Home Exchange / House Swap

Berkeley California 94707 United States of America

Listing # 110478

Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beautiful Berkeley Hills Home

We are settling into retirement and new to house swapping. We have traveled extensively and are excited about this opportunity. Danny is a retired clinical psychologist/college professor and Karen is a retired nonprofit fundraiser. We have five grown children between us who live across the USA and in Chili. We have a large, beautiful home in the Berkeley Hills (close to the University of California, San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and the majestic Northern California coastline), and we look forward to finding families eager to trade homes. We enjoy hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, photography, cooking, and exploring new communities. We are open to swaps in Europe, Asia or South America, and throughout the USA.

We have a beautiful home in a lovely hillside community of older and unique homes. There is easy access to two bus lines (3 minutes away) connecting to downtown San Francisco, downtown Berkeley, and BART (10 minutes away). Easy access to Napa and Sonoma wine country, northern California coastal communities, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and other bay area cities. Fully equipped kitchen and dining room, gas fireplace, two-person bathtub, hot tub in the back yard, large and spacious deck with dramatic views. The back yard has numerous oak trees and redwood views. We live two miles away from the University of California - Berkeley, one of the world's finest universities. We're close to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto (e.g., Chez Panisse) and within walking distance of dozens of international restaurants and cafes.

The Berkeley Hills are home to hundreds of college professors, some retired and many still teaching. There are multiple walking paths and creeks in the neighborhood. Tilden Park is about a mile away, and it has a lake, numerous trails for hiking, and a children's park. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance, and nearby theaters and playhouses. Berkeley is respected as one of the world's best university communities, and the free speech movement of the 1960's started here.

We have a mother-in-law unit in the basement, and Karen's mother lives there year round in an attached but separate unit. She has a small friendly dog. She will be available to answer questions and give advice about local sites and activities.

We have visited many of the world's most interesting cities, and we hope to visit more in the coming years. We could easily devote a month to exploring Rome, London, Barcelona, the Hawaiian Islands, Manhattan, Sydney, or Buenos Aires . . . but we're open to lots of other options. We recently returned from the Caribbean where Danny taught for a medical school in Antigua, and we have both lived in Thailand (Danny was a Fulbright Scholar and Karen was a Peace Corps volunteer). We are both committed to sustainable travel.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
3500 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Monday, May 22, 2017 onward
Minimum Stay
1 day(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Berkeley
Postal Code - State or Province 94707 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Berkeley Hills
Closest University University of California, Berkeley
University nearby University of California, San Francisco; California State University, San Francisco; Alliant International University

Home Exchange:

We are open to a home swap with any destination!

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1:

State or Province
United States of America

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Monday, July 31, 2017

Destination 2: Santiago

Santiago Metropolitan Region

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Monday, September 18, 2017 until Open

Rental Price:

Rental price not specified.


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Off Campus
  • Available for Short Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: hot tub, views


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Care for Plants

About Member

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Independent Scholar Independent Scholar (working outside traditional academia) & Retired Academics
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About Me
I am a clinical psychologist who retired from the University of Missouri, with subsequent teaching and administration assignments at Alliant International University and the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. I also retired from the Navy Reserves as a Captain. We live in the Berkeley Hills about 2 miles from the UC-Berkeley campus. I was formerly an Associate Dean for International Programs, responsible for full time academic programs in Hong Kong, Mexico City and Tokyo.



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