The Holiday Christmas Classic Home Swap

by Karen Briscoe
December 23, 2014

“The Holiday” is a movie about a society column editor (Kate Winslet) from London switching homes with a movie producer from LA (Cameron Diaz).  Both of the ladies are coming off bad relationships and decide to “home swap” as a means of getting away.  The homes are stereotypical for the locale.  The London home is actually a “quaint cottage” in slow paced Surrey and the Los Angeles home is top shelf glamour amongst Hollywood stars. 

The movie portrays also that homes take on the owner’s personality – or perhaps is it the other way around?  Maybe it is kind of like dogs – it’s been said that a dog often mirrors their owner.  Swapping for the characters in the movie thus turned out to be more than just homes and location but lifestyle as well as friends and associates.  Both of the ladies by discovering their new locale “found themselves” and were able to “move on” in a way that they couldn’t before.

Moving to a new home offers a new setting and many times a new life.  If you are interested in “swapping” homes after the holiday season, Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy would be delighted to be of assistance.  Karen and Lizzy are active and experienced Realtors® in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and suburban Maryland market place and would be delighted to assist whether for home buying or selling.

To watch the movie trailer for “The Holiday” with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz from 2006:

If you are interested in exploring the type of “house swap” where you move to a new home, please contact Karen and Lizzy via the means most convenient for you:, 703-734-0192,

Karen Briscoe is Principal of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) and author of "Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day". She is an Associate Broker in Virginia, a Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist, and a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Karen began her real estate career developing residential lots with the Trammel Crow Company in Dallas, and in commercial real estate with The Staubach Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Karen has a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – her hometown.
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