- Tracy homemaker (58)
- Brian lawyer (57)
- Jamie student (17)
- Adult friend retired (72)
- Adult friend antiques dealer (66)
Hello from Mill Valley! We're just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco!
Brian is an environmental lawyer with a practice in San Francisco. Tracy is our family and household wizard, and also manages several rental properties. Here we are with our best friends, Fred and Kathleen, who we enjoy traveling with.
We have three daughters ages 27, 25 (who no longer living with us and don't always travel with us), and 17.
House exchanging is a wonderful extension of our various experiences of living abroad: Two of our daughters completed 6 month homestays in France, living in Bordeaux and Dijon; plus one of them did an additional 6 month homestay in Argentina, all with wonderful families. In 2012, we hosted a 13 year old French girl to live with us for 6 months. Brian spent a year at the University of Sussex as an undergrad (a few years back), where he cultivated his abiding interest in real ale. Tracy spent her high school years (even more years back) in Tokyo.
We love live theater and attend about 50 productions a year. Brian is recent past president of the board of our local Equity theater, The Marin Theatre Company (www.marintheatre.org). Brian and Tracy are Shakespeare "Completists" --we have seen every play Shakespeare wrote performed on stage. Our daughters are determined to join us in this accomplishment! We make an effort to see plays wherever we travel.
We also enjoy hiking, museums, history, literature, languages (various of us speak French, Spanish, Arabic and a little Japanese), and board games (our favorites are from Europe: 7 Wonders, Stone Age and Ticket to Ride).
For 2016, we are looking for an exchange within walking distance to a train or tube station so our family group can travel independently and not rely on a car (though we appreciate having one). We also are looking for a place with two bedrooms with double beds that can sleep 2 adults each--we hope to bring and adult couple who travels with us regularly --see them in the photo with us on our last exchange in Dublin.
We have exchanged ten times previously and all our exchange partners have loved the house and the locale.
We are non-smokers and would only want to exchange with non-smokers.
For medical reasons, we eat gluten-free--not a factor that would affect an exchange, just FYI.
The photo is from our last house exchange in Dublin, Ireland which we did with another adult couple.
July 23 — August 13, 2016 These dates are flexible
We're looking for a house within walking distance to a few good pubs and restaurants. And being able to walk to a Tube or train station would be an excellent bonus. We are open to big cities and small towns. For the timing of the exchange: We are returning to the States--but not to our home--on 12 August. Our home can be available to you until 21 August. It is possible our exchange group will include our older daughters, so our group could total 6 adults and one older teenager.
We are avid fans of the theatre and attend 50+ plays every year. Brian is past-president of the Board of Directors for our local theatre. On our exchanges we love to see what's on at the local theaters.
Our exchange to Mill Valley in 2003 was simply brilliant - it was our third and we've done 12 more since. We have wonderful memories of the house, the town, Muir Woods, San Francisco and the Bay area, Yosemite, Napa, Sonoma and even the Jelly Belly factory... Meeting friends from Philadelphia and entertaining them in a real Californian home, watching the baseball at PacBell and seeing Barry Bonds hit a home run into the harbour, walking over the Golden Gate, rafting on the Merced, Shakespeare on Stimson Beach - all these and more went to make a fantastic holiday. The house is really comfortable and in a safe, friendly neighbourhood with great facilities nearby. Brian and Tracy were excellent hosts, as well as looking after our house beautifully. We really enjoyed meeting them and their girls in London the following year, and our daughter Alice has enjoyed their hospitality recently. We are pleased to call them friends and can't recommend an exchange with them highly enough. Best wishes Alan and Paula
We had a wonderful time in Tracy and Brian's magnificent home in Mill Valley near San Francisco. the house was spacious and very comfortable, and in a lovely little village with good restaurants and shops. It was also near the mountains and the stunning redwood forests.San Francisco in all its beauty and character is a short drive away across the golden Gate Bridge. Tracy left great and helpful hints on how to get the best from the area.