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Balaruc-les-Bains 34540 France

Listing # 119710

Rates From EUR 5000 Monthly
Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Family home on waterfront, fab. view, 25 min from Montpellier airport and bilingual school

WATERFRONT Lake Thau Home - Our home has three bedrooms, two baths. It's right on the waterfront, on Lake Thau. It's a modern house with contemporary design. We do boast breathtaking lake views and sunsets (https://tcrouzet.com/tag/home/). On the ground floor, our open concept living area with expansive windows and doors opens to a large deck. The kitchen has high-end stainless appliances. We have a wood burning fireplace (for the occasional rainy day). A separate room can be used as projection room or family room or office or guest room as the couch unfolds into a bed. On the first floor is our sleeping quarter, with one master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a terrace. Our kids' rooms are separated by a folding wall which we open when they need more play space. A separate office on the second floor also has a sofa bed for 2 additional occasional guests. The exterior features a garden with a creek, a dock with a catamaran, 3 kayaks and a paddle boat, swings, a volley ball field with net and a studio/shed that can be used as office or for guests. We also have a separate garage where kids play table tennis - it can be too windy to play outside.
We're located in Balaruc-les-Bains, France's #1 spa resort, just minutes to Sète and easy access to the A9 highway to Montpellier.
More details:
- large open living room with fireplace, grand piano (1895 Érard), kitchen with access to exterior, dining area sitting 7 inside, separate office/projection/guest room on ground floor, PC with internet corner in entrance hall;
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (master has ensuite), table football on mezzanine, large library (4000+ books in French and English) on first floor;
- office/occasional guest room on second floor.
We have two cats who need cuddling and feeding on a daily basis.
Perfect for a family of four with up to four occasional guests. We can help find the best school for the kids if, like us, you're swapping your home for the full cultural experience during your sabbatical.
We are not interested with short-term vacation swaps. We are only looking for a 1 year minimum exchange. We need a French lycée close by your home - anywhere in the world. We will help you find the most appropriate school for your children.
If you're interested in a long term (1 school year) home swap, we can also discuss access to our Parisian pied-à-terre located rue Crémieux, near Gare de Lyon (we're a 10 minute drive away from the Sète TGV station).


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
220 Sq. Meters
Suited for
4 people
Property Type


Available from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 until Wednesday, July 1, 2026
Minimum Stay
10 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
10 months minimum home exchange - one school year - at any time until 2026.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Balaruc-les-Bains
Postal Code - State or Province 34540 Occitanie
Country France
Neighborhood Keywords Balaruc-les-Bains
Closest University Montpellier
University nearby Montpellier, Marseilles

Home Exchange:

We are open to a home swap with any destination!

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1:


Neighborhood Keywords
lycée français or International Baccalaureate School

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 until Wednesday, July 1, 2026

Destination 2:


Rental Price:

EUR 5000 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


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

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • Garden
  • Other:


Kid Friendly

Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Look after Pets

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About Me
Novelist, essay writer, and blogger, I'm fascinated by issues located at the nexus of technology, politics, and literature. My works in French include Le Peuple des connecteurs [The Connected People], a reflection on our networked society; J’ai débranché [How I Unplugged], a tale of digital burnout; and La Quatrième Théorie [The Fourth Theory] a thriller by tweets. My scientific account, Clean Hands Save Lives, has been translated in eighteen languages, winning hundreds of thousands of readers across the world. With my wife Isabelle (translator) and our two boys (10 and 12), I'm looking for a home exchange starting in July 2018 (6 months minimum).



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