In February 2017, thousands of people will arrive in the Bayou City to attend the 2017 Super Bowl and its coinciding Super Week parties, concerts and festivities. In addition to the standard hotels, Houstonians themselves are opening up their homes for rent during the big game. Some of them you just have to see to believe.
The Museum House
One glance inside, and you can see where this home gets its nickname. The "Museum House" is full of stunning artwork and furnishings from around the world, making it easily one of the most interesting rentals on this list. Fittingly enough, it's located in Houston's Museum District and sits just a few blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, one of Houston's top 10 best museums, as well as within short walking distance from the METRORail's Museum District station.
The more than 1600-square-foot townhome can sleep up to six comfortably. But given its proximity to the stadium, museums and the pool outside, dozing might be the last thing on renters' minds.
Average Price: $295/night
Super Bowl Pricing: $4,895 flat fee for 5 nights
New York-style Loft
The River Oaks neighborhood in Houston is known for its high-end living and gorgeous homes, and this rental is no exception. Inside, the loft-style condo has many of the signature marks of luxury: tall ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick and clear views of Houston's Downtown skyline. What makes the space unique, however, is the impressive decor. Handcrafted furniture pieces from Bali fill the open floor plan, as well as eye-catching sculptures and wall hangings.
The two-bed, two-bath floor plan also includes a media room, large outdoor entertaining area and plenty of open space to accommodate guests for pre-game get-togethers or watch parties.
Average Price: $255/night
Super Bowl Pricing: $1000/night
L'amour at St. Julien Place
For those who prefer cozier, more traditional luxury, this upper-level rental is part of a 1940 duplex and, as such, has all the charm and character of a home built in a different era. The original hardwood floors and classic trim fit in well in Houston's Historic 3rd Ward neighborhood, located just east of the Museum District, and the quiet streets and serene balcony provide a sharp contrast and reprieve from the Super Bowl excitement.
Adding to its appeal is its proximity to NRG Stadium; this home is only a 10-minute drive. It's also within walking distance to the METRORail train line for those up for it. Depending on the outcome of the game, you may just want a healthy trek (or jaunt) along Hermann Park.
Average Price: $218/night
Super Bowl Pricing: $2,250/night
Executive-style House in the Houston Heights
Renting this large home in the Houston Heights neighborhood is like having a bed and breakfast all to yourself. It features four bedrooms, a library, media room, dining room and a kitchen that would make even a professional chef drool. The 12-foot ceilings, wide-plank hardwood floors and soaking tub are really icing on the cake.
In addition to the sheer size of the rental — it can sleep eight people comfortably — what makes this space impressive is its location. The Houston Heights neighborhood is a 10-minute drive to Downtown, just a 20-minute drive from NRG Stadium, and within walking distance to some of the city's best hike and bike trails, restaurants and shopping.
Average Price: $350/night
Super Bowl Pricing: $3000/night
What this space lacks in square footage it makes up for in luxury. This one-bedroom penthouse apartment has unobstructed views of Houston's Memorial Park and Downtown skyline, as well as a full suite of amenities befitting of its location in the trendy Galleria/Uptown area. The high rise building where the space is housed has a 24-hour concierge service, heated pool, fitness center and movie theater, as well as access to the adjacent Omni Hotel's room service and Mokara Spa. It's also only a 20-minute drive from NRG Stadium — that is, of course, if you can pull yourself away long enough to attend the game.
Average Price: $3000/night
Super Bowl Pricing: $3,500/night, Minimum seven-night stay