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Home Exchange offers this house in Islabella, Brazil, (Credit: Courtesy of Home Exchange)

Home Exchange offers this house in Islabella, Brazil, an island about 100 miles from Sao Paulo, comprising of a family condominium and two major houses with suite bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and large deck with views of the ocean. The pool area has an open kitchen with barbecue grill and pizza oven attached. The estate comes with four employees and two children-loving dogs that live in the condominium. (2009)

House swapping for travelers

The ins and outs of swapping your house for someone else's in Paris, London, Vancouver, Palm Beach, Brazil, or wherever you might want to go.

Home Exchange offers this house in Islabella, Brazil,
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Home Exchange offers this house in Islabella, Brazil, an island about 100 miles from Sao Paulo, comprising of a family condominium and two major houses with suite bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and large deck with views of the ocean. The pool area has an open kitchen with barbecue grill and pizza oven attached. The estate comes with four employees and two children-loving dogs that live in the condominium. (2009)

Digsville offers this house in San Miguel de
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Digsville offers this house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with a terrace that overlooks the city and the surrounding mountains. The property consists of two houses and would accommodate easily two couples. (2010)

Digsville offers for exchange this rambling old hacienda
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Digsville offers for exchange this rambling old hacienda in Palm Springs, Calif. The house is completely restored in a private walled setting, and has four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. (2009)

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Writer Lauren Chattman's home is in Sag Harbor,
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Writer Lauren Chattman's home is in Sag Harbor, and she has swapped it for vacation homes in Vancouver, London and San Miguel Allende. (2010)

Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters
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Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters Rose, left, and Eve in front of the house in London where they stayed on a "house-swap" vacation.

Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters
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Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters Eve, left, and Rose in front of the house in London where they stayed on a "house-swap" vacation.

Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters
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Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters Eve, left, and Rose in front of the house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they stayed on a "house-swap" vacation.

Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters
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Sag Harbor resident Jack Bishop poses with daughters Eve, left, and Rose in front of the house in Vancouver where they stayed on a "house-swap" vacation.

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Digsville offers for exchange this sunny, spacious 3-bedroom
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Digsville offers for exchange this sunny, spacious 3-bedroom apartment in Paris that comfortably sleeps four and is a short distance from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.

One of the offerings listed with Home Exchange
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One of the offerings listed with Home Exchange is this modern log cabin in the Canadian Rockies on the outskirts of the historic town of Fernie in British Columbia and minutes away from Fernie Alpine Resort, known for its powder skiing. (2010)

Home Exchange offers this villa with multiple terraces
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Home Exchange offers this villa with multiple terraces in downtown San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for exchange. The house is a restored, three story, colonial home in the historic Centro of San Miguel de Allende in the heart of Colonial Mexico. It comes with modern appliances and a full-time staff including a talented cook. (2010)

Home Exchange offers this villa with multiple terraces
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Home Exchange offers this villa with multiple terraces in downtown San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for exchange. The house is a restored, three story, colonial home in the historic Centro of San Miguel de Allende in the heart of Colonial Mexico. It comes modern appliances and a full-time staff including a talented cook. (2010)

Home Exchange is listing this 1939 brick home
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Home Exchange is listing this 1939 brick home in England in the Surrey Hills, one hour south of London, and one hour north of the South Coast - including Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. (2010)

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This restored 17th century farmhouse sits on a
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This restored 17th century farmhouse sits on a hill in the Umbrian countryside just 10 minutes drive from Tuscany and is listed with Home Exchange. It has views of gentle rolling hills of fields and olive orchards, plus in the distance, the medieval hilltop villages of Cortona, Chiusi, Tuoro, Chianciano-Terme, Montepulciano and the mountains in the distance on the horizon. (2010)

Digsville offers for exchange this 18th century, 5-bedroom
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Digsville offers for exchange this 18th century, 5-bedroom stone house with its own tower in Perigord, in the Dordogne of southwest France. The home comes with complete modern appliances. The kitchen has french windows which open onto a small garden. Four bikes are available together with boules and badminton. And in town there is a regular weekly market on Fridays. (2009)

Home Exchange offers for exchange this 5-bedroom custom
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Home Exchange offers for exchange this 5-bedroom custom home in Lake Tahoe with three levels of lake views, including a 400 sq. ft. roof-top deck on which there is a six-person hot tub, fire pit and chaise lounges. A short walk takes guests to a private beach. (2010)

Digsville lists for exchange this chalet in the
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Digsville lists for exchange this chalet in the Tyrol facing mountain scenery and overlooking a lake and the town of St. Ulrich, just 45 minutes from the city of Salzburg. It is a wooden house, with large windows and French doors and offers vistas from anywhere in the house. (2009)

One of the offerings with Home Exchange is
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One of the offerings with Home Exchange is this sandy beachfront house on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It has two stories and two bedrooms, with ocean views from the master bedroom, living room and kitchen, while access down to the beach is via the owners' private beach stairs. (2010)

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Digsville lists for exchange this house, Banana Cabana
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Digsville lists for exchange this house, Banana Cabana on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The house faces Coral Bay and has two bedrooms. (2010)

Digsville lists for exchange this villa in Ciudad
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Digsville lists for exchange this villa in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. It is a 4-bedroom, tropical mountain, farm home about 1 to 2 hours from the Pacific Ocean beaches, and 1-3 hours from volcanoes, rain and cloud forest, national parks, and the Caribbean. The farm is home to toucans, motmots, oropendolas, sloths, anteaters, parrots, and a large troop of white-faced monkeys. (2009)

Home Exchange lists this 3-bedroom Provencal villa in
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Home Exchange lists this 3-bedroom Provencal villa in Vaucluse, France, with terraces that look out over fields of lavender. (2010)

Digsville lists for exchange this house called Casa
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Digsville lists for exchange this house called Casa Kristarah, located steps above the sandy beach at the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico, 75 minutes North of Cabo San Lucas. (2010)

Home Exchange lists this chalet in the French
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Home Exchange lists this chalet in the French Alps of Theys, France, 30 minutes away from Grenoble, Switzerland. (2010)

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Digsville lists for exchange this 19th century 4-bedroom
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Digsville lists for exchange this 19th century 4-bedroom country house near Vaucluse, France, in Provence. (2010)

Home Exchange lists this renovated townhouse set within
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Home Exchange lists this renovated townhouse set within the 11th century walls of a perched village called Cairanne in the Cotes du Rhone villages in southeastern France. The spacious living/dining room looks out at Mt. Ventoux and the vineyards, shown here. (2010)

Digsville offers this listing of Wesley House, on
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Digsville offers this listing of Wesley House, on the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla. Perched 150 feet above sea the Wesley House has panoramic view of five islands, expansive decks, air-conditioned bedrooms, and plush British colonial furnishings. In addition, the house comes with a private infinity swimming pool, located a few steps from the living room and bedrooms. (2010)

Home Exchange lists this remodeled farmhouse whose owner
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Home Exchange lists this remodeled farmhouse whose owner is an artist, situated in Oregon's wine country and 10 minutes away from the state capital, Salem, on a vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This part of the state is lush with orchards, farmland, vineyards and various crops. The home has two vegetable gardens, an herb garden, a family orchard, a hill of lavender and two ponds. (2010)

Digsville lists Moon San Villa at the Blue
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Digsville lists Moon San Villa at the Blue Lagoon in Jamaica, near Port Antonio, with four bedrooms, four baths, two dining rooms, and two decks. Approximately 300 feet from Moon San is the entrance to the world famous Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon is a blend of spring and salt water both cold and warm, which makes swimming a whole new experience. (2010)

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One of the offerings with Home Exchange is
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One of the offerings with Home Exchange is this coffee farm outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil, an early 19th century, working farm with seven large bedrooms, each one with its own private bath, plus a private gym with bath, larges wet and dry saunas, and a large swimming pool. For equal exchange, the house could come with a couple of full time employees, who do all the cleaning, laundry, and some cooking. (2010)

Digsville offers for exchange this large house in
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Digsville offers for exchange this large house in Palm Beach, Fla. The master bedroom overlooks the private heated pool and has a live-in maid. If considering a car exchange, the owner has 745LI BMW. (2010)

Home Exchange lists this house five minutes by
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Home Exchange lists this house five minutes by car from Santa Fe, New Mexico. It comes with a large, shaded terrace with fountain for outdoor dining, a king bed in master bedroom, a queen bed in guest bedroom and single bed in third bedroom/den. Everything is on one level. Cleaning help is regularly scheduled as is garden care. (2010)

Digsville offers for exchange this old house in
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Digsville offers for exchange this old house in Old Town, in Key West, Fla. The home is three blocks from Duval Street, the center of shops, galleries, restaurants but has the advantage of being in a quiet neighborhood, within walking or biking distance of beaches and public tennis courts. (2010)

Home Exchange lists this 3-bedroom apartment in Dubai,
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Home Exchange lists this 3-bedroom apartment in Dubai, inside a complex with a private beach, a private licensed restaurant, and a health club. The sunrise lights the apartment and it is easy to walk straight down to the beach.

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Digsville offers for exchange this 2-level house sited
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Digsville offers for exchange this 2-level house sited on a steep hill among the redwoods in Mill Valley, California, about 20 minutes from San Francisco. (2010)

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