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Garden Sanctuary Downtown San Jose HOUSE w/ yard 2 Bicycles included

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,080 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom 1 Bath House Close to Everything

2 bedroom house built in 1937- charming details with a fenced private yard and pretty gardens. Sit on the back patio with coffee or a drink. The house has two brand new beds with organic cotton sheets. One is a California King and the other is a queen. There is also an daybed that opens into the equivalent of a king. We have a portacrib and sheets if you need it.

Secure parking in fenced driveway.

We provide coffee to get you started, a french press and espresso maker. We also have an assortment of teas, spices and basics for cooking as well as a bbq.

The sink has a water filter. The home has ceiling fans in each room as well as air conditioning and a fire place.

We are very welcoming to families and are happy to provide books and toys for your visit. There is even a babysitter we can recommend if the need arises. If there is anything you know you will need in terms of groceries we will make sure it is in the home on your arrival.

We have stocked the house with books on the bay area, maps, and lists of what we love to do here. Please tell us your interests so that we can help you enjoy your trip even more!

Our yard has mature lemon, apricot, and peach trees. The best fruit you have ever tasted- and you are welcome to enjoy.

This is a diverse downtown neighborhood filled with charming older homes with character and fun restaurants. I would say it is on the humble side of hip. We are 5 blocks from Japantown which hosts a Sunday farmers market and many great restaurants and bars. There is a library down the street and 3 parks within walking distance. There is an amazing historic pool also within walking distance.

San Jose State 1/2 mile

San Jose Convention Center 1.8 mile

Movies 1.5

We fell in love with the neighborhood when we were dating and used to walk for hours. We stumbled upon Backesto Park near our house and loved how you can walk around the park and experience so many cultures. It is one of our favorite things about the neighborhood.

This neighborhood has a nice mix of working class families, yuppies, and retired folks. We do live on the corner of a busy street- in the city but with a very definite neighborhood feel. We hope you enjoy our neighborhood and all Downtown San Jose has to offer as much as we do!

More Details

Lisa Hill-Pierce
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Lisa Hill-Pierce

I have a massage therapy business and over 22 years experience doing bodywork. I enjoy good coffee, gardening, reading, running, and nature. My husband Brendan and I have lived in the downtown area for 14 years and are happy to share what we love about the neighborhood, as well as the bay area. Brendan is an avid mountain biker and Industrial Designer. Our boys are 5 and 10 and we have a trampoline, a climbing tree and lots of other ways kids can break a leg. We have a secret latch in the fence between our awesome neighbors and our house, and all the kids in the neighborhood are at one of the two houses. We love it.

Now that we have kids, hotels don't work for us. We need a kitchen, we need some room to spread out, and we enjoy a yard. It is always nice to have a little privacy as well. When we travel we love to stay in people's homes and now that we have decided to host we are committed to creating a relaxing and nurturing space. We live in the neighborhood still and will most likely be available any time you have a question or need help with something.

As a couple we are just remembering what we used to enjoy doing before kids. We enjoyed traveling, walking around our city with no destination in mind, eating at quirky restaurants, art, and meeting fabulous people.

We look forward to meeting you!

Lisa Hill-Pierce purchased this house in 2004

Why Lisa Hill-Pierce chose Central San Jose

Well... we bought the house when we got married and then outgrew it as the market tanked. We still live in the neighborhood and we love living downtown. This house means a lot to us- we love the details and charm and hope you will too!

What makes this house unique

Who wants to stay in a condo or apartment when you can stay in a house close to everything, sit in the garden and pick a peach? Walk to the farmers markets 3 times a week, restaurants and bars. Minutes to the airport, bus stop across the street, bikes included. We aim to make your stay memorable!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lisa provided impeccable instructions and directions and proactively reached out in the most hospitable manner from the onset of our reserving her adorable garden bungalow. This garden house is absolutely quaint, warm and welcoming. We plan to stay here every time we visit our son while he is attending SJSU. Perfect proximity to the university and all neighborhoods. Loved our experience here.
Jul 2015
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Central San Jose House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Shower over tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Garden Bedroom - 1 king
    Street Facing bedroom - 1 double
  • Both bedrooms have black out shades and comfortable bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We look forward to meeting you and making sure your stay is comfortable. Please let us know how we can help in planning your trip! We LOVE the neighborhood, if you are looking for a gated community this is not the house for you. This adorable house is downtown, and we have a gated drive for you to park your car. Please make sure the gate is closed when you are home, and when you are away. We look forward to making your stay great! Lisa and Brendan


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Garden Sanctuary Downtown San Jose HOUSE w/ yard 2 Bicycles included
average rating of 4.882353 based on 39 reviews

Great house

  • 5 of 5

We love the location and the toys in the backyard. Our kids love staying here too.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oregon, USA

Charming, cozy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The hosts were very responsive and interested in making our stay as pleasurable as possible and it showed. The house is very clean and comfortable with everything one might need. Very good experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful garden, cute house, and an overall great stay

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer Stay

  • 5 of 5

I had a lovely stay at Lisa's for 5 days. It was easy access to both Highway 280, the airport and a marketplace. The patio is a nice place to have a cup of coffee in the morning. The bedding was great and there were plenty of towels. The kitchen was well appointed and there is plenty of space in the living room.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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georgetown, TX

Great base for exploring the Bay Area

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a bit more than two weeks in this charming little bungalow. It was the perfect place to stay while my daughter participated in two weeks of ballet training and then the perfect place to come home to after exploring the bay area. The beds are comfortable, the private yard and private parking are a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle. Lisa was attentive in all the right ways! Thank you Lisa for sharing your house with us!

Patti, Allen and Meghan

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I love this home!

  • 5 of 5

We were in San Jose for our Son's graduation. We enjoyed the mornings with coffee and tea out in the back yard. We walked and biked over to our son's home. It was the perfect spot, and it was nice to come to a place that was all our own and felt like home. Thank you so much Lisa for making it a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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California's Great America
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Orenchi Ramen
Levi's Stadium
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium
Avaya Stadium
Rollo's Donut
Roy's Station Coffee and Tea
Swaad Indian Cuisine
Japantown San Jose
San Pedro Square Market
Sushi Maru
Alum Rock Park
The Mountain Winery
Lick Observatory
SAP Center
Alviso Marina County Park
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Children's Discovery Museum
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
Guadalupe River Trail
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Christmas In the Park
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Downtown San Jose
Roaring Camp, Big Trees & Pacific Railroad
Backesto Park
Trials Pub
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
San Jose Mineta
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Caltrain Diridon
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Santa Cruz

This is a centrally located home within walking distance of all downtown San Jose and Japantown. Close to public transportation, restaurants and cultural events.

Lots of light, wood floors and character in a home that has been lovingly cared for. House rental includes the use of 2 bikes and helmets. Enjoy exploring all San Jose has to offer!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is paid for.

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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