About this listing
The "Purple Room," as I call it, looks out over my beautiful garden, with redwoods and flowering trees and the occasional sighting of my dogs running around. The bed is, indeed, very comfy and the room is relaxing and peaceful.
THE PURPLE ROOM:
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.
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, two wonderful dogs 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 my son is home from college, which is unlikely. Private bath if he 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 one other guest room. On this airbnb site it is called Cozy Tucked-Away Garden Room. 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 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.....
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 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.
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.
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. It could be better, certainly, but it does exist.
Other Things to Note
I have two friendly Labrador retrievers and a bird. 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.
Please, no long showers. We have a serious drought going on 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.