About this listing
Our Willow Glen cottage is well-located in the heart of San Jose and Silicon Valley. The layout is great for short and medium-term stays, and guests have a private patio and cleaning provided every two weeks. We don't have a full kitchen.
Welcome to our second cottage in Willow Glen! It's a modernly decorated with new, high quality furniture and and luxurious linens, surrounded by a lovely garden. You'll enjoy the full privacy (separate entrance from the main house) and it's location in a charming part of San Jose, minutes away from Santa Clara University, the SHARKS stadium, and great shopping! The unique cottage setup includes a separate bedroom area with a walk-in closet, and a combined living room and mini-kitchen area. In the living room, you'll enjoy the comfortable convertible couch, and a desk/eating area.
The cottage ideal for professionals, grandparents coming in to see their local families, moms traveling with their kid(s), and those who want to enjoy a quiet retreat! The queen-sized bed is comfortable and modern. The couch in the living room turns into a second queen bed. All bedding and towels are high quality. There's also a desk (+ internet) for you to get some work or studying done, plus a TV with plenty of Direct TV channels.
While not equipped with a full-kitchen, we include dishes (paper + glass) and kitchen appliances, including a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee machine. There is not a kitchen sink, so we also supply our guests with a paper plate option. Also note that there are two garden areas, one is private for you, and the second is shared with the main house. The last perk is the HUGE walk-in closet that that can fit suitcases and plenty of clothes and shoes :-)
We are located a few minutes walk away various take-out restaurants (Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, etc) -- our guests have been very happy with the food options in Willow Glen. There's also a Pete's Coffee, great pizza (Willow Street Grill), Jamba Juice (smoothies) and a Crapevine, (Within about 7 minutes by car, you'll be in downtown San Jose or at the doorstep of several popular companies (IBM, eBay, PayPal, Adobe and more ). Are you a shopper or foodie? High-end shops (Louis Vuitton, Nordstroms, Lulu Lemon, H&M, etc) and dining (Including steak houses and live music at El Jardin Tequila Bar) can be found at Santana Row / Valley Fair Mall. You can get there by car in 10 minutes or by cab for ~$10. Other nearby facilities are San Jose State (8 minutes by car), the new 49er stadium (10 minutes away) and the San Jose Airport (~$15-25 cab fare or 15 minutes away).
Care to explore other parts of the Bay Area? Don't miss the drive to Santa Cruz (about 35 minutes away), and continue up Hwy 1 to San Francisco for BEAUTIFUL coastal day-trip. You can also drive to San Francisco directly in about 1 hour, or take the CalTrain to from downtown San Jose to downtown San Francisco (~1 hr).
Upon arrival, you'll meet Jacqui, the owner (my business partner). We hope you'll relax, unwind, and enjoy the warm weather in this spacious retreat in the heart of Silicon Valley!
The cottage at the back of the house is all yours! It's very private and we won't disturb you. On each side of the cottage there is a lovely patio area. The one on the left is bigger and shared with the main house (where the owner lives). The one on the right is smaller, but private for you to enjoy, eat meals out there, or whatever. We don't have shared laundry facilities at the property, but there is a laundry-mat nearby for longer term stays. For longer term stays, we also provide a cleaning service every two weeks.
Interaction with guests
As an experienced Airbnb host, I am here to help make sure the listing is right for you, answer questions before your stay, and be another point of contact in case you need anything during your stay. I live about 30 minutes away. More importantly, the home owner who lives in the main house (Jacqui) will greet you in person upon arrival and be there to help answer any questions about the neighborhood, internet, or anything else. She is my business partner and has a big heart and appreciation for the Airbnb guests who come to visit us. Between us, we're never more than a knock of the door or phone call away. Jacqui's phone number is available to guests who have booked, and I'm always here if you need me!
We are close to downtown San Jose and many large companies in Silicon Valley. Most people opt for a rental car, but in case you want to use public transport, you can take Uber/Taxi to the train station. For those interested in Super Bowl accommodations, we are less than 2 miles from the train station serves the Levi Stadium. Levi is the 2nd stop from the San Jose stop...Diridon Station. Per the train schedule, it takes 14 minutes by train.
Other things to note
We offer street parking, however if you're coming home late at night, let Jacqui know, so she can help find you a parking spot closer to the house. It's generally not an issue, but if she knows you are coming home late, she can try to leave you a spot in the driveway.
The cottage is optimal for professionals, retired people visiting local relatives and small families. We've cleaned out all closets, shelves, etc- so you don't have to feel like you're living in someone else's space. We want you to feel fully at home!! This is a quiet community: Absolutely no smoking, no partying and no drugs. Street parking is available for our guests, however please pay special attention not to block neighboring driveways.
Not suitable for pets of any kind, including service animals.
The kitchen area does not have a sink or a stove, however it does have a microwave and coffee maker. We provide paper plates so you don't have to worry about doing dishes. A wash and fold laundry facility is conveniently located 1-block away to satisfy your cleaning needs. If you prefer coin operated laundry, there is one less than 1/2 mile away. For longer stays (over 1 month), we can discuss whether you'll need additional kitchen appliances to make your stay even better.
Because the cottage is in the back and is a little tricky to find at night, we ask that our guests check-in by 10pm. We have a lock-box that can be used if necessary but we prefer to meet our guests personally :-)
Please enter on the side entrance by the driveway and park on the street. Thanks for understanding or house rules and we look forward to welcoming you.
I am an experienced Airbnb host and enjoy welcoming visitors from around the world! I've traveled extensively and lived abroad, but California is my home! Hosting on Airbnb is good for the soul, and I take pride in helping my guests maximize their California experience. We do everything we can to personalize the service for you, as we firmly believe that staying in someone's home in a nice neighborhood beats a hotel hands-down ;)
In addition to renting my own home, and a few of my friends' homes, I've recently launched a product called Party Squasher. It helps hosts detect a party before it gets out of hand. I am very involved in the Airbnb community and have found that by working together, we can provide the best experience for our guests and apply tips/conveniences and innovations to multiple properties.
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