Are the Poconos the Best AirBnB Market in the Nation?

It seems that a growing number of investors and companies that support them are feeling very positive about investing in vacation homes in the Poconos and the future of Short-term Rentals in the region. Popular YouTuber Edward Lui states the Poconos are the Best Airbnb Market in the Nation, Airbnb put the Poconos in their Top 10 most profitable markets in 2021 and Evolve, the popular Vacation home management company listed the Poconos at the top of their 2022 best places to buy a vacation rental. Marriott seems to agree as they have included over 70 properties in the area in Marriott Homes and Villas in the Pocono Mountains. As a realtor who specializes in finding short-term rental friendly vacation homes in the Poconos, I can tell you that it isn’t all hype, the Poconos are a good place to be.

The area has things to do all year. The area has several winter sports resorts for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, plus plenty of hills for sledding and cross country skiing. The summer is ideal for being outdoors and on the water with everything from whitewater rafting on the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers to power boating in Beltzville and Tobyhanna State Parks to paddle boarding, kayaking or just floating on the hundreds of lakes in the area. There’s hiking, biking and just hanging outside and enjoying the wonders of nature the area is known for. Fall brings folks who want to get away and see fall foliage, the time where our lush green forests turn vibrant colors before winter sets in. Spring is usually the quietest for rentals, but indoor water parks and the many year-round activities at Pocono Raceway mean there is always something to do. You can see more of what to do with through the Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau and perhaps watch some of their Pocono Television Network shows.

Of course, going to the Poconos is not always about doing, it is often about just getting away. Many of the most successful short-term rentals become destinations of their own, with little need to go anywhere else. The list of my clients who have built great Pocono getaways continues to grow, here are some of the best of the best:

Little Pines Lodge, hosted by Anthony

Arrowhead Lake:
Peaceful Cabin for Getaways!, hosted by Amanda

Bear Creek Lakes:
The Retreat at Bear Creek Lakes, hosted by Samuel

Big Bass Lake:
Modern Cabin w Lakes/Pools, Lofted Deck, Fireplace, hosted by Tony
Sweet Home O Mine”, hosted by Melanie

Emerald Lakes:
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,hosted by Matt
Indian Mountain Lake:
Beautiful Home in the Poconos Close to Everything, hosted by Tony
Blue Bird Retreat, A-Frame Cabin w Lakes/Pools, Fireplace, Deck/Grill, hosted by Tony

Lake Harmony, Big Boulder and Split Rock:
Luxury Retreat, hosted by Serene Escapes
Luxe Family Ski Home w/Views/Sauna/Hot Tub/Games, hosted by Yuriy

Penn Lake Park (White Haven)
Chipmunk Cottage on Penn Lake, hosted by Emma

Pocono Country Place in Tobyhanna
Modern Cozy Home, hosted by Arelis
Pocono’s Blue House, hosted by Adriana

Pocono Farms and Country Club
Dog-friendly home with washer/dryer, desk, game room, firepit, grill, & pool, hosted by Vacasa Pennsylvania
Echo Lake Escape @ The Poconos, hosted by Mandy

Towamensing Trails:
Cozy Cottage/Pet Friendly Near Waterparks/Ski Resorts, hosted by Susan
Cozy Poconos Escape, hosted by Evolve
The Mountain Manor, hosted by Pocono Rental Management
Wild Antler Hideaway, hosted by Liana

White Haven Pocono:
Poconos Cottage, hosted by Raj

Successful STR investments come from attentive owners who understand that running a STR is like running a hospitality business. Having a property that is not just a place to stay, but a destination in itself will keep guests staying longer and coming back for more. If you are interested in investing in Pocono Mountain Vacation Homes that are STR friendly, I suggest you come for a visit, stay at one of the above properties and see the best of the best.

We provide scorecards with indicators as to STR-Friendly communities in the Poconos and STR-friendly municipalities in the Poconos, but these are just indicators. Like any investment, do your research as past performance does not assure future success. Many of the successful STR properties listed above are in planned communities that have Associations that may limit rental operations so check with the association office for those rules. Also check with the local municipality (borough or township) for their zoning restrictions and applicable Short-term Rental Ordinances.

My interview with Steven & Jenny Bolt on their “Short Term Rental Markets” Podcast is now available with some thoughts on the market for vacation homes in the Poconos.

If you are interested in investing in the area, you might also want to connect with Pocono Lake Real Estate Investing Meetup Group

Published by markshayrealtor

I believe helping you find a home is all about the fit, finding a home that fits your needs today, and sets you up for the future. I walk my customers through the many steps needed to find the right fit for a property that they can use as an investment, a vacation home or as their primary residence. I found my way to the Poconos looking for the perfect vacation home. I purchased a nice sized tract of land near Blue Mountain Ski Resort, where I built a home and continue to develop the land. I think of the area as both a great place to live and a great place to vacation. My vacation home has been successfully running as a short-term rental for a number of years and I have turned that experience into my real estate specialty, helping people buy vacation homes they can run as a short-term rental.

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