8 sensational apartments from around the globe

Beachy escapes, cozy studios, romantic retreats, and more

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Bedroom in Chicago with view of skyscrapers

As we turn the page to 2024, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next. Maybe that’s soaking up the sun in Rio de Janeiro. Or taking on a new gig in Chicago. Perhaps exploring Hong Kong with your BFF. Dare to dream big! 

Whatever you envision, Blueground is here to help you live comfortably, explore confidently, and work in style — with the flexibility to do it all for a month, a year, or even longer. 

Ready to write the next chapter of your story? Get inspired by our 2024 home guide and find the right spot below…or in any of our other 15,000+ turnkey apartments

Trade snow for sand in Rio de Janeiro

Open living room in Rio de Janeiro

Kick back and relax in the comfort of this airy living room after a day at Copacabana Beach.

The apartment: Can’t wait to swap snowy days for sunny ones? No need to shiver until spring! Just fly south for the winter to this spacious three-bedroom apartment in Rio. Not only do its large windows look out onto Copacabana Beach, but there’s a subtle, coastal palette throughout the home. 

Woman riding bike on beach in Rio de Janeiro

Discover one-of-a-kind vendors and performers as you stroll along the nearby boardwalk.

The neighborhood: You’ll live steps from the beach, hip restaurants, and fantastic bars, all in one of the best cities in Brazil. It’s an incredibly safe location, with plenty of people-watching opportunities, too. The waves are perfect for beginner surfers, so you can finally check that off your bucket list as well.  

Live the high life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong apartment living room

Imagine relaxing in this living room while enjoying views of Victoria Harbour.

The apartment: If you want to take 2024 to new heights, look no further than this Hong Kong gem on the 48th floor. Yeah, it’s waaay up there. The interior has an elevated style to match, with marbled surfaces and two bedrooms that look onto stunning views of Victoria Harbour.

Man Mo temple interior

Escape the hustle and bustle inside the peaceful setting of Man Mo Temple.

The neighborhood: One of best neighborhooods in Hong Kong, Sheung Wan is an easy-to-walk area in the northwest of Hong Kong Island. It’s perfect for the adventurous shopper and has a rich history, too. Go admire the Edwardian architecture of Western Market, Hong Kong’s oldest surviving market building, which opened in 1906, or visit Man Mo Temple, one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. 

Go for bespoke in San Diego

Bespoke Blueground living room in San Diego

Enjoy this modernized checkerboard pattern and a trio of ways to sit in luxe style.

The apartment: Welcome to our elevated San Diego surf shack! Meticulously laid out by our professional team of interior designers, this one-of-a-kind apartment flaunts mesmerizing patterns, rich textures, and beachy tones. There’s plenty to do at the apartment building, too. That includes taking a dip in the pool, working out in the state-of-the-art gym, and playing cornhole at the outdoor entertainment area. 

Botanical garden in Balboa Park San Diego

Nearby Balboa Park offers endless entertainment, including museums, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

The neighborhood: University Heights is a popular, relaxed area where there’s tons to eat and drink. Seriously, you’ll always have dinner options since there’s a brewpub, steakhouse, and vegan restaurant right around the corner. Plus, pie and coffee shops if you want to top off the meal with dessert. Want to burn some calories? Go break a sweat at the Mesa Rim Climbing Center. Another fun option in the area is Old Trolley Barn Park, where you can catch outdoor concerts during the summer. 

Work hard, play hard in Athens

Dual desks in an Athens, Greece apartment

Work side-by-side with your partner or best friend at this stylish workspace.

The apartment: We’re not going to lie, positive vibes come standard here because of the space’s sun-soaked interior. Courtesy of its dual desk area and relaxing balcony, this two-bedroom Athens beauty mixes business and leisure perfectly. Like hosting dinner or wine nights? The combination of a fully equipped kitchen and this apartment’s roomy dining area almost make it a requirement. 

Two girls resting and looking out from Lycabettus Hill

A short walk up nearby Lycabettus Hill rewards you with breathtaking vistas.

The neighborhood: Vasilissis Sofias Avenue is one of the main arteries running through the center of Athens, connecting Syntagma Square to Kifisias Avenue. You’ll find many historical buildings and landmarks here, including the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens of Athens. Plus, popular cafes and restaurants abound. Two metro stations are located close by, so exploring near or far is simple.

Enjoy all the views in Chicago

Bright living room in Chicago apartment with lots of sunlight

Experience a breathtaking panorama of the Windy City from almost any room in this apartment.

The apartmentReady to soak up the sights of Chicago? This two-bedroom charmer on the 21st floor is your ticket to a visual wonderland. Its floor-to-ceiling windows let in tons of natural light, giving this home an inviting, open vibe. Just imagine coffee at sunrise either inside or on the balcony. Even better? If you like staying active, the apartment building features a basketball and pickleball court as well as an outdoor running track.

View of Grant Park and Lake Michigan in Chicago

Experience two local gems at any time: Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

The neighborhoodSouth Loop is a dynamic area with a unique mix of attractions, shopping, and history. For shopping, visit the Roosevelt Collection, an open-air plaza, home to a cinema as well as premium local and national retailers. Along the southern edge, you’ll find Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears’ football stadium. Whether on your first weekend in Chicago or your 100th, be sure to check out the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, or Grant Park.

Stay with your whole crew in Mexico City

Spacious dining room in Mexico City

Is a home-cooked meal or takeout on the menu? Either way, this dining room gives you enough room to all eat together.

The apartment: Boasting three beds, four baths, and 310 sq. m. (3,300 sq. ft.), this Mexico City home fuses size and style. Seriously, there’s room for your entire family. Everyone will have space to relax courtesy of a second living area and expansive balcony — well-suited for entertaining friends and neighbors. Why go big or go home when you can do both?

Exterior of the National Auditorium in Mexico City

Picture a night out watching a performance or concert at the Auditorio Nacional — just a short walk away.

The neighborhood: High-end, urbane Polanco is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Mexico City. Just steps away, you’ll find upscale restaurants and some of the city’s most exclusive shopping along Avenida Presidente Masaryk. Other nearby local attractions include a zoo and the Sprawling Bosque de Chapultepec park, where you can go for a walk or picnic. You can check out cultural destinations as well, like museums highlighting modern art and history.

Fall in love all over again in Paris

Cute living room in Paris apartment

Home is where the heart is, especially when you stay in this lovely Parisian flat with your partner.

The apartment: Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) is extra special when you spend it with your partner in the City of Love. Looking for a romantic getaway? Voila! It’s sure to be love at first sight when it comes to this cozy, one-bedroom apartment. You’ll adore its exposed beams, gilded lighting, and elegant, spiral staircase. At the top of the stairs? Your master bedroom, with skylight windows that let you stargaze at night. And don’t forget to sample some local wine and cheese on your patio every chance you get.  

Picnic foods with Eiffel Tower in the distance

Plan a romantic picnic for two in front of the Eiffel Tower.

The neighborhood: Discover what joie de vivre is all about in the Monceau neighborhood. You can go for daily strolls in Parc Monceau, snap pics in front of the iconic (and nearby) Arc de Triomphe, or treat yourself to a shopping spree along the picture-perfect Champs-Élysées. This apartment provides easy access to the city’s transportation network — not to mention incredible cafes and restaurants. Smitten yet?

Keep cozy in Zurich

Charming Zurich bedroom in a studio apartment

Function and fashion are on full display inside this quaint Swiss home.

The apartment: Bigger isn’t always better. If you want to reduce your footprint or plan on spending most of your time exploring Zurich during a solo trip, here’s the perfect solution. A tiny Swiss retreat of 18 sq. m. (194 sq. ft.). Despite its dimensions, this tiny space still boasts loads of style and comfort.  

This picturesque area often looks like something from a postcard.

The neighborhood: Wiedikon is set on the lower slopes of Uetliberg, making for some incredible views. There are hiking trails nearby, including the Planet Trail. This neighborhood also features a variety of restaurants, encompassing everything from fast casual dining to traditional Swiss fare. The Sihlcity shopping mall is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy, and the surrounding area is home to cocktail lounges and pubs, as well as several notable international restaurants. 

Feeling inspired for 2024?

This was just a taste of the amazing homes and destinations Blueground offers. Our flexible living options are nearly endless, with several thousand apartments to help you feel at home and free to roam — exactly where you want, when you want, and on the terms you want.

Be sure to explore our entire collection of fully equipped, move-in-ready homes around the world. And remember to check back often. We add new apartments and cities all the time! 

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.