About this listing
WEST MENLO TREE-TOP STUDIO
Modern, sunlit, airy studio apartment; top story above our detached garage. Guests comment on how light it is, with windows all around--but of course you can draw the blinds for more privacy or filtered light.
View back toward the entrance, with kitchen on the left and dining table on the right.
West Menlo Park/Sharon Heights section of Santa Cruz Avenue. Close to Stanford Medical Center & Hospital-- 4 minutes by car, 9 minutes on bike, 30 minutes walking. Easy biking distance to Stanford, SLAC, downtown Menlo Park, Sand Hill Rd & 280. We are less than 20 minutes walk from the northwest corner of the Stanford campus and about 35 minutes' walk from the center of campus. We are also walking or easy biking distance to downtown Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and the Stanford Shopping Center.
Fully equipped, with Jennair electric stove & oven, full-size fridge, dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, instant hot. Breakfast bar with tall chairs.
QUEEN-SIZED BED--Comfortable. queen-sized bed with nightstands and bedside reading lamps. A child could sleep on a folding foam mattress on the floor--that would be the 3rd person (there is no a sofa bed).
FULL BATH with enclosed combo tub/shower.
LAUNDRY--dedicated washer & dryer in garage.
High-quality all-cotton bed linens include a down comforter, 4 pillows, and there is an ample supply of towels. Toiletries are provided (soap, shampoo and conditioner). Though we don't provide an alarm clock; most of our guests use their own phones.
You have your own thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature to your comfort. We ask that you set the thermostat to low when you are away.
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 can let you use at a nominal cost: $5 a day, $25 a week or $75 a month plus $75 refundable deposit. It's a medium-sized Huffy, with handbrakes.
HOUSE RULES - NO SMOKING, no exceptions. No shoes (to keep the cottage extra-clean). Recycling actively encouraged.
Interaction with Guests
We're empty nesters, have lived in the area most of our lives. We can leave you totally on your own, from check-in to check-out if that is your preference, but are available and happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or provide recommendations.
This is an ideal set-up for guests spending time at Stanford, and for out-of-towners wanting to spend time with friends or family in the area.
West Menlo Park is full of bike paths and nice, easy walks. And we're less than a 5-minute drive from the Stanford Dish walk (approx 3 miles), a paved path through the foothills with spectacular views. And there's lots of great hiking not much further. We love hiking; let us know if you want some area recommendations.
We are walking distance to the Avy Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas shopping area, which includes a Starbucks, U.S. Post Office, gas station, the highly acclaimed Flea Street Café restaurant, and the favorite Stanford beer-and-burger hangout, the Dutch Goose. We are also walking distance Sharon Heights Shopping Center, which includes another Starbucks, Shell station, a 24-hour Safeway, a CVS pharmacy, frozen yogurt shop, European deli, shoe repair, travel agency, various other services, a Mexican restaurant, and the highly rated Mitsunobu Japanese restaurant.
PARKING-- Off-street parking is available. In case you have a larger vehicle, or prefer not to negotiate the driveway turnaround, overnight parking is allowed on our side of the street (west side) without limit.
Other Things to Note
NOTE: 2-day rentals only accepted within 14 days of request, or in between 2 longer rentals, as most of our requests are for 1 week to a month or more.
Our guests appreciate how clean and fresh our studio is. In order to maintain this environment for all guests, we have a strict NO SMOKING policy, no exceptions. We also ask you to respect our no shoes (to keep the cottage extra-clean). We have extra slippers if you like! And Menlo Park is a very green city; we encourage recycling, and easily meet our city's target of over 50% waste recycled.
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.