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Comfortable home 8 minutes from the beach in southern California!

House • Long Beach CA United States

    7 Guests  
    3 Bedrooms  
    4 Beds  
    2.0 Bathrooms  
    1 Car space 
    1 Car available  
    Primary home  

Exchange types accepted



Listed  June 2019
Views  957
Response rate  86%

General overview

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.

The space

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!

Guest access

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!


Air conditioning
Cupboard / drawers
Hair dryer
Bed sheets
Fire extinguisher
Smoke alarms
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Garden / yard

Travel styles

    Long term
    Sport and leisure

House rules

    Suitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets not allowed
    No smoking


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!

Getting around

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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Long Beach, California, USA
Joined June 2019
Response rate 86%
LGBTQ+ friendly  
Travelling group
Member description
Looking for a Europe exchange from July 19 - Aug. 7. Preferably reciprocal exchanges! Our previous exchanges have been in the US, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. We love this type of travel and have enjoyed spending time like a local and also giving that experience to others in our home. We have an extensive guide prepared about our area so you won't run out of things to do. Please see our pictures for descriptions of our home. We have 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house can sleep 5 in beds and two more on a pull-out couch. Children are just fine! Our house is not fussy or a museum...it's meant to be lived in. Our nearest major airport for international visitors is LAX. For US-based visitors you can fly into Long Beach airport (LGB)from many major cities. Other domestic airports within 30 minutes of our home are John Wayne in Orange County (SNA) and LAX (Los Angeles).
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Desired destinations

Open to any destination

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France (Flexible)
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"We have spent lots of time already in Paris and Herault (Pezenas area) and want to experience more of the country. Interested in Brittany, Lot, Charente, or other beautiful places. Looking for a place to spend a year or two when we retire."

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Flexible)
Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 (Flexible)
"2+ weeks give or take a few days. We have family there and would like to reconnect with them."

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Budapest, Hungary
Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020

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