L.A. Story: Love It… and Leave It!

Palm trees, beaches, hipsters and Hollywood! Who wouldn’t want to be in Los Angeles, California?

The truth is that Angelenos (the people who live in L.A.) sometimes do want to travel somewhere else. And people who live somewhere else want to be in L.A. Thankfully, it all works out in the world of HomeExchange.

First, let’s hear from locals who live in L.A….and leave to experience new amazing places!

Lori from Santa Monica


One of my first offers was for a swap to The Netherlands with a family who had children the same age as ours and lived in a cute village outside of Amsterdam. After a few weeks of back-and-forth emailing, we committed to the exchange. In The Netherlands, we lived like locals, stepping into the lives of our host family, complete with barbeques at the neighbors. It was an unforgettable first exchange experience. Since that time, we’ve had the pleasure of exchanging every few years with families from Florida — we had to get that Disney World trip in — and even Paris.

Linda and Tom from Hermosa Beach


We heard a presentation by the founder of HomeExchange; it inspired us to exchange, and we’ve never looked back. Our home is close to a wonderful beach known for world-class volleyball in Hermosa Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. It’s a creative, sporty and exciting area; shopping, culture, dining and amusement parks are all within a drivable distance. Our exchanges have taken us to places we never would have gone, and for longer periods of time. We’ve had the kind of authentic experiences we wouldn’t have had otherwise. This year, we’re exchanging for one week in Martha’s Vineyard. Then, we’ll repeat a previous exchange with our friend from a 2011 Paris trip. Next year, Ireland!

Sherrill and Dan from Los Angeles


We were the first people we knew to do HomeExchange and have only wonderful things to say about it. Our travel opportunities have multiplied and we are seeing parts of the world we could only have dreamed of. This summer, we are headed to Madrid, Barcelona, Provence and Hendaye — all through HomeExchange. Our family has lived in Los Angeles since the early 1920s, and our home has been in the family for three generations. We take pride in its history, and love having visitors experience Los Angeles through us.

Now, let’s hear from some members who visited L.A.!

Andy from Toronto, Canada


We arranged a two-week exchange in Laurel Canyon in July 2014 and got along so well with the exchange family that we’ve kept in touch and they’ve since visited us. Their house is in a great location. We spent some days hiking in Laurel Canyon. We were only 10 minutes from Universal Studios Hollywood and about 30 minutes from Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. We even saw the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There is so much to do in L.A. that we want to get back as soon as possible (especially now that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has opened).

Sophie from Paris, France


We fell in love with L.A. before the birth of our girls, who are now 17 and 15 years old! In 2016, we will celebrate our 10th consecutive summer in Los Angeles. We discover new things and places each year and have had the chance to visit and meet families in lots of Los Angeles suburbs: San Fernando Valley (several times), Tarzana, Manhattan Beach, Topanga, Rancho Palos Verdes, Brentwood and Ladera Heights. We even experienced summer in Santa Monica. Wonderful memories.

Inés from Buenos Aires, Argentina


Our first experience exchanging homes was amazing. We enjoyed L.A. for a whole month, living as locals. Denee and Ubaldo´s house was wonderful, even better than in photographs, and in a perfect location. Just to relax or have lunch in their spacious garden or to stroll around their beautiful neighborhood was fantastic. Major museums, shopping centers, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and even the beach were near. We enjoyed being at their home and having them at ours in Buenos Aires, which we found perfect upon our return. A first-class experience that I would certainly recommend!

Tell us your reasons about wishing to visit L.A. or escape it.

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