About this listing
This spacious, cheerful, luminous bedroom (facing west) is nicely furnished with queen size bed, bookshelf, chest of drawers, closet and desk. It's located in a four bedroom single family home surrounded by garden with fruit trees, roses, vegetable garden. There is also a swimming pool, deck and gazebo.
This is a private room with shared bathroom in a private single family house. Bedrooms are upstairs, living space and additional bathroom are downstairs.
The shared bathroom has a shower over the tub and is newly remodeled and faux-finished. An additional bathroom with shower on the first floor is also available. Kitchen available for prep of simple meals.
The household is quiet, serene and friendly.
The house is located in a residential, safe, green, quiet neighborhood. Los Altos is a quaint village with excellent restaurants and bars. Downtown Mountain View is down the street with its variety of ethnic restaurants and interesting stores.
In the immediate area there are many beautiful biking and hiking trails and walks in the wetlands by the bay. From the top of the close-by hills one can admire the breathtaking panorama of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The climate of Los Altos is the best. Mild, not humid, sunny almost year-round.
High speed internet is available. Plenty of free street parking. Washing machine.
The house has a unique whimsical and welcoming atmosphere. The brightly colored flowers in the garden, the warmth of the hardwood floors, the aroma of fresh breads and focaccia that at times Nelly bakes will make guests feel right at home.
Kitchen for preparation of simple meals, bathroom, pool and garden.
Interaction with guests
In communication by text/email. Available, in case of need.
The neighborhood is quiet, green, safe and close to parks and hiking/biking trails. Mountain View and Palo Alto are conveniently close.
Train station a few minutes away (Castro station in Mountain View). There is a bus stop around the corner.
Conveniently located close to great malls (such as Stanford Shopping Center, San Antonio Shopping Center and Valley Fair), major Silicon Valley high tech companies ((SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), Apple, Intel), Stanford and other local colleges.
San Francisco is reachable in 40 minutes by car with scenic highway 280. The ocean (Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz) in about 30 minutes.
Other things to note
I offer healthy and affordable meals upon request: breakfast, lunch or dinner (mostly Italian-style-flavored with home-grown herbs and vegetables.)
Check-in/out: Check-in 5pm. Check-out 11am.
At check out, please leave key in bedroom. Host will indicate key location should host not be home at check-in or in case of late check-in.
Parking: Plenty of safe free parking on Portland Ave. Driveway is reserved to host. Do not crowd neighbor's spaces. Park car preferably near the side of the house on Portland Ave. (Front porch accessible directly from Portland Ave.)
No pets nor smoking on the property.
Use of bathroom: shared. Clean bathroom after each use (wipe hair off tub/sink/countertop after shower) and store personal items in drawers or cabinet. Turn fan off when leaving bathroom. A second bathroom (near kitchen) is available in case hallway bathroom is occupied.
Use of kitchen: microwaving, preparation of simple things. No frying, baking, roasting. Wipe countertop, sink, stove, floor, if necessary, and put things away immediately after use. Do not leave the kitchen while the gas stove is on.
Use of living room/dining room: reserved to host unless otherwise agreed.
Use of water and electricity: due to the current severe draught, guests are requested to be mindful of water usage (short shower, laundry no more than once a week.) Unplug devices when not in use. Turn lights off when leaving room/house.
Use of Internet: Guest is allocated use of Internet Access on a shared bandwidth basis and shall not use the Internet Access for: (I) any purpose in violation of any copyright, trademark, patent or trade secret rights of any person; or (ii) any purpose in violation of any state or federal laws or regulations presently existing. Guest shall not restrict, interfere with, or knowingly disrupt the Internet Access.
Refrigerator: Keep items in refrigerator compact on one shelf and label them.
Cleaning: Bathrooms and kitchen are professionally cleaned every week and before guest's check-in. Bedroom upkeep is guest's responsibility. No food/leftovers/dirty kitchen items in bedroom.
Laundry: Laundry detergent available. Once a week max, including sheets and towels. Laundry to be hung on laundry line to dry and collected promptly when dry.
Garbage/Recycle: RECYCLE (plastic, clean paper, glass, aluminum) in blue container, food leftovers in green container and garbage in black container. Remove garbage from room. Guests may be requested to help with putting bins outside on curb on Wednesday night and back in on Thursday morning.
Close front door securely. Do not bolt it from the inside. Make sure sliding doors are closed before leaving if nobody else is home.
Guests: no guests/visitors without host’s permission.
Use of pool: Please ask host about using it. Pool/spa are not heated.
Quiet times and privacy: between 10:30pm and 7:30am.
Please note: all bedrooms are upstairs. Take shoes off if arriving late at night.
In consideration of other guests in the house, late night/early morning phone conversations should be limited, quiet and possibly not in room (ask host). Please use headphones if listening to music or watching videos.
Questions regarding the above? Please ask before booking.
Hello, my name is Nelly. I've lived in Genova, Italy until 20 years ago and then I moved to Los Altos, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Genova I owned one of the most traditional food specialty stores: Torte e Farinata Antica Sciamadda. In the US I have been teaching Italian cooking and culture for two decades and lead culinary tours in various Italian regions. My passion is to cook, preferably with others. So, if interested, I can teach guests a few things during their stay. Another passion is "home". I love to make guests feel at home and create a "home away from home" for them.