Blogger and consultant Pam Kirkbride; her husband, Michael Kirkbride, who works in finance; and their two children, Olivia, 9, and Sydney, 5, have participated in two exchanges, one domestic, the other in Paris.
A two-bedroom, two-bath in a financial-district condo with a rooftop cabana and fitness center.
It should have a washer and dryer and kid-friendly extras like books and toys.
A four-bedroom, three-bath 1850s row house within walking distance of the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Bikes and scooters are included.
A five-bedroom, four-story house, built in 1912, in the city’s quieter Oud Zuid area. It’s near Vondelpark—Amsterdam’s answer to Central Park, with sprawling playgrounds and bike and inline-skate rentals—and has a trampoline-equipped garden.
Dominical, Costa Rica
A two-bedroom, three-bath villa with a private pool and balcony in a popular fishing town. The home is pure pura vida, featuring a wraparound balcony with a thatched palm-tree roof and ocean views. It comes with laundry facilities and, since the family that owns it has three children, loads of kid-friendly diversions.
“An international beach setting would be a fantastic change for us,” says Pam. “The girls are avid swimmers, so the pool is a big draw.”
Listings via homeexchange.com.