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Airbnb is donating $10 million to creative home creators

Airbnb, a major American rental service, will spend millions of dollars building unusual houses. The company launched a $10 million fund for creators of the “craziest” real estate ideas, reported on the site’s official website.

A panel of experts will select 100 of the most interesting, feasible and sustainable designs, each with $100,000 to bring their ideas to life. The competition will run from June 22 to July 21. Airbnb hopes that in the future, homes built from the winning designs will become available for rent on the site.

The decision to launch the fund was dictated by the rapidly gaining popularity of a flexible lifestyle. In the past two years, Airbnb customers have been showing more interest in unusual accommodations – in 2021, in the OMG category specially created for such properties! site visitors clicked 2.5 million times.

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It is noted that it is profitable to rent such real estate – one of the experts of the fund, Christy Wolfe, paid 32 thousand dollars for the props of the Idaho Potato Commission and made a house out of it in the shape of a potato, earning 208 thousand dollars for renting the object in three years. In 2021, the average Airbnb host made over $13,800.

In 2017 Wolfe created another unusual house is the hobbit hole, based on the dwelling of Bilbo Baggins from the famous novels of John Tolkien. The house consists of a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with a fireplace.

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