mushroom exterior-compressed Photo: Airbnb

Nestled among the redwoods on a 10-acre plot of land in northern California is a tiny cabin with a mushroom-shaped roof. The modest, 100-square-foot abode has been Airbnb’s most popular listing for seven years running, maintaining a months-long waiting list and five-star rating.

The cabin, located in Aptos, California, is owned by Kitty and Michael Mrache, who built it from a DIY kit for a friend who had recently become homeless. The couple has been renting out the “Mushroom Dome Cabin” since the early days of Airbnb, and the one bedroom, one bathroom tiny home is rarely unoccupied.

The tiny home is surrounded by a spacious deck, featuring a barbecue, dining table and sitting area. An etched green door leads into the main living area, outfitted with a futon, collapsable table, mini kitchenette and a bathroom with a travertine shower and Nature’s Head composting toilet. A wooden ladder is used to reach the “geodesic dome loft,” which boasts a double bed, flatscreen TV and a DVD player. There’s also free Wi-Fi and an impressive selection of games and books.

Guests are invited to explore the nearby hiking trails, visit the Mrache’s “farmette” or observe the hundreds of hummingbirds that frequent their feeders. While the cabin feels rather isolated, it’s only a 10 minute drive from the beach and amenities in Aptos Village. The picturesque city of Santa Cruz is 20 minutes away and makes for an exciting day trip or night out.

The Mushroom Dome Cabin is so well-loved by travelers that Airbnb constructed an 80 percent scale replica of it at their San Francisco headquarters. To experience the real thing, users are encouraged to book their stay five to six months in advance. Check out the listing here to start planning your next mini vacation.



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exterior window Photos: Airbnb

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