Comfortable home 8 minutes from the beach in southern California!
House • Long Beach CA United States
1 Car space
1 Car available
Exchange types accepted
Listed June 2019
Response rate 86%
Looking for Europe for summer 2020...July 19 - Aug 7...2+ weeks minimum...dates flexible.
Our home is a one level, ranch style house in a quiet, family neighborhood in sunny Long Beach, California. We live in a typical neighborhood for southern California with green lawns and sidewalks. We are an 8 minute drive from the beach and within 30 - 60 minutes of everything you may want to do or see in southern California. Long Beach is known for it's water sport opportunities, fantastic restaurants, and various arts districts. We love to paddleboard, kayak, and sail, and I row competitively. We are 20 minutes from Disneyland, 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and 35 minutes from Beverly Hills / Westwood. Universal Studios is about 40 minutes away and it takes about 45-50 minutes to get to Malibu. You can catch a boat here in Long Beach and be on Catalina Island in an hour. Heading south you can be in Huntington Beach in 15 minutes, Laguna Beach in 25 minutes, and San Diego in 90 minutes. 4 hours to Las Vegas.
Our house is about 1800 square feet / 172 meters square. Not huge but we think it's comfortable! We have 3 bedrooms with beds for 5 people ( two beds sleep 2 people each, and one bed sleeps 1) and a pull out couch for 2 more. Two bathrooms. Open, well-equipped kitchen, living room, family room, and office. The back garden has a gas fire pit, a gas grill for cooking, dining area, lots of grass for the kids to run around, and flowers and fruit trees. Our housekeeper will come before you arrive, every two weeks during your stay, and again when you leave so you don't have to worry about cleaning - we will pay for this!
Single level home with three steps up to the front door, and two steps out the back. Parking for one car and street parking for any more.
Our house does not have central air or heat....we usually don't need either in our area. If it does get hot we have portable AC in two of the three bedrooms, and ceiling fans in a number of rooms.
Our house cleaner will come before and after the exchange so you do not have to worry about cleaning before you leave. If the exchange is more than 3 weeks long, we will also have her come every other week so you don't have to worry about cleaning on your vacation!
Cupboard / drawers
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Sport and leisure
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
Our neighborhood was built in 1953 and has maintained a family atmosphere. We are just a few blocks from California State University at Long Beach which has beautiful pools for lap swimming 3 times a day. Our neighborhood has everything you need from grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, art galleries and museums, as well as golf. Water sports are king here and Long Beach is known as the aquatics capital of the world. Kayaking, sailing, stand-up-paddleboarding, surfing, swimming, rowing, waterskiing, and power boating. You can drive to the beach or the bay in just a few minutes. Long Beach is very community oriented with many events designed to bring people together - organized dinners, walks, community gardens, recreational classes for adults and kids, outdoor concerts, movies on the beach, etc. It's a great place to get to know a coastal American city and its people!
We are willing to discuss the use of one of our cars if you are used to driving in big city traffic. Otherwise you can rent a car - you really do need a car in southern California. Public transportation is very limited. Uber is also convenient and arrives within a few minutes if you are open to that.
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