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
BEFORE YOU BOOK
1. Make sure you have read and understand the noise restrictions described in "House Rules." Please ask me any questions you might have about them.
2. What is the 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--special requirements, or any medical conditions (loud snoring) that might be difficult to accommodate.
Note: I won't accept your booking if you do not have a photo and some profile information.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
1. if you will be having breakfast here, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions before you arrive.
2. Please let me know if you will have a car. Parking is available on the street (short, quiet street). Mon - Fri 8:00 - 5:00 requires a permit, which I provide to you at no cost.
Breakfast is included with your room. You can make your own, or, depending on the length of your stay and our schedules, I'll make the occasional hot breakfast; e.g. my specialty blueberry pancakes. The first morning, I usually serve a continental breakfast that includes fresh-from-the-oven croissants; but other mornings, you'll can serve yourself from an assortment of items such as juice, hot or cold cereal, fruit, yogurt, milk, hard-boiled eggs, and something to toast. For your other meals, you are welcome to use the microwave and toaster oven; stove-top and oven cooking are usually not allowed, but can be negotiated with advance notice.
--Noise --10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. is quiet time in the bedroom, as a courtesy to my neighbors. Please use headphones for any audio, and no Face-time with voice, or phone conversations during those hours in the bedroom. You are welcome to use the living and dining room at any time. I will vacate to give you privacy.
--Water usage. California is in the midst of the worst drought in our recorded history. Guests are expected to conserve water; guidelines will be provided upon arrival. If you *routinely* take more than one shower a day or sing Wagner's Ring Cycle in the shower, please don't come to California. : ) Of course, there are occasions when a second shower is a necessity. Expect to limit your showers to around five minutes.
--Visitors. No visitors are allowed without prior notification and approval. Visitors are allowed only in the common areas.!!!!!
--Only non-smokers need apply. If you do smoke, know that Palo Alto is pretty much non-smoking everywhere, including parks and any outdoor public space.
--Stove top cooking is usually not permitted. The microwave, electric tea-kettle, toaster oven, and refrigerator space are available for use. If you are a Michelin-starred chef, you are welcome to cook whatever you want, as long as I am included.
--No food or beverages allowed in the bedroom, with the exception of water.
--Respect the space and keep it tidy. I do expect the tub to be rinsed after each shower, but I do not ask that guests do housework. Guests are liable for any damage they do to the property.
--My apartment is wine and beer friendly. I do not mind if you bring in a bottle for your enjoyment while here, but excessive drinking and/or drunken behavior cannot be tolerated.
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.