- Florencia Arts & culture enthusiast. Lifelong traveler. (43)
- Xavier Fund manager (48)
- Cecilia World-traveling 2nd Grader (7)
- Nastacha Long-time Nanny that usually travels with us (52)
Welcome to world-class sun and fun in Miami Beach!
We are a married couple, Xavier and Florencia, both independent professionals in our early forties. Our families are all lifelong avid travelers and experienced exchangers. We are neat and organized, have no pets and are non-smokers. We have a six year old daughter who is already an excellent traveler. For most trips, we will most likely be joined by our nanny or perhaps a helpful family member. We've had more successful exchanges than we can count (20+), so we can make the process very easy.
We will also be working via internet most of the day. We are quiet and respectful and will take excellent care of your home, as we know you will do with ours. We speak several languages and get along easily in new environments, so no need for hand-holding. That said, we’d love to hear any insider recommendations you may have for visiting your city.
For your convenience, please write back in whichever of the following languages is most comfortable for you: English, Spanish, or French.
(Xavier is allergic, so we strongly prefer your home to be non-smoking and pet-free or at least have pets boarded). For work reasons, reliable high speed internet is a must. A/c is a must in the summer as well. (we've been in Miami too long ;-)
November 23 — November 29, 2015 These dates are flexible
We are up for NYC most any time. Manhattan only, please. Open to long or short exchanges. Currently looking for Labor Day or Thanksgiving (a few days up to a week). Potentially New Years.
September 4 — September 7, 2015 These dates are flexible
Anywhere driving distance considered. Especially Sarasota, Orlando, Key West, St. Augustine, and Palm Beach. Labor Day or later in Fall (we are out for the summer.)
July 1 — August 14, 2016
Flexible on exact timing. Looking for 2 - 3 weeks in summer 2016.
August 29 — August 9, 2015
Northen Spain for longer term exchange summer 2016. Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastian, La Coruna...min 2 week. 2-3 weeks in Summer 2016, flexible on dates. Must have a/c, wifi and at least 3 bedrooms, but prefer more.
July 1 — August 14, 2016
2-3 weeks in Summer 2016, flexible on dates. Must have a/c, wifi and at least 3 bedrooms, but prefer more.
We love the energy of a city, anywhere in the world. Museums, restaurants, walking around aimlessly, we do it all. We even put our daughter in the local camps. Museums and such we can find in guidebooks. Living like a local is what we love to do. Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
When you arrive at Xavier and Florencia"s you will be greeted by a large, warm, bright, airy, very clean home. If you at all appreciate art you will find lots to like in their home. If you like to cook you will find a chef's delight.. All the cooking untensils you could imagine, a six burner gas Viking range, all the spices to take it up knoch and a pantry filled with nothing but healthy food. If you like to eat out you will find all imaginable type of restaurants.. The ocean about 2 miles away. You will not be disappointed..
Thank you Peter for such a wonderful exchange experience. We could not ask for a more thoughtful partner. He thought of everything, from a welcome gift in his home to leaving us an exquisite and personal one at our home. The home's location is simply stunning, perfect for peace and quiet. The backyard view is unparalleled. His home is spacious and inviting, it feels like you are visiting a favorite relative. Highly recommended!
I truly had a wonderful non-simultaneous exchange and really can't imagine a better and more pleasant accomodation in the whole Miami area. Aqua is an amazing housing development and Florencia's apartment is just stunning. The location is great and a perfect starting point to explore Miami. There is security and receiving at the building, and the apartment simply exceeds all expectations. Finished to a high standard throughout and designed with the finest contemporary fabrics and furnishings, it is equipped with all the modern comforts and conveniences. Florencia has been an extremely efficient and helpful host and provided me with a welcome binder with general notes, maps, Miami guides, as well as full availability in case of need. Enjoy a dreamy and unforgettable holiday in Miami!
Wonderful exchange! Smooth non-simultaneous swap. Impeccable apartment centrally located in Rome. Perfect for all your touring needs. Great location right by subway, walking distance to most places. Totally refurbished apartment done to highest standards. Has many things that are complete luxuries in Italy (to start with, the size, light, potent a/c, great media, etc etc. Too many to mention). Federica is delightful to deal with and extremely organized. You'll find her a wonderful exchange partner. Thanks again for a wonderful summer living La Dolce Vita!
We had a fantastic time in Xavier and Florencia's beautiful apartment. They were very gracious hosts, and made our arrival and stay comfortable and relaxed. Their home is fabulous - great location, safe and secure, amazing views and loaded with tasteful, fine art. They left our home in immaculate condition - we couldn't even tell they'd been there. Their home is the perfect base from which to enjoy the South Beach lifestyle, and they are extremely thoughtful and considerate exchangers. We would highly recommend an exchange with them.
Amazing experience! We felt as if we had walked into a magazine. Lori's design talent is evident in every detail. An exquisite house. Very easy exchange. We were immediately in paradise. We had a hard time motivating to leave the house (and this is Key West we're talking about!) Hard to believe they were first time exchangers. Everything went off without a hitch! If you're looking for Key West, look no further. Five star resort quality, with the luxury of a private home. Unless it's Jimmy Buffet's own private house, it's hard to imagine a better place to stay in Key West. Thanks for a wonderful weekend getaway!
This is a magnificient water view Miami apartment. Ultra modern gorgeous design including marble floors and original art work. All furnishings and appliances are of the highest quality. I loved sitting in the living room and looking out on the water any time of the day...so relaxing. Building has a wonderful workout gym, a great pool with a water view. A concierge is always available to assist you with anything from restaurant recommendations to assisting you unloading your car. The owners are gracious and helpful, and will treat your home with utmost care. I highly recommend this exchange if offered to you! Helen S., Houston, TX
Wonderful family home in prestigious, well-located neighborhood. close to everything. Spacious and comfortable home. What a great way to get to know Houston and all it has to offer.
Beautiful house, excellent location in the heart of Miami Beach. Comfortable space with everything being exceptionally organized. Tons of toys to play with for kids and lots of attractions nearby. Multi time exchange family that was very helpful from start to finish in making this home exchange and wonderful experience.
Excellent location, easy access to public transport, can get everywhere easily. Comfortable apartment home. Spacious for Singapore standards. Smooth swap with first time exchangers, lovely family."
We have just returned from a Memorial Day weekend at this fantastic home. The house is lovely and the location on Miami Beach cannot be beaten. Built in the 20's and lovingly restored and maintained the home is a perfect example of Miami Mediterranean. Xavier and Florencia are fabulous hosts and put us to shame with their welcome folder. Foodies will love the vibe of Miami cuisine. We did "Nuevo Latino" with Doug Rodriguez, "New World" with Norman Van Aken and "Contemporary Comfort" with Michael Schwartz. We can't wait to go back again.
UPDATE: We've done several exchanges with this wonderful family. Highly recommend! Fantastic exchange family. Spacious yet welcoming home. Every comfort. Great base for all Orlando exploring, though I suggest spending some time in charming Winter Park itself. It is quite charming. Your kids especially will love this house and never want to leave. We had a hard time convincing our daughter to leave the home for the theme parks. The second day she didn't want to go back and just wanted to stay at the house and play. Teresa is a wonderful exchange partner. Follow her dining recs! We hope to repeat soon.
If every exchange was this good. I would never stay in another hotel again. I can't rave enough about the house (perfectly situated in South Beach, Miami) or the family who made us feel so comfortable during our stay. This was our first time to exchange and the family couldn't have made it any easier for us. We arrived to find a large book!! with every detail we would need concerning the house, the neighborhood, and our stay in Miami. The house was beautiful, organized, and perfect for our family (my husband and I, our son, and our nanny). The fantastically decorated interior was such that it didn't interfere with the comfort of the place. Although we didn't get a chance to use the pool (we were very busy) it was very clean and well looked after. We were well located and found it easy to get around. The beach was just a quick run from the house and by car, you could easily access major highways. The family also offered us "inside tips" to the city so that we could enjoy many activities and spots that I doubt we would have found ourself. I truly appreciate the family going above and beyond anything I expected. The pressure is on to return the favor as I would hope their stay in Madrid will be every bit as enjoyable as ours was in Miami.
Haven't had a chance to stay in Alen's home yet, but he is a great exchanger and was a pleasure to have in our home. One day we'll actually make it to Brazil!
We exchange our home non-simultaneously and used the "credit' at a future date for my parents. All was good until the hurricane arrived! Weather aside, I think they really enjoyed the home.
The Rossa family was a wonderful exchange partner. Everything was organized and extremely clean. They have a beautiful home in a great location for exploring Provence. Michael and his assistant were always available to help. You will have a wonderful exchange experience with them. This is how you want to see France!