Imagine HomeExchange.com’s most popular listing. What do see? A castle in France? A Tuscan villa? The reality might surprise you. HomeExchange.com’s top ten most viewed listings actually come in every shape and size, and from all corners of the world. The one thing they all have in common? Each has received around 44,000 views. Let’s go!
Dreaming of a tropical escape? Look no further than this 3-bedroom home located in the exclusive Grace Bay Club. Step outside and you’ll find yourself on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, named the second best beach in the world by TripAdvisor. As a resort property, this stunning home also includes the optional use of two tennis courts, kayaks, wind surfers, bikes, room service, pool-side dining, cleaning service, and a full spa (just to name a few).
Located in the buzzing destination of Helsinki, this charming family home is close to it all while still providing some much-needed peace and quiet. Cozy up to the fireplace or melt away your stress in the newly-built sauna. This house is perfect for a small family, and even comes complete with air mattresses should you find yourself with extra guests.
The owners of this peaceful, renovated farmhouse describe it best. “We feel like we are visiting grandma at her old farm…but with wifi, a swimming pool, and a jacuzzi.” The home is centrally located to Kea’s two villages, which are filled with restaurants, shops, and nightlife, as well as beaches ideal for swimming, fishing, or simply sunbathing the day away.
Located just 100 meters from the ocean, this spectacular Swahili house is steeped in cultural history. In fact, the town of Lamu was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also happens to sleep 10 (its five suites each have their own king-sized bed) with plenty of corners for lounging and a roof-top view of the water.
Space is a rare commodity in the Big Apple, but there’s certainly no shortage of it in this 3,400 square foot, two-story loft. Inside, you’ll find three bedrooms (with an additional semi-private sleeping area) and three full bathrooms, one of which comes complete with a Japanese-style soaking tub and steam shower. Step outside, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the bustling Broadway theater district. If you need a break from the crowds, you can gaze out one of the loft’s 18 windows overlooking the Hudson River.
Whale Beach is to Sydney what The Hamptons are to Manhattan; you can easily access the city, but it feels like a world away. Each room of this lovely home has a beautiful view of the beach, which you can walk to in just five minutes. When you’ve had enough sand and surf, you can lounge in one of the house’s two seating areas or relax in the tropical private garden. You might even find yourself hand-feeding a resident bird or lizard!
Vista Lago, originally a hotel, might just be the most romantic exchange home on this list. With spectacular views from every balcony of this 3-bedroom condominium, there’s a chance you won’t want to venture far from Lake Como. But if you do, you’ll find Milan, Venice, Florence, and the Swiss border an easy drive away.
This ultra-modern Tokyo home also happens to be incredibly kid friendly. Included with the home are two bikes equipped with child seats, two children’s bicycles, kids’ rooms furnished with bunk beds, and an entire toy room downstairs. There’s plenty for the adults as well; fantastic shopping, entertainment, and restaurants are just a quick bike or train ride away.
Bangalore is a city of contrast. While it is widely referred to as India’s Silicon Valley due to its many tech companies, it is also known as the garden city because of its beautiful flowers and trees. This large home was built using local and traditional materials like granite from a local quarry, Indian teak, and Mangalore tiles. It also sits on a former orchard, where you can still find organically grown bananas, papaya, mango, jackfruit, vanilla beans, jasmine, and bougainvillea, along with a vineyard about 5 km down the road.
This modest cabin might not have a television, but why would you want to stare a screen with stunning views of Patagonia right out your window? The three-bedroom home is located on the sunny side of Lake Gutierrez and has private access to the shore. And if you’re looking for seclusion, you’ve come to the right place; this home is surrounded on all sides by nothing but nature.