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5 Coolest Basements to Rent on Airbnb

Some of the basements we’ve seen on Airbnb make us green with envy. We’ve seen everything from luxury basements to funky basements. 

In this collection of the coolest basements, our top picks use creative designs and excellent use of space to transform an often-ignored part of the house into something remarkable. Which of these Airbnb basements is your favorite?


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1. Southern Charm Basement in South Carolina

Greenville’s Chic Adventure Shack – Airbnb

In Greenville, SC, this ground-level suite is bright, airy, and fresh. The recessed ceiling lights keep the space well-lit. There are heated floor tiles in the bathroom, and the basement door leads to an outdoor kitchen for grilling and alfresco dining.

2. Wine Cellar Basement Apartment in Philadelphia

Studio in Wine Cellar on historic Elfreths Alley – Airbnb

In Philadelphia, an Airbnb host is renting out a part of history. The studio apartment is in a building that was built more than 200 years ago by a French winemaker. He used the basement to store his wine, and now you can sleep in the cozy wine cellar when you visit.

3. Basement Home Movie Theater in Florida

Windsor Hills – Mickey’s Movie Manor Near Disney – Airbnb 

An Airbnb rental near Orlando has an at-home movie theatre in the house’s basement. With plush red recliners, travelers can watch their favorite films on the big screen.

4. Garden-Level Basement Apartment Near the French Quarter

Roman Gardens Suite- Uptown Basement Apartment – Airbnb

This restful basement apartment is close to the fun activities of New Orleans. The host does caution that although the ceiling height is 7’4″, there are a few ceiling ducts that people over 6’2″ would have to duck. Based on the reviews, no one seems to mind.

5. Retro Basement in Nebraska

Retro Mid-Century Modern Apartment in Midtown – Airbnb 

This retro basement combines mid-century modern furniture, exposed brick and bold colors. There’s a private entrance leading to the open-concept living and kitchen areas. A separate bedroom area has a queen-sized bed.

Is Your Basement Airbnb-Worthy? 

Finishing your basement can increase your home’s market value by adding usable square footage to your home. Many basements are flexible spaces that can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Media room
  • In-law suite
  • Rental unit for extra income

Transforming your basement into a comfortable living space starts with basement waterproofing. Waterproofing systems including interior drainage, sump pumps, vapor barriers, and dehumidifiers provide strong protection against dampness, moisture, and pests. Not only will this improve the air quality and conditions within your basement, but the impact will extend throughout your home as clean air rises from the basement. 

Installing basement waterproofing should be done before installing surfaces like drywall or a floating wood floor. This prep work can protect your renovations against potential weather damage of a hurricane or spring floods.

Where should you begin? Get a free inspection from your local basement waterproofing and foundation repair experts.

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