Garden Sanctuary Downtown San Jose House W/ Yard 2 Bicycles Included

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1080 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be at least 21....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We love kids! We can stock some toys and books and leave plenty of ideas of where to walk, and visit. We have a port-a-crib if needed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please no smokers- not even outdoor smoking allowed....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Garden Bedroom: 1 king


  • Street Facing bedroom: 1 double


  • Both bedrooms have black out shades and comfortable bedding.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Shower over tub.

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless


  • Books:

    Local activity books and maps...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Tell us the ages and interests of folks and we will try to make sure we have some fun games!...moreless

  • Television:

    We have a TV with subscription to Amazon Prime, Netflix and Roku. There are no tvs in bedrooms- just in the living room....moreless

  • Toys:

    We have a lot of toys to share! Tell us the ages of your children and we will stock a shelf with toys....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Located close to all major freeways in the heart of downtown San Jose. Walk to Japantown, theaters, pubs, restaurants. We can provide 2 bikes....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining room has a daybed under the window. When used as is- it is a twin, or it opens into a cal-king....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Air conditioner turns off when cool outside. Air goes down to 78. We have ceiling fans and window fans. Open the windows in the evening to take advantage of cool California evenings....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The heater is on a timer...moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    If you change the linens during your stay- please wash the set you change. If we have several sets of extra linens to clean we will charge extra for cleaning....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cozy and comfortable...moreless

  • Parking:

    Street parking or you can use the electric gate and park inside the secured fence....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We are happy to provide towels for the number of people staying. If you require a new towel every day and leave them for us to clean we will have to charge extra for cleaning....moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press, espresso maker, and coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    We have stocked the kitchen with what you need to make a delicious meal. We also provide delivery menus! Pots, pans, coffeemaker, rice cooker, waffle maker, , iron skillet, blender...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We'll provide the basics to get you started. Pantry is not stocked with food but does have basic spices, flour, sugar etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    2 cruisers included and helmets. If you take the bikes out you are responsible for replacing them should something happen. Bike lock included. San Jose is not bike friendly so please be careful. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lovely garden and fruit trees. We have tables set up so you can enjoy the perfect weather....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 21 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 10%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose Mineta
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Caltrain Diridon
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
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!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Central San Jose, San Jose, CA, USA:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Adorable garden retreat in downtown San Jose!

    Adorable garden retreat in downtown San Jose!

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen has blender, slow cooker, rice cooker, iron skillet, sharp knives

    Kitchen has blender, slow cooker, rice cooker, iron skillet, sharp knives

  • Good pots and pans and some staples to get you started

    Good pots and pans and some staples to get you started

  • Cruisers- have fun- but be careful!  Bike lanes abound but watch yourself.

    Cruisers- have fun- but be careful! Bike lanes abound but watch yourself.

  • Shower over tub

    Shower over tub

  • Welcome to San Jose!

    Welcome to San Jose!

  • The master bedroom has a California King bed, and looks onto the garden.

    The master bedroom has a California King bed, and looks onto the garden.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Cute yard, fenced back to park in and eat outside.

    Cute yard, fenced back to park in and eat outside.

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • This is a daybed in the dining room- it opens into two twin beds.

    This is a daybed in the dining room- it opens into two twin beds.

  • Coffee, we also have a 2 french presses if that is more your style.

    Coffee, we also have a 2 french presses if that is more your style.

  • Secure backyard with yard, garden area, tables and parking.

    Secure backyard with yard, garden area, tables and parking.

  • Toys are stocked in the lower cabinets.

    Toys are stocked in the lower cabinets.

  • Garden corner

    Garden corner

  • Bathroom


  • Books on things to do around here.

    Books on things to do around here.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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