Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky shares his favorite rental on the site


There are millions of listings on Airbnb’s website, ranging from treehouses in Brazil to castles in France – but of all the Airbnbs where company CEO Brian Chesky has stayed, one house stands out. distinguishes from others.

This is the Palmer House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. “I’m a designer, but growing up I always thought I wanted to be an architect,” Chesky told CNBC Make It. “If there’s one list I had to pick, I’d say the Palmer House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who is my favorite architect.”

The Palmer House, which costs $750 per night, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, enough space to comfortably sleep six people.

Situated on a secluded, wooded two-acre lot about a mile from the University of Michigan’s main campus, Palmer House was commissioned in 1950 by William and Mary Palmer. A notable feature of the house is its design: Wright built the 2,000-square-foot residence in a pattern of equilateral triangles, and as a result, none of the rooms have 90-degree angles.

A Google Earth view of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Palmer House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Google Earth

After touring Japan, the Palmers added a teahouse down the hill from the main property, featuring sweeping views of the surrounding woods and a cozy fireplace.

Experts predict this summer will be the busiest travel season in years as more pandemic-related travel restrictions ease and countries like Australia slowly welcome international tourists after nearly two years. closing their borders.

In March, the US Travel Association reported that Americans spent $95 billion on travel, down just 5% from 2019, and that number is expected to rise in the warmer months. About 6 in 10 Americans plan to take at least one summer vacation, and of those planning trips, 35% expect to travel more this summer than last year, despite rising gas prices.

“Summer is going to be great [for travel]Catherine Powell, Airbnb’s global head of accommodations, told CNBC Make It. interest in national and international travel…people can’t wait to get out of their homes!”

Powell has noticed an increase in demand among Airbnb guests for bookings in coastal destinations like Maine, Big Sur in California and Cape San Blas, Florida, as well as sunny international destinations like Bodrum, Turkey, Capri and Ibiza.

“This summer, I think we’re going to see people coming back to urban destinations, which is wonderful,” Powell adds. “But we’re also going to see international travel become hugely popular.”


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