We're an eclectic and international mix of guys and girls from early 20s to 30s. We work hard (startups, Stanford, NASA etc.) but like to kick back on the weekends.
- Internet, washer, dryer, etc.
- A place to make home :)
- Cool housemates to hang out with
The room is upstairs. Bed/sheets provided. You're free to use the kitchen, hang out in the garden, watch TV (we have hulu plus and netflix), surf the web, and make it your home while you're here. There is also a washing machine and dryer.
It's a pretty relaxed house and a great place to come drop in on if you need a place to stay for a bit.
Location is at Middlefield and Embarcadero, a few steps from the 35 bus line (runs frequently/directly to downtown). It is a quiet family neighborhood, 15 min walk or short bike ride from downtown. Plenty of street parking if you have car.
Other Things to Note
Not that we are big into rules but just a few things to note: The room is for one guest. Sorry, no pets.
We don't have any official rules but it would be nice if you cleaned your dishes. No smoking in the house.
The listing was definitely what I expected and was great value for money. The location is pretty convenient and the house is well equipped. As other people have mentioned, if you're a clean freak you may want to look elsewhere, but the house was more than clean enough for me and seemed to be getting cleaner/less cluttered by the day. Most importantly, the other housemates were welcoming, helpful (gave me a couple of rides), and fun to be around. If there was a room opening up, I would have hoped to stay more permanently here!
This house is in a great location and seems to always be filled with interesting (in a good, worldly way) people. Ben was nice, accommodating, and easy to communicate with. I had to change my departing flight and leave a day earlier and Ben updated the reservation and refunded me instantly. The house is not immaculate but that's expected with 6 people in and out of the house everyday. This house is the best way to stay in Palo Alto, meet great people, feel welcomed, and not spend a lot of money. He also let me borrow his bike!
Ben and his roommates are really nice, chill guys and they made me feel welcome right away. While I just needed a place to crash for a few nights, "the Shire" feels very home-y and is a great place to hang out. The description is accurate when it says that the house isn't a good place for neat freaks, so that's something to be wary of, but it's a great option for someone who doesn't mind some mess and is looking for a cheap place to stay in Palo Alto.
Ben's house is a special place! All guys are extremely friendly and hard workers! Has been a pleasure!
Ben was a great host, very accommodating and responsive when my flight came in late. If you are much taller than six feet you are going to have trouble with the low ceilings, but for the rest of us it's a perfect way to spend time in Palo Alto.
A really nice home with cool people, very good location and price. Had a really nice stay for a few days. I would definitely go back.
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