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See Smyrna Sunhouse, Georgia’s No. 1 new Airbnb host’s property

A detached garage is why Airbnb recently named Virginia Harper as the No. 1 top new Airbnb host in Georgia.

PHOTOS: See Smyrna Sunhouse, Georgia’s No. 1 new Airbnb host’s property

The short-term rental website recently spotlighted the top new host in each state. The rankings were based on those who listed their first Airbnb property in 2022, had the most guest check-ins, and who became a Superhost on the platform.

With more than 105 check-ins, Harper took the top spot.

“I had a friend who ran an Airbnb out of her basement. I was shocked at how successful it was and how often it was booked,” Harper told’s Nelson Hicks.

With that in mind, when Harper began searching for a house to purchase to live in, she looked explicitly for something she could transform into a short-term rental on the property. The dimensions of the detached garage filled the need.

After some design and work, the Smryna Sunhouse was born.

“I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how nice everyone has been! Everyone treats the sun house with respect and when anything has gone wrong people have been so gracious,” Harper said.

Harper said the best part is the income from the listing has given her the funds to purchase a house to flip. She said her dream has always been to flip a house and the income from the rental has turned that dream into a reality.

As for the Smryna Sunhouse itself, Harper describes it’s a private, sunny guest house that is 9 minutes from Truist Park and walking distance from downtown Smyrna shops and restaurants.

“Enjoy the sunshine from the floor-to-ceiling glass doors during the day and get a peaceful night’s rest on a cool-gel memory foam mattress at night. From the deep soaking tub to the full kitchen, this private studio won’t leave you wanting anything except to extend your stay,” the listing notes.

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