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Private one-acre with pool— minutes from Stanford

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

4BR+3.5BA - Sleeps 8. Includes piano and solar-heated outdoor pool.

This air-conditioned home is hidden away in nature, yet centered in the urban bustle of Silicon Valley, minutes from Stanford University. Enjoy a large master bedroom suite with a California King bed and bath. The living room includes an old stone fireplace and piano for your enjoyment. The family room with its second fireplace and big-screen TV, opens into another bedroom wing with three bedrooms and 2 baths, each with a Queen bed. The fully private backyard has a solar-heated pool, stately Oak trees and large lawn.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Owner

This is our family home. As our six children have married and begun families of their own, we find ourselves traveling to see grandchildren in various corners of the world. To support this travel, we rent our home during the Christmas holidays and early summer, mid-May to mid-July.

Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why Owner chose West of the Alameda

Our street seems like it lies in a rural setting and yet we are moments from the renowned Stanford Shopping Center, restaurants, and all that Silicon Valley offers. We like the privacy and the convenience.

Gardening is a favorite past-time and we include hired gardeners in the rental price.

What makes this house unique

The SF peninsula is noted for some of the best weather in the world, with mild temperatures year-round. The pool is solar-heated and we swam in 85F water by the first week of May '13. Centered close enough to SF and yet within reach of Monterrey, our guest book includes all sorts of day sightseeing trips.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the stay in your house! It is a great house, perfect location, and lovely garden and pool.
Jun 2014
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West of the Alameda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Any events with more than 12 non-renting guests need to be pre-approved by the owner.
  • We prefer payment by E-banking to save the credit card charge.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjoins bedroom 2.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Toilet and sink off of central hall.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom 2 has its own bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shares a bathroom with bedroom 4.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Shares a bathroom with bedroom 3.
    Bedroom 1: Master with bath - 1 king
  • There is one master bedroom size 22 ft. x 12 ft. with an adjoining full bath. The full bath includes a shower and a tub. Three additional bedrooms have a Queen size bed in each. They open to a common balcony and share an additional two bathrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Toys and children's books are available upon request. Pac-N-Play also available as a crib.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Private one-acre with pool— minutes from Stanford
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful long term stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a wonderful long term stay here over Summer while my husband studied at Stanford. This is a lovely home in beautiful surrounds, and we immediately felt at home.

The house is extremely comfortable with a great layout for a larger family and we enjoyed lots of time in the beautiful garden, enjoying the pool and playing games on the lawn.

The location is away from it all but a short car ride (or Uber) from Stanford and downtown Palo Alto and Menlo Park with easy access to freeways for venturing further.

Carol and Don were generous and down to earth in every dealing and clearly invested much time and thought in preparing for our stay, including providing everything we needed, details of local amenities and a list of suggested trips and activities to suit our family. (All of which we did and more!) Carol and Don were also readily available to respond to any queries during our stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Amy (Melbourne, Australia)

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during my daughters graduation and it was a wonderful quiet refuge from all the hustle and bustle of graduation activities. It enabled our extended family to be together and catch up much more easily than if we had been in separate hotel rooms. In the hot weather the pool was GREAT to have! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, CA

Perfect for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Our multi-generational family gathered in this embracing, warm, artistic, yet practical home over the Christmas holidays. The spacious well-furnished rooms, the cozy fireplaces, the fully equipped kitchen, provided us with a perfect setting for our family celebration. We felt as comfortable as if we were in our own home, but better! And even though it was winter, we enjoyed exploring the extensive surrounding gardens and pathways. We all agreed we would like to stay here again sometime in the summer and spend time in the beautiful pool and outdoor patios.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed at this property for a wonderful two-week stay. It was such a pleasure to stay in someone’s beautiful home instead of a hotel. The location was ideally situated for our day trips to relatives in San Francisco and the beaches of Santa Cruz. We found the home comfortable, well-decorated and spotlessly clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdoor space is beautiful, but...

  • 3 of 5

This home has the potential to be a five-star property. It is spacious, the grounds are lovely and the area was ideal for our Stanford grad week. But upon arrival, we found a house that was in need of a really thorough cleaning. We immediately contacted the owner who apologized profusely and offered to try to find a cleaning company but we elected to do it ourselves as the rest of our group was arriving and we did not want the inconvenience. The owners did comp us a one day's stay which was fair, though I would have preferred not to spend my first day of vacation cleaning. Since there was a quite an expensive cleaning fee that guests pay, we were shocked to find the house in the condition it was in. We did provide the owners with a detailed list of the issues, along with photos, so hopefully they will take the necessary measures to improve this beautiful property. While some of the issues were related to the cleaning "mix-up," the overall cleanliness problem is much more systemic. For the extremely high price they charged during grad week, we expected near perfection!

Once we got the place cleaned, the rest of our stay was great and we enjoyed the home, the terrace and grounds. Our family of 6 had plenty of space and it was wonderful for entertaining!

A deep clean and some pet deodorizing could make this place perfect.

(It should be noted there is a dog that lives in this home when it is not being rented and there are definite signs of that - pet hair in the most unexpected places - in mixing bowls and on dinner napkins - and past "doggie smells" in the carpets, etc.) Also, there is no air conditioning which we knew. We did borrow and purchase some fans as there were three days/nights in mid-June that it was unseasonably hot and humid so air movement/cooling was needed. This may not be an issue most times of the year as the property is well shaded.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There was a one-tie mixup with the professional cleaning service that affected the kitchen and a second room where our dog had shed hairs. We were horrified and addressed the problem immediately. Our home is professionally cleaned before renter's arrive and our personal standard is immaculate.
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 11 stayed at the home in Menlo Park. It was an enjoyable stay with no problems.

If you like a large house, tucked away in the hills, with complete privacy you should consider this place. There is a large pool, amazing gardens, and overall very roomy but cozy place with everything you need.

I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco Airport; San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Dutch Goose
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Stanford Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Atherton Train Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy #280
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Flea Street Cafe
Nearest Ski
218 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
19 Miles
Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz
Car: necessary

This home is central to the beautiful nature and incredible cultural and recreational activities of the mid-peninsula area south of San Francisco. Daily jaunts can include sightseeing in San Francisco; finding starfish at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Half Moon Bay; music concerts at Stanford University's world class Bing Auditorium or Shoreline Amphitheater; or a round of golf at one of the many beautiful courses. Take day drips with a 2-hour drive to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, 17-mile drive at Pebble Beach and the art colony of Carmel. In the heart of Silicon Valley, you can visit the San Jose Tech Museum. For children, there is the SF zoo and new Exploratorium; San Jose's Happy Hollow and the fabulous Children's Discovery Museum. Short drives to wine-tasting or white sandy beaches.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $400
Property Damage Protection $99

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed and they are based on the traveller using e-check. Payment is 100% refundable until 90 days before the rental date at which point there is no refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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