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We look forward to hosting guests of different backgrounds and welcome you to our sunny tranquil family home in San Mateo with a view of San Francisco Bay. Our home is spacious and cozy, and is very kid friendly. Our home is ideal for vacationers or those on business, and we will always make you feel at home.
We are in an ideal location, close to hwy 101 and 280, and public transportation.We are 20 miles south of San Francisco, 30 miles north of San Jose, 36 miles west of the Tri Valley and 13 miles from half Moon Bay and beaches. We are 10-15 minutes from SFO.
If you must use public transportation, Sam Trans #53 passes close to here. I can send you a referral code for a free ride from Uber or Lyft if you have never used their service before.
A little more about the location: You are within walking distance to the Laurelwood shopping center which includes Piazza's grocery store, and several eateries. The College of San Mateo, and Laurelwood Park, which has hiking trails, are nearby. There is also a farmers market at CSM on Saturdays featuring lots of organic produce.
Our perfect guest is someone who loves life and sharing good conversation. We enjoy learning about different backgrounds and interests! While we would love to share our space with you, and will most likely invite you to join us when we are around, we also appreciate very self sufficient guests! We are a very busy family and need our guests to make themselves at home and take care of themselves. This means tidying after yourself like loading and unloading the dishwasher and being respectful of our home.
We do not allow smokers or any smoking on the property, inside or outside. Also, we have no TV, so bring your laptop! We have plenty of toys to share with your children- we just ask that you clean up after they enjoy them.
A little about us: We are an active household, homeschooling our young children. We speak English and Italian in our home and we have a passion for cooking. We love to experiment with gluten free international vegetarian cuisine. We love art, books, gardening, inventions and creativity in general. The animals in residence are fish and four lovely chickens who lay eggs.
About the accommodations:
(This is one of three ways to sojourn here; please refer to my other listings for the other two ways.) Please note that we may have guests in the other 2 listings during your stay.
Very comfy couch in our beautiful living room. Room on floor on camping beds/airbed if need be. Enjoy floor to ceiling picture windows! Your bathroom is in the garage (which has been converted to a schoolroom) nearby, through the kitchen.
You also have use of our garden and patio, kitchen and laundry. Organic coffee and a variety of tea available.
When you make a booking request, please make sure to include:
a) your full name(s): include everyone in the party.
b) something about you and the other people in your party, so that I can verify you online.
c) what you expect to be doing during your visit (for instance, please let me know if you will be working from my home during the day so that I will know if I can accommodate you).
d) confirmation that you have read through the description
We look forward to meeting and hosting you!
Kitchen: Guests will have access to the kitchen for light cooking. There is shelf space for dry goods and a mini fridge dedicated to guests, which you would share with other guests (there is a limit to the quantity of food to store in the refrigerator and shelves, so please be mindful of this).
Heads up: I cook a lot and occupy the kitchen for several hours 2 days a week.
Also, while we are vegetarians ourselves, we are open and happy to accommodate our meat-eating guests for occasional meat-cooking. However, frequent meat cookers would find a better fit elsewhere.
Guests also have access to laundry at no extra charge. I do require that you ask me for instructions prior to use, and laundry is limited to 2 loads/week per party.
Interaction with Guests
We love hosting our guests and getting to know them. We also respect those guests who don't have the time to chat or hang out!
The view from our home of the bay, San Mateo bridge, and Mt. Diablo is fabulous! We live in an ideal location: 20-30 minutes from San Francisco, the East Bay, the South Bay (Silicon Valley), and the beach tom the west! We are also a stroll away from a quarter mile hike to the highest peak on the peninsula with 180 degree view of the Bay Area.
The Caltrain station is 1 1/2 miles from us. It is an easy walk down and a rigorous walk UP the hill (that's why we have a great view!). We have parking on our street and driveway. A cab or Uber is the best way to get here from the airport which is 10 miles from here.
Other Things to Note
We kindly ask our guests to participate with us in our eco-conscious efforts by recycling, composting, and being mindful of the environment.
While our only resident pets are fish and hens (who live outside), we currently take care of a puppy during the weekday for a few hours a day. He loves meeting new people, and we keep him in the kitchen area. We don't always have him with us and this is temporary, so if dogs are a concern, feel free to ask if he will be here during the time you are looking to stay.
Non-smokers only. No smoking on property. This is a family kid-friendly home, so plan accordingly. Additional guests not part of original booking are not allowed. Respectful and considerate travelers who clean up after themselves are welcome!
One child counts as an additional guest; 2 children under age 12 count as one additional charge. For security purposes, I will photocopy all guests' IDs upon arrival.
I arrived late after a long and tedious drive from Yosemite but Angela was totally fine with staying up to welcome me into her beautiful home. I was bumped up to her nicer loft since the current guests had asked to stay a little longer on her main floor couch. Fine with me! The bed was very comfortable and Angela made sure I had everything I needed. The loft is open to the floor below but the other guests were quiet and aware of the shared space. I had no problem sleeping like this. I left quite early the next morning so I didn't have a chance to get to know Angela or her kids. But I would stay here again for sure.
Great house: spacious, comfortable, very well located. The friendly and hospitable owners of the house. Quiet and peaceful town located in the hills (great night view of the city). I would like to stay here longer.
We had a great time at Angela's house.
We had fun with the other guest from France and Russia.
Angela's kids are so nice and she took time to give us some advice about the neibhoord.
Just a little dark point : we slepped on the soffa in the middle of the living room. We expected a room apart. But well for one night it is OK !
I enjoyed staying at the Family Home. Angela cheerful and responsive, ready to help and tell you all the necessary information. Angela have wonderful children. The house is spacious, clean and comfortable. An ideal place for families with children. Very good location: transport, shopping center, park, near the airport. South San Mateo is a clean, beautiful and quiet town perched on a hill with great views.
Angela was a great host with a big heart! She provided me with a comfortable couch and a good environment for the three weeks I stayed there. She was very helpful in answering questions I had about the area and the us in general! I would highly recommend anyone looking to stay in san Mateo to give her home a try, its and awesome place hosted by an amazing person.
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We are a homeschooling family and are bilingual in English and Italian. We are passionate about too many things to list! On the top of our list are cooking, gardening, art, animals, travel, world music, cultural diversity, etc, etc, etc!!! We also love expanding our understanding of the world by meeting people of diverse backgrounds.
We have a deep love for the region we live in and feel confident in recommending places to go in the Bay area. We look forward to be a part of your wonderful stay in our part of the world!