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."
Crystal's place was great - the room was so comfortable with it's own powder room. The neighbourhood was lovely, right next door to Stanford. Crystal was so accommodating, and a great source of information, providing maps, brochures etc. This was my first airbnb so I was a bit apprehensive about staying in someone else's unit, but Crystal let me be as private or as sociable as I wanted to be. Her place was immaculate, the bedding soft, the mattress firm. Breakfast was delicious, fresh fruit, tea or coffee, and eggs or bagels or delicious breads.
Chris' apartment fit my needs perfectly, as I wanted an affordable, quiet place to stay that was within walking distance of the Stanford campus. Communication with the hostess was excellent, and Chris was even so kind as to meet me with her car at the Caltrain station, saving me a walk of perhaps half a mile. The room was large, with a private powder room en suite, and the large bed was very comfortable. What really made the stay memorable, however, was the gourmet breakfast that Chris prepared each morning. She is very knowledgeable about food, offers very healthy options, and is an excellent cook. After retrieving my car from my son, I was able to park a stone's throw from the door, and while there is a time limit for parking on the street, Chris provided me with a permit to hang inside my car, so that I didn't need to worry about parking at all. I highly recommend this
lodging and also send my sincere thanks to Chris!
My stay at Crystal Casey's was very good. I loved the close vicinity to my daughter's place, the quiet, pleasant room, and the helpful service with breakfast and everything I needed.
Chris was a lovely host, she made my stay very comfortable and pleasant. Her apartment is clean and tidy, and one can easily feel like home immediately. Highly recommended!
Chris was an exemplary host. She set things up so that I could let myself in while she was out. She set up the coffee and biscotti the first night so that I could leave at 5:30 am one morning with something in my gut. The second morning we had a nice sit down breakfast together that was a very generous continental style. The bedroom half bathroom feels like the master bedroom that she generously offers to her guests. The neighborhood is very safe, and a pleasant walk to Stanford.
I give this the highest possible rating.
I had a great two-day stay at Crystal's place. She very kindly met me at the railway station (which is less than a mile away, but I had lots of luggage) and at the end of my stay she drove me to my next destination in Palo Alto. The room is quiet and comfortable, with a private half-bath. Crystal prepared great breakfasts and pointed me to the best coffee place in town (Zombie Runner). The room is very close to a wide variety of restaurants, a supermarket, and other shops. I would definitely recommend this spot.
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..
Comfortable room, Chris was great to stay with; highly recommended.
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.
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