About this listing
Three ensuite bedrooms each with a queen size bed plus a small room that can be set up for one person on an air mattress. Large decks, porches and patio.
*A cottage on the property can sometimes be rented with the house. See 'The Space' below.
When you come to Silicon Valley, you want to be able to enjoy life inside and outside in our terrific Northern California weather. This craftsman style home has 3 bedrooms with queen size beds, 3 en-suite bathrooms, 3 wonderful porches, and a fabulous back yard. You’ll relax in the hot tub, recline on the hammock, rejuvenate with meals on the deck cooked on the grill.
The house is in a quiet family neighborhood, but its less than two blocks to a green grocer with great take out burritos, charming coffeeshop/cafe, and a dry cleaner. The kitchen is stocked with coffee, tea, and all the condiments you need for a quick breakfast or a great family meal.
Extra features inside include granite and stainless steel kitchen, washer/dryer, wifi, 2 HDTV viewing areas, DVD player, Roku or Apple TV, and first floor powder room. There’s also a pull out single bed in one of the bedrooms for an extra guest. Outside you can enjoy the swing on the front porch, or one under the trellis in the back yard, let the Roman style fountain help you unwind, or play games on the back lawn.
*For groups looking to accommodate more people in one location I sometimes rent a cottage on the property. Fee for the cottage rental is not included with this listing. When the house and cottage are rented together the price is $900 per night plus $200 cleaning fee. If the house and cottage are available I will send a special offer price for your approval. To see the cottage copy this link in your browser. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1672827
Guests will have access to the entire house, the large front porch and the large rear deck and driveway. Provided with the house are sheets, towels, soap, shampoo, laundry soap, iron and ironing board, a fully outfitted kitchen.
*An in-law apartment shares a portion of the rear deck. That apartment has no access to the house. My long term tenant Sam is very discreet. She enters and leaves by the alleyway. Sam is often helpful to guests with questions about the area, the house, or if there is difficulty getting in. We fully appreciate and honor your need for privacy.
Interaction with Guests
To make things easy we have arranged for you to check in without assistance by entering a code to the front door. In order that we ensure the house is properly prepared, your hosts would appreciate being notified of your arrival time. It is also helpful to know your departure time. We would be happy to allow for an earlier check-in or later check-out provided there are no other same day arrivals or departures. Please let us know that in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
I have assembled a binder with information about the house as well as the community. If you still have questions we would be happy to answer by email or telephone.
This is a quiet neighborhood of single family homes with a mixture of young families and long term residents. There is a grocer, coffee shop and dry cleaner within a 2 minute walk, as well as another grocery/deli within about a 10 minute walk.
By freeway we are 20 minutes to either San Francisco International Airport or San Jose Mineta Airport.
Public bus service to downtown Palo Alto and beyond is two blocks away and stops at the Palo Alto CalTrain station. Palo Alto CalTrain station is a 20 minute walk from here. Trains operate between San Jose and San Francisco. Depending upon whether the train is express or local the trip to San Jose can be between 20 minutes and 40 minutes. To San Francisco the trip is either 35 minutes or one hour. From the San Francisco CalTrain station the Moscone Convention Center is a 10 minute walk.
If you're arriving by train I may be available to pick you up or you drop off. Please ask if you're interested.
The CalTrain stop in Mountain View has a street car line that runs to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Other Things to Note
I have various charging wires for phones, laptops and tablet computers, as well as a plug for EU and UK electric plugs to use in US electrical outlets.
We are a no smoking, no pets house. Not because we dislike those who smoke or have pets. We just want fewer issues for the most number of guests. Smoking on the front porch is acceptable.
Guests will be expected to respect the privacy of the neighbors as well as my tenant who has an apartment at the rear of the property.
It would be appreciated if unneeded lights were turned off when leaving the house as well as when in the house. In the ongoing California water shortage a wise use of water is encouraged.
When leaving please refer to the check out instructions in the house.
My family really enjoyed their time here. It's a beautiful house in a convenient location, a short distance from plenty of good eats and drinks. The house also included everything we needed and more. Thanks to Bob and his well-stocked kitchen, we were easily able to cook up some family dinners in the house. All in all, a great house with welcoming hosts.
This is my first review ever of an accommodation in all my years of travelling. I felt compelled to write a review this time because of the exemplary service and overall wonderful experience we had with Bob and "Walk to downtown Palo Alto". We needed a place to stay in the area and when I logged on to Airbnb and found this listing I was very grateful it was available. Bob was so easy to work with and the reservation process went very smoothly. The home is beautiful and very well stocked. It was like staying with family. We were travelling with a six month old baby and a crib was supplied. The home was clean and well taken care of. The directions for how things worked in the house were contained in a very detailed resource book. It is in a perfect location and the neighborhood is great. I highly recommend this listing and I am giving the home five stars. I will definitely be looking to contact Bob and book it again when I return to the area.
Bob is a very kind host.Thank you very much for your enthusiastic introduced baseball game for us, menlo park is a quiet and beautiful place. Your home is comfortable and clean. We had a very memorable 3 days holiday。
It is very nice area. Lots of trees. We love coffee at Cafe Zoe.
Bob is a very good owner. He responded timly, and took care of various things. Thank you.
Great stay at Bob's house. It's like home from home, spacious, clean and comfortable. Fantastic location in a quiet neighbourhood and very close to Palo Alto. I travel a bit to the Bay Area and usually stay in over priced hotels, I'd recommend Bob's place over a hotel any day!
The host is extremely assessable and very helpful and generous. We enjoyed meeting the host but they also respected our privacy.
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About the Host, Bob
My wife and I raised two children in Menlo Park where we have lived for the past 22 years. We enjoy living here and think you'll be pleased to stay here as well. My wife Pam was an executive for a large non-profit organization and I took photographs for magazines and Silicon Valley corporations. Both of us are now retired and look forward to travel and staying at other Airbnb rentals.