Small is Beautiful: 7 Unique Home Exchanges You Won’t Believe

One Bed, One Bath, But So Much More

They are small; they are well appointed; and they are very well located. So much more than a hotel room and yet free.

Here are a collection of one bedroom, one bathroom apartments, lofts & flats selected from our over 65,000 listings on Home Exchange. Variety rules and you will be amazed at how delightful they all are. Some folks are retired, others are seasoned travelers who have learned they can work remotely from any corner of the world with a wifi connection and there are newbies too, trying home exchange for the first time.

You will find that small is beautiful and often comes with a view as well as a budding friendship.

1. Bonjour Paris!

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This second flat of Jean-Marc’s is centrally located in Marais, one of Paris’s oldest neighborhoods. Quiet, residential and charming with a rooftop of view of the city this one bedroom, one bath is walking distance to most tourist sites. It’s romantic and cozy and the architecture of the neighborhood is just fantastic. Great for art lovers and design enthusiasts with its concentration of art galleries and designer boutiques.

Jean-Marc lives just 10 minutes away. This second home makes non simultaneous exchanges a possibility. Jean-Marc is looking to exchange for some time in the country or by the seaside. If you would like to stay longer you may even prefer his main residence which is more spacious.

No stranger to Home Exchanging Jean-Marc has completed 8 exchanges at this time and his hosts appreciate his thoughtfulness, knowledge of the city as well as his homemade pastries.

A great way to see Paris. Not really suitable for children and you should be ready to walk up five flights of stairs. The view of the city is worth it and this trendy location might just be the perfect romantic getaway.


2. London is Calling

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This London location couldn’t be more central to the highlights of London. Tudor and Patricia have completely remodeled this charming flat. It has everything you need and is right where you want to be.

These recently retired school teachers are ready for their turn to continue exploring the world. They have completed 8 home exchanges and enjoy meeting new people and sharing their piece of London. Their guests all remark on how fantastic this location is as well as what gracious hosts Tudor and Patricia are.

Tudor and Patricia are theater buffs and if you are too you will thoroughly appreciate their location. 2 minute walk from The Cut, 3 minutes to Young Vic Theater, 5 minutes to Old Vic Theater, 12 minutes to National Theater and Royal Festival Hall, 14 minutes to the Globe Theater and the London Eye. It’s just ridiculous.

Foodies will revel in Borough market, only a 20 minute walk away. If chocolate is what sustains you a walk to the Menier Chocolate Factory will probably be quite necessary. Museums within walking distance include the Imperial War Museum, National Gallery, Hayward Gallery. Trafalgar Square and The Covent Garden are also within walking distance.


3. Manhattan Style

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Who hasn’t dreamed of living in Manhattan? Move right in a live like a real New Yorker. Sarah will tell you where to go. Soon you’ll be having coffee in the neighborhood and taking in some of the best people watching in the world. Just blocks away you can take that iconic morning jog right along the East River.

Around the corner you have the Stone Street Historic District where you can enjoy great outdoor cafes on cobblestone streets during the spring, summer and fall months. You will easily play tourist and see all the sights as you are close to all major subway lines and NYC’s water taxi system.

Small but brilliantly laid out. You can comfortably sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. And complete modern kitchen, shower and bath as well as dishwasher. It’s even quiet so you will enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Sarah is a professional who loves to travel and has the freedom to work remotely. This gives her the opportunity to live like a local anywhere with a good WiFi connection. She’d love to explore Croatia, Portugal and France.


4. Prague from the Rooftop

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Enjoy the a rooftop view of Prague from the comfort of a jacuzzi. Dan and Tereza’s apartment in downtown Prague is an ideal weekend escape for a couple or a few friends who really enjoy each others company. It’s a unique place with a great location in the Zizkov district, the hippest and coolest part of Prague. Walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, vintage shops, and pubs.

Prague is sophisticated and beautiful. Castles, cupulas, arched bridges immerse you in a fairy tale setting. There is a remarkable feeling of history as well as a cool hipness to this city. Prague puts you in another time and space.

Dan and Tereza have completed 2 home exchanges. They also exchange with their primary residence, a charming villa, which is just outside Prague.

This couple has traveled extensively before Viktorie, 4 and Tobias 6 came along. Now they are ready to explore as a family. They work remotely and this opens up their options for dates and destinations though they do have their eyes on a ski vacation in Austria some time in early 2016.

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5. Beauty of Barcelona

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Mild Mediterranean climate, miles of beaches, extraordinary cuisine and beautiful architecture are a few good reasons to visit Barcelona. One could find happiness just eating their way through this beautiful city. There seems to be a festival for every season. Living like a local sounds pretty good here.

Up nine floors in this beautiful city of Barcelona is Roger and Divina’s cozy penthouse overlooking Ciutadella park with a view of Tibidabo mountain. The location is convenient with El Born, a bohemian area full of bars, restaurants, and museums only a 5 minute walk away. You will be 3 minutes from a major train and subway station and you can get to the sea in 10 minutes.

Roger and Divina have already participated in one exchange as new members this year and they are ready for more.

Actively looking for exchange partners in New York for October 2016 and open to weekend trips to Berlin, London, Paris, Edinburgh, Rome and Copenhagen. Any destination and any dates will be considered though a simultaneous exchange is preferred. They are not traveling with children but children are certainly welcome in their home.


6. Bathe in Budapest

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Bright with great ambiance Agnes & Anton’s apartment in Budapest has an amazing balcony view of the Parliament and the Danube River. One of the nicest residential areas in Budapest and close to all the attractions of the city. Agnes and Anton will be glad to give you directions on how to hit the highlights of beautiful Budapest.

There are two thermal baths, Lukacs thermal bath and Veli bej Turkish bath, to enjoy nearby. On the next street over from their apartment is the tomb of Gul baba, a popular tourist destination.

There’s a nice park and playground about 10 minutes walk away. In the neighboring building you can even take a Pilates class (in English if you desire).

New members this year and open to any destination and any dates. Agnes is a Hungarian human rights lawyer who loves sing and dancing. She’s lived in Italy, France, the Netherlands and the USA. Anton is an Austrian sales expert who loves the outdoors as well as biking, photography and cooking. This couple is ready to travel and explore before they settle down to have their family. Of course we know that their family will not slow them down as home exchanging is a great way to explore even after the children arrive.


7. Berlin Begs to Be Explored

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Are you in San Francisco or London? Quick! This is your chance to see Berlin!

Rebecca is originally from Italy, has studied in London and has lived in Berlin for a year now. She is very interested in finding an apartment to swap in London next month or San Francisco in November.

Berlin is thriving and alive with the excitement of a city still discovering itself. Famous for being Europe’s greenest city, almost one-fifth of the city is covered with trees. World class galleries, both contemporary and traditional, and a flourishing underground art and music scene that is economically unfeasible in other European cities. Berlin is old and new, east and west, a place that just calls to be explored.

Another great location, this one bedroom, one bath of Rebecca’s is located in the Schoeneberg, a borough of central Berlin. A safe, beautiful and clean residential area filled with a great selection of cafes and restaurants, shops and nightlife. The diversity of Berlin blossoms here and it’s bustling day and night. Reviews on Trip advisor rave about this location for it’s convenience to all the sites of Berlin.

You’re a 5 minute walk from the train/metro station and 10 minutes from the city center. Rebecca’s bright and newly refurbished apartment is warm and welcoming and you will love the gourmet kitchen. Yes, there is a farmer’s market nearby if you aren’t tempted to dine out every night with the ample selection of worldwide cuisines available in the neighborhood.

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10 Comments on “Small is Beautiful: 7 Unique Home Exchanges You Won’t Believe

  1. I have done well over 100 home exchanges since 1972 and now do 7-10 every year mostly back to back and many non-simultaneous since we have two three bedroom ocean view homes with pools next to each other in Manzanillo Mexico

  2. We would be interested in the Barcelona or Budapest locations next summer sometime. We have a one-bedoom manufactured home in Venice, Florida, that has easy access to beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. There are also many amenities in the residential park where we are located, including an Olympic-size swimming pooling and a biking trail. There are a number of excellent restaurants within walking distance.

  3. How do I get my small but beautiful home listed as a feature on an email that goes out to subscribers????

  4. I’m looking for more small apartments, flats or lofts in London to exchange with my sweet house north of Taos NM for a few weeks in Autumn 2016. Perfect for artists, writers, hikers,.

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