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Large Historic Home - just a short train ride outside of NYC!

South Orange NJ United States

14 Guests   6 Bedrooms   3.5 Bathrooms   Pets welcome  3 Car spaces  1 Car available  

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Exchange type Simultaneous  Non-simultaneous  Non-reciprocal  Hospitality 
Views 301
Response rate 100%

*25 minute direct train to mid-town Manhattan NYC! *Lively town with many shops, restaurants, theaters *Large historic home with in-ground pool

The space

Our home in South Orange, New Jersey is just a short ride from midtown Manhattan, New York City. It dates to the 1880's and is a key property on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Although just a 25 minute train ride from Manhattan, NYC, the property has a private in-ground pool and garden area. Our first floor includes a library, dining room, living room, kitchen, and formal entry hall. We just completed a large renovation and created a gourmet kitchen with a custom designed french Lacanche Range, marble countertops, a butlers pantry with wine fridge and an eat-in breakfast nook. The second floor has three bedrooms. The master bedroom with a queen bed and full bath is on this floor along with a queen guest room and a third bedroom with a queen size bed plus a small pull out sofa. A separate third floor has three bedrooms, each with a full-size bed. This third floor can be closed off and offered to guests as a separate area. In addition to its own bathroom, with a shower and claw-foot tub, there is a small area on this separate level that has a small kitchenette area (with sink, microwave, and compact refrigerator), a daybed and a TV. We are happy to offer our third floor as a hospitality suite. The front of our house has a deep wrap around porch that is a wonderful spot to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. The porch is furnished with outdoor furniture and a double porch swing. The gardener will come once per week to care for the yard and a cleaning/maid service is available to assist you. The vehicle available for exchange includes a BMW x3. The outdoor garden area includes a private in-ground pool with chaise lounges, a dining area and an outdoor grill. We also have a basement level one bedroom apartment with a separate entrance at the rear of the house that can be made available for non-simultaneous exchanges.

Guest access

Our house is 3 stories, requiring quite a bit of stair climbing.


We also have a basement level one bedroom apartment with a separate entrance at the rear of the house that can be made available for non-simultaneous exchanges. We can also offer our separate third-floor area which can be closed off for privacy but allows us to offer an exchange to families while we are living in our main home and unable to travel. We have quite a bit of flexibility in accommodations -- just ask!

Air conditioning
Hair dryer
Bed sheets
Toilet paper
Fire extinguisher
Smoke alarms
First aid kit
Clothes dryer

House rules
No smoking
Pets welcome
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12


We live in a New York City suburban town that allows for easy access to Manhattan as well as the New Jersey beach areas. Our town has many nice shops, a theater, several pubs and cafes, many nice restaurants and several art galleries. We are a short walk or quick drive to a commuter train that will take you to midtown Manhattan, NYC within 25 minutes. During the summer months, you can also drive and spend a pleasant day at the New Jersey beach shore to enjoy the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also possible to take trips to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, or Boston.

Getting around

NYC is best reaches by train. We can also Include a vehicle in the exchange for travel around NJ or to points further away.

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South Orange, NJ
Joined January 2019
Response rate 100%
Member description
Jerry and I (Jen) are both attorneys. Jerry works in a private firm handling various civil matters and I am employed as a Child Advocate. We have three older children, Chloe who is 22 years old, Patrick who is 21 years old and Katie who is 17 years old. We have had many very successful home exchanges (France, Ireland (2 x), Spain, Costa Rica, Arizona, West Virginia, Seattle, British Columbia, Florida (3 x), Martinique, Iceland, South Africa) as well as hospitality exchanges (Costa Rica, Spain, Croatia and France, USA multiple times) and are looking forward to the opportunity to arrange our next exchange soon. We have thoroughly enjoyed all of our past exchanges and are adventurous and resourceful travelers. We are always seeking our next exchange! We can always be tempted by unique and interesting locations!

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