Airbnb will pay $100,000 for ‘one-of-a-kind’ property creations


Travel accommodation website Airbnb plans to pay people to build the “world’s craziest” properties using a $10 million prize pool called OMG! Funds.

The site said anyone from do-it-yourselfers to experienced architects can apply to receive a $100,000 share of the fund to help build an original space that will then be listed as one of the “OMGs!” of the site. rentals is how Airbnb ranks its most unique and/or unusual listings.

An Airbnb UFO home in the UK The site recently announced that it has created the OMG! Funds to help design more unique and customary rental properties for the site.

The judges will select the top 100 designs and then distribute the money.

Customers looking for a quirky place to stay can already search for homes listed in Airbnb’s OMG! category, Airbnb hopes to increase its offerings.

The unusual houses currently available at the site include a UFO house, which is shaped like a flying saucer on stilts, a 6-ton potato, a giant boot, and a yellow submarine located incongruously in the woods. Some of the quieter offerings include windmills and converted trains.

Airbnb ‘superhost’ Kristie Wolfe, owner of the potato house, will be one of the OMG judges! Funds.

“When the Idaho Potato Commission removed a six-ton ​​potato, I removed it and spent $32,000 turning it into an Airbnb,” Wolfe said. “I went from $13/hr to $208,000 in income in less than three years, and I’ve leveraged that income to work my way through additional listings that allow me to express my creativity and connect with hundreds of people in the process.”

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Kristie Wolfe, the owner of the potato house in Idaho. Wolfe will be one of Airbnb’s OMG judges! Remittance of funds.

The “typical” Airbnb host in the United States earned $13,800 in 2021, according to the website.

Announcing the creation of the fund, a company spokesperson said, “First of its size $10,000,000 OMG! The fund seeks ideas from existing and aspiring designers, architects, do-it-yourselfers and manufacturers around the world…

“One hundred people with the craziest ideas will receive $100,000 each to make their creations possible and ultimately bookable. Ideas will be judged by a panel of experts based on their originality, feasibility, l experience that the space will offer guests and their sustainability.”

Discuss the reasoning behind the OMG! category and Airbnb’s desire to build more of these types of properties, the spokesperson added, “The fund is shaped in part by the growing trend towards flexible living that has emerged over the past two years. [during the pandemic]. As part of this shift, Airbnb guests crave more unexpected spaces that become destinations themselves.”

Over 30,000 unique listings around the world were added to Airbnb in 2021 and OMG! Category – who since [it was] introduced has been clicked 2.5 million times – features the craziest of them all, making it easy for customers to discover these listings in places they otherwise wouldn’t have looked at,” the spokesperson said .

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A boot house available for rent on Airbnb in New Zealand. The company has launched a fund to create more properties like this.

The fund was launched on June 22, with potential hosts given 30 days to submit their ideas. Entries must be submitted via by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 22, with a series of selection rounds to be conducted by judges before announcing the 100 winners (and some reserve pools) by October 10. .

Besides Wolfe, the other three judges of the OMG! The fund’s panel is made up of century-old interior designer Iris Apfel, who is known for her unique sense of fashion and has helped nine presidents furnish the White House, architect Koichi Takada and vice president of creative products experiential Airbnb Bruce Vaughn.

Newsweek contacted Airbnb for more information.

The company was founded in 2007 when two hosts opened their San Francisco home to guests in California, and the website now boasts 4 million hosts who have hosted over a billion guests worldwide.

From time to time, the site makes headlines when the holidays go wrong. A traveler was disappointed to find her accommodation in Italy messy and dirty, so she angrily cleaned it – only to find she was in someone else’s house next door.

Another guest said they received “threatening” messages from their host who vowed to track them down by hiring a private detective in Vancouver, Canada. The host was apparently furious after the guest left a four star review out of a possible five stars. Airbnb later banned the host from renting out their property through the website.


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