Life House

House - Private room · Yorktown Rd, San Mateo, CA 94402, United States
Your host, Marky
26 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

A piece of art in a garden with a view of San Francisco. Contemporary award winning split level home in close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Three BR's, two bathrooms, outside spa, fireplace, wrap around decking. Surrounded by glass blended to the outside decking and landscaped garden with a view of Treasure Island on the San Francisco Bay. Private driveway and carport. Sleeps eight. Fourth bedroom / studio negotiated for a greater amount. Other amenities include: smart home, green home, security video, butler services, concierge for Silicon Valley and San Francisco, local Olympic size community pool and tennis courts, nearby shaded walking trail and complementary fitness club passes.

Interaction with Guests

available 24/7 on text message or personal support.

The Neighborhood

close proximity to the entire bay area, rural setting, quiet, private and all the urban amenities close by.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $45 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $175
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The reservation was canceled 35 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 15 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
  • The place was spacious and very inviting. The house had all the amenities that is needed. Marky and Gonzalo have been great on answering questions and helping us settle in. They really made our stay very comfortable. The place felt more welcoming than having 3 separate hotel rooms. The neighborhood is very quiet and sitting on the patio at night was very private and relaxing. Thanks Marky and Gonzalo!

    February 2014
  • We had eight people, four children and four adults.
    Pros - The house is well kept, there is lots of common space. It is airy and open and a classic Eichler home. The neighborhood is quite and despite being up the street from an elementary school, the location is quite private. The neighborhood is nice and very close to downtown San Mateo. There is a nice supermarket and produce store just down the hill. Marky and his assistant were very helpful. The hot tub is nice and plan on an hour and a half to warm up from cold. The small galley kitchen is well stocked and the equipment is very nice including the convection/microwave. Overall we had a very nice stay.

    Cons - As mentioned in the reviews, the open house design can get loud - especially for the loft bedroom. It was particularly cold when we were there and the radiant floor heat was inadequate for the upper loft are. The lower bedrooms were fine. The downstairs shower was particularly challenging to keep the water from the floors, put a towel down to block the water solves the problem. Note that the owner lives in the unit below (also for rent, but we didn't rent) - not that this is a problem, but we heard sounds before we realized that he lives there if the loft room isn't also rented.

    December 2013
  • This is my first time to use Airbnb, it was really a wonderful journey. I love Marky's house, it's very beautiful and quiet. I will definitely come back next time.

    September 2013
  • We rented the whole house for a full week, and not only was it very comfortable for 8 people, but it was also an excellent place to host a reception prior to our wedding in the bay area. It truly is a Life House, we celebrated so much love of life in this house. The bbq, sauna and spa are truly excellent additions to the house which stands on its own - great architecture, space and views of the valley. Made the stay for my family truly magical.
    Prior to renting the house I was in contact with Marky quite a bit, and he was always a true pleasure to chat with and then speak with after booking the place. Had a brilliant time hosting our family here.

    September 2013
  • This was my first AirBNB experience and I can't imagine it being any better than this. Marky's Life House was the perfect setting for our family vacation. The home was bright, open concept and super clean. Conveniently located :15 from the airport and provided easy access to highways leading us to adventures of Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Muir Woods, Carmel, Capitola and everything in between. I would definitely both recommend and stay here again, maybe next time I'll get to meet Marky himself to thank him personally for sharing his Life House with me and my family.

    September 2013
  • Marky is a fine host - never intrusive, always helpful and good company (as we found out when asking him to join us for one of our dinners in the house which he graciously did). His Life House (so named because once featured in Life magazine) is spectacular. Our family of two adults and three kids visited for 4 days at the end of a 4 week road trip through much of California. It was the best finish I could have imagined. After all the more or less cramped hotel accomodation, finally a spacious and beautiful house. The house has some nice amenities (a jacuzzi, a BBQ grill, a veranda on three sides, very high ceilings, open space architecture), and its location is very good indeed: it's just a quarter of a mile from the exit of the 280 freeway, half a mile from a nice local shopping mall (with a Safeway, a Starbucks, a CVS and so on), a mile or so from the 280/92 junction, and it takes you 20 minutes or so to each of downtown Palo Alto and Halfmoon Bay, and not much longer to San Francisco (22 miles, depending on traffic there). All the morning fog you have in San Francisco does not seem to concern the Life House but if you want to you can see it from the nearby scenic route 35 ("skyline boulevard"). I definitely recommend the Life House to anybody visiting the Bay area and would always come back.

    August 2013
  • Life House ist ein Juwel in guter Hanglage oberhalb von San Mateo. Das architektonisch schoene Haus hat viele grosse Fenster und ist dadurch hell und lichtdurchflutet. Die offenen Räume des Hauses und die Aussicht in die gruene Umgebung ergeben eine Atmosphaere in der wir uns sehr wohl gefuehlt haben. Auch den gepflegten, liebevoll angelegten Garten mit Wirlpool haben wir während der 5 Tage unseres Aufenhaltes sehr genossen. Marky ist ein wunderbarer Gastgeber, der sich aufmerksam um das Wohl seiner Gaeste kuemmert. Wir koennen dieses Objekt wirklich empfehlen und werden sicher wiederkommen.

    August 2013
  • Lovely house in a good location. The Life House is spacious and airy with an attractive garden (with hot tub!). We are a family of five with three teenage children and it suited us perfectly.

    It's a couple of minutes from the 280 freeway exit so really easy to get to San Francisco, San Jose and the airport.

    We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back again.

    August 2013
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