The Best Airbnbs in Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica boasts Airbnbs that range from homey Craftsman-style cottages to laid-back beachfront living
Santa Monica boasts Airbnbs that range from homey Craftsman-style cottages to laid-back beachfront living | © Allard Schager / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Writer5 November 2020

From mid-century beachfront cottages to homey guesthouses with ocean views, Santa Monica is an idyllic location for your next LA visit – particularly if you are looking to stay in one of the neighborhood’s many Airbnb options. Whether a luxury beach house, Craftsman cottage or a cozy apartment, these are the best Airbnb spaces located in Santa Monica.

Bright Luxury Beach House Near Santa Monica Pier

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Bright, Luxury Beach House near Santa Monica Pier
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Steps from the beach, this bright and breezy 1918 American Craftsman-style home is located on a quiet street in Santa Monica. High, arched wood ceilings allow natural light to pour through skylights into the large open kitchen. The living room has white walls lined with windows, adding to the elegance and serenity of the wood flooring and light beige furniture. Curl up next to the fireplace, or step outside onto the private patio under the shade of a tree or gather around the fire pit at night. This beautifully maintained four-bedroom, four-bathroom home can sleep up to eight guests and is within walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier. Take a walk to the luxury hotel Shutters on the Beach or Casa Del Mar for dinner and a glass of wine with ocean views.

Craftsman Cottage With Tropical Orchid Garden

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Craftsman Cottage with Tropical Orchid Garden
Courtesy of Tom / Airbnb

Get the best of both worlds with this charming American Craftsman-style cottage situated in a quiet neighborhood within walking or cycling distance to both downtown Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Its vaulted ceilings, spacious design and U-shaped kitchen make this space ideal for hosting. Sit on the patio among tropical orchids and other fresh plants while enjoying the morning sun or evening air. Walk to Santa Monica’s Main Street for its variety of trendy shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife on the weekends, or hire a bicycle and ride the bike path down to witness the colorful characters of the world-famous Venice Boardwalk.

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  • Cozy Apartment With Views of Santa Monica Beach

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    Cozy Apartment with Views of Santa Monica Beach
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    Step into one of Santa Monica’s serene beachside neighborhoods with ocean views in this modern, minimalist apartment with a heated pool. The two-bedroom place accommodates four and is inviting and comfortable, with an indoor fireplace and a floral design scheme. Stroll around the secluded north side of Santa Monica or pop into one of the many nearby yoga studios and public parks. Downtown Santa Monica is within walking distance, and the historic Malibu Pier is just a short drive north along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway.

    Sunny Suite in Historic Home Steps From Beach

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    Courtesy of Dale and Paul / Airbnb

    Rejuvenate to the sound of crashing waves in a beautifully preserved 1913 historic home located steps from Santa Monica Beach. Shared spaces are well maintained and feature light wood flooring and dark wood trim offset by pale green walls. There is an outdoor patio with plenty of green plants, a hookah lounge and a hot tub for relaxation. The friendly hosts provide bicycles and are happy to give recommendations or just have a chat.

    Beachfront Restored Mid-Century Cottage in Heart of Santa Monica

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    Oceanfront Cottage
    Courtesy of John / Airbnb

    This immaculate four-bedroom cottage is a restored landmark in Santa Monica and ideally located on Pacific Avenue just across the street from the beach. Watch the waves roll in and boats go by from the sunroom, complete with nostalgia-inducing checkered flooring, or lounge in the sunny front garden shaded by an umbrella. Indoors, the kitschy nautical decor adds to the authentic atmosphere of this beachside gem. There is a private backyard with a barbecue for outdoor cooking, and the large indoor kitchen has more than enough room for hosting. Live the beach life at this Santa Monica dream home.

    These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.