You already know that online rental sites like Airbnb or VRBO can hook you up with some amazing luxury properties. But did you know you could book your next getaway at a house built by a world-famous architect or one featured on TV or in film? If you're looking to take your accommodations to the next level -- or consider what it might be like to invest in a famous home for your own property portfolio -- here are eight A-list homes for rent.
This luxurious villa was the stand-in for Ari Gold's Amalfi Coast getaway with his wife in the final episode of the hit HBO show Entourage. No passport is needed if you want to live la dolce vita stateside at this spa-like retreat with a Romanesque pool and views of downtown LA. At $395 a night for the suite that features a fireplace, the Villa Sopha is certainly a worthy alternative to any hotel.
Here's an opportunity for you to sink their teeth into: The house that was featured as Charlie and Bella Swan's home in the movie Twilight is available for rent. This beautiful 5 bedroom, 1.5-bath home built in the 1930s is not a far ride from Portland and just a stroll from the waterfront. The house can host up to eight Twihards -- but you might have to duke it out over who gets to sleep in Bella's "lookout" room in the front. ($303/night.)
This seven-bedroom, eight-bath home on Broad Beach Road is actually in Malibu, though it serves as the Monterey County mansion of Madeline, played by Reese Witherspoon, in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. The 6,000-square foot main house has two master suites, while a separate two-story guest home offers an additional 950 square feet. Outdoors, guests can enjoy a lovely outdoor area with a sauna and hot tub as well as access to the beach. All told, the property can house 12 guests. ($3,000 to $5,000/night.)
What's better than getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas? Sleeping over Ralphie's house in A Christmas Story. After you drink your Ovaltine, you can get treated to a tour of the Christmas Story Museum. For further hilarity, the Bumpuses' house next door (indoors not seen in the movie) is also available. You can rent the whole house or one of two individual suites -- there's the Hound Dog Haven on the first floor and the Stolen Turkey Suite on the second and third floors. ($995-plus/night for Ralphie's house; $295-plus/night for the Bumpus House; premium pricing depending on the season.)
Leave it to an Avenger to choose such an idyllic setting in the Chattahoochee Hills to live out his retirement years. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom cabin is on a farm just a half hour outside Atlanta. Contemplate life on the porch or go for a long walk on the farm grounds. ($800/night.)
Pack your baseball gloves and get ready to play a game of catch like no other. While this is certainly not the most lux property on the list, it does offer a rich experience to fans of the 1989 hit movie Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner. Guests are treated to the "Kinsella Experience" that includes a gift basket filled with plenty of goodies -- including treats for a centerfield picnic. (Check site for pricing.)
Your besties will thank you for being a friend when you book a slumber party at Rue McClanahan's childhood home in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This adorable three-bedroom, one-bathroom ranch is filled with memorabilia from the hit show The Golden Girls. Bring your besties for nighttime chats and cheesecake in the kitchen. ($215/night.)
Frank Lloyd Wright's homes might be the subject of many coffee table books on architecture, but a number of them are also available to rent. Sure, you could nestle in on a cold winter's night in one of his Midwestern homes, like the Emil Bach House in Chicago, but we'll opt for the one he built in Hawaii instead.
In fact, it's the only one he built in the state, which makes it extra special. This 3,400-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home offers lux amenities, including a master bedroom with a private balcony with spectacular views of the ocean and volcanoes. There's a minimum stay of 5 to 10 nights, but it probably won't take much convincing for you to book the longer trip. ($795/night.)
Live like a star -- if only for a night
You don't have to be an A-list star to live in an A-list home. Airbnb and other online vacation rental sites make it even easier to soak up some movie star vibes during your next getaway.