Charming Victorian cottage blocks from downtown Palo Alto and Stanford UniversityLiving room couches are great for guests to relax and lounge
Iris House Cozy room in dwntn Palo Alto & Stanford
Iris House Cozy room in dwntn Palo Alto & Stanford


Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Amazing location five blocks from University Ave and the bustling activity in downtown Palo Alto. An easy 20min stroll or 10min bike ride gets you on Stanford campus. Charming, safe and peaceful oasis in a quiet residential neighborhood. Iris House is a painted lady Victorian with beautiful gardens and colorful artwork. Enjoy modern amenities & super comfy bed with view of cherry blossoms.

Wonderful retreat for most, but please read our house guidelines to see if it is right for your needs.


The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 8PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Smart lock

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Weekly Discount: 5%
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Description

The space

Downtown Palo Alto is a lively hub of restaurants, shops, theaters, cafes, boutiques, high tech start-ups and venture capital offices. With a Caltrain station and lots of bus routes, it is easily accessible and and a convenient launch pad for local exploration. Stanford University is right next door, with all of its programs, research facilities, museums, hospitals and amazing resources. Stanford Shopping Center is a browser/buyer’s paradise and there are other commercial areas in walking distance. The whole area is a walker/bicyclist’s dream, with quiet tree-lined streets and lots to see/do.

Our Iris House is a charming remodeled painted lady Victorian in downtown Palo Alto five blocks from University Avenue and a quick mile from Stanford University. Recently totally remodeled, it combines charm and color with modern conveniences and comfortable details. The gardens are full of irises, restful seating, and wonderful scents. There are stained glass iris accents throughout, the guest areas are welcoming, and the rooms are airy and peaceful.

It is a very quiet residential neighborhood with sidewalks and white picket fences and neighbors who know each other. Safe and peaceful.

In our Cozy Room, you will be nestled under the eaves of a dormer window looking out onto cherry blossom trees. You'll dream the night away in a full size bed with new mattress, pillows and linens. Freshly painted and decorated with original art, the room is stocked with a library about Palo Alto, the birthplace of Silicon Valley. If you need it, the room has lots of storage - six very large drawers one small closet. The bathroom next door is shared with another guest room, but there are two other bathrooms in the house and therefore no conflicts.

This room is ideal for short stays or budget visits. If you are here for a longer stay or would like a little more room than this sweet but cozy room, please look at:

"Iris House: Garden room - dwntn Palo Alto/Stanford" - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2632537
"Iris House Cozy room in dwntn Palo Alto & Stanford" - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1364787
"Iris House: Sky room in dwntn Palo Alto/Stanford" - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4378059
"Iris House Peaceful Oasis dwntn Palo Alto/Stanford" - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7853486


Check them out for more pictures (and to consider all options :-)

Guest access

We have three outdoor seating areas surrounded by a colorful native and drought-tolerant garden for the guests to enjoy. Guests are also welcome to lounge in the living room with couches, piano, and friendly dog companion. The porch rockers and a comfy yard swing are other favorite hang-outs.

Very limited kitchen access (guest coffee/tea area with fruits and treats plus a guest fridge and microwave) unless otherwise arranged.

Bike rental (with helmet and lock) and laundry services available for an additional charge upon request.

I can arrange laundry for $5/load and there are irons available for guests.

I can also arrange for guest passes to a local gym and make reservations at the nearby massage spa.

Interaction with guests

I work from home and am very available to help you plan out your adventures, chose the tastiest dining sites, and otherwise enjoy your visit.

The neighborhood

Downtown Palo Alto is a lively hub of restaurants, shops, theaters, cafes, boutiques, high tech start-ups and venture capital offices. With a Caltrain station and lots of bus routes, it is easily accessible and and a convenient launch pad for local exploration. Stanford University is right next door, with all of its programs, research facilities, museums, hospitals and amazing resources. Stanford Shopping Center is a browser/buyer’s paradise and there are other commercial areas in walking distance. The whole area is a walker/bicyclist’s dream, with quiet tree-lined streets and lots to see/do.

We are in a very quiet residential neighborhood with sidewalks and white picket fences and neighbors who know each other. Safe and peaceful.

Parking is free and plentiful on the street right in front of the house. Outside of school hours, there is also a small parking lot across the street. I park my car on the street and neither I nor any guests have ever had issues with security/availability.

For those visiting Stanford University, the free shuttle stops at several nearby locations and we can easily get you oriented. I can also arrange a local bike rental (the preferred method for getting around Stanford given the scarcity of parking on campus.) Stanford main gate is about a 20 minute walk away.

Easy access to everything you could possibly want -- REALLY well situated :-)

Getting around

We are 8 blocks from the Caltrain station in downtown Palo Alto. There is a major North/South bus route a block away and the Stanford Marguerite shuttle stop is about ten minute walk away. You can rent bikes from me ($10/day) and I can arrange private car transport from/to the airports (SFO, SJC, OAK) and around town for very reasonable fees.

Other things to note

Each room is for ONE guest only. We do not allow children or other additional guests in the room.

We have a 20lb muttadoodle (hypo-allergenic) rescue puppy named Julie who is very affectionate and loves laps. While she may bark at strangers approaching the house, it is usually with her tail wagging up a storm and she is exceedingly friendly to our guests.

Parking is free and plentiful on the street right in front of the house. Outside of school hours, there is also a small parking lot across the street. I park my car on the street and neither I nor any guests have ever had issues with security/availability. There is no parking actually on the premises (small lot covered with garden and house).


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM

I run a PG-13 rated household to ensure that my son and all guests are comfortable staying here. This means:

No smoking, vaping, drugs or drinking on the property.
No visitors to your bedroom without my explicit and prior permission. Visitors are welcome to socialize with you in the public guest areas except during quiet hours (see below.)
Drunken guests or visitors are not allowed on the property. If you get drunk during your stay, you will have to find somewhere else to stay until you are sober.

Check-in: Standard is between 4-8pm – please contact me with your travel details so that I know the approximate time to expect you. You are welcome to contact me to see if an earlier check-in time might be available (typically depends on when the prior guest leaves, when I have time to turn the room, and what my daily schedule is like, but I try to accommodate when possible.) If you are going to be arriving after 8pm, please contact me by phone so that I can walk you through self-check-in procedures.

Check-out: Please vacate your room by 10am on the day you are checking out. It is greatly appreciated if you would place all of your trash in the can provided and leave your towel hanging on the door (vs wet on your bed :-). You may arrange with me to leave your packed bags in the living room until later in the day if you are not leaving the area until the evening.

Quiet time is between 9pm-7:00am. Please have your phones on vibrate, use headphones for media and be quiet coming and going during those hours. Be aware of the fact that there are multiple rooms with guests on different sleep cycles and with different work schedules. If you need to make a phone call during these quiet hours, please keep your voice down and/or take the call outside and be respectful of your environment.

Breakfast: You are welcome to make yourself a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and partake in the fruit and treats my son often bakes and sets out next to the coffee maker on the counter (the young chef’s welcomes contributions from those so inclined in his tip jar.) There is a guest fridge and freezer in the back yard where you can store items during your stay – though please put your name and date on them so that I can ensure the contents stay relevant.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Safety card
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

123 Reviews


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Alexis User Profile
May 2017
Clean, comfortable, quiet and secure. Bed was great, bathroom clean, super quiet neighborhood and house. Perfect for business travelers wanting a clean, comfortable place to stay. Carina is very helpful and attentive. Enjoyed my stay!

Ph User Profile
May 2017
Comfortable place!

Lori User Profile
May 2017
Beautiful little cottage-like home. Very sunny and inviting. Rooms have screened windows so you can enjoy the beautiful California breeze. Comfortable beds and nice little work spaces in each room. Only a few blocks to shops/restaurants. Highly recommend!

Chris User Profile
May 2017
Great location, easy walk to downtown Palo Alto, great amenities.

Amy User Profile
April 2017
I had a great stay at Carina's! The house is very well setup for hosting guests with automatic lights, wifi, and coffee. The room I stayed in was very clean and comfortable. I was picked up from the house, so I don't know how convenient it is to walk places from there. She has a beautiful garden and outdoor space in the front yard that I enjoyed.

Alex User Profile
April 2017
Carina's home is a fabulous place to stay. It is clean, comfortable and close to everything in Palo Alto. She is close to excellent places to eat and shop. I am a lap swimmer and there were two heated lap pools close by open early. Did I mention her beautiful flower garden and a rocker to relax in. She is also really smart and knowledgeable about resources. I will stay here again!

Rebecca User Profile
April 2017
Carina was an absolute wonderful host. This was my first Airbnb experience and I feel I totally lucked out. The house is immaculate. She has the whole system very well thought out. I stayed in the Cozy Room, which I guess is smaller than her other rooms, but it was absolutely perfect for me. The bed was so comfortable. The front yard is a little paradise with places to sit and smell fresh jasmine. I was able to walk to downtown Palo Alto for coffee and late night food. I would stay there again and again!

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Palo Alto, California, United States · Joined in July 2013
Carina User ProfileCarina is a superhost.

Single mom, artist. Originally from Argentina but have lived in Palo Alto since 1993. Happy to help orient you to the area!

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