San Diego’s booming Airbnb ads, in one graphic
The number of Airbnb listings is increasing in almost every neighborhood in San Diego.
From typical hotspots like Ocean Beach and Gaslamp to city’s sleepiest neighborhoods like Mira Mesa and Sherman Heights, Airbnb listings have increased by more than 50% since last year, according to new data from the analytics firm. Airbnb. Beyond pricing.
The city as a whole has seen Airbnb listings increase by 39%, from 3,105 in February 2015 to 4,305 this month, according to data. The number includes full-time entire house rentals – often referred to as mini-hotels by reviewers – as well as rooms or guesthouses rented while the owner remains on site.
While some things change, others stay the same.
The same six neighborhoods as last year are still home to nearly half of the city’s total Airbnb listings: Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, North Park, Ocean Beach, and East Village. Of these hot spots, Ocean Beach and La Jolla recorded the largest gains. Ocean Beach listings increased 64% to 230 rentals, and La Jolla increased 58% to 404 rentals.
Only three neighborhoods saw their Airbnb ads drop: Core-Columbia from 29% to 37 ads, Harborview from 23% to 17 and Bay Ho from 5% to 19 ads.
As the number of listings increases, tensions over the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals are also increasing, with rival community groups arguing for the city’s intervention to limit rentals or require certain permits. It has proven difficult for city staff to figure out how to respond to dual interests, but a new draft ordinance is expected this summer.
San Diego isn’t the only region to fall more in love with Airbnb, and in fact, “The increase is much smaller than in other markets, possibly due to regulatory uncertainty,” said Ian McHenry, president. San Francisco-based Beyond Pricing, which uses market trends to help homeowners set prices for their rentals competitively.
He said the total number of Airbnb listings has grown from 1.2 million to 2 million in the past year, or 67%, while communities like Daytona Beach, Florida, saw registrations increase by 80 percent.
And that’s just for Airbnb. There are a number of other widely used home sharing sites like VRBO and FlipKey, although some tenants list their property on multiple websites.