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  • About 6 in 10 US workers who can work from home are shunning the office in 2022.
  • Rental companies cater to remote workers who want to work from places other than their homes.
  • These seven companies offer different short-term rental options.

Working from home has become the norm for a lot of businesses, establishing a trend probably not foreseen when public-health officials were encouraging remote work as an emergency measure in the spring of 2020.

Now, two years later, 60% of workers who say they can do their jobs from home are doing just that, according to a Pew Research Center survey last month.

Researchers from Ladders, an online service that provides career advice for jobs that pay over $100,000, found that remote opportunities increased from under 4% of all high-paying jobs before the pandemic to over 15% today.

Some workers took advantage of their company’s flexible office policies by booking “workations” and clocking in from all over the country — or, in some cases, different parts of the world.

One beneficiary of that trend is Airbnb, which saw a 38% increase in quarterly revenue, to $1.5 billion in the last quarter of 2021, compared to the same period a year earlier. Overall, the rate of occupancy in short-term rentals reached 60.8% in 2021, an increase of 14.1% over last year, according to data from short-term rental analytics company AirDNA.

Wanderlust can now be satisfied, even for people with limited or inflexible paid time off, and these startups are capitalizing on that trend. 

Here are seven short-term rental companies that can help you plan a scenic — yet productive — workation.

Anyplace

A work from home setup in a studio apartment.

Anyplace’s furnished units come with a monitor, an adjustable standing desk, work chair, and other work-from-home perks.
Anyplace

Locations: Anyplace has rentals available in major cities in the US like New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Pricing: Anyplace Select apartments start at $3,000 a month.

Anyplace, a San Francisco-based hospitality company founded in 2017, launched Anyplace Select in late 2021. The program lets guests rent fully furnished studios or one-bedroom apartments designed specifically for remote work.

The office setups are equipped with an ultrawide monitor, an adjustable standing desk, a work chair, and even a collapsible green screen for video meetings. 

Remote workers looking to rent with Anyplace must be in it for the long haul, with a booking requirement of at least 30 days for most locations. On the flip side, there is no maximum rental period, and guests can extend their stay as long as the unit is not already booked.

Blueground

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A bedroom in Paris, one of Blueground’s many international destinations.
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Locations: Blueground has homes in US cities like Austin, Chicago, and Washington, DC, as well as international locations in Europe and the Middle East.

Pricing: Blueground stays can range from under $2,000 a month to well over $10,000 a month, depending on location, size of the unit, and time of the year. The price is discounted for longer stays.

Founded in 2013, Blueground is targeting people who are in between permanent housing and intrepid travelers. Its turnkey apartments can be rented for a minimum of 30 days in locations like Austin, Texas; Athens, Greece; and Paris.

All Blueground units include amenities like high-speed internet, kitchenware, toiletries, and, of course, a work station. Blueground also offers corporate rentals with more spacious working stations for business travelers.

In 2021, Blueground announced its Blueground Pass subscription that lets users lock in a 12- or 6-month lease. With the pass, guests can still move between other Blueground apartments, giving them the opportunity to potentially stay in 12 different locations in one year.

Oasis Collections

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Locations: Oasis Collections has over 20 locations worldwide in places like Denver, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and many others.

Pricing: A studio or one-bedroom unit starts at $1,750 a month with a membership, and prices go as high as $5,200 a month for a three-bedroom place.

Oasis Collections has an inventory of over 1,500 “handpicked” homes, according to its website. The company, founded in 2009, advertises hotel-like stays in homes that have gone through a 50-point inspection.

Instead of outfitting rooms with high-tech desks, the company gives guests access to local coworking spaces. The company also launched its Oasis Passport subscription program that allows guests to pay a flat monthly rate for stays of up to one year. 

Oasis Passport guests can stay in studios, one-, two-, or three-bedroom units with utilities, high-speed WiFi, and biweekly housekeeping included.

Rove

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This New York City Rove location has two workstations and a whiteboard.
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Locations: Rove offers stays in New York City; Park City, Utah; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pricing: Properties range from $300 to over $1,000 a night. Monthly rentals can cost you upward of $10,000.

Rove launched in 2021 with properties in just three locations, but will expand to the Hamptons, Miami, and Naples, Florida, this year, according to CEO Jonah Hanig. The company pushes its properties for vacation stays, business trips, and company retreats — with some rentals fitting up to 14 guests.

It offers features including standing desks with 4K monitors, Herman Miller chairs, a whiteboard, and even a printer. Each unit has three or more bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room for work retreats.

Selina

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The outside of a Selina location in Colombia.
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Locations: Selina has an assortment of co-living locations in the US and beyond, including dozens of properties in Central America, South America, Europe, and Australia.

Pricing: Selina’s co-living option starts at $450 a month, and units vary from hostel-like community stays to suites.

Selina, a hospitality platform founded in 2014, targets the “social traveler” by connecting them with the local culture through experiences. The locations range from cities to more off-the-grid locations, and have activities for vacationers, backpackers, and digital nomads.

The company emphasizes its commitment to community by providing coworking spaces for guests — as well as wellness classes and discounts on local restaurants and tours. Selina CoLive, the company’s subscription service, has two tiers that both give guests the option for 30-day stays at multiple locations, though they differ in the number of times they can change locations during that period.

Wander

A desk and chair setup overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

A desk setup at Wander’s Orford Cliffs location in Port Orford, Oregon.
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Locations: For now, Wander only has locations on the West Coast, in Oregon and California. But you can stay in desirable coastal destinations like Bandon Dunes, Oregon, and Gualala, California, or more inland locations like Yucca Valley, California.

Pricing: Prices for a stay with Wander start at $350 a night, but vary depending on location.

“Find your happy place” is the tagline of 2021-founded rental startup. The company is trying to make its short-term rental properties more appealing by concentrating on creating productive work-from-home experiences.

The main draw for remote workers — besides stunning views — are modernized work-from-home setups including high-speed WiFi, ergonomic desk chairs, large monitors, and 4K cameras and high-quality microphones for video calls. And to decompress from the workday, some locations provide a workout area, a sauna, or a fire pit.

Zeus Living

Living room with couch, dining table, and desk.

A living room at one of Zeus Living’s stays in Portland, Oregon.
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Locations: There are 94 cities to choose from, including major US hubs like Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Pricing: Zeus’ prices change depending on location, seasonality, demand, and availability — and, according to a spokesperson, are less than at competing hotels. The company offers discounted rates for longer stays: Savings can be at least 5%, 10%, and 15% for stays longer than three, six, or 12 months, respectively.

The short-term rental company has been around since 2015 and offers fully furnished and livable homes, eliminating the legwork for guests who might be in between homes.

Similar to other companies on the list, the minimum stay is 30 days, though Zeus says its average renter hangs around for two to four months. The homes are located in major cities in the US and appeal to consumers who are looking for a homey stay. 

All units include WiFi, though some of them don’t have workstations and so are less friendly to remote workers. Companies can book units for business travel through the Zeus For Business offering.

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