Over the past decade or more, HGTV has become the go-to network for those wanting to drool, daydream or live vicariously through other people's luxe home renovation and purchasing exploits.

From House Hunters, which was one of the network's earliest home-oriented shows, to the wildly popular new series Fixer Upper and countless other spin-off programs in between including Island Life, Lakefront Bargain Hunt and Beachfront Bargain Hunt, there's no shortage of programming for those addicted to home-related inspiration and entertainment.

The combination of all the shows has sent ratings through the roof for the network, making 2015 HGTV's highest-rated year ever. The network is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households.

Clearly there's no shortage of viewers hooked on nice houses.

But here's a bit of information that the HGTV fans may not be aware of - many of the stylish homes appearing on the network's shows are available as vacation rentals through websites such as HomeAway, Airbnb and VRBO.

The uber stylish Texas barndominium featured on season three of Fixer Upper for instance, is offered on HomeAway as an ideal place for perhaps a girl's getaway, special family gathering or reunion. The five-bedroom home can even be had for long-term rentals.

HGTV's 2014 Dream Home is also listed on HomeAway. The stunning property, nestled in the woods of Truckee, Calif. includes three bedrooms, three and a half baths and an award-winning design that emphasizes indoor-outdoor living and natural light.

"Welcome to the HGTV generation," says HomeAway spokeswoman Melanie Fish. "The Fixer Upper homes are very popular right now."

Over the past few years, says Fish, HomeAway properties have gone from an alternative option for vacation lodging to a preferred option. And at the same time HomeAway has been growing in popularity, so have home improvement and real estate shows such as those proliferating on HGTV. So it stands to reason that the two trends are now crossing paths, explains Fish.

"If you're watching these shows in the first place, it's because you love beautiful properties, so it makes perfect sense that you would want to go stay in them if you could," says Fish.

But don't expect the experience to come cheap simply because you're renting, and not buying the dream homes.

The Texas bardominium starts at $1,173 per night, and the Truckee, Calif. property is about $631 a night.

For those who don't wince at the steep price-tag, here's a look at some of the HGTV homes available for rent.

Fixer Upper - Barndominium, Waco, Texas


HGTV's runaway hit Fixer Upper, which launched in 2013, focuses on properties that are in a great location, but have serious design flaws. Real estate and design pros Chip and Joanna Gaines swoop in to renovate the house in question.

One of the most unique renovations featured on the show to date was a Waco, Texas barndominium that appeared on season three. As audiences watched and marveled, the Fixer Upper design team turned a 1,000-square-foot attic apartment, along with horse stalls and hay storage, into and stunning and stylish 2,700-square-foot home.

The resulting property is breathtaking, awash in clean, airy design. There are beautiful windows, hardwood floors, chic furniture, a luxury kitchen and more.


The home has five bedrooms and sleeps 15. There's also two full bathrooms, a grand dining hall and ample outdoor space, including a private lake. 

All of which sounds ideal for that next family getaway right?


2014 HGTV Dream Home - Truckee, Calif.


Every year since 1997, HGTV has given away a dream house that's built by the network's experts and showcased on television. Winners of the dream house not only get a jaw-dropping new place to live, they also receive cash and cars. The entire event has become insanely popular. In 1998, 2.5 million people entered to win the home. In 2016, that number had grown to 127 million.

So here's a chance to experience, (at least for a few days), what it must be like to be among the rare few contest winners. The Truckee, Calif. property (just north of Lake Tahoe) is a sprawling 3,200 square feet. It includes three bedrooms and three and half bathrooms spread amongst two wings. The home is filled with designer furnishings, walls of glass and granite and stainless steel accents. Additional details include a gas fireplace, a 16-foot granite cooking and dining bar, and 15-foot ceilings.

And when guests get bored of drooling over the house, they can wander down to a community pool, fitness center or golf course for more entertainment.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt - Placencia, Belize


Beachfront property rarely comes cheap. But HGTV's show Beachfront Bargain Hunt sets out to break that rule. The show documents the journeys of families who dream of living in a sandy locale, but who cannot afford to spend a fortune in pursuit of that goal.

Episode two of season 10 featured an Ohio couple tired of the dreary, frigid Midwest winters. The charming property in Belize that they ended up buying is now part of television history and perhaps your next vacation. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage is located on prime Caribbean beachfront. It includes a Hamptons-style kitchen, large tiled showers, and a third floor viewing tower with sweeping views of the ocean and the nearby village.

There's also an outdoor conch shell shower, an amenity which clearly requires personally visiting the property, to fully understand.

Fixer Upper - Mid-Century Modern, Waco, Texas


By some accounts, Waco has become a hotspot that attracts travelers from around the world. If it happens to be on your radar, here's another famous television home to consider bunking in.

Once a quirky, rundown place that wouldn't warrant a second look, the home is now a sparkling design feast for the eyes on every level. It includes an open floor plan with a wall of windows facing the woods, light, airy rooms; state-of-the-art kitchen, fireplace, wood floors and three bedrooms. Outside there's new cedar siding, a pergola covered patio, and still more stunning views of the woods.

Past guests say a stay here feels like a visit to a treehouse (well perhaps a luxury treehouse.) And starting at just $257 per night, it's one of the more affordable luxe options on this list.

Offbeat America - Kehena Point Cliff House, Hawaii


If a home can be an A-list celebrity, then this famous property may have earned such a distinction.

HGTV's Off Beat America is just one of the many shows to have featured the Kehana Point Cliff House, in Hawaii. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it includes two bedrooms, a loft, two bathrooms and stellar views of many things including the ocean, passing whales and dolphins, and magnificent Hawaiian sunsets.

But it's the unusual, all-concrete design and quirky round windows that earned this house repeated television time. If you're among the many fans who've seen this famous address on TV, now's your chance to see it in person.