My husband and I lucky enough to have employment that allows us lots of free time to travel (which we love to do). He's a college professor and I'm a published author; and we have two young children.
Through more luck, we also managed to purchase our "dream house" two years ago on one of the prettiest and most architecturally preserved blocks in Clinton Hill, which we think is the best neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The place is incredibly grand--with soaring ceilings and wedding cake moldings and a ten foot tall gold pier mirror--but we've managed to make it feel warm and modern, filled with toys and books and tasteful comfortable furniture, and all the conveniences like AC, nice washer-dryer and top quality linens and bedding that make the difference between comfortable and luxurious.
It's truly our pleasure to share it with other families or groups of friends who appreciate the gorgeous period details and relaxed modern vibe, who are excited to use our cook's kitchen and host their friends and family at our farmhouse table around which we've had so many memorable times.
We have had great luck (once more) subletting to wonderful people who treat the place as their own. We take it as a great compliment when they tell us that they didn't want to leave.