New Home Base Holidays member, Ilse, writes:
'I'm looking for a long-term house swap: our really nice home in Costa Rica for a small flat in London (1 or 2 bedrooms). We won't be moving to London until next July (2009) but I am starting to look right away because we have a four-year-old and we have to start looking for schools for her in London (I have to do things way in advance).'
Ilse is right to start looking for an exchange in London well in advance of the date the family plans to move to London, not only because she needs to find a school for her daughter but also as arranging exchanges for lengthy periods, especially for a year or more, can be much more difficult that for shorter holiday periods. However, Ilse has a wonderful exchange offer so, surely, from the many Home Base Holidays members living in London, one lucky Londoner will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity to spend time in San Pedro.
Ilse's offer in San Pedro, Costa Rica:
'A refurbished and beautifully decorated home (eclectic style) by my husband, an architect. It has appeared in a Latin American architectural magazine and on T.V. It is not a large house (140 m2 total) but it truly is a "boutique" home. There is a small garden in the back, great for BBQs or eating outside. The house has wonderful features such as a sunken "Moroccan style" living room and a large kitchen.
Our home is perfect for people who are urban but still appreciate warm weather & interesting culture, and escaping to great beaches on the weekends.
I was a lecturer at the U. of C.R., but moved to the UK to pursue a Ph.D. at the U. of Edinburgh. René is an architect, working on designs for C.R. clients and studying English. Our daughter Gala is four and great!
We went to London and fell in love with it. We need to find someone who wants to take a year or a year and a half off to learn Spanish (teach, work, etc.) and has a two bedroom flat or house in a relatively safe area of London, close to a good state school.
Read the full home exchange offer, HE20961, and see more colourful photos of the family's home. Even if you can't consider an exchange for as long as a year, but could consider a 'longish' exchange, it is worth contacting Ilse (log on to your member area). Some long-term home swappers, if unable to arrange an exchange to cover the whole period, arrange more than one swap and, if necessary, rent accommodation for any periods not covered by an exchange.