Lovely 2 Bed home swap in Athens, Greece
We live in a lovely timbered bungalow in a leafy suburb of northern Athens, overlooking central Athens and the sea to the south, pine-forested Mt Parnis to the north.
The house has beamed ceilings throughout. We had it built in 2002. It has two bedrooms, one full bathroom and one WC/shower. Air-conditioning throughout, a grand piano, plenty of character. The spacious living area is open plan, with living room, kitchen and dining area leading onto a verandah overlooking a copse of pine trees in a quarter of an acre of land, with seating and table. The house is in a wooded suburb, with almost exclusively newly built villas. There is parking for two cars in the garden.
We are three kilometres from a National Park with mountain walks and pine forests, frequented by wild deer, tortoises and rare bird species. Greece is blessed with too much sunshine, so when we occasionally have snow in winter (usually higher up), it is cause for great merriment in square and parks, and an excuse for neighbourly toings and froings with great pans of hot bean soup.
We are 45 mins from central Athens, by express bus and tube; less by car. The Attika Highway, joining the Peleponissos peninsula with Athens, the airport, the Olympic stadium, is 9 km from the house.
The Athens-Thessalonika Highway is 8 km away. The scenic drive through the National Park and over Dionysos mountain to the sea and the ancient town of Marathon takes about an hour. Other sandy beaches to the south are 40 mins by car.
We have a small shopping complex in the main square, 500m away. It includes a pharmacy, hairdressers, newsagents, general kiosk selling all essential goods, fresh milk and bread. Baker?s, greengrocer?s and butcher?s are 1.5 km away. Larger supermarket is 3k from the house. An ATM of the National Bank of Greece is 500m away.
Athens is modern, vibrant city full of ancient masterpieces. Walk round ancient ruins, museums, open markets, till you . Sit in open-air cafes looking up at the Acropolis. Visit the new state of the art concert hall, or Calatrava?s masterpieces of architecture at the Olympic stadium. Travel on the new metro with its marble stations, each with museum showcases full of artefacts. Experience unforgettable Greek hospitality, wonderful food in open-air tavernas. Swim from sandy beaches, walk on pine-clad mountains, or drive two hours out of town to one of Greece? many ski resorts. Use my house as a base for day trips to the islands. Or even charter a boat for the weekend and sail the Aegean.
We can also offer a small flat by the sea in summer.
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- No small children