“This home was exactly what we were looking for and more. All the comfort one could want, great outdoor area and beautiful surroundings. The pets are adorable and made us feel at home! Our host Alisa was very responsive and helpful along the way. Thank you so much for opening your home to us and our family. We hope to stay in touch! X”
ISO Swap in Spain/France/Italy June 2023
ISO Swap in Spain/France/Italy June 2023
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- 4 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 8
- 4 Bathrooms
About our home
We love LHS! We have now hosted four families in our home, and we have stayed in two LHS homes. We are actively looking for travel opportunities, specifically in France, but we are open to exploring any part of Europe. We are very flexible. If you have a home that would be a suitable swap, and want to visit San Diego with your family, please reach out!
* Open to Points swaps for winter, spring and summer breaks.
* Open to France/Europe Classic swaps for winter and summer breaks. Specifically, we are looking to travel the coast from Italy, through France, to Spain.
* Open to winter Classic swaps for winter skiing (Mammoth, Tahoe, Breckenridge, Vail, Epic Ski resorts).
* Open anytime for Classic or Points swaps in interesting places if it works with our schedules.
Also available on AirBnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/656599837558272198
Welcome to your next family-friendly, resort-style getaway in a great location in San Diego! Our home is situated in a great, residential, new neighborhood built in 2020. Just minutes from the freeways to get you anywhere you want to go in Southern California, our neighbor is tucked between two mountains in a private and quiet valley. Surrounded by rolling hills, horse ranches, nature trails, a nearby lake and plenty of wild life, enjoy both the amenities of the city and the niceties of rural life. This family-friendly, safe neighborhood has several playgrounds and open parks to entertain the young ones, and maintained biking and hiking trails, just outside our doorstep.
Our 4250 square foot (395 square meters) home is your home away from home. We meticulously designed our home with comfort. functionality, safety and outdoor fun in mind. Walk in to the large entry, with three large bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom with shower and bath combo, off the main hallway. Bedroom 1 has a double bed, Bedroom 2 has a single twin bed, and Bedroom 3 functions either as a playroom (stocked with plenty of toys) or a murphy wall queen bed, with TV.
The large gourmet kitchen is stocked with high-tech cooking tools for you to cook fantastic home cooked meals, or order delivery from one of our amazing local restaurants! Open concept kitchen, living room and dining room offer views of the mountain scape. Host family movies nights on the wide screen TV with surround sound. The kitchen opens up with sliding panoramic doors to an outdoor California room, with a large rustic dining table and fire place to enjoy outdoor meals, while still feeling indoors.
The backyard is a dream scape. Lush greenery and architectural details give privacy, and enjoy hours of endless play in the black bottom, salt water pool and spa. SAFETY FEATURE: The pool has an underground pool cover that is electronically controlled. When the pool is closed, it is secure enough to walk on, making the pool area kid and pet safe. A large 9-person outdoor seating area is warmed by an outdoor gas-powered fire pit, and string lights and music turn the backyard into a fun place to gather. Large grassy area and playground with slide for the kids to play in. BBQ on property to grill your family's meals to enjoy poolside.
Master retreat is nearly 600 sqft (56 sqm) of pure private retreat. King bed with memory-foam Temperpedic mattress has movable base for the ultimate night's sleep. Large desk for those that need to work virtually, or plan their next home swap. Master bathroom has a spa-like feel, with very large walk in shower and soaking tub. Private sitting room with flat screen TV for the parents to enjoy a private, kid-free glass of wine before retiring for the evening.
Home is also equipped with functional laundry room with washer and dryer, powder room, and crafting room/office. We have a housekeeping service every Tuesday (including during swaps).
Home does have a friendly resident cat, Tegan, who is an indoor-outdoor cat, and two miniature Australian Shepherd dogs, JD and Jersey. We generally prefer to leave them at home (as opposed to boarding), as they are older and prefer to be lazy around the house. My parents also live on the property in an adjoining, but entirely separate apartment. If they are not traveling with us, they are caretakers of the property. If they are traveling with us, it is also possible to rent their apartment that has its own living room with large TV, kitchenette (microwave, sink, refrigerator, cook top), bedroom with king bed, and full bath with shower. To use this separate space would be another 150/points per night.
We are frequently open to traditional swaps in France, especially around Paris. We are also open to other places in Europe. However, we are fairly adventurous, so if you are interested in our home, send us a message, and you never know... it may work out as a good swap!
- Main home
- Cable TV
- Air conditioning
- Equipped for kids
- Wheelchair friendly
- Car optional
- No smoking
- Central heating
- Dish washer
- Washing machine
Alisa's reviewsAs a host (7) As a guest (1)
“We had a fantastic time at Alisas home in Escondido! The house itself was so comfortable and well equipped, and the area was brilliant with loads to do. We loved walking in nature, the wineries, breweries, playgrounds and hanging out in the pool and hot tub in the garden. Really recommend this swap for a family!”
“Beautiful home in an awesome location! We had a wonderful time exploring Escondido, San Diego and many coastal towns. Alisa was a great host and provided excellent recommendations on places to visit during our stay. Thanks for a memorable Christmas vacation!”
“We had a really great stay at Alisa's house in Escondido. It's spacious and light and in a safe neighborhood that's close to excellent amenities (e.g. Costco). Alisa is an excellent host and made us feel very welcome and was available to help answer any questions we had. Would definitely stay again.”
“Alisa and Shawn are excellent hosts, super friendly and easy going. We are sitting here right now at their property hanging by the pool. The views from the backyard are incredible. Rolling hills covered in brush, similar to the hills in Tuscany. Lots of fire pits to hang around, hot tub to enjoy, the pool to cool off, and a great kitchen equipped with everything you would need to cook a nice meal. Oh and for those who are used to it, the master bath has a bidet. The area is great. Incredible Beaches not too far away. Good restaurants and tonnes of wineries. We got to meet their two dogs Jersey and JD and cat Teagan which are super sweet and love snuggles. The safari zoo only 20 min away was great. There is a small lake 10 min away for hikes. I would highly recommend this swap. ”
“The swap experience with Alisa and Shawn was amazing! Not only was the house beautifully decorated, spacious, complete with heated pool/spa but communication and goodwill was excellent! Can’t recommend this swap any higher!”
“We had the BEST time at the Alisa and Shawn's house. The home is clean, bright, modern with MORE than you could imagine, in terms of comfort and style. The pool and outside living was our favourite, though - we felt as though we were at a resort or living in the Hollywood Hills home. Communication was AMAZING, with video messages in the weeks leading up to the swap, and handover/communication during the swap was excellent too. We met the family, which actually made us feel even more welcome at their home. We would LOVE to stay again. You will be very lucky if you get the opportunity to stay in this gorgeous Californian home. ”
“It was a pleasure to host Alisa and her family! Excellent, timely communications, they had a terrific visit, and they treated my home with the upmost care.”
More about us
"Young" 30-somethings, professional couple from California with lovely daughters, 5.5 and 3.5 years old. We have been together since 2006. Both our jobs allow us to travel, as we work virtually in the technology industry. We grew up in Northern California, and went to college for our undergrad and master's programs in San Diego. We have been here for over a decade!
We love to travel, experience culture (Alisa speaks a little French), doing outdoorsy activities and enjoy great food and wine! Our hobbies include camping & dirtbiking, flying and travel. We treat others property with love and care as if it was our own. We'd love to house swap our San Diego home to experience new cultures for our family around the globe!
We are presently planning our 2023 summer and looking for points/Classic swaps around Paris, Dijon, Geneva, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Marseilles, Monaco, Narbonne, Barcelona, and/or Bordeaux (and anywhere in between!).
We have moved over 13 times due to our previous careers, and this is our "forever" home. We have meticulously and carefully designed our space to feel like a resort getaway and retreat. Our home has been designed around comfort, fun and enjoying the outdoor space. We love to enjoy casual dips in the pool, cuddling up with a good glass of wine next to our fire place, walking the many outdoor trails around our house. We have so far swapped our house twice, both traditional and point swaps, and have had two great experiences.
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Where is it?
Harmony Grove Village is a one-of-a-kind masterplanned community surrounded by rolling hills, groves and within close distance to all of North County's best dining, shopping and entertainment destinations. Neighborhood is surrounded by rolling hills, nature trails, grassy parks with playgrounds, a community Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa, all just minutes from the freeways.
North Country San Diego is full of culture, activities and fun ranging from urban dining, breweries and shopping, to outdoor escapes in the mountains or beach.
Nearby attractions include:
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
Cheval Winery - 3.6 mi / 5.8 km
"Hop Highway" North County Breweries (Best breweries in San Diego) - 5 mi / 8.0 km
North County Wineries - 9.8 mi / 15.8 km
San Diego Safari Park - 12.3 mi / 19.8 km
Beaches - 16 mi / 25.7 km
Legoland Amusement Park - 17.2 mi / 27.7 km
Torrey Pines Golf Course - 29.2 mi / 47.0 km
Balboa Park (Museums, Trails & Gardens, and Zoo) - 31.1 mi / 50.0 km
Old Town Temecula and Wineries (Experience the "Old West") - 32.8 mi / 52.8 km
Downtown San Diego - 33.6 mi / 54.1 km
Cleveland National Forest - 35.2 mi / 56.6 km
Disneyland - 78.9 mi / 127.0 km
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