About this listing
Our cottage has a wonderful location with a single bedroom, bathroom, and small kitchen. The perfect place to stay for your visit to Stanford, Palo Alto, or Silicon Valley.
This simple and quiet cottage is in a wonderful Palo Alto location. Three blocks from downtown Palo Alto, a quarter mile from the bus and train station and Stanford mall, and 1.5 miles from the center of Stanford's campus. It's easy to get here and get around even with no car! We're also across the street from a lovely park, in case you're visiting with kids.
The cottage bedroom has a queen size bed that we have been told is very soft and luxurious. The bathroom is newly renovated with a tile shower and floor. There is a small kitchen with a microwave, cooktop, breakfast bar, and skylight which connects to the living room. There is free wi-fi and an in-unit washer and dryer. The parking is on-street, free, and usually easy to find. Even midday during the work week (the busiest time) you will probably not have to park more than a block away. We have an additional mattress that one person can sleep on in the living room if that works better for our guests. We can also make a port-a-crib and stroller available for your use if you're here.
I keep the calendar updated, so you should assume that if dates you are interested in are shown as not available, then they are not. Also I will not accept reservations more than three months in advance. I absolutely will not accept reservations for stays longer than 6 weeks.
Beginning on July 1 AirBnB will collect a Transient Occupancy Tax on behalf of the city of Palo Alto. Before that date, in accordance with Palo Alto city law, our pricing now includes a Transient Occupancy Tax on all stays of 30 days or less. This means that the nightly rate of $150 is $131.58 for the room and $18.42 tax (14%). The weekly rate of $885 is $776.32 for the room and $108.68 tax (14%).
We really appreciate any feedback our guests have on how to make our cottage more comfortable!
Guests will have the entire cottage to themselves. The entrance to the cottage is off a patio that is shared with the main house. During summer months we typically keep a table and chairs on the patio and you are welcome to enjoy those.
Interaction with Guests
We typically try to greet guests as soon as we see them after they arrive and then will chit chat if we see them on the patio or driveway after that. We are very happy to chat more though if you're interested. I especially like recommending my favorite restaurants and places to visit in the area as well as hearing more about what brings people to the area.
I love how near our neighborhood is to so many great shops and restaurants.
Public transit is very convenient - we are about a quarter mile from the bus and train stations.
Parking is on street and easy to find on nights and weekends. On weekdays you may have to park a block or two away at worst.
It is possible, but annoying, to get to our house from the airport using public transit. I recommend a rented car, taxi, or shuttle.
Other Things to Note
Our check-in/check-out times are often flexible. Please feel free to inquire when you make your reservation if you would like an adjustment to these times and we will accommodate you as best we can.
No smoking please!
There is parking on the street in front of the house. Street cleaning is every Tuesday morning from 9-10am on alternating sides of the street. Check the signs at the end of the block because cars parked on the wrong side will definitely be ticketed.
It's very helpful to us if you can tell us the approximate times you will be arriving and departing (especially for weekday arrival/departure), so please send along that information if possible!
If you choose to leave the skylight open then please keep an eye on the weather and close it if rain is expected. If we see it open and it has begun to rain then we may knock on the door and ask you to close it. If you are not in the cottage then we may enter to close it ourselves.
If there are any problems with the cottage please let us know as soon as possible. One guest believed he was being an easy guest by not telling us that the hot water wasn't working. It turned out that the water heater was cracked and dumping water on the ground for a week - you should have seen our water bill that month!
Thanks for staying!
Super accurate and perfect place to run, go to Stanford, Caltrain or downtown Palo Alto.
Great place as you can walk to University Avenue and the Caltrain to go into SF. Bed was very comfortable and the place was clean.
Teresa and Chris are very friendly and welcoming! It was such a pleasure meeting them and staying on their property. The cottage is cute and clean with everything you need to feel at home. The neighborhood is safe, quiet, and close to a park and attractions. My husband and I had good experience in Palo Alto and would visit again.
Thanks Chris and Teresa for providing the perfect place to stay while in the Palo Alto area. Teresa was incredibly helpful pre-trip in terms of information on how to get around the area. After the bike I reserved on Spinlister fell through at the last minute, Chris was kind and gracious enough to let me use his mountain bike! It all worked out brilliantly. The location close to Stanford and downtown P.A. was fantastic, the cottage was all I needed and nice and quiet. My first AirBnB experience was a complete home run. Thanks again Chris and Teresa!
This charming cottage is just as pictured and described. It is adjacent to a lovely public park and is a convenient, quick trip to downtown Palo Alto and the Stanford U campus where I . Teresa & Chris were respectful of my coming and going privately but made a point to meet me and check that everything was OK, mid-stay.
My parents came to visit me for a week and my apartment is way too small to host them. I had booked hotels for them in the past, but hotels in Palo Alto are expensive and the low-priced ones are often right on El Camino and are not very comfortable. I was very picky as I wanted a place in a walkable neighborhood, close to shops and restaurants, comfortable, that would give some independence to my parents, all of this for an affordable price. I have to say Teresa and Chris' place was perfect. My parents, who previously stayed at Hotel California and hated it, were very happy with this little cottage. It was one of the highlights of their stay in Palo Alto. They felt at home, and liked the comfort of having a small kitchen and a separate bedroom from the living room. Really loved the fresh flowers in the living room when we arrived. Teresa and Chris were very responsive by email/text, and very flexible regarding arriving and departure time. My parents speak almost no english, therefore they did not really talked with Chris and Teresa. However, they had a small issue with the toilets and Chris and Teresa were ready to fix the problem in no time and followed up after it to make sure everything was ok. Affordable and comfortable, I highly recommend this place.
I checked in very late due to a flight delay and my host enabled it so I could let myself into the cottage without disturbing anyone! This cottage is very well located to all of the great things downtown Palo Alto has to offer and I enjoy that very much. It is quite convenient to lots of the best restaurants, which I need as I'm here for business purposes and don't have any time to cook. Everyone I know seems to love it here, and enjoys walking through the arbor of eye-popping bougainvilleas to the quaint little cottage.
About the Host, Teresa And Chris
Chris and I try to stay very active with running, hiking, skiing, and biking. Chasing our two kids also keeps us busy! I really like knitting and reading as well, and he is a sport programmer and loves home repair projects.
We love world travel but haven't done that as much since the kids came along. My favorite trips of all time have been sailing trips in Greece and Thailand!