Everyone's home is unique and special in its own way, with wonderful features that make it one-of-a-kind— and yes, everyone's home is perfect for home exchanging! Unlike cookie cutter hotel rooms or sterile, cold vacation rentals, staying in a HomeExchange means you're staying in a warm, vibrant home full of charm and hosted with love.
These 10 homes in the US, from treehouse to houseboat, stand out as particularly unique and sure to make your vacation experience memorable. If you're looking for something a little different and undoubtedly better in your vacation home this year, consider giving HomeExchange a try for incomparable accommodations.
This idyllic family cabin is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains and can house 10 guests. The one-of-a-kind cabin features a wood-burning fireplace, front and back decks with a BBQ, and many games, puzzles, and toys. Guests can benefit from the fully stocked kitchen and enjoy day trips to nearby Big Trees State Park, Bear Valley Ski Resort, and Lake Alpine.
There's a lot to do in the neighborhood, according to host Nina: "Our neighborhood is very quiet, save for the sounds of birds and squirrels. There is a small neighborhood lake where you can swim out to a floating dock or walk along the nature trail. There is also an old-fashioned pool/rec center that we provide a guest pass for. In the winter, you can sled right outside the door or take a walk to the neighborhood sledding hill."
This unique home is a large converted barn in the northern Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Guests can enjoy meadow and mountain views from the home's picture windows, dining from the sun porch, and 26 acres of land in the middle of forests and meadows. There's plenty to do in the area, including hiking, skiing, biking, fishing, swimming, and beautiful beaches and lakes.
According to a guest's review: "Their home is really interesting and spacious. They have put a lot of work and thought into converting a large barn into a home, and the results are amazing."
Banjo, an iconic Seattle houseboat on Lake Union, is certain to make your visit to Seattle a memorable one! The two-story houseboat is located in the heart of the city with beautiful views that can be enjoyed from the rooftop deck. Surprisingly spacious, the houseboat has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and plenty of living space to watch the world float by.
"Even within the vibrant and celebrated Seattle houseboat community, Banjo and her slip really are unique," according to host Casey.
This stone house is a rehabbed country chapel, truly a unique and historic place to stay. Radiant heat floors, church lighting and windows, and the post and beam ceiling make the home a rare gem. The kitchen is stocked with necessities and the home is equipped with games, books, a patio and private garden, and is decorated with local art and antiques.
"Everyone who visits say there is something special here," writes host Michelle. "The house feels like a friend and escape. Whether you choose to hide out and enjoy the kitchen and fireplace, or get out and enjoy the outdoors and local towns, there is something for all."
This beautiful home was designed and built by the hosts to be their dream house, blending traditional design elements with modern architecture. The Mill Valley climate is ideal for indoor/outdoor living, and the home takes advantage of this with ample outdoor living space, an outdoor fireplace, and a backyard trampoline. The kitchen is stocked with all the modern conveniences, and the home is kid-friendly. In Mill Valley, visitors are a convenient distance from hiking, mountain biking, Napa Valley Wine Region, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe.
"This home exchange was one of our top vacations ever!" A guest shared in their review. "The beds were exceedingly comfortable and I slept like a baby every night. Kara’s professional kitchen inspired us to tale up baking! Then, there is Mill Valley, with its perfect climate: cool in the evenings and gorgeous sunny days. There are hiking and biking trails everywhere, and enticing restaurants and boutiques all within walking distance."
This exquisite 1904 vintage apartment is an ideal home base for Chicago visitors, as it's right in the center of everything. The apartment is just one block from the lake and is a friendly, safe area ideal for families and close to public transportation. A car exchange is also available for travelers wishing to drive around the city. From the apartment, guests have easy access to beaches, many restaurants, a bike path, and all of Chicago's attractions.
A guest shared in their review: "This was the 'perfect' exchange... The accommodations exceeded our expectations and Steve and Karen did everything possible to make us feel welcome when we arrived. The location is excellent and the level of comfort that we were afforded was top notch."
This spectacular home gives guests an oceanfront oasis off the beaten path. Enjoy total privacy, amazing hiking and scenery, and the sound of the crashing waves feet from the house. The spacious home sleeps 18, so there's room for the whole family (and then some!). You can watch whales, seals, and bald eagles from the deck or the fourth floor observation tower, and enjoy fresh lobster every evening. There are tons of nearby outdoor activities to choose from, including kayaking, day tripping to Acadia National Park, or a whale watching trip.
"Incredible hiking, whale-watching, wildlife viewing, and stargazing on our property and nearby," writes host Maureen. "Breathe the sea air all day and fall asleep to the sound of the waves."
This breathtaking townhouse in the heart of New York's East Village is flooded with charm and natural light. The modern home features a cozy backyard BBQ and fire pit, huge skylight, and a great sound system that plays inside or in the garden. The home is surrounded by lush community gardens on three sides, making it a peaceful sanctuary tucked away in the city and truly a unique home in New York.
The area is a wonderful place to vacation, writes host Alex: "The east village is a bustling, creative area full of cute shops and excellent restaurants. While it’s true that there are many bars in the area, the location of my house is luckily on a quiet block and noise has never been an issue. Tompkins Square Park is just down the street which is a major plus."
Stay in the heart of downtown Austin in this home that feels like a treehouse. Guests will feel they're in a remote location with peace and privacy, all while only a five minute bike ride from downtown. Relax and enjoy the creek, plunge pool, home gym, and outdoor grill during your vacation in Austin. Guests will also be close to trails along Ladybird Lake, plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, and Austin's top attractions.
What more unique vacation home is there than this 2020 trailer? The Taxa Mantis was designed by a NASA space architect with a durable purpose in mind. It's equipped with a solar panel so guests can enjoy off-grid adventures. Host Brynn is on a year-long travel sabbatical with her family and traveling the country in this trailer! For exchanges, they will set it up at a desirable location near your home so you can camp and they can stay in your home. Enjoy the camping experience without having to get all the gear for yourself!