If you’re looking for a spot in San Francisco, but removed from the fast pace of city life, consider San Rafael, a tranquil, residential suburb 30 minutes from the city center. This modern home is also located just minutes from the beach, state park, and a public golf course. Built in 1963, the modern renovation boasts high wood ceilings, large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the state park, and minimalist modern furniture for a stylish sublet. It features three bedrooms and two baths, many living spaces, a sleek white-washed kitchen, as well as an abundance of comfortable work nooks with large communal tables. You’ll immediately feel the pull of California’s epic work/life balance when you park your home office at the large table outside on the wrap-around deck.
Deluxe Apartment in Mexico City
You probably already know some people living the expat life in Mexico City and may be ready to take the plunge yourself to brush up on your español. This duplex with lime-washed walls is certainly the place to do it. In this centrally-located CDMX apartment, you’ll be within walking distance of the buzzy streets of Roma Norte and Condesa, which offer some of the city’s best restaurants. If that isn’t enough to entice you (eat-to-live people, we’re looking at you), maybe it’s the sun-drenched, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to the private terrace or the shared roof garden upstairs. With a comfortable living space and communal table for work, a huge kitchen and three minimal bedrooms, all for the price of what you pay for your 300 square foot closet—uh, apartment in New York City—you may even consider filing for an FM3 visa.
Stylish Apartment in East Nashville, Tennessee
A couple weeks in at this quant ranch-style house in East Nashville’s up-and-coming Inglewood neighborhood, and you might start feeling like a local. While it’s just a short 10-minute drive to downtown, you’ll find plenty of excuses to stay in the neighborhood with everything you could ask for at your fingertips. Before settling in to work at your home desk, pick up a coffee from beloved local spot Elegy and a sandwich from Mitchell Deli. At home, you’ll find a space designed for comfort, with all the midcentury modern details to make it easy on the eyes, too. The space includes a cozy bedroom, a plant-strewn living room that gets lots of light, plus a bathroom, eat-in kitchen, and a laundry room. At the end of a long day, step out onto the covered patio to enjoy the sundown with a beer.
Cozy Flat in Notting Hill, England
This Notting Hill flat with an old record player has the easygoing vibe of some retiree’s well-trodden living space. But if you are still on the grind, switching between the cozy L-shape couch in the den and the home desk that peers onto the rainy streets may help boost your motivation. There’s also a communal table that’s ready for co-working in the large wood-adorned kitchen and a quaint but comfortable bed and bath area for a quiet night’s rest. The warm and eclectic space, paired with its epic location right off of Portobello Road (and next door to Golborne Deli!), definitely ticks all of the boxes for a perfect short-term or long-term stay in London.
Urban Oasis in Brooklyn, New York
This two-bedroom East Williamsburg townhouse is a spacious option for those seeking a long-term stay with easy access to Manhattan—and it’s no secret that space alone is a rare commodity in New York City. The interior features multiple workstations for the whole family, including a large communal table in the living room, as well as individual work desks in each of the bedrooms. And if you’re not indulging in all of the Seamless options that your Brooklyn neighborhood has to offer, the large modern kitchen is well-equipped for dinner parties, with a cozy living space for migrating to after meals. Other perks of living here are the large library of books to peruse in your downtime, and the enormous outdoor garden and dining area that will surely get a lot of play (if not from you, then the other tenants that share it) on warm-weather nights.
Chef’s Dream Upcycled House in Atlanta, Georgia
‘Grammable exteriors and interiors are something this graffitied artist’s hideaway in West Midtown, Atlanta has in spades. But first, let’s talk about the location. It’s situated behind a plethora of restaurants (like beloved seafood joint The Optimist) and high-end shops on a commercial street, which are just a short drive or walk away. Inside the eclectic upcycled house, you’re met with high vaulted ceilings and wooden beams accented with vibrant decor. The romantic crystal chandelier that sits above the communal dining table is also ideal for co-working. If the space is giving you sensory overload, fear not: The bedroom contains blackout shades for dozing off in peace.
Chic, Penthouse-Style Loft in Fulton Market, Chicago
Living in this lavish warehouse-style three-bedroom loft in Chicago’s hip West Loop neighborhood is an absolute flex, but worth it if you’re cashing out on space and proximity to Chicago’s hip warehouse district. The freshly renovated penthouse in this historic 1920s building takes up a whopping 2500 square feet and features exposed brick walls and 15-foot beamed ceilings, plus an open living space with ample natural light for work, relaxation, and, hey, maybe even a daily yoga flow! The fully-equipped kitchen and the six-person dining table makes the space ideal for dinner parties with friends or that loft party you’ve always wanted to throw. The bedrooms mirror the same spacious layout of the living quarters, and each have seven-foot tall windows to take in the spectacular sunsets over Fulton Market.
Modern Apartment in Madrid, Spain
In a building nestled between two gardens on a quiet street in Madrid’s beloved Salamanca neighborhood (flush with high-end shops, cafes, and restaurants) sits this charming two-bedroom apartment. Its minimal and airy design provides an excellent work-from-home arrangement, with a communal table and two counter seats near the kitchen, plus a dining set on the balcony to take in your morning coffee in the sun. This third floor unit includes two expertly designed bedrooms (the second will remain locked unless you book for three or more people), a recently renovated kitchen with a large wood counter space, and a washer and dryer that are a huge plus for convenience. The hosts also provide guides, a city map, and a personalized notebook where they’ve highlighted local suggestions around the area if it’s your first time exploring Madrid.
Casa Terra Lumi in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
If you’re looking for an escape from city life and are enticed by the promise of warm weather, white sand beaches, and morning breakfasts among the palms, consider this quiet rustic home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for work and relaxation. Here, you’ll have plenty of space to do your daily breathwork—from the large backyard garden with sun loungers and a hot tub, or in the “zen den” inside (yes, there is a room specifically for finding peace and quiet). There’s also an open kitchen and living room that features arched walls and exposed wood beams for added serenity. The earthy palette carries into the two bedrooms, which are awash in a sublimely peaceful ecru, from the storage cabinets to the platform beds. Along with the perfectly adequate work desk inside the home, there’s also an eight-person table out on the patio should you wish to take your Zoom calls outdoors.
Architectural Wonder in the Woods in Hudson Valley, New York
Looking for a slightly more remote long-term stay? Hudson Valley’s assurance of seclusion, paired with just the right amount of small town charm and fine dining options, makes it an idyllic retreat. Not to mention, it’s just a two-hour drive to the city should you need to drive in for meetings a couple times a week. In this eco-friendly, geometric home, there are no bedrooms—sort of. But bear with us. The open floor-plan is designed to sleep three on beds cleverly positioned throughout the house. Another cool design element here is that the house uses geothermal heating instead of fossil fuel, and instead of grid power, it charges up your appliances via solar power. The all-wood kitchen is the focal point of the home and includes a 10-person dining table for a comfortable work set-up and meals.
Unique Loft in Paris, France
While this Airbnb is located just four blocks from the popular Marais district, the Canal Saint Martin neighborhood in which it resides is a cooler, up-and-coming area with an abundance of nearby local cafes and restaurants. It’s a vibe that the owner compares to LA’s Silverlake or NYC’s East Village neighborhoods. Inside the loft, the white artless walls are a nod to its former life as a photo studio, and it has since been carefully transformed into a massive living space (most reviewers are pleasantly surprised by how much larger the space is in person). With its many windows and high ceilings, it has tons of natural light for a day working at the communal dining table in the living area or at the formal office desk on the mezzanine. The decor is minimal and mod, too, complete with mid-century modern furniture that’ll provide the perfect backdrop for the ‘gram.
Custom House in Dallas, Texas
The open-concept of this Dallas home makes the place ideal for a long-term stay. Close to some of Dallas’ most beloved neighborhoods, like uptown, downtown, Deep Ellum and M-Streets, the location offers more incentive to book. Along with the added features, like a personal garage and outdoor space with a hammock, the design elements do an excellent job fusing modern comforts and style: Grey modern furniture, concrete floors, and wood finishes make for a slightly more industrial look, while still telegraphing a homey feel. With three bedrooms and 2.5 baths at your disposal, it’s the perfect place for packing up the whole family.
Cozy Neighborhood Spot Close to Downtown Denver, Colorado
This Southwestern-style Denver home is ideal for achieving homey vibes in a central location. Though the physical space is small, each corner is thoughtfully designed to ensure everything you need—from a modern kitchen and bathroom, to a cozy living nook for Netflixing and/or chilling, to a small round dining table that can double as a work surface when it’s not being laid out for meals. Then there’s the extra stuff you wouldn’t expect, like a purple soaking tub and cool blue bedroom with sliding farmhouse doors.