For this member spotlight interview, we had the pleasure of speaking with Amanda Fornelli, a seasoned professional in the short-term rental industry who went through our Williams Sonoma Design program. Starting with fix and flip projects in Joshua Tree, Amanda and her team at Nopali Properties quickly recognized the potential for STRs in the area and began building and launching several unique and beautiful properties. The most rewarding aspect of her career is transforming distressed properties into one-of-a-kind experiences for guests.
Learn more about our design program with Williams Sonoma here.
How many years have you been in the short term rental industry and how did you get started?
It all started three years ago with a few fix and flip projects in Joshua Tree when we realized the potential for STRs in the area. We then began building and launching several Short Term Rentals in and around the Joshua Tree area.
What do you find most rewarding about your career?
The most rewarding for my team is the transformation of a distressed property into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind experience that short term rental guests truly enjoy and appreciate.
What is your favorite rental property you have and why do you love it?
Finca Nopali Airbnb was our first rental property ever launched so it holds a very special place in our hearts. It is a great example of the level of work my team does and how we strive to create beautiful and unique properties for guests.
What’s the craziest story you have from hosting?
The hot tub at our property was mysteriously drained one day. Our pool guy had just serviced it the week before and there were no signs of a leak. The entire tub of water just vanished into thin air!
What’s one “pro-tip” you’d be willing to pass on to the community?
Use consolidated shipping and white glove service from HostGPO for your furniture and decor. It will reduce trash and save you a ton of time setting up. It’s a game changer!
What’s the most recent item that you can remember that you’ve ordered from HostGPO?
We recently ordered these gorgeous Pottery Barn stools for our latest rental in Joshua Tree!
What would you tell others about whether to join HostGPO?
Joining HostGPO is a no brainer for getting high quality furniture and supplies for your rental at a discount. The process is easy and really enjoyable!
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