LOCATION, Location, location. If you have business at Stanford, you can't get much closer than my place. The free Marguerite shuttle is a two-minute walk; El Camino, the main
drag through Palo Alto and the peninsula, with frequent bus service, is three blocks away.
**** Please read the description--especially the Rules pertaining to noise restrictions--before booking ***
I offer a large bedroom with an en-suite 1/2 bath (toilet, basin), in a quiet, eight-plex apartment building in the charming College Terrace neighborhood of Palo Alto. I accept only one guest for a maximum stay of two weeks. Breakfast is included. The building is not accessible. I cannot accept a reservation submitted less than one day before start of the stay.
My home is an upstairs apartment that is, spacious, cheerful, light and airy, and, IMHO, pleasant and homey. You may be asked to remove your shoes if the carpet has been freshly cleaned. Wireless internet is available, as well as a cable-connected HD TV (no premium channels) in my living room.
If you have environmental allergies, know that I do too, and although not totally allergen-free, you won't find pets, drapes, or down in my place. I mostly use "green" household products.
An old building, in California, often means little insulation. My apartment can be warm in the summer during our infrequent heat waves and cool in the winter, even with the central heating.. A fan and space heater are available when needed.
My neighbors are nice, and we are respectful of each other. Sound-proofing is equal to the insulation--meaning none, so audio, including the human voice, carries like we're all in the same room. More on noise restrictions later.
There is a coin-operated washer and dryer on the property.
You will be in the master bedroom with its queen-size bed and en-suite half-bath (toilet and basin). For baths and showers, you share the full bathroom with one other person--me. There is adequate space in your half-bath for all your toiletries and what I believe to be ample room in the closet and chest for your belongings. If you need additional space, I'll happily try to accommodate your request. There is no TV or radio in the bedroom, but you are welcome to hang out in my living room to watch my TV, DVD Player, or streamed video. Please use headphones for any noise-emitting electronics between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Please, no telephone conversations or (website hidden)-ing between those hours. You are free to use the common areas for any such communications. I will vacate to give you privacy.
Breakfast is included with your room. You have your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea, and I provide cereal (hot and cold), fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, something you can toast. Depending on the length of stay, your schedule and mine, I'll serve you a continental breakfast, and, upon request, a full breakfast, for example, pancakes, eggs, and bacon. My food is 99% organic and any meat is cruelty free.
There are a million (a slight exaggeration) options for take-out in the area; you're free to bring food into the apartment, to eat, but not in the bedroom, please. Refrigerator space, microwave, and toaster oven are available for your use, but oven and stove top cooking are not usually allowed.
College Terrace is a charming neighborhood, bordering the Southern perimeter of the Stanford University campus. My place is within walking distance of grocery stores, shops, a nice health-food store, and many fine eating establishments of all price levels and types of cuisine. For example, Baumé, a Michelin-starred restaurant, specializing in molecular gastronomy, is .8 of a mile; at the other end of the spectrum, Jack-In-The-Box and Panda Express are a few blocks away. Also nearby is a twin-screen CineArts theater and the Page Mill YMCA. The year-round Cal Ave farmer's market brings a bounty of local and mostly organic fruit and veg, meat and cheese, to our neighborhood every Sunday morning. The Stanford Dish is not far, where you'll see fit and not-so-fit people running or walking the trails leading uphill to some glorious views. For a pleasant stroll, you can take the creek-side path parallel to Stanford Ave between Bowdoin and Junipero Serra roads.
CalTrain is less than a mile and runs trains South to San Jose (15 miles) and North to San Francisco (35 miles). CalTrain connects with Bart, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, at the Millbrae station. VTA bus lines 22 and its express counterpart 522 go to downtown San Jose and then out to the East of San Jose. It also goes North to the Palo Alto transportation center, where you can pick up other buses, including SamTrans, which goes North through San Mateo county to the coast and to San Francisco. We also have the free Marguerite Stanford Shuttle. The C-line stop is right across the street. Available Mon-Fri, it goes to Main Quad and very near the Medical Center. http://(email hidden)/marguerite/c/c.pdf
Palo Alto is a bike-friendly town. I am a few blocks from bicycle shops that rent by the day, week, or month. There is also bike rental on the Stanford campus at Tresidder student union. Or, bring your own.
Before you arrive, please tell me:
1. Any dietary restrictions, if you'll be having breakfast.
2. Purpose of your visit. Vacation? Business? Event? Something at Stanford. I'm not trying to pry, but want to be prepared to help you with directions or suggestions as well as get some idea of your schedule.
3. Anything else you think I should know about you. For example, "I snore so loudly that the neighborhood dogs bark all night. Can you accommodate me?" My answer would probably be "no."
Great. Perfect for interviews at Stanford. Super close to campus (and shuttle that takes you around campus), rides to and from the Caltrain station, and very generous with time/food/etc..
Crystal provides a very home - like and inviting stay. She is kind and generous. When I needed directions around, she ably provided for me. She is definitely recommended for all Stanford and nearby stays.
I had a great time at Crystal's place. The room was great and the half bathroom was very convenient. Crystal was such a great host that she drove me to a few places and gave me a tour of the area. I will definitely recommend to my friends and stay here again.
Wonderful location for visitors of Stanford. Crystal was very kind and went out of her way to make my stay healthy (wonderful breakfasts) and peaceful. Enjoyed meeting Crystal as much as I appreciated the comfort of the space.
The location was absolutely perfect for visiting with my daughter at Stanford. Crystal was extremely kind and helpful and the accommodations were comfortable and restful. Great breakfasts and conversations.
Crystal was an excellent, thoughtful, interesting and gracious host.
She was very accommodating about my late arrival and made the extra effort to make me comfortable and welcome. The room with attached bathroom was roomy, comfy and spotless.
Crystal made scrummy breakfast croissants and I was able to make coffee from freshly ground beans in a kitchen dedicated to good coffee, organic food and real hospitality.
As indicated in the title the room is very handy to Stanford and all that Palo Alto has to offer. It is also in a very quiet and friendly neighborhood and very close to the local library and pleasant parks.
I am looking forward to staying with Crystal in the future.
Crystal had a great little place with its own half bath right near the Stanford University campus and across the street from a shuttle. I wasn't able to have breakfast but it looked great. And she was very gracious about meeting me for a late check-in and about letting me keep my luggage at her place for a late check-out.
Crystal is very kind, reliable, helpful, and flexible. I stayed for one night and was interviewing in Palo Alto/Mountainview. She worked with my schedule and made a delicious healthy breakfast in the morning! The room is very quiet, nice, clean and the bed comfortable. I will definitely stay with her again and would recommend her as an excellent host!
It was simply awesome to stay with Crystal! She is a excellent host and offered me a great place and even company. I really enjoyed and would definitely love to stay with her again! Thanks so much, Crystal!
My stay was over four days in October '12, and it was an entirely positive experience. The location was in a nice quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to the Stanford campus. Parking was no problem, which was right across the street. Bus connections were two blocks away on El Camino Real, so visiting the nice older sections of Palo Alto was entirely possoble to do with public transportation: Town & Country shopping center, or the Palo Alto Train Station. I had a big bedroom with private toilet an sink, all recently redone. Sharing the shower with the owner was not a problem in the least. There was no overlap with my early morning customary shower. Close by to Crystal's is a very reputable bicylcle shop where it is possible to rent a bike by the day (I did), and further on down El Camino, but not far, is California Street, which seems to be one of the better streets for interesting places to eat and general shopping. The main areas of 'old Palo Alto' being Hamilton Street and University Avenue, are about a ten - 15 minute bike ride following a bike path alongside of the old Southern Pacific railroad route, which pretty much forms a border to Palo Alto on the west side, between the town and Stanford.
Crystal was very helpful in providing tons of maps, phone books, brochures, etc., for what to see and so in Palo Alto. She also was willing to share her library containing books/ magazines relating to this partaicular part of the Bay Area Peninsula. Her breakfasts were outstanding! They varied each day, and were made out of healthy things, including fresh fruit. A lot of things were purchased at that magnificent California shoppping instituion called Trader Joe's. One felt at home in the evening at her apartment, in that she always asked if you wanted something to drink or eat, and she was very accomodating in terms of sharing her living room and her television, etc.
Her apartment complex is a smaller, self- contained quasi modern late 1950s square... very pleasing to the eye in a California sort of way... of about eight units (four above and four below) with a central courtyard and car parking area under each of the apartments. The exterior was clean and free of litter. Her neighbors were all professional people, including some who were retired, but they all were quiet. No animals/pets, or little children. Crystal is a well traveled lady with a good educational background and has many areas of interest which she will share with you. She has her own circle of friends, and does not 'hang around'. Basically, she lets you do your own thing, coming and going as you please. A key to the apartment is made available for your use soon after arrival. It was a stress free place to stay. I would definitely go back again. She was very helpful. Sincerely,
TED JUDT (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
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