We say that “For every home, there is an exchanger.” This compilation of the most-viewed HomeExchange listings in 2016 confirms just that. It covers everything from cityscapes to beaches, with a fine dose of the countryside in between. Here’s a look at what most inspired you to dream of travel.
In 2016, many HomeExchangers were drawn to the bustle and bright lights of New York City, while others preferred to unwind in the rural calm of France or England. Of course, there was the draw of relaxation by the pool, perhaps in Guadeloupe or on the coast of Spain. One quick glimpse of the photos of these picturesque and diverse locations is all that’s needed to understand why.
Based in the Kasbah district of the world-famous Medina of Marrakech, this house has an open-patio plan that draws guests to the roof and its panoramic views, especially at dawn and dusk. The three-level, two-bedroom home is close to bustling shops and famous monuments, not to mention a short walk from the Jemaa el-Fnaa (main square in the Medina). A local housekeeper takes care of daily cleaning and can even prepare a traditional meal for you.
This Dutch suburban home is as interesting as its location name: Krimpen aan den IJssel. Although not far from surrounding historic cities, it is a quick walk from a local mill/restaurant, weekly market, shops and public transport, as well as a stroll along a dijk. Easy-to-reach ferries go to other nearby places too, including the UNESCO World Heritage windmills at Kinderdijk. The three-bedroom house boasts an open kitchen, dining area with French doors opening on to the patio, and a big garden.
Perhaps for a long summer or short holiday, this renovated, four-bedroom, stone-walled home in the Cotes-d’Armor department of Brittany is perfectly positioned between sea and country, not far from the sights of both Brest and Rennes. A family of five or six can comfortably enjoy a stay here, and anyone with reduced mobility can be accommodated on the ground floor. Kids love the large garden with a play area, and bikes are available too.
In close proximity to Torrevieja, a seaside city of the Alicante province, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, this two-bedroom, sun-drenched apartment has all the comforts of home – a living room, terrace, full kitchen – and an unbeatable view of the Mediterranean Sea. However, no one spends all day indoors, as the resort is a swimmer’s paradise, with three private pools, a wild stream and the sea right at hand. Be sure to pack a swimsuit!
Right at first glance, it’s easy to see why this split-level, hillside villa in Le Gosier is a popular choice. The architect-designed, three-bedroom home is like an oasis with ocean views from its 1,000-square-foot veranda and deck. The private pool and spa are a perfect complement. Indoors, the Southern Creole atmosphere includes mahogany furniture, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, wifi and a state-of-the-art entertainment center. Its gated entry guarantees the utmost seclusion.
This four-bedroom family home in France’s Auvergne – singled out by Lonely Planet as a top 10 region to visit in 2016 – has everything needed for a well-balanced retreat. Located in a quiet village, it’s no more than 40 minutes from surrounding lakes, mountain hikes and sightseeing in other pretty villages. But the comforts of home are fantastic too: a large terrace, kids’ games (for inside and outside play), a large living room and plenty of privacy.
Lots of HomeExchangers dream about a family visit to New York City, and this architect-designed, two-bedroom, loft-like apartment in the Financial District is a perfect base for it. It has a spacious living/dining room area, fully equipped kitchen, wifi and plenty of toys and games for kids. Bonus: It’s located near many top attractions, including The World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
In the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, this circa 1890s, four-level residence definitely grabs attention. Its interior is straight out of New York’s Gilded Age, with high ceilings, fireplaces and wooden fixtures in its three sitting rooms, four bedrooms and three bathrooms, complete with a washer/dryer, full kitchen, air-conditioning and garden terrace. This NYC gem is within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and Central Park. The number 6 subway line is close by too.
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment lets you truly live like a local in Rome – and all just 100 meters from the nearest Metro station, which is only 12 minutes from the Vatican. While the neighborhood is lively, the house itself is quiet and secure, even the very large, well-furnished terrace (tables, seating, umbrellas, awnings and a large gazebo), which is twice as big as the indoor space! Supermarkets, restaurants, banks and other shops are also all conveniently right at hand.
This family-friendly, four-bedroom retreat is an authentic English period property, complete with original open fireplaces and a huge landscaped garden… all just one minute from the beach. A recent refurbishment has added modern luxury amenities, including a gourmet kitchen and internet TV with voice control. East Kent is a highly sought-after arts, culture and beach location just one hour from London, making it a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Over to you now: What was your favorite HomeExchange home in 2016?