What your guests will love about your home
Our modest home is located in the east bay just north of El Cerrito and a short hop from San Francisco. We would LOVE to swap with someone in Turkey - especially Izmir or Ephesus around June - July 2014.
We are more than happy to EXCHANGE Pictures if you email us and are interested in a home exchange!!
Here's the deal - we have a NORMAL home. That means no great views, no fabulous interior decorating. Our home is 1004 sq ft with a backyard and a garage stuffed with bikes and toys to play with - our home is very toddler / child friendly. We have more toys than you can shake a stick at! We have two bedrooms, one dedicated to our two kids with two twin beds. The kitchen is fully stocked, small dining room, and living room with surround sound system for your television watching pleasure (controls might take some getting used to though). Our cars are an old Mazda Protégé & a newer Toyota RAV4. With appropriate insurance and travel considerations we would also explore the possibility of a car swap. Booster seats for kids are available.
We ask that you care for our three cats and will happily take care of your pets in return.
Our neighbors are fabulous and very friendly; they'll certainly come to say hello to you and give you as much advice about where to go and what to do as you could want.
Our location is a jumping off point to the Napa Valley/Wine Country, Silicon Valley (both about 1 hour by car), Carmel by the Sea and Monterey with the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Center and Cannery Row (about 2 hours by car). Yosemite National Park or Lake Tahoe are both about 5-6 hours away by car. The large Six Flags Marine World and Great America Amusement Parks with huge roller coasters and other rides are both 1-2 hours away.
What your guests will love about your neighborhood
Our neighborhood is very quiet with almost no interior traffic and no impact from the highway which is about ¼ mile away. Our neighbors are almost all families. Our home is located a few blocks from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) subway system which means you can get anywhere in the Bay Area very quickly - especially San Francisco which is only 25 minutes away by BART (or car barring rush hour traffic which makes it about 45 minutes away). In our neighborhood there is a large shopping mall a few blocks away, an Asian shopping mall a few blocks away, a new movie theatre (with couches, beer & pizza), Costco a few blocks away, playgrounds, restaurants and fast food galore. About 15 minutes away is Tilden Regional Park with great hiking (I have all the maps), two swimming lakes, a little farm for kids to visit, nature center, carousel, and working steam train.
Galleries/Museums, Cultural/Tourist Attractions, Children's Activities, Public Parks, Restaurants/Bars, Clubs, Serious Shopping, Theatres, Health Club, Golfing, Outdoor Biking, Boating/Sailing, Surfing/Windsurfing/Kitesurfing, Canoe/Kayaking, Hiking
Travel to nearby tourist hotspots: San Francisco, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe (overnight), Carmel