Spanning an expanse greater than Germany, California covers a lot of literal and figurative ground. You’d be hard-pressed to find another state, or country for that matter, with landscapes as varied as the Golden State’s. With each setting comes a batch of delightful dwellings that reflect their surroundings. You’ll find boho-chic pads in Joshua Tree, cozy A-frames among the pines of Lake Tahoe, and retro-cool Airstreams on pastoral coastal farms. Even the state’s beach homes vary wildly, from sunny Santa Barbara beach villas to contemplative Sea Ranch retreats along the rugged Northern California coast. The one thing they all have in common? A strong, unique sense of place via thoughtful design. Listed from south to north, here are the best Airbnbs in California.
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