My wife and I are looking for a possible house swap this summer for July and/or August. We have a 3 bedroom, 1500 sq-ft condo in Pasadena, California in a very nice 130-unit complex, just 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles by car (30 minutes by metro). We are only blocks from a metro stop, a real rarity in Los Angeles. We are just a few blocks from Old Town Pasadena, the shops at Paseo Colorado, the Norton Simon Museum, Caltech, and South Lake Avenue. We are just a few minutes by car from The Huntington Gardens and the Rose Bowl. We are 30 minutes from Hollywood by car (45 minutes by metro), and about 45 minutes from Santa Monica by car. There is wonderful, inexpensive golfing all over the place. I am willing to discuss use of our car if you are interested.
We are looking for a place to stay in London this summer, preferably in SE1 because we know the area. If you are interested, we can exchange pictures. If you and I decide to pursue the option, I would ask that you meet with a couple different friends of mine in London. There would need to be an exchange of references and at least one live phone conversation. If everything works out and we both agree to do it, then we can talk about specifics. This would be our first housing swap. Please, only those serious in a house swap for anywhere from about 1-7 weeks in July and/or August. We would prefer at least two weeks.
It might be a bit of a long shot posting this on SE1 website. Theres a fantastic organisation that may help called Homelink that specialises in vacation home swaps worldwide. I used them to exchange my (SE1) London flat with a central Paris flat for a week and it all went so smoothly. They do charge around £100 for a years membership but I thought it was worth it. Good luck.