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11 Daringly Black Houses You Can Rent on Airbnb

by Cate Misczuk
Updated October 15, 2021

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Black exteriors can add depth and drama to architecture, making classic colonials pop and turning dated cabins into sought-after contemporary retreats.

An uncommon exterior paint choice, today, black properties are often a daring designer’s way of cluing you into the bold design choices waiting behind their walls.

One thing to love about using black on a home is that despite its moody disposition, the color always tends to feel inviting. It can make something sterile (like an old shipping container) feel cozy and welcoming, or stand out against the landscape, like a modernist black home sitting in the desert.

Not ready to paint your home quite yet? Check out the list below of black houses you can rent online when you want to feel what it’s like to turn to the dark side. Are you coming?

1. Kodiak Cabin on Long Lake

Kodiak Cabin on Long Lake
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Why you should stay: New-build lakeside cabin with Scandinavian-infused design.

  • Location: Comstock, WI
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $267/night

Whether you sit back in trendy Scandinavian wishbone chairs around the dining table or prefer the matching black Adirondack chairs by the lake, the black Kodiak Cabin on Long Lake will encourage you to relax and enjoy the scenery around you. Featuring strong modern lines and a jet-black exterior, this cabin is the perfect contemporary-yet-cozy oasis. It feels far from the neighbors and totally surrounded by nature.

From inside Kodiak, floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly frame shady treelines and lake views. Guests have access to both kayaks and paddleboards, but even from the dock you can spot eagles, beavers, tundra swans, and deer around the small lake. With all the comforts of home but none of the distractions, Kodiak makes lake living both enjoyable and beautiful. Guests love the Scandi-design touches alongside classic American cabin design, with a neutral pallet, clean lines and warm, natural materials. This black house is also dog-friendly for up to two furry friends.

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2. The Colonial Black House

The Colonial Black House
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Why you should stay: Trendy black home in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown Wilmington.

  • Location: Wilmington, NC
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $209/night

The Black House in Wilmington, North Carolina is as hip as the nearby main streets and as neutral and breezy as the beach just down the road. The black exterior of this traditional Colonial tips you off to the modern decor inside, utilizing wood tones, creams, and natural fibers to create a contemporary boho aesthetic. Oh, and did we mention there’s a matching black kitchen, too?

While you’ll adore the interior of the Black House, it’s the home’s quiet but central location in the Sunset Park historic district that sets it apart from other rentals in the city. Just a few miles down the road you can stroll the charming streets of Wilmington lined with Queen Anne and Greek Revival architecture, pop into breweries like Stitch House or Wilmington Brew Works, or spend the afternoon shopping the different stores at the Cotton Exchange.

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3. Black House Hideaway

Black House Hideaway
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Why you should stay: For the chef’s kitchen and hot tub for stargazing

  • Location: Truckee, CA
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $579/night

Now this is modern mountain living! Pairing rustic wood and leather accents with modern Scandinavian design elements, the interior of this lofty black house is bright, spacious, and stylish. It’s in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so you’re just a few miles from all the fun and watersports at Lake Tahoe, as well as hip downtown Truckee and historic Donner Lake. And yes, that’s the infamous lake where the Donner party settled.

But lucky for you, the Black House Hideaway offers much more comfortable digs than the Donner Party had. Guests love to curl up by the fire with a good book, watch the snow fall outside through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and cook up countless meals in the chef’s kitchen. This is a great year-round rental, offering every outdoor sport imaginable in the summer (well, maybe not surfing) and easy access to epic resorts like Palisades Tahoe (locals call it “the Palisades” or “Paliwood”) and Northstar California Resort.

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Follow ’em: @blackhousehideawaytruckee

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4. Little Black House

Little Black House
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Why you should stay: Chic and affordable home near great Florida beaches.

  • Location: Titusville, FL
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $91/night

This black house may be tiny, but it’s full of chic creature comforts like a tropical minibar, smart TV, record player with albums, beautiful brass finishings, and funky modern furniture (you’ll love the blue velvet couch). Throughout the home, big black windows let that Florida sunshine stream in, flooding the space with light that makes the place feel bigger than its 800 square feet.

The location is also the perfect jumping-off point for exploring eastern Florida, providing easy access to famous locations like the Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral National Seashore (also known as Playalinda Beach). The home comes with a free beach pass, and you can use the outdoor shower to rinse off when you get home. And when those Florida afternoon storms roll through, just choose one of the games available and wait for the sun to come back out.

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Follow ’em: @littleblackhousefl

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5. Black House Guest Suite

Black House Guest Suite
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Why you should stay: Budget-friendly modern black castle near northern Utah skiing and recreation.

  • Location: North Logan, UT
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1night
  • Rates from: $65/night

Lucky visitors can stay in the plush guest suite of this big black mansion. A broodingly handsome exterior with a big peak and tall windows, this black house looks like it belongs on a fjord in Norway. But the Utah location is almost as good, with easy access to outdoor activities like skiing at Beaver Mountain or snowmobiling at Green Canyon. And the fly fishing is world-class, too.

The downstairs apartment has everything you could need and more, including an exceptionally large and stylish kitchen, open living room with a smart TV, laundry, a velvet headboard bed (oh la la), a stylish en-suite bathroom, and a private, stone-lined entrance. The style is decidedly European, with white walls, layered rugs, a deep sofa, and lush green houseplants.

Note that this is a guest suite with a private entrance, not the whole house.

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6. The Black A-Frame

The Black A-Frame
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Why you should stay: Secluded vintage A-Frame with modern amenities in upstate NY.

  • Location: Kerhonkson, NY
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $285/night

In the heart of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley, this black A-frame oozes a remote cabin feeling while still near local attractions. If you can pull yourself away from the dramatic black architecture of this A-frame, you’ll be close to Woodstock, the world-famous Gunks Cliffs at Mohonk Preserve (climbers knows it), Lake Minnewaska State Park, and plenty of wineries and places to grab a beer, like Rough Cut Brewing Co.

But you’d be crazy not to cozy up and spend at least one evening at this secluded cabin on two acres with an outdoor grill, gazebo, and small spring-fed pond. Inside, you can cook up big meals in the professional-grade chef’s kitchen before dining al fresco. And you can’t escape the views, with giant floor-to-ceiling windows and a lofty interior. Also cool are the modern touches that nod to the A-frames 1960s history, like the hanging basket chair and the wire-frame dining chairs.

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Follow ’em: @ablackaframe

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7. Black Desert House

Black Desert House
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Why you should stay: Uninterrupted views and easy access to the paradise of Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Location: Yucca Valley, CA
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $1,500/night

They say black attracts the heat — but if it means getting to stay in this black desert house, bring it on. And with a big stone pool overlooking the Yucca Valley’s famous Mars-like cacti and rock formations, it’s easy to keep cool, anyway.

Bold, black and sharp, this sculptural home looks as if it carved out a space for itself naturally in the rocks – like it’s somehow a natural part of the landscape. It’s very well done.

It’s this juxtaposition of rawness and natural elements against the sheer modernity of this property that makes it so striking. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows frame desert views that rival that of nearby Joshua Tree, while cool, grey concrete floors and walls provide a zen-like aesthetic that was worthy of a mention in Architectural Digest. A stay here is bound to make you feel like a celebrity. It’s one of the more expensive black houses available to rent online, but it may be worth the splurge.

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Follow ’em: @theblackdeserthouse

8. Inverness A-Frame

Black Bohemian California A-Frame
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Why you should stay: Luxurious and secluded Marin County reprieve just north of SF.

  • Location: Point Reyes Station, CA
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $550/night

This vintage ‘onyx’ black bohemian A-frame plays on its NorCal roots with rustic oak floors, two-story soaring triangular windows that frame redwood and oak forest views, and locally made furniture.

A reprieve for Bay Area city-dwellers or those cruising the coast, this refurbished 1970’s cabin boasts modern design elements with a vintage twist, like farmhouse sinks, a Smeg fridge, and a mid-century modern wood burning fireplace. Guests love the attention to detail here, too, with amenities like a pour-over coffee maker, a record player with LPs, and two heated concrete seats by the fire so you can sit outside and enjoy nature no matter the weather.

If you ever tear yourself away from this striking black A-frame you can easily head out to Tomales Bay for hiking, surfing or kayaking, take the short drive to see the redwoods at Muir Woods, wander Stinson beach, or explore the cool small town of Point Reyes.

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Follow ’em: @invernessaframe

9. The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad
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Why you should stay: Romantic couples’ stay with enviable indoor-outdoor living space (and a hot tub).

  • Location: Logan, OH
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $479/night

Forged from a recycled shipping container, the matte black Lily Pad is surprisingly dashing despite its humble beginnings. Due to limited square footage, the owners decided to get creative and blend the indoor and outdoor living space, installing a nifty motorized glass garage door to the covered porch, which has a swing bed, lights, a grill, and a matching black hot tub for two.

The inside is totally open and airy, utilizing contrasting white walls and a white kitchen to make it feel spacious. It’s all in the details here, with gold hardware, large windows, and top-quality linens that make this contemporary property an easy choice for any list of awesome black houses. And it’s super close to the main entrance of Hocking Hills State Park, too.

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Follow ’em: @creativecabinsllc

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10. Moonshine Digs Black A-Frame

Moonshine Digs Black A-Frame
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Why you should stay: Modern-meets-rustic black and wood design.

  • Location: Ronald, WA
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $399/night

Black as the night when there’s no moonshine, this modern-rustic A-frame is defined by charcoal accents and warm, knotty woods. Black beams frame the slanted wood-wall open kitchen and living space, giving the downstairs a distinctly modern flare. Upstairs, black hardware, black bed frames, and black accent walls continue the theme. The backyard doesn’t disappoint, either, with matching black Adirondack chairs and a hot tub.

Built in the 1960s, this renovated vintage cabin is all about disconnecting and escaping from urban life for a few days. And the owners made it easy to do just that, with amenities like a fire pit and cute details like a Mrs. Pac-Man game and cocktail table. But if the sound of that has you panicking, don’t worry – this cute black cabin has high-speed internet for streaming or working remotely.

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Follow ’em: @thedigs.co

11. The Black Hammock House

The Black Hammock House
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Why you should stay: Dreamy retreat with a private hot tub near one of the coolest cities in the Southwest: Austin.

  • Location: Round Mountain, TX
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $370/night

You might mistake the black Hammock House outside of Austin for a rental home in Bali with its dreamy features like a canopy bed, breezy hammock deck, and outdoor soaking tub overlooking the property’s rolling hills. Natural, organic elements define the otherwise contemporary space, grass-weaved art adorns the walls, the bathroom is forged out of concrete and wood beams, and natural fibers create a lovely contrast against the clean, white lines of the modern abode.

A stay here is intended to be an experience, and the owners made the modern, black Hammock House into a beautiful spaces for guests to relax and enjoy. The matching black deck — which is one awesomely huge hammock, by the way — is the perfect spot to nap, read a book, or snap an epic Instagram picture (no judgement!)

But, there’s plenty to experience near the ranch, too, like nearby Lake Marble Falls, historic Fredericksburg (wineries, anyone?) and the Colorado River. At just under an hour from Austin, it’s perfect for Austinites looking for an escape or visitors who want a taste of what the hip, East-Texas countryside has to offer.

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Follow ’em: @hillcountryhammockhouse

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