-looking for longer term swap or rental in Barcelona area.
Generally LOOKING FOR:
Park City. (any time of year)
Summer 2021, to celebrate family birthdays, somewhere fabulous we could host a few extra family members. Europe only.
Summers in general: Europe mostly, or mountains in the US or Canada.
And any swap that will receive points from us, as we now have quite a lot!
We are homeschooling this year, so have more flexibility to be remote, especially before end of summer 2021. Tempt us!
ABOUT “CASA LOS CUATRO CUATROS”:
A vintage Mediterranean Revival exterior embodies the heyday of the 1920’s Miami Beach boomtown. Inside, it’s a totally new, just completed total architect remodel and restoration. Interior design is consistent with hacienda or estancia style, mixing European and Latin American traditions. It is accented with modern art and items that we have brought back from our travels.
The home is approx. 3,600 SF (335 m2) of air-conditioned space (3 zones and 3 mini-splits) and has 3 bedrooms that function as such, 6 full baths, plus a separate office, playroom, great room with living and dining, library, breakfast room, plus outdoor pergola dining. It sleeps 11 in its current configuration.
You will enter our home via an entry vestibule that just hints at what lies just beyond another set of doors. You can keep all of your beach accessories in the adjacent mudroom. Once you open the second door, you’ll be surprised by a double-height great room that included both the living room and formal dining. Illuminated by a spectacular wrought iron chandelier, you’ll find an antique dining table ready to host up to 12 guests for dinner. After your meal, you can either retire to the adjacent library or open the double doors to the lounge chairs in the outdoor pool patio. Either way, you may not be inclined to go far (though the vibrant world of Miami Beach is just minutes outside the door). There is also an upstairs outdoor patio about to be finished, just off the master bedroom.
For more informal daily meals, we tend to use the breakfast room, which is nestled between the kitchen and the outdoor patio. It seats 6. Our house is comfortable both for discerning adults and fun-loving kids.
The kitchen has abundant light and everything you need for cooking at home. Viking 6 burner gas range, two bottom freezer refrigerators, microwave, and dishwasher. The generous granite kitchen island also serves as a counter that seats 3. The kitchen opens both to breakfast and to butler’s pantry that connects to the great room. You can close all the doors if you prefer privacy in your kitchen. If you don’t want to cook, your choice of restaurants are minutes away. If you want to stay home, there is a stack of delivery & take-out menus available.
Downstairs there is a smaller bedroom in the back for total privacy. It can be accessed through the main house, just off the breakfast, or they both open via double French doors to the pool area, for those in your group that may want more independence. It has a leather queen-sized sofa bed with memory foam mattress, plus a twin bed with trundle. All bedrooms in the house have room darkening shades.
The other cheery playroom/office. They may be used together as a suite, sharing a bath (with tub) or one may use another bath next to it that has a shower. Currently, we use these as a guestroom and playroom, respectively.
Library also has a queen-sized sofa bed and can be closed off with curtains.
The pool area has plenty of shade for the hot summer months, lots of lounge chairs and toys for kids. There is also a covered, rainproof pergola with fans for alfresco dining year-round.
Upstairs you’ll find the master suite, including two ‘his and hers’ baths and a private rooftop patio with pergola and seating. His bath has a generous walk-in shower and Hers has a tub. King size bed, luxury linens, Casper mattress. It’s airy and bright, with dark espresso colored furniture. Opens to a 2nd pergola and large roof deck.
Our daughter has a second, light-filled large bedroom with its own ensuite bath. It has 2 matching queen-sized beds, both with Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Full bath with tub. Colors are soft pink and gray (photo not current). It’s not super childish, so can be used just as easily by adults. We'll change linens to all white.
Technology: House has WiFi internet throughout. TVs: Library TV has Roku and Amazon Fire (we don't use cable.) There are additional TVs in the master bedroom and the back guest room. We have DVDs for adults and children in several languages, as well as a nice book collection. Amazon Alexa and Sonos music players throughout the house.
Office: currently set up as an office with 3 desks. It has a full bath with shower (though shower may be storage for now!) Should you need to work during your stay, there is a copier, printer and plenty of desk space. Ergonomic chairs make any work more comfortable. Office if accessible totally independently, from the entry vestibule. Depending on the exchange, we may leave this closed off.
There is a full-size washer and dryer in the laundry room. We can make arrangements with our housekeeper depending on your needs and what you can provide on the other side.
Xavier is allergic, so please, absolutely no smoking inside the house or pets. You can smoke outside anywhere with the door closed.
We are also open to doing a car exchange, depending on circumstances and location. Currently, we have a Land Rover LR3 available. If you have a Vespa or other scooter for us, we also have one for you! We have abundant off-street parking in our circular drive if you chose to bring your own car or rent.
There is totally separate studio apartment in the back of the house which is not included in the exchange. A friend of ours lives there. There is an independent entrance and you will not see them.
Finally, if you need more (or less) space, my parents have a 2 bedroom condo in a hi-rise in the heart of South Beach. Their apartment is also listed for home exchange if that should suit your needs. Please ask.
Please see below for our preferred exchange dates and locations. (I update this frequently.) But, we are open to many things, so please ask!
ABOUT THE AREA
Conveniently located in MIAMI BEACH between South Beach and Bal Harbour, our home is minutes from the ocean, dining, shopping and major highways and airports. With an equal balance of luxury and sophistication, come enjoy an unparalleled tropical lifestyle.
We are literally only a few minutes to anywhere. There is public transportation at the door (bus lines). Taxis come immediately as well. The beach on the Atlantic Ocean is biking or European walking distance (15 blocks), or a 5-minute drive. Just behind our house, 2 blocks away is a nice walking path on Biscayne Bay, great for early morning or sunsets. Two children’s parks are just a few blocks down the street, easy stroller distance. Tennis courts also.
Miami Beach has everything you could want for a vacation - fantastic weather year-round, great beaches, boating, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing. This is also world-class nightlife, dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural offerings.
Culture vultures will love the New World Symphony’s new Frank Gehry designed campus, featuring a full slate of concerts and events, including Wallcast concerts and movies on the exterior wall, enjoyable from the new park. (www.nws.edu). We have plenty of recommendations for design and architecture buffs. A vibrant art scene offers plenty to do when you’ve had enough sun and fun.
For golf enthusiasts, less than a mile down the street is the amazing public Miami Beach Golf Club, with course created by Arthur Hills, one of America's foremost golf course designers (www.miamibeachgolfclub.com). Of course, there is also Doral’s famous Blue Monster and the Key Biscayne courses. Miami features some of the most difficult courses in the world, and some courses have been rated in the top 10 courses by Golfweek. Miami is also home to one of four World Golf Championship events every year in March.
Abundant public tennis courts are all around. Newly redone ones are within walking distance.
We are only a few blocks away from the famed Fountainbleau hotel, home to countless restaurants and nightclubs. Next door to that is the Soho Beach House Miami and Eden Roc/Nobu.
Bikes are available a few blocks away via Miami Beach's bike share program. There is also a free electric on-demand golf cart that takes you around the area (like a free Uber). www.freebee.com
If shopping is your favorite sport, the upscale Bal Harbour shops are a beautiful open-air destination (www.balharbourshops.com) just 15 minutes away.
Miami is also a great base to take short trips by car and explore Key West and the Florida Keys (1-3 hours), Ft. Lauderdale (20 min), Palm Beach (2 hours), The Everglades (1 hour), and even go up to Disney and other Orlando parks (about 3-4 hr drive).
Please ask if you have any questions about location, it really can’t be beat.
Please note a cleaning fee of $300 will be passed on for points only swaps. Not applicable for direct exchanges, as we would each take care of our own housekeepers with pre- and post-exchange cleaning.