How much do Atlanta visitors—or staycationing metro Atlantans—value proximity to the city’s great parks?
If Airbnb revenues are any barometer, the answer is ... parks are paramount.
For Curbed’s inaugural Play Week, we analyzed results from the online hospitality service to determine which Atlanta homes and condos (with at least five reviews) have been the biggest hits, based on earnings in the past year. (CLARIFICATION: Results were tabulated using a MarketMinder tool via AirDNA, an independent data company that tracks vacation rentals around the world).
These Airbnb top-performers comprise a diverse slate of housing styles and neighborhoods, with one commonality: walkability to places to frolic.
1. Piedmont Park
Marketed as a historic home with a hot tub at the cusp of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, this four-bedroom on Piedmont Avenue counts large gathering spaces, partial Midtown skyline views, and what could be described as a love room. It’s fetching more than a whopping $200,000 in annual rental income.
First listed on Airbnb in 2016, the property has received five-star ratings from 100 percent of recent guests.
Annual revenue: $207,677
Average daily rate: $688
Distance to Piedmont Park: one block-ish
2. Chastain Park (Buckhead)
The top performing Airbnb option in the North Buckhead area is within strolling distance of Atlanta’s largest park, Chastain, and what its marketers promote as a quick 10 to 15-minute Uber ride to downtown (sans traffic).
With its five bedrooms, room for 12, and what’s described as a resort-like backyard with a fire pit and sweet slides, this pad’s apparently been a hit with the NFL and as a filming location.
Annual revenue: $108,784
Average daily rate: $374
Distance to Chastain Park: roughly five blocks
3. Historic Fourth Ward Park (O4W)
While it might not be O4W’s top-grossing Airbnb option—that title belongs to a sprawling townhome over Freedom Parkway with skyline views forever—this brick cottage around the corner from Historic Fourth Ward Park on Willoughby Way isn’t exactly pulling chump change in rental income.
It accommodates 10, with perks that include a cozy den and sunroom.
Annual revenue: $79,541
Average daily rate: $323
Distance to eponymous park: one block
4. Centennial Olympic Park (downtown Atlanta)
Downtown Atlanta’s most in-demand Airbnb listing—a renovated, 1,032-square-foot, high-rise condo—is actually a soccer ball’s kick from Woodruff Park, but the property description notes that downtown’s signature green space is within an eight-minute walk, like so much else.
The bright, airy, freshly painted space with multiple coffee-making options (yes!) accommodates four. One guest this month had really glowing praise: “This is the best vacation rental and most thoughtfully appointed you will ever find.”
Annual revenue: $67,491
Average daily rate: $211
Distance to park Centennial: four blocks
5. Grant Park
Marketed simply as a “Place to stay in heart of Atlanta,” this three-bedroom Victorian house in Grant Park can accommodate six—and, per reviews, make them swoon with original heart-of-pine flooring, high ceilings, and four (nonfunctioning) old fireplaces.
It’s operated by a “Superhost” named William, and recent guests have frequently described it as “Sparkling Clean.”
Annual revenue: $57,949
Average daily rate: $225
Distance to Grant Park: one block