About this listing
I offer a hosted, one-bedroom with ensuite half-bath, and shared shower facilities on the South edge of Stanford University. One guest maximum. Includes breakfast. Noise and drought-necessitated water usage restrictions apply.
You will enjoy a queen-size bed and your own 1/2 bath (toilet and sink) in my apartment-home, which is spacious, cheerful, light and airy, and, IMHO, pleasant and homey. Wireless internet is available, as well as a cable-connected HD TV in my living room. My apartment can be warm during our infrequent heat waves and cool in the winter, even with the central heating. A fan and space heater are available when needed. Bedroom quiet-time is between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. as a courtesy to my neighbors. Towels are provided and changed after three or four days stay.
You will receive the front-door key upon check-in. You have access to your room and half-bath (of course), the shower in the full bathroom, living and dining rooms, the deck, and the kitchen for microwave and toaster oven cooking, plus refrigerator space. Using audio is OK in the common areas at almost any time. Many guests have used the dining room table to spread out, plug-in, and enjoy coffee and snacks. Ample closet and drawer space is available in the bedroom. There is a laundry room where washing and drying costs $1.00 each. Visitors are not permitted without prior notice and approval, and are allowed only in the common areas. No land-line is available for guests.
Interaction with guests
If you have read my reviews, you know that I love talking to my guests and have learned much from them. However, many guests are very busy and highly scheduled, and I'm just fine with minimal communications, such as a "good morning" and "good night. I also expect a reasonable amount of communications about your planned comings and goings. Will you have to leave early? Will you be returning late? I text and hopefully you do too. I provide a comfortable bedroom for sleeping and relaxing; it is not an office nor a suite. If you are someone just looking for a cheap hotel room and are expecting the anonymity and the unfettered access of a hotel, you might be happier staying elsewhere.
College Terrace is a quiet and charming neighborhood, fronting the Southern perimeter of Stanford University. There are many nearby places to walk and run, including the Dish on Stanford property. It's about an eight-minute walk to California Ave, where you'll find many good restaurants; Molly Stone's super-market; Country Sun, my favorite health food store; the chic boutique Leaf and Petal. And, of course, the ubiquitous Kinko's and Starbucks, but Zombie Runner has the best coffee in Palo Alto. On Sundays, there is a marvelous farmer's market on California Ave. which bears witness as to why we foodies love it here.
I am three short blocks from the VTA 22 bus, which runs from East San Jose to Palo Alto on the El Camino Corrider (it's a few blocks more to pick up its express counterpart, the 522); .9 mile to CalTrain, which goes to San Fran and to San Jose; a few steps from Line C of the Stanford free shuttle, the Marguerite; walking distance to Cal Ave (see neighborhood); a few blocks to two bike rental shops; walking distance to Stanford's Zip Car locations.
Other things to note
1. Don't book without a profile and photo.
2. Please tell me the reason for your trip to Palo Alto. I want to be prepared to aid you with directions or suggestions, as well as get some idea of your schedule.
3. If you are taking breakfast here, please tell me of any dietary restrictions or dislikes.
4. Will you have a car?
--10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. is quiet time in the bedroom, as a courtesy to my neighbors. No audio; no phone calls. Common areas are available.
--Guests are expected to conserve water; Guidelines provided upon arrival include limiting shower time.
--No visitors are allowed without prior notification and approval.
--Stove top cooking is usually not permitted.
--No eating in bedroom. (Chocolate excepted.)
I am a retired software engineer, living in Palo Alto, across the street from Stanford University. I've been in the area over 30 years and love it, particularly the diversity here; every corner of the world is represented. (I guess earth doesn't actually have corners, but you know what I mean.) I especially appreciate the restaurants and specialty markets the many cultures have engendered.
My interests are varied and eclectic as you would see from my music and book collections. I enjoy concerts, plays, film, art museums, and cooking. I guess my very favorite past-time is reading (mostly mysteries), although I'm also an avid TV fan.
Travel is a passion, but I'm not able to do as much as I would like since I retired. When I do go, my style is to explore, to learn, and to immerse myself in the culture and meet people. I seldom go on tours, preferring to plunk myself down in a cafe, or to chat in my broken French to a Parisian sales person, not hurried by other people's schedules. I'm not into touch-and-go cruises for seeing the world, but one of the most wonderful vacations I've ever had was an Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary in 2006. Although not fluent in other languages, I am somewhat conversant and can "get by" in French and Spanish.
As a guest in your home, I will be quiet, neat, clean, polite, tidy, respectful, and flexible. As Your hostess in My home, I'll be all those things plus welcoming, hospitable, and helpful.