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Airbnb Wants to Give You $100,000 to Design an Epic Vacation Rental

by Tim Wenger Jun 22, 2022

Airbnb wants you to become a host. Not only that, the vacation rental company wants you to design and build an epic dreamhouse that leaves people saying, “OMG!” And, the company is so in favor of this plan that it is willing to pay you $100,000 to make it happen. Airbnb announced today a $10 million OMG! fund that will grant $100,000 to the most out-of-this-world property ideas submitted by potential hosts.

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There’s plenty of inspiration to pull from. Popular homes currently listed in the OMG! category include this giant boot, an eerily realistic UFO house, and Idaho’s internet-famous giant potato. Airbnb’s OMG! Category has been clicked on over 2.5 million times since being introduced only a month ago, meaning your listing has the potential to go full viral. The company noted in a release that on average, hosts make $13,800 per year by listing a property on Airbnb – and the sky’s the limit if you have a unique and crazy design that catches people’s attention.

Want to take part? Here’s how to enter.

Beginning today, June 22, head to and submit your crazy idea – the more out there it is, the better. Applications are open until July 22 and will be judged by a group of design rock stars including style icon Iris Apfel, Airbnb Superhost and creator of OMG! Listings (including the Potato Hotel) Kristie Wolfe, architect Koichi Takada, and Airbnb’s VP of Experiential Creative Product Bruce Vaughn. Winners will be announced this fall, s if you’re chosen, this winter could be an interesting one indeed (and all of your friends will be jealous that you’re spending your days designing that giant cactus-shaped apartment in the desert that you’ve talked about for years).

The fund is designed to boost Airbnb’s new OMG! Category, part of the company’s recent update that added many cool new categories users can search to find the perfect home for their upcoming trips. Other categories include windmills, towers, and even off-the-grid spots. The Airbnb OMG! contest closes at 11:59 pm on July 22, 2022.

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