About this listing
This listing is a guest bedroom and ensuite bathroom.
Please note: I get a LOT of inquiries! In the spirit of sustainability, please don't send me a question unless you've read my whole listing. If there's something I haven't mentioned, then please do inquire!!
Here are some important requirements upfront:
1) You have a car! Our house is not accessible by public transport and you cannot count on me for rides to/from the Caltrain.
2) You realize that we are 22 miles south of SF and 11 miles north of Stanford. I get many requests and questions from potential guests who want city or other locations etc.
3) You are a good mix of social and self-sufficient. While we love to share a dinner and conversation, we have really busy lives and you will need to be able to make yourself at home, take care of yourself here and even pick up a broom or load the dishwasher. (Preferably without asking me what you can or should do!)
We are a community-minded progressive family living in a beautiful spot which we love to share.
Location: Our home is located in the hills of Belmont 30 minutes from San Francisco, 25 minutes from SFO, Stanford and the ocean at Half Moon Bay and about 20 minutes from the South San Francisco conference center. Our location is gorgeous. We have spectacular views of San Francisco and Oakland and our backyard leads straight onto wonderful and extensive hiking trails.
Our house is not the easiest to get to (but I'll give you great directions) but once you're here you'll think you were at a resort in a beautiful nature area. It's a hidden treasure of a place; the deer found it first and apparently aren't going anywhere. They let us stay too.
Our Perfect Guest:
Come stay with us if you're a progressive-minded person coming to the area for a conference (or un-conference). You're especially welcome if you're moving here to get involved in the valley tech scene, to visit Stanford; if you're in start-up mode or an entrepreneur, scientist, artist or progressive educator. In fact, you're welcome if you have an adventurous and generous spirit and have something thought-provoking to say or a passion to share.
Our perfect guest is someone who is willing to be part of the scene. If we're around you are likely to be invited to join us for dinner or whatever we're doing--and we hope that you'll be willing to cut veggies or load the dishwasher etc. -- If we're really busy or out, it will mean making yourself at home, being self-sufficient and cleaning up after yourself. We hope that you will behave like you live here in terms of contribution and attitude.
The room is really best suited for 1 or 2 people. I have a hard time saying no to families since we are one ourselves but simply due to space constraints ideally you like kids but don't have them. Go ahead and try me though.
You also have the use of the open-concept kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and outdoor patio and BBQ area.
Our kids don't go to school (we are Independent Learners) and we have a very wide variety of interests and pastimes. We are often very busy, sometimes at the house with other learners and friends, sometimes out exploring the Bay Area. Collectively we enjoy entrepreneurialism; Dungeons and Dragons; cooking; Hi-tech and Bio-tech; photography; orchids; Quantified-Self, Self-Science and Self-tracking; edu-hacking and bio-hacking; wine; progressive education; Magic The Gathering; salons; community; conversation; Lindy Hop dance; hat-making; etc etc etc...
Cleaning fee: The cleaning fee is to cover laundry of sheets and towels. If you will be bringing your own bedding please let me know and I will send back a special offer reduced by the cleaning fee amount.
How to book with us:
When you make a booking request, please make sure to include:
a) your full name
b) something about you and the other people in your party, so that I can (website hidden) you
c) what you expect to be doing during your visit
d) your preferred sleeping arrangement (playroom or living room etc) and bedding needs so I can be ready to welcome you when you arrive.
We look forward to meeting and hosting you!
You will have access to the kitchen, laundry room and backyard as well as the shared living spaces. We do not have a TV but we have speedy wifi.
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes we are around and available for dinners and other social interactions and sometime we are pretty busy. You are welcome to use the house like your own and we will be direct and explicit about our time availability. Our ideal guest is someone who is equally happy and capable of taking care of and entertaining themselves but also comfortable with social interactions.
Our neighborhood is beautiful and somewhat remote, for better and for worse. We have hiking trails directly linked to our backyard.
There is no convenient public transit.
We charge a cleaning fee for laundry only because we only accept guests who are willing to be a part of our family/community. That means cleaning up after yourself if you're cooking your own meals and lending a hand to help if you're joining us in what we're doing; You will likely be invited to join us for some meals if we're around, assuming the spirit is right (and we hope it is). We invite you to treat our house like your own and our time and space like you belong here.
Please absolutely no smoking!
Loved this place. Belmont is a pleasant community and the neighborhood felt safe. The house has a cool design with a great view from the living room. Had engaging conversations with family and other guests. The room was comfy and wifi delivered which is key for watching everything I need on my laptop. I look forward to staying here again someday if I can.
Lisa and her family were fantastic hosts! I would highly recommend anyone to stay with them. I stayed in the queen suite room and could not have asked for better accommodations. The room was very clean and comfortable, the rest of the house was just as accessible.
The location is central to both San Fran and Palo Alto / Mountain View. Definitely a great place to stay!
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About the Host, Lisa
We are a community-minded family living in a beautiful spot which we love to share.
We prefer guests who are also community-minded and transparent. Please don't book with us if you don't have a profile posted with details about yourself or don't send us info and details in advance.
Tell us something about YOU...are you traveling for fun or business? Do you plan to be in the house working all day on the computer or getting up in the morning and exploring the Bay Area or heading for the office? Where do you live and why did you pick my house?
Our kids don't go to school (we are Independent Learners) and we have a very wide variety of interests and pastimes. Collectively we enjoy entrepreneurialism; Dungeons and Dragons; cooking; photography; bio-tech; orchids; Quantified-Self, Self-Science and Self-tracking; edu-hacking; wine; progressive education; Magic The Gathering; salons; community; conversation; Lindy Hop dance; hat-making; etc etc etc...