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Goodbye, Airbnb. Hello, Luxury home exchange from the Bay Area to beyond

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“I’m done with vacation rentals,” was my recent statement as I walked out of a Wine Country home that didn’t even remotely live up to the photos. You know the ones: “spacious” rooms thanks to a fishbowl lens, the right shade of sunset hiding the cracked tile in the pool and the green water in the hot tub, the non-existent images of the broken whole.

There must be a better way to get a homey vibe and a full kitchen on vacation than in an unattended rental with mysterious duct tape on the ceiling. And there is: It’s called Home Exchange.


Anyone who has seen Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz swap houses (and love interests) in The holidays You know home swapping isn’t new, but just because someone is willing to open their bedrooms, bathrooms, and drawers to you doesn’t mean you really want to stay there. Enter the Home Exchange Collection, the newly launched offering from the 30-year-old platform of highly curated luxury homes distributed around the world (and right here at home, too).

The high-end collection currently has around 300 homes in more than 35 countries on five continents. There are chic urban penthouses, whitewashed beach houses, and pastoral estates, and each has been vetted by the Home Exchange team. In addition, all members of the platform, including, according to a press release, “notable sustainable and eco-friendly fashion designers, international consultants, interior designers, scientists, architects, artists, and engineers” pay an annual fee of $1,000 for the privilege. participation, so maybe this means you won’t have to run out and replace a broken coffee pot; these are media owners, which also attests to us that they will take care of our own Nespresso machines etc. when it’s time to trade.

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Below, take a look at some of the collection’s charming vacation homes in Europe, the Indian Ocean, and here in the Bay Area.

A getaway by the sea on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Named for the pale sands that hug the aquamarine sea, the Costa Blanca of southeastern Spain, in the Alicante region, is a breezy enclave to soak up Mediterranean life.

This three-bedroom house near the charming artists’ village of Altea is well situated for day trips to Valencia or Alicante. But with its own gardens and ocean-view infinity pool, plus comfortable modern furnishings and access to a spa, tennis court, and fitness center, you may not be in a rush to leave your home away from home.

Walk to the beach or marina for restaurants, a supermarket, and the local bakery.

Chic Loft Life in the 11th arrondissement of Paris

An opportunity to live in modern luxury on one of the liveliest streets in Paris, surrounded by galleries, bars and restaurants? oh the la

Just off Rue de la Roquette and near the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery (hello, Jim Morrison and Gertrude Stein!), this 5,500-square-foot Bastille district is architecturally stunning with soaring windows, industrial elements, and a serene garden. for a balanced environment.

The amenities will also stand the test of even the most turned-up nose: the loft is home to an elegant art collection, a piano and theater, and a 30-foot indoor pool.

A launching pad for adventure on Reunion Island

Floating among the sapphire waves of the Indian Ocean is the French republic of Saint Gilles Les Bains on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. Here, an intimate two-bedroom villa awaits those seeking authentic vibes and lazy days on the beach.

Just five minutes from the sea, this sweet home is outfitted with local furnishings, natural materials, and bohemian prints. High ceilings and sliding glass doors easily connect the interior to the exterior, where there is an infinity pool and a garden with panoramic views.

Adventurers and eco-tourists, however, won’t be left behind: Reunion Island is packed with coral reefs, a lush forest interior, rare flora and fauna, abundant waterfalls, and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is a paradise for walkers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, surfers and divers alike.

A diverse offering in the Bay Area

Wondering if your home in the Bay Area qualifies for a spot in the Home Exchange Collection? Here are three local residences enjoying the benefits of membership.

// To learn more about the Home Exchange Collection, visit homeexchange.com.

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