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Texas’ Best Airbnb Rentals — Amazing Finds For Under $130 a Night

Cottages, Cabins, Airstreams, Farm Houses and More

BY // 11.02.18

Growing up going to open houses just to look at the design — my dad and I shared a special penchant for houses so modern they felt like a museum —  really sets you up for a lifetime of snooping tendencies. On my walks through Houston’s River Oaks, and Austin’s bungalows in Hyde Park, I’ve often wanted to knock on the front door for a peek inside.  

This, of course, led me to exploring Airbnb for more design inspiration. With the click of a button, I can see the minimalist interior of a house in Sweden, a rustic villa in Spain and even a treehouse apartment in Australia. Airbnb offers the chance to stay in someone’s unique space, often for less than a hotel and without those pesky kids staying next door.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend away with the girls, a cozy staycation or a chance to experience your inner homesteader, here are PaperCity‘s picks for the most inviting and interesting Airbnb options around Texas.

Dallas Cabin Getaway

This cabin, located in Urbandale just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, is the quintessential getaway. Take a solo trip to write your first novel or visit with a significant other to get away from the city and back to basics in this pine felled cabin.

It may be tiny, but the house still boasts Wi-Fi, AC and heat, and a full kitchen. Plus, you can’t beat the patio out front. $70 a night.

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This cabin is the quintessential Dallas getaway, perfect for cozying up with a cup of coffee or a loved one.

Austin Cottage

Sandwiched between The University of Texas and downtown Austin sits this craftsman cottage. It boasts an open and comfortable vibe heavily featuring natural light, custom woodwork and vaulted pine ceilings. Housing four people comfortably, this one-bed, two-bath space has a massive kitchen table, a full wood-lined loft and a quaint breakfast nook complete with gas cooking and an espresso machine for your morning latte. $130 a night.

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This craftsman cottage features vaulted pine ceilings and custom woodwork.

Vintage Airstream in Barton Springs

Take a spin back to the 1970s in this vintage Airstream Argosy located in the Galindo neighborhood. Colorful accents to the space, retro fixtures and a full bathroom with walk-in shower make this space the perfect place to blast Fleetwood Mac and unwind. On warm summer nights, sit outside by the Stream’s party lights. $75 a night.

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This Airstream Argos in Barton Springs will send you back to the 1970s in the best possible way.

Urban Farm Guest House

When I read the description for this house on HausBar Urban Farm, “mornings are for snuggling bunnies, sipping coffee, and meeting the chickens, geese and ducks,” my heart soared. This charming spot is a perfect break from fast-paced city life.

Even better, guests that are down for getting their hands in the dirt can even harvest from the garden to make dinner at the home. The interior is charming as hell, but the real draw is the chance to get to live out your homesteading dreams, at least for a weekend.

Host Dorsey’s backyard houses a magnificent garden, gorgeous old trees and an inviting scene in Central East Austin. $125 a night.

Container Home Near Magnolia

Before heading over to the Magnolia Market to hunt down Chip and Joanna Gaines, spend the night in this innovative container home. The “house” sleeps two people in the custom Murphy bed, and features a spacious rooftop deck and a full-size shower.

This unique space started out as a 20-foot shipping container, which the owner insulated and paneled with pine shiplap. The original container doors were replaced with picturesque full glass for an open feel. $80 a night.

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This container home started out as a 20-foot shipping container before it was transformed into the rustic-chic house you see today.

Marfa Art Haven

Enjoy the true Marfa experience at this private getaway with room for four guests. Enjoy the West Texas skies in this edge-of-town residence with concrete floors and high ceilings, adorned with style touches that truly exhibit the artistic flair of West Texas.

Not to mention the picturesque views of the Davis Mountains, an outdoor tub and only a few minutes walk from the Cementerio De La Merced, the perfect place to watch the sunset on the West Texas sky. The living room alone looks like it could be on the cover of Kinfolk. $125 a night.

Marfa at sunset during the Chinati weekend
Marfa at sunset


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