Lonely Planet Writer

A gorgeous treehouse tops the list of Airbnb's most desired properties

Travellers who use Airbnb have the option of trying out an incredible range of accommodation from private islands to authentic yurts. But as Airbnb releases a list of its most-desired properties, a gorgeous treehouse in Atlanta takes the top spot.

A treehouse in Atlanta is the most-desired property on Airbnb.
A treehouse in Atlanta is the most-desired property on Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

The home-sharing website allows users to save properties they’d like to stay at in the future on a “wish-list”, which the company describes as aspirational properties where a traveller would stay if they had “all the time and money they could want”.

A treehouse in Atlanta is the most-desired property on Airbnb.
A treehouse in Atlanta is the most-desired property on Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

People tend to gravitate to interesting abodes like tree-houses and yurts. The company released the top types of accommodation that people prefer, ranking them from one to ten as follows: treehouse, igloo, van, lighthouse, cave, island, yurt, train, loft and cabin.

The world famous seashell house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The world famous seashell house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Image by Airbnb

The most wished-for properties are not expansive villas, notes the company, but rather smaller places with unique designs. The top ranked property is a secluded treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a “seashell house” in Mexico, a treehouse loft in Italy and a cob cottage on Mayne Island in Canada.

The world famous seashell house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The world famous seashell house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Image by Airbnb

The cities with the most popular properties in the world are in mostly warm places: Belize City, Belize; Okinawa, Japan; Savannah, Georgia; Mendocino, California; Kyoto, Japan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Margaret River, Australia; Jervis Bay, Australia; and Tamarindo, Costa Rico are the top 10 spots.

A cob cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.
A cob cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada. Image by Airbnb

The types of properties people want to stay in show that “when people travel on Airbnb, they want to experience something delightful, something off the beaten path”, according to a news release.