This sun-filled rental is just around the corner from Golden Gate Park, at $185 a night. It’s also a short walk to Buena Vista Park, the popular shopping area Haight St, and to Cole Valley.
2. $600/night, Sonoma
This farm house is located between the towns of Napa and Sonoma. It is surrounded by vineyards, and a perfect location for those wanting to explore wine country.
3. $275/night, Burlingame
This loft has a view over the Mission District from a private deck. It’s around $250 a night and located in one of SF’s most popular neighborhoods.
4. $250/night, Mission District
You’ll have 270-degree ocean views and private beach. You can see the California coast from each of the bedrooms. The owner notes that this is a great place to view seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds.
5. $1,200/night, Pescadero
6. $95/night, Berkeley
This little cottage in Berkeley is 1 mile from campus and the main downtown area. There’s a broad lofted double bed and sofa, which can fold into a single bed. It’s about $95 per night and within walking distance of basically everything in the area.
7. $1,300/night, Tomales
This house near Tomales is built on a dairy farm. The house sleeps 12. It also has a huge amount of outdoor space, and a lovely porch. Five miles down the road there’s a public dock that you can use to paddle one of the property’s kayaks. The owner give you free eggs and cheese when you arrive.
8. $220/night, Lower Haight
This apartment is located in Lower Haight, a relaxed area of SF. When available it’s around $220 a night.
9. $1,450/night, Sonoma
You can rent this villa in Carneros wine region of Sonoma on a 7 acre private vineyard for a steal. It sleeps 10 and has a salt water swimming pool.
10. $1,200/night, Bolinas
This oceanfront home has panoramic views from San Francisco to Stinson Beach to Duxbury reef. The house was designed by famous Bay Area Architect Edward B Page in the early 1960’s and is on a 2-acre oceanfront parcel with a short walk to the beach and the town of Bolinas.