About this listing
Our large, 4 bed/3 bath San Mateo Park Retreat is a perfect base for visiting SF or Peninsula! Hummingbirds flit in our sunny herb garden- ideal for gourmet cooks. Luxurious beds, lots of space for kids. 1 mile walk to Burlingame Ave CalTrain!
Bright and cheerful 3 Bedroom/2 Bath home and separate, private studio cottage walking distance to Burlingame Avenue. The house is in the heart of San Mateo Park, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the bay area.
In the main 3 bedroom 2 bath home, the master bedroom has a queen sleigh bed with 540 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and en suite bath with shower. The large second bedroom has a Full sized bed and the adorable children's room has twin bunk beds with room for a Travel Crib, child's air mattress or twin size cot (we have all of those, so no need to bring your own, but you do need to let me know in advance). The Full Sized bedroom and Twin Bunk rooms share a large skylight bathroom with shower stall and separate soaking tub.
Our large and sunny playroom is a blast for kids. We have wonderful educational toys, blocks, magna tiles, puzzles, and books books books. Of course, we also have a flat screen tv with XBOX Kinect (tons of games for all ages) and Apple TV with Pandora streaming, YouTube, and the full iTunes library with all the latest releases. Apple TV purchases are on an honor system. Please keep track of movie and tv show purchases and leave us cash before you depart. Thanks! (If you don't have cash, its OK. We can deduct purchases from the security deposit if that is easier). Of course, we also have a bunch of DVDs or you can bring your own.
Our kitchen has everything you need to cook large meals, including rice cooker, blender, slow cooker, waffle maker, coffee grinder and french press (no electric coffee pot). The kitchen DOES NOT have a microwave, however. Our guests are welcome use anything in the pantry cabinet or fridge, including any beer or drinks in there. Please don't take the wine from the wine rack or liquor from the liquor cabinet though :).
Our Farmhouse dining table seats 10 comfortably, with plenty of pretty serving dishes and table clothes for nice family dinners.
The bright and cheery guest house has a double bed with 400 threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforter. Plush MemoryFoam pillows deck the bed for a luxurious sleep. The updated bath has a 'rain' showerhead, pedestal sink and hand made Mexican tiled mirror.
The adorable cottage also has a small flat screen tv, WiFI, and work desk. Additionally, the guest house has a 4 cu. ft refrigerator, microwave, electric tea kettle, and snack basket. The bed is dressed in fine Egyptian Cotton linens, with a down duvet and down and Memory Foam or Goose down pillows. There is a wonderful selection of books for browsing and french doors that open to let in morning sunshine!
Our house is well suited for families, with plenty of toys, books, and kid dvd's, and XBox games. The garage is stocked with sand toys and a boogie board for trips to the beach, as well as balls, ride on scooters and sports equipment for outdoor play.
From our house, you can walk to the Burlingame CalTrain station (1 mile or about 15 minutes), as well as the shops, restaurants, cafes, and farmers markets (Sunday morning and Thursday evenings May - October) along Burlingame Ave.
While a car is helpful. It is not necessary as long as you can walk to the Burlingame CalTrain station.
Ferry building (Embarcadero BART) 25 minutes from Millbrae BART
Mission District (16th and 24th St BART) 20 minutes from Millbrae BART
California Academy of Sciences/Golden Gate Park 35 minutes by car
AT&T Park 30 minutes from Burlingame CalTrain Station
University Ave in Palo Alto 30 min drive or 25 minute CalTrain
Stanford is 25 minute drive
Half Moon Bay and San Mateo beaches are only 15 miles away, but beach traffic gets really really heavy so plan on at least an hour on summer weekends after 9 am.
New HE Washer and gas Drier in the garage is for guests to use, as well as laundry detergent, bleach etc. However, we store personal items in the garage so it can't be used for parking cars.
Interaction with Guests
I may or may not see you while you are here- I live in San Francisco but come down to the house 2-3 times per week to get mail and check the garden etc.
Other Things to Note
Some guests have asked what the cleaning fee includes. I hire a professional cleaning company to thoroughly clean the entire house between every guest. I send my top sheets and pillow cases out to be professionally laundered and pressed, so my beds feel crisp, clean, and heavenly! Duvet covers and changed between every guest, and all in-house laundry is washed with bleach so every guest arrives to a fresh, clean home with a wonderful bed!
1) Absolutely no smoking anywhere on the property.
2) Do NOT FLUSH anything besides toilet paper. No tampons, baby wipes, condoms, pads in the toilet. We have very fragile clay pipes that clog easily. There is a minimum $300 charge for the plumber to come clear the sewer line. This charge will be deducted from the security deposit if guests flush tampons, condoms, baby wipes etc down the toilet. Please throw these items in the trash.
3) Turn off heater when you check out. It is very expensive- only use what you really need.
4)Our neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful, and our neighbors have small kids, so please be considerate of noise, especially at night.
5)Please keep track of Apple Tv purchases and leave cash before you go.
From Jun 22 - Jul 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
This was the perfect accommodation for our needs. My husband and I got married at my mom's house, which was several blocks away. Nikki's home accommodated our wedding "entourage" - six of our closest friends - in total comfort. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable, and the house has a huge open common area with kitchen, dining table, and two living rooms. My husband and I stayed in the cottage in the back, which was absolutely lovely and gave us the privacy we needed. The house was clean, well-decorated, light, and airy. It has a great vibe and is located in a beautiful neighborhood with old trees, walking distance from the shops and restaurants on Burlingame avenue. I can't recommend this place enough!
Nikki's cottage and home were delightful. The cottage was perfect for us as a couple and our family enjoyed the home - the 3 little kids loved the playroom that was indeed stocked with tons of play toys and books. We all enjoyed the kitchen & dining areas and the washer & dryer. The neighborhood was just as described - our kids loved walking to the park a few blocks away and all the pretty flowers in the yard. Grocery, tons of restaurants all within a mile and location was perfect for us. Proximity to SFO was great. We utilized the fan in the cottage although it was cool at night & great sleeping weather. Felt right at home! Thanks for sharing.
We had a wonderful family Easter celebration in this lovely home! Everyone was comfortable and slept well in such a clean, welcoming home in this quaint neighborhood. There was room for everyone to rest and play. The children's room was perfect for playtime for our young children. The older children enjoyed having space outside to safely play as well. Nikki was such an attentive host and we felt so lucky to be staying in her home.
This house is located in one of the loveliest neighborhoods on the San Francisco peninsula. We rented the house and studio together and found it spacious and comfortable. There's a great playroom for kids, a good supply of cooking equipment, and comfortable beds. We had a great stay here and hope someday to come back.
The location is very convenience either to airport, San Jose or San Francisco downtown. House is amazing, clean, decent and full of entrainment. all of my friends commend they really love the house. Nikki always quickly respond all the questions from us, making us feel comfortable and sweet.
I will definitely choose this house for my next trip in SF. I love it.
Nikki is a wonderful host. Very responsive and quick communication. This was a lovely home with tons of space and comfortable beds. We enjoyed it very much.
We highly recommend Nikki and the home. Nikki's home, preparation and communication was perfect.
The house was extremely clean, comfortable and as described in Nikki's profile. My family visited for a family celebration and it was a great fit for everyone from the kids to the adults and the grandparents.
Nikki was immediately responsive with any questions and we'll look to her home next time too.
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About the Host, Nikki
We live in San Francisco, California with our two daughters.. My husband is an attorney and I am an epidemiologist. We love to travel as a couple and as a family, and are always eager to explore new places and new cuisines. We speak Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, and some German.
We love to explore new restaurants, and are happy to share our favorite local Pho places, Dim Sum restaurants, Deep Dish Pizza experiences, Farmer's Markets, California/French cuisine, Korean, Japanese.... just ask!
If you love to hike, we can recommend our favorite local trails for families.