The 12 Most Unique Airbnbs In Southern California, USA - Updated 2023

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California is called “The Golden State” because of myths and fiction, but the reality really isn’t short of paradise. With beaches, forests, vineyards, and stargazing spots, Southern California is the traveler’s paradise. Catalina Island, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Palm Springs are some of the many famous tourist destinations in Southern California. Here, fun is what you define it to be. Relaxing family vacation, action-packed adventure trip, top festivals, or anything else imaginable, you can have it at its best here. And luckily enough, Southern California also has some of the most exquisite accommodations, including its beachfront rentals. Imagine enjoying the wide range of attractions with a comfortable and exquisite stay. Explore through and find your favorite from the list of the most unique Airbnbs in Southern California, USA.

1. The Little Red Trolley, Castaic (from USD 199)

If you’re looking for some of the weirdest Airbnbs in the US, The Little Red Trolley says the search is over. From the name itself, this accommodation takes over the appearance of a trolley, which gives its guests a one-of-a-kind, cozy space for themselves. Inside, this unit has a fully equipped kitchen, a refrigerator, and a Keurig coffee machine. You can also keep yourself entertained with board games and reading materials provided.

This unique rental also comes with a free parking space you can use if you have a car. You can also bring your furry friends with you during your stay.

Castaic, California, United States
303 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Train 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved the shower and the bathroom nightlight
it was super clean and cozy
everything was clean comfortable and adorable
the place that they build is such a good quality spotless clean cozy beautiful
it was peaceful private and spotless
delightful trolley that the host converted themselves
amazing host and amazing airbnb
and best host i’ve had so far
beautiful space and wonderful hosts who were very helpful flexible and kind
that wasn't the host's fault though highly recommend
amazing location space and atmosphere
such a cute place perfect for a get away we loved it
such a cute and fun place to stay easy check-in
the trolley was wonderful it was the perfect place to take a break and relax for a few days
great find super unique and wonderful place to end our honeymoon
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2. Water Tower House, Seal Beach (from USD 955)

With a height of 87 feet (26.52 meters), Water Tower House is one of the coolest Airbnbs in California with its distinct structure. This property was originally built for steam engines that require services. Now a rental, it offers a magnificent ocean view, an airy living room, and an expansive balcony.

It also provides you with in-room amenities such as a washer, a dryer, plush linens, and a flat-screen TV. For your convenience, you can use the property’s elevator. You can also dip your body in the hot tub for relaxation.

Seal Beach, California, United States
6 reviews   Wifi Available
Tower 5 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
an excellent stay and very much a one of a kind experience
looks and feels just like the pictures house was clean and tidy and staff was very responsive
hosted a meditation retreat here and will definitely be back
amazing location steps from the beach
the watertower is a unique property location and had wonderful facilities
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3. Dome in the Desert, Joshua Tree (from USD 118)

This unique dome house located in Joshua Tree, California, looks right out of fairy tales. The beautiful modern-bohemian structure has been tastefully built and decorated with the finest handcrafted items. It’s a two-bedroom house, perfect for families and friends who wish to get away from the city buzz and retreat into beauty. The beautiful mountain views, paired with antique books and games, will energize your spirits and body alike.

Joshua Tree, California, United States
963 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Dome 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen is fully stocked which was perfect for us because we ended up cooking during our stay
it’s comfortable modern and deceptively roomy on the inside
very cozy and well-stocked i would definitely come back
overall and awesome cozy place and if we were traveling kid-free we would definitely do it again
the kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed for a simple comfort meal
clean and cozy for anyone to enjoy a nice get away
bed and bathroom was clean
the dome was really clean cosy and full of character
cozy thoughtful and clean space
beautifully simple in its decoration roomy clean and organized
kathrin responded very quickly and was always helpful
amazing stay the hosts were very communicative throughout our stay to remind us about check in check out etc
kathrin and brian are very welcoming responsive and friendly hosts we enjoyed our stay here highly recommend
kathrin was very communicative and the whole stay was easy
i did not get to meet the hosts but kathrin was super responsive and helpful in the communications
great location and unique space
the location was perfect
loved the secluded location
a beautiful location and even better living space
awesome place super easy access to the park
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4. African-inspired eco tent, Vista (from USD 182)

If you’re planning for a nature retreat in The Golden State, why not do it with an authentic camping vibe in an off-grid eco tent? No need to carry heavy equipment when you get a fully equipped tent surrounded by South African protea flowers with an attached outdoor kitchen. The perfect and unique mixture of rustic and cozy, this tent located in Vista, California, is perfect if you want to explore hiking trails in the area.

Vista, California, United States
356 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the heater and the heated blankets were amazing and just enough for the cold nights during winter
the bed was super cozy and the heated blanket was a nice touch
the bed was so comfortable we used the heated blanket and it was perfect
this place was amazing and super cozy they had heater blanket since it was cold outside
we love this place private relax clean and full of fresh air
host were amazing and super friendly
amazing place awesome host they made us feel really welcomed and were easily reachable
he was very friendly and made sure that everything is going well for us before we checked-out
lauri and howard are awesome hosts and we highly recommend staying with them
this was a wonderful experience for our honeymoon and the hosts were great
i have so many wonderful things to say about this place — literally zero faults
wow what a great place to stay
great for our peaceful getaway but close enough to explore various sd cities
celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday at this magical place
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5. Iconic 1974 Airstream on an organic ranch, Carpinteria (from USD 225)

This marvel is just a short drive away from bohemian Ojai and will amaze with its beauty and comfort. The fully furnished and equipped 33-feet (10-meter) caravan comes with a tastefully decorated living room, full kitchen, full bathroom, and a patio apart from the comfy bedroom. Unbelievably luxurious, this stay will ensure one-of-a-kind travel.

The icing on the cake is the avocado orchard on which the property sits. The peaceful range atmosphere and the unique stay will add color to your travel diaries.

Carpinteria, California, United States
280 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Camper/RV 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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Amenities & Room:
our stay was very comfortable with helpful additional amenities (e
the air stream and entire grounds were beautiful quiet and comfortable
i absolutely loved their dogs very private and had everything you need pots pans coffee towels tv wifi
then we would retreat inside and fall asleep on the super comfortable queen sized bed
the bed was so comfortable bathroom are excellent
everything is clean and kept nicely manicured
incredibly relaxing impeccably clean and stylish
it was clean roomy and so very peaceful
such a lovely place very clean
the airstream itself is clean spacious and beautifully decorated
perfect host perfect space
the host was responsive and helpful and made us feel very welcome
delia was an amazing host and gave us very fast responses with any concern we had
delia is a wonderful host
delia was a great host responsive and kind
the location is ideal
this location is convenient and gorgeous
location and accommodations were superb
the airstream is perfectly situated- private and secluded yet close to town
great location up in the mountains with just a short drive to carpenteria beach
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6. Luxurious Palm Springs dome home (from USD 179)

Looking for the best Airbnb in Southern California? Adventure and comfort roll into one beautiful geodesic dome that sits in 5 acres (2 hectares) of land. The unique design ensures a 360˚-view that includes deserts, mountains, Joshua Tree Park, and Coachella Valley. Get the entire three-bedroom house to yourself and enjoy a grand stay. The property is a 15-minute drive away from downtown Palm Springs. Get your creative juices running with this amazing retreat away from the crowd.

Palm Springs, California, United States
968 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Dome 5 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen has good amenities
super clean and neat
the property was very clean and well stocked
the house was clean comfortable and very chic
i had a great time here and it was very clean
the home was very clean with all the essentials available
pavlina was a great host
the host is very communicative and took good care of her house
beautiful and one of a kind airbnb and pavlina is a very welcoming host
it’s the perfect desert getaway and pavlina was a great host
pavlina was a great host responded very quickly and was very accommodating to our needs/requests
the most beautiful location in palm springs
really hoping to return to this unforgettable location soon
we could not have asked for a better location
although palm springs was over 100f the place was always nice and cool
beautiful and unique place to stay
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7. Vintage San Diego dome house (from USD 142)

Originally built in 1967, this renovated space is an artistic marvel. The house is fully equipped and stocked with all your needs. You can have the entire home to yourself and enjoy your privacy. Families, friends, couples, or solo travelers, everyone will find a home in this beautiful space. Some may even think of it as a tree house. This place is uniquely and carefully curated with love.

La Mesa, California, United States
527 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Dome 1 Bed 4 Guests

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfy sleeping quarters and bed beautiful views day and night beautiful farmhouse kitchen sink and interior design was perfect
the wifi worked great after a quick restart
it does get a bit warm during the day but the a/c & extra fans help alot
lots of room to spread out and relax
janan is super helpful and friendly to help us to get extra heater and blankets
amazing spot super clean and janan was super friendly
the dome was incredibly clean and it was apparent when you walked in
very clean from top to bottom check in was very easy to follow
we loved our stay at the dome very clean and exactly as described
was quite nice clean and with a view
love the details and everything provided by the host
hosts were very accommodating and great to communicate with
the host was extremely nice and helpful during our stay
janan was so sweet helpful and easy to contact would definitely recommend
the location was perfect
great stay and location was beautiful
amazing place and so unique convenient location to all the local experiences
perfect location and a perfect experience at this airbnb
the location felt ideal with access to all the great things san diego has to offer
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8. 1962 Airstream in mini ranch, Vista (from USD 177)

This stay gives you an authentic farm experience. Wishing Well Mini Ranch is a fully functional farm in a 2-ac (0.8-ha) plot of land with three unique Airbnbs and a spa. The Airstream features two beds, a kitchen with a mini-fridge, a bathroom, and indoor and outdoor showers. Wi-Fi, TV, and DVDs are also available for entertainment. Outside the caravan are a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and an outdoor fire pit.

For farm enthusiasts, the ranch has Nigerian dwarf milking goats, miniature horses, llamas, and chickens. The animals are friendly and are used to the guests. Get in touch with nature and enjoy farm life firsthand in this unique rental.

Vista, California, United States
454 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the mattress and pillows were very comfortable
it had a nice grass area a table and chairs a corn hole game
charming and cozy space with an abundance of cuteness outside the door
the beds were super comfy and our overall stay was great
we highly recommend having the breakfast and the latte
the airstream is spotless clean airy and very cozy
the airstream was very clean stylish and comfortable
it was quiet and clean
the place was clean and everything we needed was there
the place was perfectly clean and beds were so comfortable
kim was a perfect host
the host was very welcoming and informative
kim and his wife were great hosts
kim as a host was very gracious
kim was an amazing host and made us feel very welcome
location is easily found and accessible
kim’s place was extremely cute and inviting the animals (and humans) were so friendly
what a charming place to stay
kim’s place was recommend by a friend and it did not disappoint cute and cozy with comfy beds
it is a very relaxing place perfect for meditation or just chilling :))
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9. Heavenly stargazing cabin, Twentynine Palms (from USD 633)

Want to sleep under the stars? This open-air stargazing portal is the perfect stargazing spot. Designed by Architect Malek Alqadi, this unique and innovative home is a minimalist weathering steel structure. The house comfortably houses two guests, but it can accommodate up to six guests. It’s suited for an intimate couple’s getaway, as well as friend groups. The house gives you a simple and stylish venue in nature’s vicinity. Experience the unique off-grid stargazing experience here.

Twentynine Palms, California, United States
420 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i would highly recommend sleeping under the stars with the heated bed beneath you
sleeping under the stars on a warm heated bed is an experience we’ll never forget
the bed outside under the sky is amazing
there are actually 3 sleeping (bed) options all very comfortable
attention to little details everywhere; things like comfortable bedding and robes hardback house manual welcome note
everything was clean and they responded quickly
besides the point i thought the property could have been cleaned better
the place is beautifully made but the cleanliness wasn’t at a standard we hoped for
spotless to perfection the stars at night are glorious
hillary was a wonderful host as well answering questions quickly and providing great recommendations in the area
the host is easy to reach and very helpful
hillary was always extremely responsive and easy to reach with our questions
hillary is a wonderful host and i would to stay again
our hosts were very responsive appreciated that as well
amazing house in an incredible location
great location close to the park and great local eateries
great location utter tranquility feeling of desert wilderness yet food options only 10 mins drive away
thankful for this cozy respite so close to the park
a wonderfully unique place to spend a night
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10. Hilltop Airstream with stunning views, Los Angeles (from USD 50)

This monthly rental space on the hilltop provides an expansive view of Los Angeles. The trailer is a unique blend of vintage beauty and modern design, including all the necessary furniture. You can have a trailer experience right in Los Angeles and have a memorable long vacation in the heart of California. It’s an ideal urban escape without sacrificing comfort and style.

Los Angeles, California, United States
365 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Camper/RV 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
and what a view of la another great feature was all the great amenities in the kitchen
enjoying coffee and breakfasts every morning here was a highlight of our trip
gorgeous views the airstream was awesome very updated and cozy
the bedding was extremely comfortable and the place is picture perfect
the bathroom is small which was a challenge but the shower and toilet work very well
the whole place was clean and well organised
the space is clean and everything is well prepared
so well kept and clean
everything was also incredibly clean and well organised with check-in
you can see the hollywood sign as well the airstream was very clean and comfortable
todd and kimberly were great hosts and had great advice and recommendations
great host and the place is lovely
todd was very responsive to our queries and requests and the check in process was easy and convenient
todd was extremely friendly and wanted to help wherever it was needed
great experience ever tom and kimberly are very quick and responsive to my quétions and requests
the location is excellent tucked away in the hills but still close to the action
situated in a quiet and safe neighborhood and yet just minutes to sunset boulevard
this is an incredible location and a wonderful stay
great place in a very peaceful location
location was great the outdoor area was fantastic
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11. Geodesic dome perfect for glamping, Idyllwild-Pine Cove (from USD 128)

A dome in the middle of the forest gives you a real glamping experience. Perfect for small families or couples, this geodesic dome guarantees a luxurious camping trip. This stay demands a true adventurous spirit ready for a unique vacation. You get to stay in the forest near hiking trails.

Get the camping experience with added amenities, such as a queen-sized bed, a sofa bed, a shower with hot water, a sink with running water, and a grill. You can have an off-grid adventure surrounded by nature and make lasting memories.

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
175 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Dome 1 Bed 4 Guests

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
it is so clean and comfortable
the hosts were very on top of communication and the space was spotless
the dome and bathrooms were very clean
the toilet and shower were ideal the grill close and the bed/linens so comfortable
a magical experience and great escape close to town yet feels secluded and private
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12. Fantasy hobbit house for seclusion and privacy, Ramona (from USD 352)

Lord of the Rings fan or not, the hobbit house holds a fantasy charm in everyone’s mind. Inspired by Tolkien’s book and movie fantasy world, the cute dwelling is designed with iconic elements, such as the round door, granite rock walls, and wood beam ceilings. Experience rustic and archaic life in this secluded house that ensures privacy. There is also a fire pit barbecue.

The host lives just 250 feet (76.2 meters) away and can be approached for any queries. This unique Airbnb is enchanting with its beauty and comfort. It’s a perfect getaway from the rush and bustle of city life. Enjoy it the hobbit way, simple but grand.

Ramona, California, United States
512 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Earthen home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
my husband is huge lotr fan
this is a great vacation spot for any lotr fan or even just any nature lover
best airbnb ever beautiful views hiked cozy bed lovely views can’t wait to come back
we really enjoyed the outdoor shower and sunset views
this is the ultimate retreat for any tolkien fan
the bathroom was clean and comfortable
everything is clean and in great condition
the room was very clean and comfortable
the place was clean and had everything we could need
it is private intimate clean and comfortable
lauren was a great host
the host is very accommodating and nice
lauren was super helpful and a great host
they’re the perfect hosts
lauren was an amazing host and extremely responsive
this is a unique and special place; unlike anything else that you are likely to find
the house is beautifully finished the location is spectacular and there are limitless little details to find and explore
the location was stunning and we even have our very own hiking trail to explore
great and unique place definitely recommend
this is such a unique beautiful and peaceful place to visit
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Have a great and unique stay at Southern California

Everyone defines luxury differently. Celebrate your holiday in your idea of luxury with an exquisite stay and create unique memories as you go. Choose a modern architectural marvel or a rustic farm stay and make the most of your vacation in Southern California. Enjoy the sunny Southern California adventures with these unique stays.

Frequently asked questions about unique Airbnbs in Southern California, USA

1. Which unique Airbnbs in Southern California are suitable for couples?

Planning a romantic getaway with your significant other? Southern California offers you numerous unique Airbnbs that are suitable for couples, including this vintage San Diego dome house, this heavenly stargazing cabin in Twentynine Palms, and this geodesic dome perfect for glamping in Idyllwild-Pine Cove.

2. Which unique Airbnbs in Southern California have parking?

If you’re exploring Southern California, make sure to bring your car for your convenience. You can check out some of its unique Airbnbs that offer free parking spaces, including The Little Red Trolley in Castaic, Water Tower House in Seal Beach, and this dome in the desert in Joshua Tree.

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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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