Cozy 2BD/1BA home, just blocks from downtown,
Town&Country village and Stanford.
Remodeled, a large open kitchen, a large backyard space with stone patios, hot tub, and much car space. Super-convenient, comfortable and charming Palo Alto living.
This is an entire house. Though small it is very comfortable. It is best for 1-2 people; it can accommodate more though there is an extra charge. The kitchen is a favored area, with windows looking out southwest over the large front yard of the house next door (which belonged to my grandparents), rather than the house itself.
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are just a few blocks away, with downtown Palo Alto and the Stanford campus only a few minutes further.
Interaction with Guests
I am retired and an avid traveller, hiker, camper, and photographer - so the times it is rented I am away. I am often here to meet the guest, but otherwise the key will be left with a neighbor - or arranged otherwise with the guest.
High Street is just on the edge of the wonderful old houses and tree-lined streets of Professorville. It is great for just walking around, in addition to the convenience of both downtown and Stanford being a short distance away.
Other Things to Note
I would be interested in longer term rentals, of up to three or four months. I have done this before through arrangements with Stanford visiting scholars.
Dave was an easy owner to work with. Checkin was fast and painless. The house itself is in a great location close to downtown Palo Alto.
The house itself is in fairly good shape, especially the living room. It only has one bathroom, which is shared by both bedrooms; the bathroom hasn't been upgraded in a while, though its condition is acceptable. The kitchen and bathroom were well-supplied with everyday items you might need.
During my particular stay, sewage backed up into the tub and stayed there (an inch or two). Fortunately, Dave was highly responsive, getting a plumber in during the next morning, which resolved the issue quickly. Throughout this ordeal, Dave was communicative and helpful.
I especially appreciated the Apple TV in the living room, which allowed me to use Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other streaming services (using my own accounts).
One small drawback was that the washer and dryer are below the house, in the crawlspace, which requires that you access them from outside the house.
Overall, this is a house in fair condition, in an awesome location, with a responsive host.
Dave is very easy-going and responsive.
The house is perfect for 1-2 persons. Sunny kitchen, lovely sunroom, nice ground. Dave decorated the house tastefully. Great selection of books and videos! Location is ideal for Stanford visitors: literally 3 minutes' walk to campus. Very convenient in other aspects as well: 2 minutes' walk to Trader Joe's and shops in town and country mall, 5 minutes to Whole Foods, 10 minutes to Hamilton ave or University ave where the center of the town is located, with many shops and restaurants. Neighborhood is great for jogging or walking.
One does hear the train, the car traffic, and the noise from the heating vents rather clearly. We are light sleepers and had to take sleeping pills every night. This said, we are very sensitive to noise. An average city dweller may not mind it at all.
I don't believe the train/traffic noise described here gives a fair picture of a stay at my house; and no other reviews indicate so. The traffic noise I assume Jing is referring to that of Embarcadero and Alma streets. They can be busy during rush hour. But inside the house one does not hear that - the windows are modern and are able to shut tightly. Jing informed me she liked to sit in the sunroom during the day, with the screen door open; there is a background noise in that case from Embarcadero. High Street itself has very little traffic; there is no outlet to Embarcadero, so it is little used.
Caltrain is of course there. I grew up in Palo Alto on Lowell Ave two blocks away from the Caltrain, in what is now an area of very expensive homes; I believe the train noise I hear in my house is about the same as then.
Hence I do not believe persons considering a stay in the house should have to worry about bringing sleeping pills. I am bit surprised such a comment was included in a review. My daughter lives in the park slope area of Brooklyn; when I visit there that is what I consider 'city noise,' quite a difference I feel than what we experience on High Street.
We really loved David's house. We were a family of three and it worked very well for us. Plus points: very clean and comfortable beds; well-equipped kitchen; lots of living space; lovely sunny back yard with comfortable garden furniture and wonderful hot tub; best location ever: two minutes from town & county and short distance from Stanford campus. Our Stanford location of choice, thanks so much David, I hope we can come back on our next trip.
We had a very good Airbnb experience at Dave's place: I came to Palo Alto, for work, with my wife and kid and needed a place that is ideal for the situation. The location is perfect and a walk away from University and Shopping Center. The place was very clean and had everything a family needs and more.
Dave was very friendly host. House was very clean and comfortable. Location is excellent, it took about 15 minutes walking to Stanford. City center is also very near. Everything was just perfect. We will come back for sure.
David prepared a great home for us. It was clean, very comfortable and made our stay at Stanford a lovely one.
My husband and I stayed in this cozy home for the whole month of August. It was a very pleasant experience from start to finish. The house and neighborhood are just as described in the listing, very nicely furnished and outfitted with many amenities to provide a comfortable stay. David was there when we arrived to show us around and get us settled in. We loved the easy walk to Trader Joe's, to the downtown center of Palo Alto, and to the Caltrain station on University. We also enjoyed exploring the beautiful nearby neighborhoods on our daily four-mile walks. We would be happy to stay in this home again.
I was raised for the most part in Palo Alto so it is my hometown. I am retired now, near the place I grew up in, doing much the same thing I did in the early days - riding my bike around town and in the Stanford hills. I worked as an earth scientist in oil exploration during my career, and lived in numerous places around the world. I feel very fortunate to have come back to this beautiful place in retirement.