About this listing
Hello! Thanks for looking at our listing!
Please read my description in its entirety to see if we have a potential fit.
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. The Caltrain station is 1.5 miles away. You can park there or walk there. Keep in mind if you walk, it is a rigorous walk back up the hill. The train is a 20 minute ride to SF. 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(laundry is available only to guests booked for a week or longer; please see Guest Access). 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 who are staying for 1 week minimum 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.
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.
Please, no shoes worn in the home and no food & drinks outside of the kitchen. Thank you for sharing our home!
Location and house are both upscale. There's adequate, curb-side parking available. A small shopping center offering casual dining are within a few minutes' walk (although this walk is partially uphill!). The large, L-shaped living room couch accommodated my fellow traveler and me with space to spare. Privacy was lacking, as family members needed to walk past the couch repeatedly to get from one end of the house to another, and other guests could look down at us from their loft accommodations (but my fellow traveler and I knew about that in advance, after asking about privacy. No food or drink is offered, but the kitchen appears to be well equipped with cooking utensils. The private bathroom set aside for guest use is equipped with washer and dryer, as well as clean towels. It's a bit cramped and more distant than usual from airbnb guest accommodations.
Great place, great view, great location, great host. No other words can describe this greatness. Thanks to Angela! Hope to see you again!
Angela is a nice owner, to provide a lot of help to make the trip for us.Her house is very beautiful and broad, in the evening can easily through the window to see all the stars and the yard of flowers, live in here is indeed a good experience, very good!
Awesome experience. Only problem was not having more down time to hang around the house. The home was beautiful as were the hosts. Thanks again for everything and hopefully see you again next year.
Angela的家真的非常美非常开阔舒适。既有平凡生活的便利，又有每一处细节的艺术与品位。顶高的位置让你躺在家里都可以俯瞰城里的璀璨灯火， 也似乎伸手可摘头顶的月亮。无论是去portola, Palo Alto, half moon bay or SFO都在半小时的车程，地理位置优越。 希望我也有一幢那么美丽的房子，平凡又平静的生活。 I hope I will come back!
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About the Host, Angela
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!