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

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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!

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Lisa Hill-Pierce
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

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 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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Garden Sanctuary Downtown San Jose HOUSE w/ yard 2 Bicycles included
average rating of 4.826087 based on 28 reviews

Loved it! Clean, well appointed home with luxurious master bedroom!

  • 5 of 5

This home was a pleasure to stay in. We were very impressed with the beautiful master bedroom and the super comfortable living room. The homes older charm shone through the modern updates to the bathroom and more. I'd highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our first Thanksgiving away from home and we couldn't have asked for a more inviting place to stay. The attention to small details made our visit even more relaxing. We even got to enjoy the outdoor patio area! The property is very accommodating to families which we appreciate.


  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Host, home and location

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about our stay here. The home is older and fondly reminded me of homes where I grew up. The layout was just right and it was not too big, not to small. The private, secure parking was greatly appreciated. The home was very, very clean and decorated. Really nice to have a home like this with plenty of table and counter and dresser space for unpacking. The back yard is adorable, and was nice to sit out and enjoy some late-night conversation. Lisa, the host, was quickly and thoroughly responsive to all my questions and you can tell she really cares about a great experience for her guests. We were attending events at the convention center, and it was a quick ride over there. The house was also very quiet, and so nice to sleep the night without noise. We hope to stay here again next year!!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review. We appreciate it very much. See you next year!
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The house has a old charm and the owners are wonderful.

  • 4 of 5

Lisa and Brendan are great! The back patio was wonderful as we took advantage of having some fresh lemons from the tree in the back and enjoying family time.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review!
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Toledo, Ohio

Property was clean and very accommodating to our needs. Loved sitting on the patio!!!

  • 5 of 5

My first experience with this service and it couldn't have gone any better. The owner, Lisa, was easily available through text and left thorough travel info about the surrounding San Jose area. I only wish we could have taken more of her food suggestions. Access to the airport and highway was incredibly helpful for us as we traveled to Los Gatos to meet other family members daily. The convenience of parking in the driveway was helpful as the street parking tended to fill up by late evening. Also, it's not too far from downtown San Jose, so we took the option to walk when we could. If I ever return to this area, I will check this property first for availability.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and the area. Thank you for your feedback.
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Eugene, OR

Great house close to downtown!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house to stay in when visiting downtown San Jose. The enclosed parking in the back was very welcomed for security and a guaranteed place to park each day. The house was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. Really enjoyed working with Lisa. Always responded quickly to all my questions and had helpful advice. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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

Central San Jose House Rental Rates

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Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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May 18 2017 - May 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
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May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • 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
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • 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
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • 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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