Los Angeles is not a cheap place to live. The average home sells for more than $700,000, but you can experience the Hollywood or Malibu life vicariously for far cheaper through the vast number of Airbnb rentals available at your fingertips, even in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. Pretend that you’re a celebrity for a day — you can literally rent Charlie Chaplin or Harry Houdini’s old haunts. No US city offers better cultural attractions, street tacos, celebrity sightings, and beach access all in the same day than Los Angeles. Here’s where to stay while you’re here.

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Malibu Airbnb rentals

Ocean Front Malibu Beach House UP

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For the ultimate Malibu experience, you can’t get any closer to the ocean than this three-bedroom house that suits up to eight guests. Pretend that you’re a millionaire for one night as you awaken to the rumble of crashing waves. A dining table is set up on the patio. The living room opens to a patio so that you don’t have to peel yourself over from the Pacific for even one second, and the living spaces feature oceanview windows that make waking up to those waves as effortless as falling asleep to the cool coastal winds. It is located just steps away from tide pools in which you can encounter crab, hermit crab, fish, and sea anemone during your daily excursions. Many guests have also observed dolphins from the living room.

Eight guests, three bedrooms
Price: $1,108 per night

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Guest House Great Ocean + Mountain Views Near Beach

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You’re basically at a private resort in this house, secluded from the world but not from the views that people visit Malibu for. The house sleeps up to five though it only has one formal bedroom, but it features a large pool overlooking the hills, an onsite gym and hot tub, and plenty of parking. You may not even want to leave — which is doable as the WiFi is strong and the kitchen is equipped for cooking. All you need are the necessities for relaxation.

Price: $414 per night

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Malibu Sunset Getaway

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You either love watching the sunset over the coast, or you’re wrong. The Malibu Sunset Getaway is your chance to live that dream to the max. This large home is elevated above the coast and offers incredible views of the surrounding hills. Access is quick to cafes and shops, as well as biking and hiking in Los Angeles. You’ll be 10 minutes from Zuma Beach, though we wouldn’t blame you if you spend most of the time hanging outside your pad with a drink in hand.

Eight guests, three bedrooms
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Airbnbs in Hollywood

Breathtaking View From Mid-Century Mod Home

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This place is listed as “celebrity” owned without saying who the alleged celebrity is, a move that is so Hollywood. This hideaway is ensconced in the famous Hollywood Hills. You’ll also be treated to hillside views of some of the most prime property in LA from an area that offers views of something other than beaches and sprawling neighborhoods. Hollywood is not too far from Koreatown Los Angeles, a great place for epic eats.

Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $424 per night

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Three-Bed Luxury Estate

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This wood-toned, Moroccan-styled Hollywood home is located within walking distance of some of Hollywood’s most popular tourist destinations. The owner lists Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Universal Amphitheater, and Pantages Theatre as the main highlights. You can easily check off your Hollywood tourist to-do list while staying here.

Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $500 per night

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The Houdini Estate

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This historic five-acre estate was formerly owned by the magical trickster Harry Houdini. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds, which feature hidden tunnels, a deep-water tank, caves, and more. The home is a fantasy for aspiring magicians or any who appreciate the novelties of show business. The pool on the property is where Houdini practiced some of his most famous magic tricks. The original estate burned to the ground but was restored after 1959. Betcha this place is haunted too, double win.

Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $2,321 per night

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Airbnbs in Venice Beach

Charming Three-Bedroom Venice Beach Bungalow

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Houses pass for bungalows in Venice, where even the trendiest, most modern of hipsters don paintbrushes and skateboards when venturing to the beach and an otherwise normal lawn is considered eco-friendly. Here, you’re walking distance to Abbot Kinney and Marina del Ray, as well as Venice’s famed nightlife and beach scenes. Should you desire some privacy, the bungalow provides plenty of it — without sacrificing the beach vibes, of course, or the Southern Califonia sun. The open floor plan extends straight to the palm-lined outdoors. For a night out, check out the many nearby Black-owned restaurants in Los Angeles.

Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $461 per night

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Creative Zen Retreat

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Stay in the coolest bachelor pad ever — this man cave features an open layout where the interior meets the exterior. Walking distance to the beach and Abbot Kinney, this spot also features a spa-sized bathtub for all your romancing needs. The bedroom/living room opens with a mechanical door with backyard BBQ all set up and ready to go.

Price: $219 per night

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Ocean view 3-bedroom steps to beach, free parking

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Venice Beach is the meeting point of different cultures in Los Angeles. This home puts you steps from the beach, which of course, means steps from them all. Stroll the old neighborhood, and then relax with a drink in hand on the balcony. There are bikes in the garage for cruising through town. The interior is modern and comfortable, with plush bedding and plenty of space to lounge. This is a great spot to base yourself for a date night in Los Angeles, as there’s so much to do within walking distance.

Seven guests, three bedrooms
Price: $826 per night

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Airbnbs in West Hollywood

Charlie Chaplin Cabin

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This little cottage cabin is in true Chaplin form — rustic, yet Hollywood. Located in the Hollywood Hills, the home overlooks the city and the rest of Hollywood. It’s the type of place you want to invite your friends and family too, if only to impress — but hey, this place makes as good a spot for a drink as anywhere in LA.

Five guests, three bedrooms
Price: $275 per night

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Exquisite Midcentury Retreat

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This zen hideaway sits over Sunset Blvd in the neighborhood of Beverly Glen. Newly remodeled in the latest Buddha swank, it features wall-to-wall glass windows, which allow you to take in the perfectly manicured greenery. Bonus points for the heated swimming pool, although I’m not sure how much you need it in SoCal.

Six guests,three bedrooms
Price: $1,150 per night

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Hollywood Hills Villa with grand view

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The Hollywood Hills are the stuff of legend — the affluent lounging poolside outside of mondo-mansions, movie stars throwing parties for the big screen elite. This stunning home allows you to taste that lifestyle, without straying too far from the Sunset Strip. Have your own party with the stars (the type up in the sky) by lounging outside with your crew and taking advantage of the pool, BBQ area, fire pit, and spa.Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $1801 per night

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Airbnbs in downtown Los Angeles

Two-bedroom executive corner suite

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DTLA has its perks — including a vibrant dining scene, a bar scene that in recent years has come to rival other downtown areas in major US cities, and easy access to public transit. People don’t often think of LA for its high-rise urban core, but this executive suite will change that perception. Situated above the heart of the city, you’ll look out over LA towards the hills or beach, while enjoying access to a high-end pool at fitness center, among a host of amenities.

Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $599 per night

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Modern luxurious apartment with epic views

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Staying in a city center should offer pristine views of, well, said city enter. That’s exactly what you’ll get here at this luxurious flat with views high above downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Airbnbs are not often elevated pool, skyscraper-friendly establishments, but here is an exception — and a very well-done one at that. Walk everywhere from the Staples Center to world-class dining, and hop a train out towards the beach for a day. This apartment has a nice pool, a gym, and cocktails available in the building, along with a comfortable in-room experience with high thread count sheets and expansive views.

Two guests, studio
Price: $1,000 per night

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Three-bedroom deluxe suite with balcony

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An apartment flat in DTLA should provide views and access to the heart of the city. You’ll get both in excess at this furnished vacation rental. Hosted by Level, a hospitality brand that provides furnished flats in a handful of major cities, you’ll have a well-trimmed apartment with amenities like coworking, a pool, and a concierge that can arrange activities and provide advice about the city. This flat provides the best of both worlds — the convenience and comfort of a Los Angeles vacation rental with the amenities of a high-end hotel.Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $781 per night

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Silver Lake Airbnbs

Chic yoga villa with saltwater pool

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Just a short walk away from the super hip Sunset Junction,  the Silver Lake neighborhood and this chic yoga and pool pad puts you right in the heart of the neighborhood. Perfect for a getaway with your crew, it has a spacious backyard and patio. Silver Lakers are all about that outdoor ambiance, and this place lives up to the reputation with bistro lighting, a large saltwater pool, and a firepit. The interior is decorated to punk rock perfection, with framed Offspring and Rancid records and memorabilia from the glory days of the genre (though the owner is quite a big Shakira fan, as well).

Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $600 per night

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Silver Lake Viewhouse with large pool

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This four-bedroom home has been styled to perfection, though its aesthetic and architecture are iconically LA. Its modern chic exterior overlooks both a large pool and Silver Lake Reservoir itself. This is a great rental for a party of eight or a large family get together, with a big open kitchen, large garden, and patio. It’s within walking distance of some of Silver Lake’s best restaurants and cafes and is in a location from which an Uber to the beach, Hollywood, or downtown won’t take over an hour.

Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $950 per night

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Stunning Modern Home on Mulholland Dr with Sauna

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Located on a mansion-lined street overlooking Cahuenga Pass is this four-bedroom home. It’s close enough to all the Hollywood city action yet quiet enough for you to practice your perfect Sirsasana pose in perfect tranquility. There’s even a sauna out back, so get your steam on and zen out.

Eight guests, three bedrooms
Price: $909 per night

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