We are currently looking for a swap or rental in London for approx. June 17-August 1 2005. We could rent only during those dates.
We live in a lovely and comfortable 1920s semi-detached house (in Philadelphia lingo, a twin) 5 bedrooms (1 converted to a study) and 3 full bathrooms on 2 floors, in an attractive, tree-lined, and diverse neighborhood in NW Philadelphia called Mt. Airy (see gomtairy.com/news/notable-press.html for recent stories in The New York Times and elsewhere).
We live just three blocks from a commuter line that will get you to downtown Philly within 30 minutes, where you'll enjoy world-famous museums like The Barnes Collection and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sites central to the founding of the U. S. like Independence Hall, and top-notch restaurants. From there you can take the train to NYC in 90 minutes, Baltimore in 90 minutes, and Washington, D. C. in 2 hours (faster if you take the express). We frequently drive to Manhattan, and it's a touch over 90 minutes door-to-door if you time the traffic right. The beaches and boardwalks of New Jersey, from the glitter of Atlantic City to lots of quieter spots, are also only 90 minutes away.
So our home is a great base for exploring Philadelphia and the great cities of the East Coast, as well as the lovely towns and good shopping of Bucks County and the lush farms (and excellent antiquing) of Lancaster County. But there is also much to do in Mt. Airy and its environs: Indian and Italian restaurants just around the corner, a new, highly-regarded New American restaurant, the famous Mt. Airy Co-op (for all your shopping needs) and the heart of Mt. Airy, with its bars, restaurants, and other attractions, and we are next to other neighborhoods such as Chestnut Hill (5 minutes by car or train) with quaint shops and restaurants. We are also just a few blocks from Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the U. S., where you can hike or bike miles of trails in the Wissahickon Gorge and feed the ducks at Valley Green. And we have lovely, friendly neighbors.