June 22, 2008 |
The visionary in Fort Bragg, Calif., who ordered up a living room large enough to accommodate a rugby match. The risk taker in Idyllwild, Calif., who one day must have said, "Hey, what about a round house?" The fearless renovator in Santa Fe, N.M., who asked, "Why just one kitchen?" I've never met these people, but you could say that I've slept with them -- under their roofs, that is, in beds they bought. I know them, dear readers.
April 12, 1998
[To our readers: Below is a list of vacation home rental agencies that appeared in the October 1997 issue of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, published by the nonprofit Consumer's Union organization. Please note that some telephone numbers or other information may have changed.] All agencies in our list rent to the public. We also provide information on travel clubs that specialize in vacation rentals, and directory sources.
August 4, 2011 |
Poor New Jersey. Long the butt of jokes and a source of nationwide scorn, the Garden State's reputation has taken countless beatings over the years. And thank you, "Jersey Shore," for doing nothing to elevate the maligned state's image. So it came as no surprise to see the reactions of fellow Angelenos when I stated our plans last August: a vacation in the seaside hamlet of Cape May, the southernmost town on the Jersey coast and America's first seashore resort. The responses ranged from pity to bewilderment to smirking, with only a few registering as enthusiastic understanding.
November 12, 2008 |
Even as the sinking economy is making many people think about turning their vacations into "staycations," an online vacation rental service recently managed to raise $250 million to fund its growth. The listing service, HomeAway Inc., said Tuesday that with its latest round of private financing, it had raised $405 million since it launched in 2005.
March 14, 2010 |
The economy has kept domestic airline and hotel prices down, and now Packlate.com is helping keep a lid on vacation rental costs. What's hot: Prices of available properties decrease the closer you get to their dates of availability. Because Packlate specializes in last-minute bookings, travelers can watch price changes on several properties before they commit. Join the site — membership is free — and get the address of the rental too. Packlate launched in January with a focus on ski towns in the Rockies, but it plans to expand to Florida within four months.
September 2, 2013 |
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.
June 24, 1990 |
QUESTION: We own a condominium on the ocean which we only use during the summertime. We are considering renting it out on a periodic basis, but have been told that there are complex tax rules regarding the so-called "vacation home." This is not our principal residence. Can you assist us by giving an explanation of the vacation home rules? ANSWER: As the summer months approach, our thoughts turn to taking pleasurable vacations at our second home.
November 13, 2011 |
San Francisco isn't really an underground kind of place. We don't go in for noir the way L.A. does. And unlike New York, we don't require a lot of insider knowledge to make it here. Truth be told, we San Franciscans prefer keeping our underground culture above ground, where everybody can see it. That said, we do reserve a few secrets for ourselves. Although we're not above sharing - another San Francisco trait - all you have to do is ask. Here are five insider tips to lead you to an underground San Francisco that really is - more or less - underground.
July 5, 1987
The language of the S. J. Diamond column on leases ("Tenants Should Know a Lease Isn't the Law," June 22) creates the impression that a landlord is not allowed to charge any fee for cleaning the apartment of an outgoing tenant. Certainly, an apartment owner may not charge a renter for damages that preceded his or her tenancy; however, the story implies that an owner may not charge a present renter for damage and cleaning related to his tenancy. The law and the courts do indeed allow owners to use the security deposit to clean apartments upon the termination of tenancies.