By K. Christian | February 2017
Stunning Green Getaways on Airbnb
Since 2008, Airbnb has been changing the way we travel—in more ways than one. With over 2.3 million current listings, travelers can choose a space that perfectly caters to their needs. Booking rooms fosters community and new relationships, while renting an entire home offers privacy in the most stunning locations.
With so many listings to choose from, we compiled a list of some of our favorite environmentally-friendly dwellings. These unique homes create spaces that utilize natural resources and the environment that surrounds them. From old shipping containers to bamboo tree houses, these dwellings create a conscious vacation experience like no other.
1. Off-Grid itHouse
Location | Pioneertown, CA
Eco-Friendly Features | Solar panels, sliding doors made from Solarban 60 Glass, minimal living, fresh pressed juice delivery
Features | Designed by architects Linda Taalman and Alan Koch, secluded in Joshua Tree National Park, Casper mattresses, suspended wood burning fireplace
Nightly Rate | $380+
The Off-Grid itHouse sits just outside of Pioneertown, a funky Old West town in California. A short drive into the desert, the itHouse is secluded and utilizes only natural resources for guests fortunate enough to stay. Wake up in the sunbaked wilderness of California’s high desert and indulge in fresh pressed juice delivered to your door. Featured in Dwell, Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, and more, this home provides a truly unique off-the-grid dwelling experience.
2. The Roost Treehouse
Location | Greensboro, NC
Eco-Friendly Features | Toxin-free, foam-free, constructed with local & sustainable materials, LED lights
Features | Treehouse, all-natural wool mattress and organic cotton sheets, coffeeshops and boutique stores nearby
Nightly Rate | $85+
A treehouse in the middle of a city, The Roost boats comfort, creativity, and a unique dwelling experience for those visiting Greensboro, North Carolina. Constructed with only local or repurposed products (the side of the home is cork!), the 400-square-foot home was built by a group of friends in only five months. Even the stain on the 100-year-old reclaimed kitchen cabinets is made from vinegar, coffee, and steel wool. Experience downtown Greensboro, as well as the hiking and biking trails nearby.
3. The O2Haus
Location | Portland, OR
Eco-Friendly Features | Certified as one of the most energy efficient homes in the world, solar panels, net-zero energy, reclaimed shipping crate hardwood floors, heat-recovery ventilation system
Features | Sunset balcony, bike parking, heated towel racks, light breakfast provided
Nightly Rate | $89+
Guests can rent a private room in The O2Haus, a 1,950-square-foot home overlooking the Tulatin Hills. The home sits on top of a 11,000-gallon potable water cistern and features composting toilets, stormwater catchment, and systems incorporated into the landscape for rainwater infiltration. According to its builder, the home potentially produces more energy than it consumes. Explore all that Portland has to offer while hanging with the owners of The O2Haus after a day of biking, brews, and farmer's markets.
4. Dreamy Tropical Tree House
Location | Fern Forest, HI
Eco-Friendly Features | Solar power, rainwater catchment, natural lighting, cork shower, bamboo construction
Features | Treehouse, DIY light fixtures, DIY rock sink, local coffee, organic shampoo/conditioner, indoor/outdoor shower, wrap-around porch
Nightly Rate | $200+
Looking for a romantic get away or secluded jungle experience on Hawaii’s big island? Follow the yellow brick road to The Dreamy Tropical Tree House. This bamboo treehouse is built 15 feet high in the trees of Fern Forest, so you can enjoy your morning cup of local coffee while observing the sights and sounds of the jungle. Each night you sleep in the treehouse, a donation is made via Cool Earth to protect four trees in Papua New Guinea, which helps save 3.5 tonnes of CO2 every night.
5. Modern Beach Container Home
Location | Carolina Beach, NC
Eco-Friendly Features | Recycled shipping container, organic linens, paperstone countertops, original mahogany floors
Features | Casper mattresses, walking distance to the beach, surfboards, outdoor shower
Nightly Rate | $125+
An affordable, eco-friendly dwelling for beach lovers and surf bums, the Modern Beach Container Home sits on the sand 15 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina. According to its owners, the small beach town was recently overcome with builders cutting down all of the trees for luxurious beach houses. In an effort to preserve the vegetation and provide an example of small space living, they built two container homes that are located two blocks from the ocean.
6. Artist Residence and Organic Farm
Location | La Villita, NM
Eco-Friendly Features | Repurposed space, DIY tile and decor, five-acre organic farm, compost
Features | Drawing supplies for artists, farm-fresh eggs and preserves, artisan bread, 500 fruit trees, farm tours, outdoor living space
Nightly Rate | $120+
Located in the middle of Northern New Mexico, The Artist Residence and Organic Farm offers guests a special experience only 45 minutes outside of Santa Fe. The residence was built in 1911 and has an abundance of character to be appreciated. Enjoy an organic, farm fresh breakfast on the portal—known in New Mexico as an outside space at the entryway to a house, before strolling through the gardens or engaging your inner artist.