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House in Helsinki, Finland
About our home and the neighbourhood
Our house is located in Laajasalo, an island located east from the city centre, in southern Helsinki. Laajasalo is a peaceful suburban area with nice paths along the seaside and wide natural areas. Journey to the city center takes about 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by bus and metro.
The house of ours is built in 2009 and it represents modern Finnish architecture. There are two levels in the house: downstairs we have one bedroom, sauna and a bathroom with jacuzzi, separate toilet and living room with a fireplace. Upstairs we have a living room with dining area and an open kitchen, two bedrooms, two balconies and a bathroom with a toilet.
- TVs: In the upstairs livingroom there’s a 46” flat screen TV with home theatre system, Chromecast and an Xbox. In the master bedroom there’s a 40” flat screen TV, and in downstairs a 32” one with Nintendo Wii console and Playstation 2 with some games
- Our house provides WiFi, Netfilx and a Sonos home sound system
- The kitchen is fully equipped, including a dishwasher, fridgerator, blender and a coffeemaker to mention
- A barbeque at the balcony
- You may use a laptop / iMac and have a possibility to print
main bedroom 180 cm wide, children’s bedroom 90 cm and dowstairs bedroom with 140 cm wide bed
- Air conditioning
- Car exchange is possible: Mercedes E300 Hybrid Sedan
Bikes for 5 persons (3 for adults and 2 for kids)
Toys and games for children
About the family
We are a married couple with two children. Janne (49) works as an execututive director in a foundation and Marjo (49) teaches biology and geography in a secondary school. The daughters, Veera 18 years and Saimi 11 years old, both live at home and go to school. We have two Cornish Rex cats, Vinski and Bruno, which are to be kept indoors. It is possible for us to provide a home for them during the exchange, but you may also keep them in case you’re animal friendly.
Golf is a common hobby of our family, Janne and Veera playing more and Marjo a bit less actively. We have golf equipment for 6 in total (3 sets for men, 2 for women and 1 kids set). There is a 6 hole pitch and putt-course nearby and a championship links-style course in 20 minutes drive (Vuosaari Golf).
Public transportation and more
There is a bus stop just 50 meters from the door, providing a connection to the Herttoniemi metro station every 6-20 minutes.
The nearest grocery store is located around 1 km away. The Baltic Sea is only a few minutes away by car, and 15 minutes walk away there is a nice yact club (Pyysaari).
Welcome to Helsinki is the official website for tourists. From there you may find information about the pearl of the Baltic Sea. www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/welcome-helsinki
Helsinki was the Wold Design Capital in 2012
Outside Helsinki and Finland
A nice idea for a daytrip outside of Helsinki is to visit Porvoo, a picturesque small village (within a boat trip or by car or bus).
In case you want to explore further away, it is possible to take the ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, or a fast ferry (2.5 hours) to Tallinn, Estonia. It is also possible to travel with a direct train connection or ferry to St. Petersburg in Russia.
Don't hesitate to ask more: olliville (a) gmail.com
8/2012 Lingen, Germany 7-8/2013 Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London, United Kingdom 7-8/2015 Caen, Normandy, France
- 2 Adults
- 2 Children
- 4 Exchanges made
- Executive director
- House Type: House
- Floor: 2
- Environment: In the suburbs
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Sleeping Capacity: 5
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Long-term exchange wanted
- Home exchange
- Youth exchange
- Free internet access
- Computer available
- Hot tub or jacuzzi
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- Park / playground
- Sauna private
- Bicycles: 5
- No smoking
- Use/Exchange of car
- Pet care wanted
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Executive director
- Girl - Age: 20
- Girl - Age: 13
- Vinski - the White Cat (Cornish Rex)
- Bruno- the Black Cat (Cornish rex)