New queen-sized Serta bed with top-quality all-cotton linens.Compact but fully outfitted kitchen, with small fridge/freezer, microwave, sink and cupboards.
New studio apt--walk to Stanford

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1 bedroom

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Brand new compact studio apartment (adjoining but totally separate from our 2-bedroom guest cottage). Nice, private setting, on a private driveway, away from the street. Approx 215 square feet (20 square meters).

The space

NOTE: 3-day rentals only accepted within 14 days of request, or in between 2 longer rentals, as most of our requests are for 1 week to several months.

Brand new small studio apartment (shares a wall with but is separate from our 2-bedroom guest cottage). Nice, private setting, on a private driveway, away from the street. Size is approx 215 square feet (20 square meters).

Compact but fully equipped kitchen, with gas stove & oven, microwave, and mini refrigerator (very limited freezer spacer!).

New, high-quality, super-comfortable, queen-sized bed with nightstand and bedside reading lamp.

Small but fully outfitted bath, with shower enclosure, sink, toilet and medicine cabinet. "Hotel Collection" towels and bath rug.

New water-saving washer and energy-efficient dryer in garage next door, exclusively for the use of our airbnb guests.

High-quality all-cotton bed linens include a down comforter, 4 standard and 2 Euro pillows. Please bring your own toiletries and alarm clock. You have your own thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature to your comfort. We ask that you set the thermostat to low when you are away. Overhead recessed lights are on a dimmer switch, so you can adjust the light level from low to bright.

/Sharon Heights neighborhood of West Menlo Park, on a triangle bound by Sharon Rd, Santa Cruz Ave and the Alameda de las Pulgas. Easy biking distance to Stanford, SLAC, downtown Menlo Park, Sand Hill Rd and U.S. Highway 280.

We are less than 20 minutes walking distance from the northwest corner of the Stanford campus and about 35 minutes' walking distance from the center of campus. We are also walking or easy biking distance to downtown Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and the Stanford Shopping Center.

West Menlo Park is full of bike paths and nice, easy walks. And we’re less than 3 miles from the Alpine Rd entrance to the famous Stanford "Dish walk", a paved path through the foothills with spectacular views. And there’s lots of other great hiking in the area too. We love hiking; let us know if you'd like some area recommendations.

We’re empty nesters, have lived in the area most of our lives, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or provide recommendations. This is an ideal set-up for a visiting student, scholar or professor. Many of our guests are also in town visiting friends or family in the area.

You can get from SFO to the downtown Menlo Park Caltrain station via public transportation, then walk or take a taxi from the train station to the studio. We recommend this over SuperShuttle--cost is much less, and it's takes just about the same amount of time. A private limo is at least $65 plus tip each way.

We are walking distance to the Avy Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas shopping area, which includes a Starbucks, U.S. Post Office, gas station, the highly acclaimed Flea Street Café restaurant, and a favorite Stanford beer-and-burger hangout, the Dutch Goose. We are also walking distance to Sharon Heights Shopping Center, which includes another Starbucks, a Shell gas (petrol) station, a 24-hour Safeway, a CVS pharmacy, yogurt shop, European deli, shoe repair, travel agency, a Mexican restaurant, and the highly rated Mitsunobu Japanese restaurant.

Off-street parking for one vehicle is available, just outside the gate to your studio entrance. Overnight parking is also allowed on your side of the street without limit. Overnight parking in the City of Menlo Park (other side of the street) is restricted, but courtesy warnings are issued before any citations.

Many of our guests are international scholars coming to teach, research or study at Stanford. Many of them prefer not to rent a car and have been happy to be walking or biking distance from campus. If you'd like to bike, we have a spare bike we can let you use at a nominal cost: $5 a day, $25 a week or $75 a month plus $75 refundable deposit. This is about half the cost of rentals on campus.

HOUSE RULES - NO SMOKING, no exceptions. No shoes (to keep the cottage extra-clean). Recycling actively encouraged.

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The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Smart lock

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Cleaning Fee $25
Weekly Discount: 33%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

• NO SMOKING, no exceptions.
• SHOE-FREE please (to keep our studio extra clean).
• RECYCLING encouraged--we meet our city's goal of recycling over 50%.
• LEGAL INTERNET USE ONLY--Comcast, our high-speed ISP, expressly forbids illegal downloads using bit-torrent or similar technology. Unfortunately, there have been some issue with this in the past, so must ask our guests to agree to this policy in writing upon arrival.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

47 Reviews

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Jessica User Profile
September 2017
This studio is so comfortable and convenient. Laurel was so lovely, explained everything about parking and the locks. Really easy to communicate with. Location is so convenient to Menlo Park and surrounding areas by car. Thanks for a great stay!

Ted User Profile
August 2017
Laurel is a great host. The apartment is clean and away from any noise, an awesome place to relax. In addition it is really close to the Stanford campus. Do not hesitate to book!
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.
Response from Laurel:
Thanks, Ted-- and you're a great guest!
August 2017

John User Profile
February 2017
Very comfortable and quiet; handy to Stanford and Palo Alto. Easy parking.

Giselle User Profile
January 2017
Location was perfect for me! Close to many attractions like the Stanford campus, Palo Alto city center, and the Menlo Park shopping area. I was able to find a small gym that I went to daily as well. The apartment itself has everything you might need and Laurel has done a great job making it a cozy space. I would highly recommend this property!

Eleanor User Profile
December 2016
My father stayed at Laurel's place for the second time over Christmas. The apartment was immaculate and comfortable and he really enjoyed it.
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.
Response from Laurel:
A pleasure to host your dad again; we hope it will continue to be an annual tradition! He's a great guest & you are so easy to communicate with :)
December 2016

Daniel User Profile
December 2016
Stayed at Laurel's place for a visit to Stanford. The place was clean, comfortable, and very conveniently located within walking distance to campus. Highly recommended, would definitely stay there again!

Pouya User Profile
August 2016
Very welcoming and nice host. The neighborhood is quiet and the studio is very well-maintained and clean. Definitely will go back there if I visit again.

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Menlo Park, California, United StatesJoined in October 2009
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.

My husband Steve and I are long-time local residents; I was born in Palo Alto, so a real native and Steve is from England. We were high-school sweethearts (his dad was at SLAC for a year), then we reconnected 20+ years later & got married! Now we're empty nesters with 4 kids in our blended family, all living in California. We have a successful home-based marketing agency, so we’re around most of the time for your convenience and security.

We love hosting and also traveling-- to my husband's native UK (lots of family & friends still there). Have been to China, Cuba, Mexico and much of western Europe. Hoping to travel more in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We love taking road trips in the Western US (our Tesla is our biggest splurge!), and exploring big cities, especially NYC & LA. Our favorite trip of all was a family stay in New Orleans-- fabulous music, food, history & people!

Since Airbnb is asking, the "5 things we can't live without" are (not necessarily in this order): movies & music, exercise, NPR & BBC, our kids & our cats.

We are Michael Pollan converts and think his 7-word food philosophy sums it up beautifully: "eat food (as opposed to food-like products), not too much, mostly plants." We buy local, sustainable, organic as much as we can.

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