Friends make life richer. They help enrich your bank account when you share the cost of an over-the-top home with a handful of your choicest homies. What’s more, all the best vacay activities — grilling, saltwater pool-lounging, roof-deck dancing under a setting sun — are way better with friends around to hold your beer or snap a photo. Got your group gathered together? Good. Now’s your chance to truly ball out on a long weekend at lakefront mansions and million-dollar condos for less than the nightly rate of a mid-range hotel room.
Invite seven of your hippest friends to this chic urban pad in downtown Nashville, where live music and legendary Southern food make for an unforgettable escape. This loft-style condo sits in the center of the action, close to Nissan Stadium and Honky Tonk Highway. Sky-high ceilings, exposed brick walls and French doors that open to bird’s-eye city views from Juliette balconies add up to an over-the-top stay in the heart of Music City. The per-person price of a night in this condo comes to less than $150 when booking with a group of eight.
Cooking is better with friends, family and a locally sourced vintage or two in a magnificent chef’s kitchen. Round up your most sophisticated pals and spend your days touring and tasting across Napa Valley. When the sun goes down, enjoy dinner parties under the stars at this sophisticated 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom St. Helena farmhouse. The home’s beautifully landscaped acreage has a saltwater pool, a fire pit, a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen. Inside, vaulted ceilings, en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets create a spacious, airy ambiance. Travel with a group of six and your per-person rate at this epicurean’s dream home comes to less than $200 per night.
Book this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom Austin oasis and enjoy 3,000 square feet of room to roam. The home has two kitchens; a big, beautiful pool; and even a separate guest house. So. Much. Space! But the best part is the impossibly perfect location. The house is nestled among the hottest ‘hoods in the Live Music Capital of the World, a quick walk or pedicab ride to Lady Bird Lake, downtown, Rainey Street and East Austin. Plan a getaway along with 13 friends and your nightly rate comes to less than $150 per person.
Escape to a house so dazzling it is your destination, where astonishing mountain views abound from every angle (and look pretty impressive on the ‘gram). While indoor waterfalls and rock formations impart a rustic ambiance, this property is undoubtedly luxe. Eight-thousand feet of palatial mountaintop real estate contains posh amenities such as a movie theater, a game room, a gym, a heated garage and a chef’s kitchen. This high-altitude haven sleeps 22 guests, which brings your nightly per-person total down to less than 100 bucks a night when sharing costs.
Your own private beach. Clear lake views from almost every room. And, of course, up to 17 of your favorite people enjoying lakeside life with you. Located less than two hours’ drive from Chicago, this 7,500-square-foot waterfront house has umpteen palatial amenities, from a basketball court and a beachfront gazebo to in-bedroom fireplaces and three stories of screened-in balconies overlooking the water. Use the half-dozen bikes available on site to explore the restaurants, antique shops and art galleries of Union Pier. Book this space for 18 guests and your shared per-person cost comes to well under $200 a night.
Take to the water on your group getaway — no boating experience necessary. Book a stay aboard the stately Skal Nuphar, a floating home stationed in the Old Port of Montreal. This 4,500-square-foot vessel accommodates up to 25 guests in cozy cabins with water views and private bathrooms. Head to the enormous roof deck to soak in the hot tub as you listen to your favorite tunes on the boat’s state-of-the-art sound system. Thanks to a big chef’s kitchen plus plenty of places to lounge, Skal Nuphar is the perfect spot for leisurely meals on the water. Bring the maximum number of guests and your nightly rate comes to less than $50 per person.
Pack your best tailcoat and top hat for a stay at the 19th-century Southern manse of your dreams. From its French balconies and ironwork to its Italianate moldings and grand staircase, this Arts District Greek revival home exemplifies the best of classic New Orleans architecture. The 4-story property sleeps up to 30 guests among its seven bedrooms. And it’s located within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous attractions, such as the French Quarter, Jackson Square and Frenchman Street. When you bring 29 compatriots, your nightly rate is less than $50 per person.