The Masters may be just around the corner, but some Augustans still hope to make some extra cash by renting their homes.
“This will be my third year renting out my house,” said Heather Denson, who is one of those homeowners still holding out to rent.
The Masters kicks off in less than a week and Denson is keeping her fingers crossed that her townhome on York Way rents. It’s on Airbnb for the first time this year.
“The Masters Bureau you have to have signed up by a certain date and I actually missed the date, the cut off date,” she explained.
Denson’s Cozy 2 bedroom townhome in West Augusta’s “The Enclave” subdivision sleeps 8. She secured a rental on the last day of the tournament, but wants the entire week booked, something she is positive will happen since the property is right off Washington Road near Augusta National Golf Club.
“I’m really hoping, especially for the practice round. A know lot of people come in for the practice round. Last year, I had someone come in and they were from the UK and they came for the practice round,” Denson recalled.
In Olde Town, Rick Keuroglian still needs renters too and he’s been on Airbnb and a few other sites hoping to fill his entire house that sleeps 8.
He told us, “I am very hopeful. A couple of years ago we came down to the wire and we found someone. We’ve been consistent so we’re still holding out.”
Safety is what drew Keuroglian to Airbnb. He said the company screens buyers. And he’s hoping the interior and exterior offerings help him seal the deal.
“A group who enjoys being close to the Masters and can walk to the restaurants or the river. We think we’re in the prime location where we’re not fighting traffic. It’s just four or five minutes from the Masters,” Keuroglian said.
At last check there are a little more than 100 homes available between now and April 15 on Airbnb in the Augusta area.
Photojournalist: Gary Hipps