Columbia, South Carolina is more than the capital city, the charming southern town is home to restored mansions, restaurant filled districts, gardens and art. Maybe you’re just passing through on a trip to Charleston or Georgia, or maybe you’re looking to even make a full vacation out of your trek to this central city. Come kayak the variety of waters, delve into a historic museum, discover the plethora of bakeries, bistros and fine dining options. On top of all of that, some really cool Airbnbs are available, and these are our favorites.
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Formerly part of an old dairy warehouse, this highly sleek loft is adorned with dark, glossy floors, futuristic doors, brick walls and exposed aluminum ductwork. A minimalist kitchen, simplistic furniture and vintage photography round out the large, industrial space.
While probably being the biggest tiny house you’ve ever seen, the eco-friendly structure is more unique than its environmentally conscious cousins. A screened porch is wedged in the very center of the house, maximizing breeze potential while being a serene spot to breathe in the fresh air. This little patch of urban forest only feels far from civilization.
Built in 1919, the charm of this Queen Anne Victorian style duplex has been impeccably restored. While classified as an apartment, you have one full half of the house with a totally private entrance, all to yourself. There’s a kitchen, living room, bath and bedroom with accents that look old, yet new. It’s like you’re back in the old days of South Carolina.
This treehouse is easily accessible because you don’t have to climb stairs to reach the luxury dwelling that is nestled on a steep hillside. A bridge extends from flat ground, over the mini gorge, to the treehouse. Inside is pristine yet woodsy, and outside is a magical oasis with twinkling lights and fire pit. A hot tub is surrounded by clean wood decking and has a spa-like feel.
Did you expect this place to actually be an old vault? In 1924, this now loft apartment with some pretty cool aesthetics used to house cash at a federal bank. It gets cooler. The bedroom has star constellation lights in the ceiling to gaze at while you drift to sleep, while also offering the option for a cozy fireplace glow. Listen to classic records on the vinyl player with a glass of wine in hand, after whipping up a simple meal in the kitchen.
Sway in the swing on the classic Carolina front porch, prepare meals in the updated kitchen and dine beside the restored fireplace. The entire bungalow still reflects its 1920s roots, through subtle accents and gorgeous wood floors. Eight guests can enjoy the traditional yet modernized home near the Five Points District.
While traditional on the inside with ample sleeping space for eight guests, and a huge kitchen and living space, the exterior has a minimalist appeal and a minty green hue. The property itself is dotted with fruit trees, animals and even honey bees. Barbecue on the outdoor patio or just enjoy a fall night by the fire pit.
Like a fairytale cottage emerging amongst a lightly wooded hill, this cute little place is constructed of wood and brick. A spiral staircase winds up to the dreamy loft while the living room downstairs is connected to more sleeping space and a quaint kitchen with efficient amenities and lovely open shelving. Walk through the property’s small hobby vineyards, from which you’ll be treated some port wine to try!
This Airbnb has been renovated into a striking building housing both event space and lofts. Being elegant enough to be chosen as a wedding destination, just imagine how cool it would be to call this brick beauty home for a few days. The loft apartment has that modern-day blend of old and new, while being roomy and quite artistic. The decor features pops of color, distressed walls and refined furniture.
Your very own mini resort awaits within this luxurious pool house. Guests have full access to the gorgeous palm accented waters and manicured fire pit space, making for the ultimate retreat in Columbia. The house itself may be small, but granite countertops, high end linens and subway tiled bathrooms will make guests feel like they are at a spa.
We couldn’t resist adding another tiny cabin in the woods, which appears to be a relatively new construction with a more updated look than a typical woodsy getaway. The kitchen and bedroom are no fuss, and the screened porch is the most serene place to enjoy the forested surroundings. The grounds are further developing, but currently house a pleasant little garden perfect for midday strolls.