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Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The "Purple Room," as I call it, is great for business travelers, as no one will bother you and you can come and go as you like. It looks out over my beautiful garden, with redwoods and flowering trees and the occasional sighting of my dog running around. The bed is, indeed, very comfy and the room is relaxing and peaceful. You will have access to the living room, with piano if you play, a lovely garden, and the dining room, where, Nespresso, tea and coffee supplies are available 24/7.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 9PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $35
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly Discount: 7%
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The space


Friends and family who have stayed at my colorful, relaxed home always appear in the morning crowing about my beds. Honest. I love when they say they haven't slept that well in years. I really try to have a comfortable house and I think I do. My house is supremely well located for Stanford affiliated guests as well as business travelers. I am close to downtown and to all freeway access to other Silicon Valley locations.

I am offering this cozy room in my spacious, inviting house in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto. It's a cheerful, eclectic, lively home, with a variety of pretty garden areas, a wonderful dog and, for lack of a better term, good energy. It's approximately three miles from Stanford University. The neighborhood is a lovely place to walk, with gorgeous trees and interesting houses.

I am a Stanford graduate (1978) and 30-year resident of Palo Alto.

The bedroom has a full-sized bed. So, depending on your familiarity with your traveling partner, one or two can fit. Shared bath if there is a renter in the room next to it. Private bath if there isn't. The room also has cable tv, a small writing desk and a large armchair.

For more than two people, pending availability, I have two other guest rooms that link from this listing: Second Most Comfortable Mattress and For Business or Pleasure Trip: This Room is Ideal. For more than two people, you would need to take more rooms.

My spacious living room - with its large couch and cozy reading chair - will be made available for you to relax in privately. If you're a pianist, you'd be welcome to use the Kawai parlor grand. Guests will also have a garden courtyard space to themselves, which is quiet and serene.

My house and your room are clean and nicely appointed. Soft linens, fresh flowers occasionally and garden views await you. Renters staying for a week have light kitchen privileges and some space in the refrigerator.

You'll love my house. Besides the mattresses, the other things friends and family always say is "I feel like I'm on vacation when I'm here." So, take a vacation.....

Guest access

My house is large, so guests get to enjoy a large percentage of it. But I also like to keep my family areas separate and ask that guests not spend time in the rooms and gardens I have allotted for myself.

Guests will have limited access to the kitchen but are invited to use the living room, dining room and courtyard garden whenever they like. The dining room always has an electric kettle set up, Nespresso, and an array of teas and instant coffee available. Both the garden and the living room have comfortable seating and are peaceful places to hang out.

Interaction with guests

I pretty much leave guests alone and let them come and go. I like my private space so set clear boundaries within the house. That said, however, longer term renters will have light kitchen use and we will usually overlap at the kitchen island occasionally. I am always available, however, to answer questions or help in any way I can. And I often do nice little things for people, invite them to dinner or holiday meals, offer them my bikes for an excursion, pick them up when it's raining or they are tired.

The neighborhood

My neighborhood is lovely and a great place to walk. The houses are gorgeous and well landscaped, people are friendly. Many of my renters walk to Stanford or downtown Palo Alto for their jobs. It's safe and completely residential, so there isn't a lot of traffic or noise.

Getting around

My house is within walking distance (20 minutes) to downtown Palo Alto and Stanford (50 minutes). Biking is a great option and one can rent a bike cheaply at Stanford. There are also several bus options but many of my guests choose to walk or ride bikes. If they are connected to Stanford, they can rent a bike on campus for the duration of their stay. But there is a city bus that goes downtown, where one can then switch to a free bus that goes to Stanford and the Med Center. Freeway and surface street access to other parts of Silicon Valley and companies like (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), are easy and convenient.

Other things to note

I have a friendly Labrador retriever, Apollo. I often have friends over for dinner but we aren't noisy nor do we use the spaces allotted for guests. My home is very special to me and I love it. And I love sharing it with others who appreciate its eclectic design and calm.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 9PM

Please, no long showers. We have an ongoing drought here and I ask guests to be extremely efficient in their water use. Please no loud TV late at night. No loud conversations on your cellphone in public guest areas. Must like dogs. No drugs, no smoking. Please don't ask to do your laundry. And please don't work at home during the day if you are someone who needs to be on the phone constantly. I work at home and need quiet and privacy.

I ask that guests be mindful of conserving electricity and water.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

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88 Reviews

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Amy User Profile
April 2017
Megan has a beautiful house, and the bed lived up to expectations! She was welcoming, polite, and helpful. I would definitely recommend staying here.

Martha User Profile
April 2017
This is a great host with a very nice room with a beautiful view of her lovely gardens. Comfortable bed and all was nice, comfy and clean. I will definitely be back.

Kathryn User Profile
April 2017
I don't it's possible to praise Megan's wonderful home and hospitality enough. I was there on a business-y type trip, but it ended up feeling like a vacation. The guest garden is wonderful place to relax, and like the rest of her home, the online pics don't do it justice. Her house is gorgeous, colorful, and spotlessly clean, but manages to be totally comfortable and welcoming at the same time. The purple room was very comfy, and has a beautiful view of the back yard and lush trees. The bathroom was bright and clean. But even with such a lovely home, it wouldn't have been such an awesome trip without Megan. I was really stressed when I arrived, and she instantly made me feel right at home. She was very friendly and helpful through my whole stay. One night I told her I was ordering a pizza, and she surprised me by arranging a full table setting in the dining room for me. I will definitely choose one of her rooms the next time I am in Palo Alto!

Amy Lou User Profile
April 2017
I always enjoy my stay with Megan! Her home is perfect!

Chris User Profile
April 2017
This is my first Airbnb experience, and I really enjoyed the stay in Megan's house. The bedroom is very cute. It is a lovely room in a lovely house, and in a lovely & quiet street. Very nice! Megan and Peter were very friendly and helpful! I appreciate the offer.

Deborah User Profile
March 2017
This is a welcoming home to stay at. Coming from the midwest, I am used to a traditional style home, and this is anything but that. It is brightly decorated and a very comfortable place to stay. Megan has supplied everything needed and more. The bed was SUPER comfortable and the bathroom was spacious and charming. I would not hesitate to stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone traveling to the Palo Alto area.
Megan User ProfileMegan is a superhost.
Response from Megan:
Hi, Deborah, thank you for your nice comments. Our house is eclectic and colorful, you're right. As for the bathroom, I think it was pretty clearly stated on the listing that if there is someone else in the next room, the bathroom will be shared. I'm sorry this wasn't clear to you. Take care, and please do come back. I have a room downstairs with a private bath, so you can try that one. Best, Megan
March 2017

Eliza User Profile
March 2017
THE Best Airbnb in the Bay Area. Beautiful home, lovely hosts, and all around best one I've been to. Room is really comfortable and bathroom is great! Highly recommend

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Palo Alto, California, United States · Joined in July 2010
Megan User ProfileMegan is a superhost.

Mom, former journalist but now have several businesses going and work part-time at Stanford. I have a very fluid household, friends in and out all the time, funny dogs, a noisy bird; Colorful, eclectic house, people generally love it. I know Palo Alto and Stanford well and can help with directions, ideas, etc. Friendly, relatively easy going, enjoy having strangers in my house.....

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