North Carolina beach house where Bill Gates, ex Ann Winblad spent long weekends available for vacation rentals

The seaside retreat where Bill Gates and his ex-girlfriend reportedly spent long weekends together even after the Microsoft founder got married is available for rent.

Gates told Time magazine about the unusual arrangement in 1997, the New York Post reported in the wake of Gates’ announcement that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, were getting divorced. 

The billionaire tech entrepreneur told Time that he and fellow tech business leader Ann Winblad dated from 1984 to 1987, but they continued to vacation together at a

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Santa Barbara’s ban on vacation rentals is rejected by court

Santa Barbara’s ban on most short-term vacation rentals near the beach was rejected Tuesday by an appeals court.

The city’s decision in 2015 to treat rental homes as hotels effectively banned them in the coastal zone, a strip extending about a half-mile inland from the beach. Previously, 114 homes were available for short-term rentals in that area; after the decision, there were six.

The ruling of the Second Appellate District Court upheld a lower court’s action in a 2016 case brought by the CEO of a vacation rental management company.

In changing the classification, Santa Barbara had said that “the

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In Flagler Beach, Eyesore to Be Replaced By Vacation Rentals and Shops

For almost four decades the structure that came to be known as the Bank of America building sat gloomily like a giant brick with mouseholes on some of Flagler Beach’s prime real estate, at South 3rd Street and South Ocean Shore Boulevard, its brutalist squareness at odds with the charms of the boardwalk across the street or the more modest businesses along A1A.

That’s finally about to change. Last week the Flagler Beach City Commission approved plans to make over the building into seven efficiency-apartment type vacation rentals upstairs and clothing and gift shops downstairs, what will be called Ocean

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Vacation rentals take a hit: County looks to revise rules

The Big Island’s vacation rental industry took a hit during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving county government unsure how it would pay for the extra staffers hired to process permits in the department.

The program was to be self-sustaining through permit and renewal fees and fines. But the county’s prohibition of short-term rentals during the height of the pandemic’s first wave and its continuing ban on the rentals’ use as quarantine facilities, coupled with families returning to live in their formerly rented units, led to an attrition of units on the short-term rental market.

The number of short-term vacation rentals requiring

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Best Themed VRBO Rentals 2021: Quirky Vacation Rentals In The USA

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If you know me well enough (or even just a little bit, frankly), you know that my passion in life happens to be themed hotels and off-beat roadside attractions (yes, including the seedy romance varieties with heart-shaped bathtubs and mirrored ceilings). Recently, however, I’ve also expanded my search to include short-term vacation rentals, which naturally resulted in a journey to find the best themed VRBO rentals in the USA.

At this point, my number one hobby is researching these eccentric travel destinations and filing them under my wish list on Yelp. Motels and hotels

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Vacasa CEO sees an ‘epic summer’ for vacation rentals

The COVID-19 pandemic has supercharged the market for short-term vacation rentals, and experts say demand is showing no signs of slowing down.

“This is going to be an epic summer,” says Matthew Roberts, CEO of the vacation rental management company Vacasa. He tells Yahoo Finance Live that reservations are at an all-time high as pandemic-weary travelers seek out vacation rentals with space, privacy and pools.

“We’re up 213% March of 2021, over March of 2019, and we’re also seeing really high rates, higher rates than 2019 and higher occupancy as well. So business is booming,” he said.

Record demand combined

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