These homes offer romantic charm without cracking your nest egg.
It’s natural to want the best for your significant other—including when you’re looking for a place to rent together. But romantic upgrades like gorgeous views and spacious jacuzzi tubs often have a not-so-romantic effect on your budget. These seven rentals, however, pack in plenty of charm without driving up the price, leaving you and your loved one with more cash to spend on an ideal evening together.
San Antonio, Texas
Loving the large, Romanesque columns outside this home in San Antonio’s Tobin Hill neighborhood? Prepare to be equally wooed by the inside. This upstairs, two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment has natural light, hardwood floor, and built-ins to spare, creating a perfectly romantic atmosphere in the 1,600-square-foot space.
Best of all, San Antonio’s famous Pearl district is less than a mile down the road. Whether you and your partner choose to walk hand-in-hand through the Pearl Weekend Market or grab drinks at the always-romantic Hotel Emma, this rental is in a great spot for couples who love to have fun.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Design and nature enthusiasts will adore this desert gem in Santa Fe, which includes rustic elements like exposed beams, hardwood floors, natural wood accents, and a wood stove. Located off the beaten path (or off the asphalt path, at least—it’s on a dirt road), this four-bedroom house comes with all the privacy a couple could want.
This quiet retreat is a blissful 12 miles from busy Downtown Santa Fe. For a nearby date night, take in a show (and gorgeous desert views) at the Santa Fe Opera, an open-air theater.
Traverse City, Michigan
It’s hard to deny the romance of waterfront stroll, which you and your loved one can take every day from this quaint Traverse City cottage. The historic one-bedroom, one-bathroom home dates back to 1895—though its pristine, fully-remodeled interior is anything but dated.
Though you may opt to stay in and mix your own drinks at the wet bar, Downtown Traverse City offers plenty of restaurants, microbreweries, and taprooms for a night on the town. And in the morning, you’re just an easy walk away from local favorite The Omelette Shoppe.
New Iberia, Louisiana
Nothing sets an idyllic scene quite like picket fences and a wrap-around porch, and this Southern charmer in the heart of New Iberia offers both. Inside the three-bedroom home, you’ll find a fully-remodeled space with sweet design details and a cozy fireplace.
Though it’d be easy to drink sweet tea hand-in-hand on the deck all day, your sweetheart might appreciate living a short walk from the Bayou Teche river, as well as the restaurants, pubs, and boutiques off of West Main Street.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper will swoon over this three-bedroom home with a modern farmhouse vibe. Complete with exposed beams, hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light, this lovely home is perfect for the couple that loves to entertain in style.
In the quaint area of The Village, you and your partner can enjoy life on a quiet, tree-lined street without straying far from the excitement of Downtown Oklahoma City. Then again, once you’ve settled in on the porch with a glass of rosé, you may never want to leave.
Greenville, South Carolina
For many, privacy is essential to—if not synonymous with—romance. Luckily, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow offers both seclusion and charm in a sweet neighborhood. The master bedroom is located in the rear of the house for added privacy, and the fenced-in yard and patio are perfect for a quiet evening together.
If you decide to venture out now and again, some of Greenville’s most popular date spots, such as Larkin’s On The River and Bocca Pure Italian, are just a short drive away.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Home to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs is no stranger to beautiful landscapes and romantic scenery—and this two-bedroom Victorian home in Southwest Colorado Springs is perfect for adventuring lovebirds eager to enjoy the best of the city together.
Aside from the charming exterior, the house offers hardwood floors, a stylish master bedroom, and beautiful built-ins. You and your significant other will love curling up in front of the handsome fireplace or relaxing by the outdoor fire pit. And when you’re ready to entertain, the picturesque backyard is the perfect place for a gathering.
Originally published November 1, 2017; updated May 8, 2018.