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.
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.
We are have 4 young children aged 5, 4, 3 & 1.5 years. (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 like to think they are human.
For our next exchange, we would like to do a ski experience in North America of 3- 4 weeks over our end of school summer break in Dec/Jan or over our Easter break between March & April 2015. If you live near a ski resort, please email us your offer!
In 2016, we would be looking to do a longer exchange as my husband is on sabbatical. We would like to go to France with the first few weeks in a ski resort & then 4 weeks in the South of France. We are flexible with dates - so please email us your offer! Existing French language skills - with some Spanish and Portuguese. We have done 8 fantastic home exchanges all of which have been a very positive experience.