If you look through the listings on Airbnb and think, “these are nice, but they aren’t quite enough black turtleneck-ish,” then I have the site for you. It’s called Plans Matter, and it’s an Airbnb-type short-term rental site, only all the homes for rent have been vetted by real life fancy architects. That means you could stay in a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright house for a couple hundred bucks a night, take a ton of photos of yourself lounging around the priceless home, and then use them forever in all your online dating profiles. (When your confused date sees your basement apartment for the first time, you can be like, “oh, this is just a place I rent to keep me humble.”)
Nearly all the homes for rent on Plans Matter are breathtaking; let’s look at four of the most unique.
HEBER SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Two landscape architects hired a regular architect to build this summer cottage in 1965. The owners were on a tight budget, so the house is constructed mostly of rocks and lumber they salvaged from construction sites. There were so many boards (and not much else) that the architect came up with the idea of using interlocking beams to make up the ceiling. The lower level of the house, on the other hand, is made entirely of natural stone; even the sofas are made of rock. (I can’t decide if they’d be great for your back, or terrible.) The main bath also features an all-stone shower that’s essentially a miniature waterfall. Honestly, if they hadn’t put that big bath towel in that picture, I wouldn’t even have realized I was looking at a shower.
I’ve never been to Heber Springs, AK, but I’m willing to bet my right arm that there’s nothing to do there. So you’d basically be paying $199 a night for the Instagram opportunities. Still, most everything nowadays is just an Instagram opportunity.
THE POLE HOUSE
This house has maybe the greatest beach view in the world. Designed by Frank Dixon in the Seventies, this house is so locally famous that cars honk when they drive by. (Don’t forget to pack your 70-foot-long “STOP HONKING” banner to hang from the patio.) Jutting out forty feet above the beach, you could stand on that deck with a glass of wine and nothing – the prospect of catastrophically rising sea levels, a 35 foot tsunami – would faze you. You might want to bring a zipline, though, because while the beach looks close enough to touch, I suspect it’s probably a moderate pain in the neck to actually get there, from your little glass perch in the sky.
While the other houses on this list are off the beaten path, this one is in one of the greatest cities in the world. Look at this place; it was built in 1925 but is still light years ahead of 99% of modern homes, design wise. It was actually architect Bruno Taut’s personal cottage, on a huge housing development he designed, and like most architect’s homes, not a detail has been overlooked. The bedroom looks like a Mondrian that you can sleep in, and the minimalist bathroom looks like an open house photo from 2022. Also, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so if it’s yellow, do NOT let it mellow.
THE ROLLING HUTS
If you and a half dozen friends are looking for an aesthetically sound wilderness group getaway, this might be the rental for you. Designed by architect Olson Kundig, the Rolling Huts are built on a former RV campground in a beautiful alpine river valley. They’re made from steel boxes (i.e. they’re fancy container houses), and the interiors are finished with plywood and cork, so you can still tell yourself that you’re kind of roughing it. Best of all, the huts sit on wheeled steel platforms, so if you get really attached to one, you could just hitch it to your truck in the middle of the night and floor it. (Don’t steal the huts, people.)