Airbnb has had a rocky relationship with New York City over the years, but recently the company has made efforts to be a more “open and transparent” community. While some claim that the company has driven up housing prices in the already expensive city, Airbnb claims that its users pump about $2 billion into the local economy each year. Steps are being taken to clamp down on illegal rentals, but despite the controversy, Airbnb is still one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck when visiting the Big Apple.
There are thousands of rentals available throughout the city, but we’ve focused our search on entire-home rentals in Brooklyn priced at $150 or less. Each one of these rentals is run by a “Superhost,” someone who’s been recognized for their experience, high response rate and great guest reviews.
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At 800 square feet, this first-floor apartment (pictured at top) is practically a mansion by New York standards. Located in a 100-year-old townhouse in Bed-Stuy, it’s got cool industrial décor, a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with an espresso machine. The neighborhood has galleries, cafes and organic markets.
On the top floor of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone (circa 1899), this one-bedroom apartment has been lovingly restored by the hosts, who also own and rent out all of the other units in the building. Fairly large by NYC standards, the apartment has an open kitchen, washer/dryer, and an updated bathroom with a clawfoot tub and a big walk-in shower. It’s two blocks from the J Train, and a 15-minute ride to the Lower East Side.
You may find yourself greeting some unexpected visitors at this Boerum Hill brownstone; a brood of five chickens lives in the backyard. The hosts reside upstairs, while a private entrance will let you into the apartment. Toiletries and snacks are provided, and plenty of restaurants and shops are a quick walk away.
Located in a historic brownstone on a quiet, tree-lined street, this garden apartment has a charming, old-world feel. There’s a full kitchen and dining area, two beds (sleeps four), a soaking tub and access to a tranquil little backyard (shared with the owners, who live upstairs). It’s three blocks from a J Train stop, and a park with a playground is less than a block away.
This boho-chic brownstone apartment is filled with light and historic details. It has a private entrance (the hosts live upstairs), on-street parking, and kid-friendly amenities available like gates, toys and a pack-and-play.
Located above (and including access to) a music studio in East Williamsburg, this one-bedroom apartment is perfect for musicians. With three hours of studio time included in the daily rate, the apartment’s cozy furnishings (including two twin beds) and thoughtful details (snacks!) are just an added bonus. The neighbors are artists and musicians, and several subway stops are just a few blocks away.
Hosts Karen and Ben have clearly put a lot of thought into this Park Slope two-bedroom rental, which is filled with souvenirs from their travels and handcrafted furniture (including a bed made from 1920s reclaimed bridge slats). Both bedrooms have queen-sized beds, and a cot and pack-and-play are available as well. As far as interaction, the hosts say that can either leave guests alone completely or invite them to dinner.
This funky Bed-Stuy loft has been fully renovated but still has original fireplaces and exposed brick walls, plus a colorful Moroccan tile terrace. Nearby you’ll find wine bars, a yoga studio and plenty of trendy eateries.
Looking a bit like a rustic farmhouse in the country, this airy two-bedroom apartment dates back to 1890. Street parking is free, and the subway is five minutes away. Sixty-plus five-star reviews include praise for the fully stocked kitchen and host Cathy’s welcoming, helpful attitude.
Guests are typically greeted by a welcome basket and beer at this petite Bushwick ground-floor apartment. It’s near the subway, and there’s also a bike path to the Williamsburg bridge for those wanting to go into the Manhattan. Host Madison is quick to offer advice on things to do around the neighborhood.
Paste’s Airbnb columnist Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.