Home Exchange

camerondiazThe Holiday, is a romantic comedy (chick flick), where two women exchange homes to live in for a certain amount of time. Most people would have thought that any such idea would never work in reality. I mean, do you really want strangers lurking around in your house?

HomeExchange is a very active website, listing a number of properties where you can trade homes for as little as a weekend or as long as a year. Browsing through the Melbourne listings, I can see that there are some spectacular places listed.

More after the jump…

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We live in a a luxury 3 bedroom apartment on the 64th floor in the tallest residential building in Australia. Please view www.eurekatower.com.au to view more info. We live in a 5 star building with 24 hour concierge, indoor pool, sauna, fully equipped gymnasium and private cinema. Link

or how about a penthouse suite in Albert Park

Our top floor (4th floor) apartment is in a most expensive area of Melbourne and has a large balcony with a breathtaking view of Port Phillip Bay. The building is 9 years old and this is the prime centre penthouse. Link

All of these homes look about 100x better than mine so it doesn’t look like I will be using this site until I make my first million.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Ursula Godwin Niesmann (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    You might not have to wait to become a millionaire before starting your first home exchange!
    In his song “Lay Lady Lay” Bob Dylan changed the phrase of a very old proverb: “You can have your cake and eat it, too.” This is exactly the way I feel about Home Exchange. Anything is possible. Like our last summer swap in Fiesole, nestled in the hills east of Florence. We stayed at a 400-year-old farmhouse in the midst of a beautiful olive grove overlooking Florence. Our kids loved it. For their games, they used what was there: stones, lavender twigs, lizards (I am afraid!). (Our older daughter also liked Medusa in the Uffizi Gallery, all that blood.) We loved the discussions with the son of the owner who stayed in another part of the house (it was very spacious.) Over a marvelous Tuscan meal with him and his very intellectual friends we learned about Italian life and culture today. Something we would have never had the chance to experience any other way. What our exchange partner, a philosopher, traded his paradise for? A nice flat on Lake Starnberg. Ever heard of it?
    Home Exchange has become such a passion for me that I recently started my own Home Exchange Network – JewettStreet (www.JewettStreet.com). Although still very small in numbers, we received an excellent review from the industry’s experts, Know Your Trade (www.knowyourtrade.com), the fantastic new Home Exchange Information Site that rates all Home Exchange websites worldwide.
    Go for that first Home Exchange!

    Ursula Godwin Niesmann

  2. Lois (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm


    ‘The Holiday’ certainly did introduce more people to the idea of home exchange – which is great! The actual arrangements for the exchange between the two main female characters in the movie were pure Hollywood fantasy – they appeared to have found each other on a fictitious home exchange website, made contact, instantly agreed to exchange and were off to each other’s homes the very next day! In reality, most home swaps take much time and care to arrange as those taking part want to feel comfortable with each other, and to have covered all the important issues, before agreeing to an exchange.

    One aspect the film did get right though is that you don’t usually need to be worried about exchanging like for like in terms of home size and luxuries as the majority of exchangers are looking first at locations they want to visit and whether a home is large enough to accommodate their family rather than that it is a duplicate of their own home.

    I publish a blog devoted to all things home exchange. I hope you will check it out – and do contact me if you have any questions:


  3. Angela (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    I know I loved it.

  4. Nicole (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 4:36 am

    After completing over 30 home swaps I decided to share my experience with others. I’m not trying to get anyone to join my home swap club since I don’t have one! I write the only non-commercial home exchange blog at http://homeexchanger.blogspot.com/. I’ve just completed a series on “Your Humble Home Exchange”. You can swap a small or basic home. Come visit and find out how.

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