Phil Weitzman, an attorney, and Henie Lustgarten, a health-care consultant, have five home exchanges under their belts, all of them in England (though they’re open to swapping anywhere).
A three-story, two-bedroom, two-bath townhouse (with an office) in Boerum Hill.
No beach vacations, and Internet access is a must.
A five-bedroom former schoolhouse in the rural hamlet of Tresmeer (population: 216), surrounded by sprawling countryside.
A Wi-Fi-and-cable-TV-equipped two-bedroom, one-bath with a terrace in the neighborhood of San Telmo, a historic barrio in Buenos Aires filled with art galleries and tango halls. The nearby Plaza Dorrego hosts a popular antiques market on Sundays.
A two-bedroom, two-bath in a high-rise building near the harborfront section of Sydney. The doormanned complex has a gym, sauna, and two swimming pools.
Because, explains Weitzman, “It’s in a quiet yet vibrant neighborhood.”
Listings via homebase-hols.com.
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.
Lauren Feighan, a university administrator, loves to travel and has long considered—but never participated in—a home exchange.
A one-bedroom, one-bath, fourth-floor walk-up on the Lower East Side.
A private outdoor space is preferred but not a deal-breaker.
Colle di Tora, Italy
A rustic, converted one-bedroom stone barn on Lake Turano in a tiny medieval town, about an hour’s drive from Rome. Boasts two terraces, plus a garden with lemon trees.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A two-bedroom apartment with a balcony in the heart of the city, within striking distance of street markets, malls, restaurants, and nightlife. Every room, save for the kitchen, has a ceiling fan, and a housekeeper comes weekdays to tidy up.
A renovated two-bedroom apartment in a seventeenth-century building, with beamed ceilings, a full kitchen (Bosch oven, dishwasher), and a washer-dryer. It’s in the fashionable Marais neighborhood, near the Bastille and Place des Vosges.
“I hear amazing things about Cambodia,” says Feighan. “You’re whisked away just looking at pictures of it.”
Listings via homebase-hols.com and lovehomeswap.com.