Living like a Local
Summer may be halfway over, but we’re still dreaming of a warm weather getaway where we can explore the most trip-worthy destinations across the globe. And, when it comes to accommodations, we’re skipping the five-star resorts in favor of hillside homes, sleek city lofts, and centuries-old townhouses. From California, to New York, to London, we’ve found five of the best vacation rentals for living like a local and sampling the unique flavor each city has to offer.
Hollywood Hills, CA
If you love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood but prefer a quiet place to retreat once the party is over, you’ll feel right at home at the Kimmelman House. Just a short drive from the famous Sunset Strip, this secluded spot in the Hollywood Hills offers a peaceful sanctuary in a gorgeous setting off the beaten path. Take a dip in the glittering pool, play a friendly game of ping-pong, or head back through the sliding glass doors and relax inside with a good book.
A vibrant beach town with an eclectic mix of upscale boutiques and seedy entertainment, Venice has a bold character that emanates from its coast to its canals. Just a few blocks away from the lively boardwalk, this spacious home on Warren Ave provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a spacious kitchen and plenty of room to lounge, guests enjoy the rare luxury of both privacy and communal hang space.
Best known for its endless array of high-end boutiques and impeccably dressed residents, there’s no better place to window shop and people watch than NYC’s ultra-hip Soho neighborhood. When you’re ready to take a break from the pulsating energy of Manhattan, retreat to your modern loft on Prince Street where richly grained wood, exposed brick, and two bedrooms decorated in soothing grey provide a buffer from the busy city streets below.
Carroll Gardens, NYCA quick trip across the East River lands you in one of Brooklyn’s most family- and foodie-friendly neighborhoods. Among the quintessential brownstones, tree-lined streets, and authentic Italian eateries, the Hoyt Townhouse provides an ideal setting for a quiet summer getaway. Hand-woven wall hangings, low leather couches, and colorful throws provide grownups with a homey space to relax while the little ones will be enchanted by a pint-sized teepee and wooden slide.
Covent Garden, London
Revered for its central square with a bustling marketplace, street performers and food stalls, Covent Garden is London’s most exciting district. Right in the center of the action, set amongst the world-class cultural attractions that give Covent Garden its exuberant atmosphere, you’ll the charmingly preserved Goodwins Court. This five-story townhouse was built in 1690 and offers guests a chance to experience London like a true local. With open fireplaces, stately portraits, a secret sitting room and rooftop terrace, Goodwins Court provides an idyllic home away from home across the pond.
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