Super Bowl Homes Command $1,600 a Night as Listings Jump
"We realized people might be tuning into the games and waiting to see who won before finalizing their plans," Thorne said. "We just put two and two together and thought this would be a good opportunity for us."
Matt Haraburda, a 23-year-old 49ers fan, awaited the outcome of the NFC championship game before listing his four-bedroom apartment at 57th Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan on Craigslist. The fixed-income analyst and one of his roommates were contemplating attending the Super Bowl if San Francisco won. Instead, they're looking to avoid the festivities and are asking $2,000 a night for three of the home's four bedrooms. The monthly rent on the apartment is about $5,600 with utilities.
"There's no need to stay there if we can make up a month's rent," Haraburda said.
On HomeAway, the most expensive property available for the Super Bowl is an 8,200-square-foot English manor-style home in North Caldwell, the town that was the home of fictional TV character Tony Soprano. The asking price is $119,500 for the entire week of the game.
The home, which sits on a 3.5-acre lot about 15 miles from the stadium, has six bedrooms, five and a half baths, 10 flat-screen televisions, a hot tub, home gym, three fireplaces and daily maid service. The rental also comes with a French-trained chef who will provide three meals a day and access to a wine cellar with a selection of 600 bottles.
Donald Salmon, who is marketing the property on behalf of the owner, said he first listed the home in December. He had a few calls on it before the Super Bowl teams were settled and got a "serious" inquiry from a potential renter in Washington state this week.
"It's not cheap, clearly, so we're looking for something corporate, or a wealthy individual," Salmon said. "Who knows? Maybe Peyton Manning's family wants it," he said, referring to the Broncos quarterback.
For travelers on more of a budget, hotel rooms were still available as of earlier this week. The average price for a room in the New York area for Super Bowl weekend was $327 as of Jan. 20, a 63 percent increase over that same time period last year, according to Orbitz Worldwide Inc. Prices are highest close to the stadium, with rooms in towns such as East Rutherford and Secaucus going for $382 a night. They still have 12 percent availability for the night before the game, data from the Chicago-based company show.
In Union City and Jersey City, where the Broncos and Seahawks will stay in the week leading up to the game, the average price was $258, with 29 percent availability.
"If you're looking to stay close to the stadium, it's going to sell out," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor at Orbitz. "There will be rooms available in Manhattan, but the prices will rise steadily as the game gets closer."