CALIFORNIA 's calling YOU !!!!! ...

Traveling Group
  • Tom retired teacher (70)
  • Joan retired teacher (65)


Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Destination
  • Open to Any Dates
  • New York City, NY, United States

    November 1 — November 22, 2015 These dates are flexible

    We love New York City, especially in the late Spring (April, May, June) & in the fall. SURPRISE US - we might like to go there ....

  • Barcelona, Spain

    April 4 — May 9, 2016 These dates are flexible

    We are open for a non-simultaneous exchange, if that works for you. This way you could visit San Diego during the summer months. If April did not work for you we would also consider the month of September.


  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Antiquing
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Theater/Cinema
Especially Passionate About


We love theater, museums, historical sites, lingering over good food, culture, and meeting people.

Vacation Type

Exchange Reviews

January - December 2009

We are planning our third visit to this wonderful beach ...

Debra from Monteverde, Costa Rica said

We are planning our third visit to this wonderful beach cottage this summer! Need I say more? We love everything about it. The proximity to the beach is amazing for the kids and my mother loves her daily walks along the boardwalk. In the evening we often cross over to the bay to watch the fireworks from Sea World. We can walk for our groceries or to any one of the number and varied nearby restaurants. The home is very comfortable and Tom and Joan couldn't be greater people to exchange with.

What we said about Debra's house:

We love Monteverde so much, and all that it offers,, that we have been back twice in two years. To anyone that enjoys nature this warm friendly safe community is the place to be! The people, the flora and fauna are magnificent! Do stop for some wonderful cuisine at Susanna's, located above the Bat Museum, and the coffee at Stella's bakery can't be beat. Deb certainly has a wonderful location to call home. As one says in Costa Rica, this is PURA VITA!!! Get there quick before the "modern world" ruins it!!!!

January - December 2009

We've had great home exchange experiences over the past couple ...

mike & stephanie
mike & stephanie from Manhattan said

We've had great home exchange experiences over the past couple of years, but this exchange has been by far the best... and it's not even over! We are doing a non-simultaneous exchange with Tom and Joan, so we visited San Diego first; they're coming to NYC next month. To begin, we exchanged several emails with useful information before arriving and then when we got to San Diego, we received a welcome normally reserved for old friends. Tom's home reflects Tom and Joan's personalities - it's interesting, warm, and inviting. You can tell by being in his space how much he treasures even the smallest of his collectibles, so we know he and Joan will be excellent guests when the time comes for them to be in our home. They are repeat exchangers who have made many friends through home exchanging, and the reasons are obvious. We can't give them a higher recommendation.

What we said about mike & stephanie's house:

You meet some wonderful people with Home Exchanging, and Stephanie and Mike are some of the nicest. They quickly became instant friends!! Their home is lovely - bright, colorful, comfortable - and we loved it. Mike guided us to some special historical walks around the neighborhood, plus they have a wealth of material to help you find your way around the city. An additional bonus is that the subway is only one block away !!! We were certainly happy with this exchange !

January - December 2012

We (two adults and a teen) have done several home ...

Margaret from Oregon said

We (two adults and a teen) have done several home exchanges, and this one was one of our favorites. The cottage is charming, has everything you need, and is in a great location--a couple minutes' walk to a great beach, but since you're not on a beach, you don't get all the "beach noise." We enjoyed riding the bikes along the boardwalk and trying out the local restaurants. In fact, there were lots of things in San Diego we didn't go see because we liked spending time in the Mission Beach area. The homeowner was met us at the house and was extremely helpful in getting us oriented, let lots of good information in some binders, and told us about several restaurants and places to go that we would not have known of. It was a great way to spend spring break.

What we said about Margaret's house:

We had a great time at Mike & MArgaret's home. They have a large charming craftsman home in an exciting area of Portland. The Hawthorne neighborhood is filled with lovely homes as well as interesting restaurants and shops. If one wants to go to the down town area of Portland a local bus can get you there in minutes, While there I recommend seeing the Portland Zoo, the Japanese Gardens and the Rose Garden. We found everything we needed in this comfortable home to make it an excellent exchange. IF you are considering an exchange to Portland, do give this home some serious thought, you won't go wrong...

January - December 2012

Loved every minute in this place! It was a delight! ...

Ellen and Jean Pierre
Ellen and Jean Pierre from 15th arrondissement of Paris said

Loved every minute in this place! It was a delight! My daughter and her husband were able to join us for a few days of our stay. We felt very much at home because of how organized, thorough, helpful Tom was. We had all we needed and much more for an excellent vacation there. His home and furnishings are extremely interesting as well as charming! We managed to park our rental car in the area without problem, but one could easily take public transportation around this city. Being just off the boardwalk, it was quiet. There is lots of dynamic beach life going on minutes away, along with restaurants, services, grocery. Only regret? We were unable to find time to use the bikes provided! There is a sweet little garden area for sitting and/or eating outside. We really enjoyed meeting Tom and Joan and sharing stories. Although we are experienced home exchangers, this can make a big difference for new exchangers: meeting owners and establishing an initial relationship. This is optional, but very special. You become guests, but you are on your own!! What could be more perfect?! We look forward to seeing them again and as my son lives in San Diego, we surely will return. Clearly we will have to plan ahead in order to stay at Tom and Joan's again!!!

What we said about Ellen and Jean Pierre's house:

WE recently spent two wonderful weeks at Pierre's and Ellen's charming apartment in Paris! This is in a quiet and safe residential area, yet with just a short metro ride one can find all the highlights of Paris. There is a "MonoPrix" (grocery store) a short distance away as well as a twice weekly "open air market". Ellen has a very well equipped kitchen ! Anything you need to cook with you'll find in it. However if you don't feel like cooking there certainly are some wonderful restaurants near by. We loved their very helpful library, and especially comfortable living room chairs. All in all this was an excellent Home Exchange and what made it better was the opportunity to meet Pierre and Ellen while they were staying at my house. We felt that we had meet new friends rather than simply Home Exchangers. .

January - December 2011

My husband and I had an excellent experience exchanging with ...

Connie said

My husband and I had an excellent experience exchanging with Tom and staying at his cozy home located really close to the Pacific ocean. We used their beach bikes to ride along the ocean boardwalk and stopped at Konos restaurant...great for breakfast and has an ocean view! Also liked "World Famous" restaurant for dinner. Another good feature is that Tom has a small garage which was ideal, since there is not much available parking on the street. The home was neat and clean and very welcoming. We were quite pleased with our exchange. Thank you Tom and Joan!

What we said about Connie's house:

We had a wonderful exchange at Paul and Connie's Cape Cod cottage ! The location of it is ideal for day trips to explore this wonderful region. It is a lovely home owed by lovely, friendly people Not only is their kitchen one of the best equipped ones we have seen in over 15 exchanges, but the whole cottage gave us a feeling of warmth and comfort. Many a morning was spent in their outdoor patio sipping coffee. Their home is within walking distance to the beach, but if you don't like walking, hop on the bikes the provide you. We have had a number of exchanges, but this one is right there at the top!!!!

January - December 2010

Tom's Mission Beach cottage was fantastic and a wonderful trip ...

Catherine from Idyllwild-Pine Cove said

Tom's Mission Beach cottage was fantastic and a wonderful trip down memory lane for me (a former San Diegan). My daughter's enjoyed the bunk beds and we enjoyed being right by the beach. The kitchen is well-equipped and we were grateful for the off-street parking. Tom and Joan are helpful and always a phone call away. Tom has a very informative binder to inform you of every aspect of San Diego vacation life. We would definitely recommend this quaint cottage and thank Tom and Joan for their hospitality.

What we said about Catherine's house:

We had a wonderful exchange in this comfortable cabin in Idyllwild. The cabin is fully equipped with everything you need to make this exchange as easy as possible. Not only is the cabin lovely, but so is the spectacular scenery which is all around you. If you are a lover of nature this is the Home Exchange for you !!! We loved it !!!\r\n The Murphys are warm friendly people, and are excellent in communicating and helping you to make your Mountain exchange dream come true.\r\n\r\n

January - December 2010

Wonderful experience in sunny San Diego. Tom & Joan are really ...

Emma from 11th arrondissement of Paris said

Wonderful experience in sunny San Diego. Tom & Joan are really nice, arranging & welcoming people. I'll be glad to welcome them in Paris!

November -1

We had a wonderful time exchanging our home with Tom. ...

Fred from 10th arrondissement of Paris said

We had a wonderful time exchanging our home with Tom. His cottage is ideally located and comfortable. It was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need for a beach lifestyle. Between the patio BBQs, bike-rides along the boardwalk and beach time, we couldn't have dreamt a better vacation. The kids could easily go from the bay for quiet swimming sessions, to the ocean for jumping in the waves and sand castle building. We found our home just as we had left it and Tom's lovely energy made the whole adventure fully worth it. I highly recommend this swap.