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Swap ID: 04296Tecoma, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Type of Home: House
Location: City/Suburbs, Mountain/Ranges, Town/Village - Leafy rural-urban fringe, east of Melbourne.
Nearest Large City: Melbourne
Nearest Major Airport: Tullamarine
Preferred Swap Length: Short Term (up to 4 wks), School Holidays, Weekends, Christmas, Easter
Open to any Destination: Yes
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Profile: Family-of-5 - Completed House Swaps: 4
Hello there! Greg and Lisa are a married couple in our mid 40's. We love living in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, within an easy drive of Melbourne. Greg is a professional photographer and Lisa is a project manager at a university. We have 3 wonderful primary school aged children who are all very well-behaved. Our interests include travelling, reading, philosophy, hiking, yoga, music and cycling. We are honest, responsible people who will treat your home with the same care as we do our own ie clean and tidy.
Type: House, Bathrooms: 2, Bedrooms: 3, Sleeps: 5
About our House: Two storey renovated art deco home with a lovely warm ambience located in a quiet cul de sac. Big picture windows with sunny northerly aspect give pleasant relaxing views to surrounding forested valley. Three bedrooms- first with queen size bed, second with bunk bed and third with single bed. Other rooms include formal lounge, dining, new kitchen, study with sofa and piano, children's playroom with loads of toys and books and 2 bathrooms, one on each floor. Art deco period features include polished hardwood floors, leadlight windows, antique furniture and claw foot bath. Conveniences include gas log fire, air conditioning, wireless internet, extensive music, book and film selections to relax with. Cook's kitchen includes quality appliances. Or take a break from the kitchen with a bbq in the landscaped back garden instead. Pick fresh veggies and herbs straight from our vegigie patch, while your children enjoy the rope swing or a bike ride around our safe court. Enjoy local birdlife such as king parrots, kookaburras, crimson rosellas, white and black cockatoos, lyrebirds and owls, and wildlife such as wallabies, possums and yabbies.
The peaceful Dandenong Ranges are located about 40 kms east of Melbourne. We live in a friendly township characterised by rustic rambling homes, fresh mountain air, towering gum trees, winding creeks, lovely gardens and abundant wildlife. Within easy walk of our house are nature rambles, cafes, restaurants, an historic cinema, and recreation facilities such as playing ovals, tennis courts and lawn bowls. Local tourist attractions include Puffing Billy (an historic steam train which winds through the fern-covered hills), a National Park featuring mountain ash, waterfalls, lush fern gullies and native wildlife including the rare lyrebird and platypus, historic gardens, Burrinja Gallery and delightful mountain villages offering fine dining, Devonshire teas, arts, crafts, fashion and antiques. Home to many artists, musicians and writers, the Ranges are also a mecca for hikers, bird watchers and cyclists, both on and off road. The Commonwealth Games mountain biking track is nearby, as are several lakes ideal for swimming, picnics and canoeing. Slightly further afield is the beautiful Yarra Valley, offering famous vineyards such as Domain Chandon, De Bertoli and many others. Also nearby is the Healesville Sanctuary. We are also on a direct train line to Melbourne (one hour's journey) to enjoy the city's highlights such as international sporting events, amazing shopping and brilliant cultural experiences.