Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

03/20/2015 09:53 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business

Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren't fantasies; they're actual rental properties on Airbnb and they're among the site's most successful listings in the United States.

What makes an Airbnb rental successful? According to Scott Shatford, founder of AirDnA, a site that helps Airbnb renters optimize their listings to get higher returns, people renting out their properties need to meet the expectations that guests have in particular locations.

"People can make 30 to 40 percent more if they are in touch with the demand in their area -- special events, seasonality, whether you're accommodating tourists or business people, for example," he told The Huffington Post.

Shatford's site evaluated the most successful Airbnb listings in all 50 states -- plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico -- by looking at which properties had the highest revenue from November 2014 through February 2015. These properties also had to have a rating of more than 4.5 stars and at least 10 reviews, except in the case of North Dakota, where the leading properties with 4.5 stars had a maximum of 8 reviews.

Here are the most successful Airbnb listings across America, according to AirDnA.

  • Alabama
  • This shotgun house in a quaint neighborhood has an outdoor area with courtyard and fountain.
    City: Mobile
    Title: Downtown Historic Shotgun House
    Nightly rate: $150
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate (percentage of time the place was rented from November to February): 100 percent
    Reviews: 18
  • Alaska
  • This cabin features stunning views of "Alaskan wildlife, beautiful sun sets and our famous auroras."
    City: Fairbanks
    Title: Arctic Roots Farm Onig's Cabin
    Nightly rate: $176
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 64 percent
    Reviews: 16
  • Arizona
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  • The House of the Smiling Sun, as it's named, is "perched on the side of a canyon surrounded by the most stunning views of Cathedral Rock, Seven Sisters, the Mongolian Rim, Pyramid Rock and other red rock vistas."
    City: Sedona
    Title: Luxury home with breathtaking views
    Nightly rate: $750
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 63 percent
    Reviews: 18
  • Arkansas
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  • This modern cabin offers great views in a convenient location.
    City: West Fork
    Title: Ozark Cabin with Location & Views!
    Nightly rate: $130
    Bedrooms: 0
    Occupancy rate: 60 percent
    Reviews: 26
  • California
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  • This large property in California's wine country offers "spectacular mountain-top views overlooking vineyards."
    City: Sonoma
    Title: Wine Country Villa, Pool, Views
    Nightly rate: $1,750
    Bedrooms: 7
    Occupancy rate: 62 percent
    Reviews: 22
  • Colorado
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  • At this property "you literally put on your skis 3 feet outside the back door," the listing reads.
    City: Carbondale
    Title: Ski-In/Out Aspen /Snowmass Townhouse
    Nightly rate: $790
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 56 percent
    Reviews: 16
  • Connecticut
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  • "Escape the city life and unwind at this spacious country barn house conversion," the property's listing reads.
    City: Washington Depot
    Title: Country Barn House Retreat
    Nightly rate: $459
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 87 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • Delaware
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  • This beachfront cottage is located in a "tranquil, natural setting," the property's owners write.
    City: Milford
    Title: Bay/ocean view beach front house
    Nightly rate: $300
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 60 percent
    Reviews: 33
  • Florida
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  • This waterfront property offers a pool and a 70-inch TV.
    City: Fort Lauderdale
    Title: 4 Bedroom, waterfront, modern style
    Nightly rate: $650
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 79 percent
    Reviews: 12
  • Georgia
  • This contemporary property offers a porch that "overlooks a sublime view of Atlanta."
    City: Atlanta
    Title: Beautifully Renovated Midtown Home
    Nightly rate: $495
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 100 percent
    Reviews: 22
  • Hawaii
  • This property features a 19-foot waterfall, swiming grotto and two whirlpool spas.
    City: Kihei
    Title: Luxury Wailea Home - 2015 Deals !
    Nightly rate: $725
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 89 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • Idaho
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  • Recently renovated, this home features a reading nook and a secret ladder leading to a room designed for kids.
    City: Boise
    Title: Beautiful Home in Boise’s Northend
    Nightly rate: $225
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 82 percent
    Reviews: 10
  • Illinois
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  • This vintage home in the suburbs of Chicago "has the best of both worlds: century-old character and new construction amenities."
    City: River Forest
    Title: Luxe Historic River Forest home
    Nightly rate: $750
    Bedrooms: 6
    Occupancy rate: 50 percent
    Reviews: 13
  • Indiana
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  • This house is advertised as "a great special event rental house for a large family or group of friends."
    City: Fishers
    Title: Great House for Family Gatherings
    Nightly rate: $299
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 54 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • Iowa
    AirBNB
  • This house is advertised as "perfect for a football or graduation weekend."
    City: Iowa City
    Title: Cute House in Historic District!
    Nightly rate: $150
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 86 percent
    Reviews: 15
  • Kansas
  • This cabin offers a deck, private dock and guest cottage.
    City: Andover
    Title: Cabin Retreat near Town
    Nightly rate: $175
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 71 percent
    Reviews: 10
  • Kentucky
  • This "cozy" house features a courtyard and proximity to Louisville's shopping and restaurant district.
    City: Louisville
    Title: Home in the Highlands
    Nightly rate: $210
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 93 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • Louisiana
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  • This "grand mansion ... is all about comfort, privacy and relaxation," according to the listing.
    City: New Orleans
    Title: Mansion in the Garden District
    Nightly rate: $950
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 57 percent
    Reviews: 18
  • Maine
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  • The owner describes this property as having an "eclectic, elegant interior with a nice private yard and off street parking in quiet neighborhood."
    City: Portland
    Title: Portland West End Elegant Antique
    Nightly rate: $500
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 70 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • Maryland
  • "Built in the 1920s, the house is full of vintage details yet offers wide open spaces, perfect for keeping an eye on kids or socializing with colleagues and family," reads the property's description.
    City: Baltimore
    Title: Sunny 4-5 BR near JHU, Loyola!
    Nightly rate: $375
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 60 percent
    Reviews: 17
  • Massachusetts
  • This Victorian brownstone triplex offers a private outdoor patio.
    City: Boston
    Title: 3Bed/2.5Bath Luxury Triplex Boston
    Nightly rate: $700
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 90 percent
    Reviews: 13
  • Michigan
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  • This modern beach cabin offers its own private beach.
    City: Saint Joseph
    Title: Modern beach house on Lake Michigan
    Nightly rate: $325
    Bedrooms: 1
    Occupancy rate: 89 percent
    Reviews: 12
  • Minnesota
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  • This warehouse space is a "converted former peanut factory."
    City: Minneapolis
    Title: Cool Warehouse loft
    Nightly rate: $165
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 77 percent
    Reviews: 30
  • Mississippi
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  • This lakeside property has three boat slips, a shallow boat launch and a fire pit.
    City: Brandon
    Title: Lake House Retreat - Ski/Fish/Relax
    Nightly rate: $175
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 71 percent
    Reviews: 10
  • Missouri
  • This centrally located apartment used to be a horse stable.
    City: St. Louis
    Title: Modern, Loft-like In Historic Area
    Nightly rate: $175
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 75 percent
    Reviews: 16
  • Montana
  • "If you are seeking a unique, artsy, cute and very cozy neighborhood cottage, this could be the place for you," according to the Airbnb listing.
    City: Bozeman
    Title: Unique neighborhood cottage
    Nightly rate: $160
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 66 percent
    Reviews: 10
  • Nebraska
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  • This townhouse is conveniently located near to some of Omaha's finer restaurant offerings.
    City: Omaha
    Title: Vintage Townhouse in Dundee
    Nightly rate: $135
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 97 percent
    Reviews: 11
  • New Hampshire
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  • The owners of this log cabin urge guests to "escape to the mountains for a getaway."
    City: Danbury
    Title: Mother Moose Luxury Log Cabin
    Nightly rate: $550
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 48 percent
    Reviews: 88
  • New Jersey
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  • This large New Jersey house's proximity to Midtown Manhattan allows those visiting the city to "enjoy the best of both worlds," according to its owner.
    City: Union City
    Title: CITY MANSION CLOSE TO TIMES SQUARE
    Nightly rate: $400
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 63 percent
    Reviews: 78
  • New Mexico
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  • The owners describe this property as "architecturally designed and decorated with a blend of Santa Fe Traditional and Mid Century Modern influences."
    City: Santa Fe
    Title: 5 Level Artist Retreat on 5 Acres
    Nightly rate: $249
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 62 percent
    Reviews: 25
    This Upper East Side Manhattan townhouse sleeps up to 16 and has a private garage available on request.
    City: New York
    Title: Super Luxury Townhouse-Sleeps 16!!
    Nightly rate: $1,500
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 67 percent
    Reviews: 30
    This property offers a pool and spa a few miles away from the Las Vegas strip.
    City: Las Vegas
    Title: 6000 Sq Ft Luxury Home W/Pool & Spa
    Nightly rate: $599
    Bedrooms: 7
    Occupancy rate: 65 percent
    Reviews: 15
    The owner describes this property, located in Asheville's historic Montford Hills neighborhood, as a "beautiful home with lots of local artwork" inside.
    City: Asheville
    Title: Montford Home 1 mile to Downtown
    Nightly rate: $235
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 79 percent
    Reviews: 33
    This home "offers three bedrooms for privacy, a full kitchen equipped to cook a pizza or a gourmet meal, and a double-car garage."
    City: Grand Forks
    Title: Newer 3BR Townhome Near Shopping
    Nightly rate: $125
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 33 percent
    Reviews: 8
    This property near Ohio State University offers a pool table, hot tub and sauna.
    City: Westerville
    Title: Columbus Ohio Retreat / OSU games
    Nightly rate: $500
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 43 percent
    Reviews: 10
    This property, owned by a couple of artists, features a koi pond and a rock garden.
    City: Oklahoma City
    Title: Gatewood: Unique & BEST of OKC!!
    Nightly rate: $125
    Bedrooms: 2
    Occupancy rate: 90 percent
    Reviews: 63
    Listed as a "historically significant building," this family residence is centrally located in downtown Portland.
    City: Portland
    Title: Historic Hafner Haus, Downtown PDX
    Nightly rate: $199
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 89 percent
    Reviews: 29
    "Centrally located close to everything Poconos has to offer," this Airbnb listing says.
    City: East Stroudsburg
    Title: Spacious All Season Retreat 7Br/5Ba
    Nightly rate: $350
    Bedrooms: 7
    Occupancy rate: 45 percent
    Reviews: 12
    This property features a pool and is only two blocks to the beach and three miles to the airport.
    City: San Juan
    Title: Walk to the beach Lux 5BR/5.5BATH
    Nightly rate: $800
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 81 percent
    Reviews: 16
    The owner describes this property as "a very special, casual, yet beautiful home with inspirational views" in a central location.
    City: Saunderstown
    Title: Wister House South, Saunderstown RI
    Nightly rate: $265
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 70 percent
    Reviews: 10
    This property offers quick access to Charleston's renowned culinary scene.
    City: Charleston
    Title: Large Dwnt Home-WEEKDAY SPECIAL
    Nightly rate: $389
    Bedrooms: 3
    Occupancy rate: 74 percent
    Reviews: 28
    This property offers a "peaceful, quiet setting with the convenience of being located in the city."
    City: Sioux Falls
    Title: Home away from home! Welcome!
    Nightly rate: $90
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 34 percent
    Reviews: 41
    This Nashville home is located a few minutes from the downtown area's famous Music Row.
    City: Nashville
    Title: Lovely, great location! Vanderbilt
    Nightly rate: $850
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 91 percent
    Reviews: 10
    This property is close to downtown Austin and features a swimming pool and pool table.
    City: Austin
    Title: Cool down at the SoCo pool retreat!
    Nightly rate: $999
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 89 percent
    Reviews: 12
    This property is near to two popular Utah ski resorts.
    City: Park City
    Title: 4BR Solamere Deer Valley Ski Home
    Nightly rate: $649
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 48 percent
    Reviews: 11
    Designed as "a ski dorm cabin," the property sleeps 16 and is available for work retreats.
    City: Waterbury Center
    Title: Meadow-House Backcountry Residency
    Nightly rate: $900
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 43 percent
    Reviews: 16
    Three blocks from the beach, this property has a saltwater pool, hot tub and game room.
    City: Virginia Beach
    Title: Piper's Paradise at Croatan Beach
    Nightly rate: $525
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 47 percent
    Reviews: 12
    This house sleeps 16 and is a Seattle coffee lover's dream, according to its description.
    City: Seattle
    Title: Best Coffee in Seattle 1 Block Away
    Nightly rate: $672
    Bedrooms: 6
    Occupancy rate: 58 percent
    Reviews: 16
    The owner describes this property as "the coolest house in D.C." It has a heated pool, pool table, poker table and other swanky amenities.
    City: Washington, D.C.
    Title: Celebrity House Hunter Mansion
    Nightly rate: $1,200
    Bedrooms: 6
    Occupancy rate: 74 percent
    Reviews: 34
    This secluded vacation home offers close proximity to both outdoor activities like hiking and golf, as well as shopping and culture.
    City: Berkeley Springs
    Title: Wild, Wonderful Five-Bedroom Loghome
    Nightly rate: $240
    Bedrooms: 5
    Occupancy rate: 70 percent
    Reviews: 72
    This property was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Life Magazine and sleeps eight people.
    City: Two Rivers
    Title: Frank Lloyd Wright's Schwartz House
    Nightly rate: $395
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 50 percent
    Reviews: 14
    "Come and enjoy Jackson Hole and retreat, regroup, and reboot here," this property's listing offers.
    City: Wilson
    Title: Beautiful Western Home
    Nightly rate: $325
    Bedrooms: 4
    Occupancy rate: 42 percent
    Reviews: 13

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