View of living room from the entry hall. Fireplace (decorative only--no wood burning allowed) & free exchange library

Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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NOTE: Rentals shorter than 5 days accepted within 60 days of request, as most of our requests are for 1 week to several months. We accept reservations up to 6 months from present date, with exceptions for longer-term rentals such as an entire month or quarter.

Cute 2-bedroom, 1-bath cottage on a private drive in Sharon Heights/West Menlo Park. Within walking or easy biking distance of Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, SLAC National Accelerator Center and the Sand Hill Road venture capital corridor. By car, less than 5 minutes from Hwy 280.

Two local shopping districts are within walking distance and include a U.S. Post Office, a gas station, 24-hour Safeway, CVS pharmacy, 2 Starbucks, 2 delis, and The Dutch Goose local landmark student and family pub.

Per (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps, the walking distance to the middle of Stanford campus is only 2.0 miles, 38 minutes. Walking distance to Stanford Hospital or clinics is 1.6 miles, 32 minutes. The Stanford Driving Range is even closer, open to the public and very reasonably priced at only $3 for 25 balls!

Also within walking distance are Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle Schools. This is an ideal set-up for a out-of-towners wanting to spend time with friends or family in the area.

The cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and includes:

• master bedroom with king-sized bed, nightstands, and dresser
• 2nd bedroom with double bed & foam sofa which folds out to make a 3rd bed
• full bath with combination tub/shower, sink and storage
• new, high-efficiency washer & dryer conveniently located in cupboard in far corner of the spacious kitchen
• living room with built-in bookshelves & windowed wall to the backyard
• well-worn but super comfortable over-sized sofa set
• decorative fireplace (no wood-burning allowed)
• private, shaded backyard with lawn, mature foliage, and 3 giant Coast redwood trees
• wisteria-arbored patio with outdoor table and chairs
• plenty of closet space
• all utilities are included: gas & electric, water, weekly garbage & recycling
• bi-weekly gardening service keeps grass trimmed and yard neat

Fully equipped dine-in kitchen includes refrigerator, oven, gas stove, small automatic dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave and coffee maker. Table and chairs comfortably seat up to 6.

• high-speed internet
• washer & dryer in kitchen utility cupboard (supplies included!)
• all-cotton quality bed linens; down comforters and pillows
• ample supply of towels (please bring your own toiletries)
• 36” TV (broadcast TV, but no cable)
• energy-efficient heating system with ‘smart’ thermostat
• off-street parking space on the private drive

Tucked back from the street on a private driveway, shared with only one other house. Includes convenient off-street parking. West Menlo Park is full of bike paths and nice, easy walks. Cottage is less than 3 miles from the closest entrance to the Stanford “Dish Walk,” a 5-mile paved path through the foothills with spectacular views of the entire Bay, from San Francisco to San Jose! And there’s lots of great hiking in the surrounding foothills.

There is a separate studio apartment unit attached to the cottage, rented separately on airbnb. If you are interested in renting the studio for extra guests or family members, please let us know.

Many of our guests are international scholars coming to teach, research or study at Stanford. Many of them prefer not to rent a car and have been happy to be walking or biking distance from campus. If you'd like to bike, we have a spare bike we rent you at a nominal cost: $5 a day, $25 a week or $75 a month plus $150 fully refundable deposit. It's a medium-sized 15-speed Huffy with handbrakes.

We are also less than 30 minutes’ drive from both San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) airports, except during rush hours, when it’s of course longer.

Alternatively, you can take the train from SFO airport—not fast, but very inexpensive:
(1) BART directly from SFO to Millbrae CalTrain station (about 15 min, approx $4)
(2) train to Menlo Park (under 30 minutes, approx $5)
(3) then right down Santa Cruz Ave from the station (20-minute brisk walk or very short taxi ride).

We live right next door and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or provide recommendations, and are available if you need any assistance once you've arrived.

Will consider pets with solid references and an additional fully refundable security deposit of $250.

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The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $5 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $125
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM

We have maintained the cottage as a shoe-free space. We ask that you keep shoes off indoors to ensure that the floor is extra-clean for yourself and other guests.

We are very diligent about recycling everything possible, which our excellent local recycling service makes possible, which encourages us to recycle over 50% of all waste. They make it easy, with glass, metal, plastic and clean paper can all be recycled in the same container, and composting in another. Of course we provide details in the house manual.

No smoking allowed on our property. No exceptions.

Comcast, our high-speed ISP, expressly forbids illegal downloads using bit-torrent or similar technology. Unfortunately, there have been some issue with this in the past, which is why we need to make a point of this.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

67 Reviews

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Stephane User Profile
June 2017
I warmly recommend this place if you come for a research stay at Stanford, this is very convenient.

Bin User Profile
April 2017
Very convenient, quiet and valued place to stay. Highly recommended.

P User Profile
February 2017
Nice quiet cottage in a quiet neighborhood with all the amenities. The hosts are terrific and very responsive.
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.
Response from Laurel:
Such a pleasure to host you! We hope to see you again!
February 2017

Marcelo User Profile
February 2017
Laurel is an amazing host. I stayed with my family (three young kids) and everything worked to perfection. We didn't need much because the home was very well equipped. When we contacted Laurel with special needs for the kids she responded right away (they leave next door). I would definitely stay at Laurel's place on our next visit to Palo Alto.

Alia User Profile
February 2017
We stayed here with our 17mo. old while visiting family in the area. It was a really great home base where family could come hang out with the little guy. Only bummer was, as parents who are in for the night after the baby goes down at 6pm, we thought there would be cable TV, as shown in the amenities list, but there wasn't. I did see later that in the written description it says no cable, only broadcast, but then I feel that box shouldn't be checked at all :/ Other than that, small and comfortable space in a nice *quiet* neighborhood, which was important to us. Walkable to a Starbucks and a couple restaurants, and about 1.5mi to downtown Menlo Park (5min drive/25min walk). Laurel was very nice and easy to work with! Would definitely recommend (as long as you aren't as dependent on TV as we are! hah)
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.
Response from Laurel:
Hi Alia, I'm so sorry you weren't able to access the cable channels! We DO have cable TV; I wish you had let us know right away so we could have solved the problem. To minimize the chance of future guests experiencing this problem, we'll add more details about the settings etc to the reference binder. So glad your stay was otherwise positive! Laurel
February 2017

Jan User Profile
January 2017
This is an extremely cozy house with a very nice and private backyard. This house has basically everything you will need, from hair dryer to washing machine/powder to coffee, and groceries in walking distance. You will enjoy a great time here and should you need them during your stay, Laurel and Steve will be available immediately, which we really felt was very very positive! Also, they had great advices what to do with kids in the area.

Lara User Profile
December 2016
We enjoyed the charming house and neighborhood.

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Menlo Park, California, United States · Joined in October 2009
Laurel User ProfileLaurel is a superhost.

My husband Steve and I are long-time local residents; I was born in Palo Alto, so a real native and Steve is from England. We were high-school sweethearts (his dad was at SLAC for a year), then we reconnected 20+ years later & got married! Now we're empty nesters with 4 kids in our blended family, all living in California. We have a successful home-based marketing agency, so we’re around most of the time for your convenience and security.

We love hosting and also traveling-- to my husband's native UK (lots of family & friends still there). Have been to China, Cuba, Mexico and much of western Europe. Hoping to travel more in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We love taking road trips in the Western US (our Tesla is our biggest splurge!), and exploring big cities, especially NYC & LA. Our favorite trip of all was a family stay in New Orleans-- fabulous music, food, history & people!

Since Airbnb is asking, the "5 things we can't live without" are (not necessarily in this order): movies & music, exercise, NPR & BBC, our kids & our cats.

We are Michael Pollan converts and think his 7-word food philosophy sums it up beautifully: "eat food (as opposed to food-like products), not too much, mostly plants." We buy local, sustainable, organic as much as we can.

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Response time: within an hour
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