Many people like Airbnb for its homey rentals and affordable prices. The listing at 1409 Sutter Street in San Francisco is not for most people.
Built in 1881, The Payne Mansion has the distinction of being the most expensive Airbnb listing in the city. The Victorian mansion (and registered historic landmark) has 10 bedrooms, eight baths, two event spaces, and a bar, and costs $A13,024 a night, plus a $A1,953 cleaning fee.
This slice of San Francisco history could be all yours, if only for the night. Take a look.
Built in 1881, The Payne Mansion belonged to Theodore Fryatt Payne and his wife Mary Pauline O'Brien, an heiress who amassed a fortune from her silver-baron uncle.
After the 1906 earthquake set San Francisco ablaze, the couple left the city and built a house in the country. The Payne Mansion has changed hands several times since.
It has been a restaurant, offices, and at one point a YMCA. In 2014, an unknown family from China bought the home and spent about $4 million to convert it into a boutique hotel.
The Payne Mansion is situated between Japantown and Pacific Heights, a neighbourhood known for its mega-mansions and concentration of powerful politicians and techies.
The presidential suite breaks away from the home's vintage aesthetic. Wood-paneled ceilings, plush leather couches, and black accents create a mid-century modern vibe.
The two event spaces, on the first and second floors, can fit 70 people and 300 people, respectively. Televisions, projectors, and karaoke machines are available for rent.
The Payne Mansion might not remain on Airbnb for long. The owners have been trying to sell the hotel since they converted it in 2014. It was listed for $A15.63 million earlier in 2017.
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