Tropical city oasis
House, suburban with 4 bedrooms, sleeps 7, 2 bathroom(s), floor area of 300 m2 (3230 sq.ft), WCs 2, car optional, children OK, NO smoking, including internet (highspeed), number of travellers: 4
2) March 30 2013 - September 15 2013
Where we want to go
Description of our house
We fell in love with our house at first sight in October 2008 and had moved in within 3 weeks. When you see the photos you will understand why -it is a tranquil oasis. Our home has lush tropical gardens and a pool, and is designed to capture light and make the most of indoor/outdoor living. Features include vast travertine courtyard, mosaic tiled pool, koi carp fish pond, marble bathrooms, hydrotherapy spa, brand new sleek designer kitchen (completed in August 2011), bifold glass doors throughout, all living spaces and master bedroom open to courtyard, formal and informal loungerooms and a children's playroom. We have a gardener, cleaner and pool man. Our garden won the 2010 "Best Residential Garden" awards & our home has also been featured on TV Commercials.
Accommodation and facilities
Stereo / hifi, security system, jacuzzi, tv / cable, sunbed, sofa
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer
Garage, terrace, parking, garden, barbecue, bicycles, swimming pool
Surfing, tennis, roller blading, swimming, golfing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping, nightlife, clubbing
Nearest major airport:
Children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), car optional
= marks the location of this home
West Kensington is approx 5kms from the city centre - My husband cycles to work every day. By car it is 10 minutes to Bondi Beach, under 2kms to beautiful Centennial Park and the Sydney Cricket Ground, under 2kms to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Surry Hills and Paddington, as well as 15 minutes by car to Sydney international airport. The neighbourhood is quiet, with large blocks of land and broad, leafy streets.
Something about ourselves
We are a mid - late 30s professional couple with 3 young children & another on the way due late Dec 2012 (Our children are good travellers having travelled with us on short & long trips since their birth). We both love adventurous holidays generally in developing/interesting countries with warm climates (past holidays include India, France, South America and Indonesia). We also love snow skiing (in particular, Japan and Europe). We are interested in a cross cultural experience and would make every effort to learn the language before arriving at a new destination. We have 2 short haired cats who can either stay in the house or go to a family member's home for the duration of an exchange. We have done 6 fantastic home exchanges all of which have been a very positive experience. For our next exchange, we would ideally like to do 7-10 days in Bali sometime between Jan- March 2013. 3 weeks in a ski resort in Feb/ March 2014 followed by a long exchange of 5 - 6 weeks in the South of France in approx March- April/May 2014. As we do not yet have children in school, we are flexible with dates - so please email us your offer! Existing French language skills - with some Spanish and Portuguese.