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Charming Home In The Heart Of Silicon Valley

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

Charming 2,300 sq ft single family home on two levels that sleeps 8, conveniently located in the heart of Silicon Valley and immersed in the greenery of its lush garden with pool. It has a unique whimsical, welcoming atmosphere. Feel at home while experiencing a resort-like life style!

In master bedroom you will find a comfortable king size bed, a desk and fireplace. The bathroom, newly remodeled and faux-finished, has a large glass shower stall and lots of cabinets. Walk-in closet is spacious and organized. All other rooms are equipped with comfortable queen size beds, desks, shelves and mirror doors closets. Second bathroom, also newly remodeled and faux-finished, has bathtub shower. One of the rooms which overlooking the huge Monterey pine tree in the front yard has oversized desk space and can be used as office or family room.

This room is equipped with two twin beds.

All bedrooms and the two bathrooms are upstairs.

The great kitchen sports granite counter tops, Viking range, island, two sinks and two ovens. Eating area with table for 8 right outside the kitchen under the gazebo in beautifully landscaped backyard. Many fruit trees, aromatic herbs and seasonal vegetables growing in the three raised beds.

There are several lounge chairs around the sparkly swimming pool, several sitting areas, a lawn, a hammock and a deck in a secluded corner of the backyard.

Dining room accommodates 8 to 10 people sitting at the table. 
Living Room has a TV with DVD player and a wood burning fireplace. There is wireless internet.

Guests have access to the whole house (as detailed above: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, backyard, front yard, washer in utility room) except for 1 locked storage room (the 5th), the garage and fenced off side yard. The 5th room may eventually be offered, if needed, for an extra fee. Guests are welcome to use the unheated pool and spa (following the house rules) and the amenities mentioned in the listing. Guests don't have access to amenities not specifically mentioned in the listing. Please note: pool/spa heating is not included. Utilities, especially in winter months, are very expensive.

I am a chef and I offer, upon request, delicious, healthy and affordable meals: breakfast, lunch or dinner (mostly Italian-style-flavored with home-grown herbs and vegetables.)

During guests' stay I'm available, if needed, by text, phone or in person. I occupy a unit attached but independent from the house with private entrance.

More Details

Nelly Capra
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, french, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Nelly Capra

Hello, my name is Nelly. I was born and lived in Genova until about 20 years ago and then I moved to Los Altos, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Genova I owned one of the most traditional and welknown food specialty stores: Torte e Farinata Antica Sciamadda. In the US I have been teaching Italian cooking and culture for two decades and lead culinary tours in various Italian regions. My passion is to cook, preferably with others. So, if interested, I can teach guests a few things during their stay. Another passion is "home". I love to make guests feel at home and create a "home away from home" for them.

Nelly Capra purchased this house in 1992

Why Nelly Capra chose Los Altos

Beautiful Los Altos is the place where I made my second home, the first being Genova.

What makes this house unique

This area has the best weather in the world! Los Altos is in the heart of Silicon Valley.The majority of the most important hi-tech companies are located within a few miles from this property. At the same time this is a quiet residential green area rich with parks, hiking and biking trails, close to the baylands and only half hour from the ocean.


Los Altos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest required to sign waiver for pool use and is not to operate the pool system without host's authorization. Pool/spa available only unheated.
  • Additional charges: contribution utilities ($80) for each week's stay, damaged items, if deep cleaning required, daytime visitors using facility/pool
  • No parties/gatherings without permission. If agreed, charges apply. No unregistered overnight/daytime guests. If allowed, park on Portland ave.
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , baby crib available
    Bedroom 5 - 5th bedroom, available if necessary (extra fee)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
It's possible to book a meal (host is a chef). Ask host.


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Charming Home In The Heart Of Silicon Valley
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful backyard garden and pool. Well equipped large kitchen. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the house, yard and pool! Great for our group of 8. Large kitchen and several places to hang out and visit. We enjoyed the pool everyday. Nelly was very gracious and we would definitely stay again! Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful space, amazing back yard and great kitchen. Perfect for our group!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as we hoped it would be for this space. The location was just right for us as it was nice and quiet while still being close enough to all the activity and food choices in the area. The house itself is super cute and is an amazing space. The kitchen and backyard area was especially great. Our host was amazing too. She set us up and welcomed us warmly. After that she left us on our own, and only showed up at check out when we were ready to leave. We had no problems reaching her when we had a question about the facilities too. All in all, it was a wonderful stay. Thank you so much for letting us into your home!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning fee $280

Extra charges:
- A weekly contribution to utilities is charged of $ 80 min., depending on the number of guests/type of activity in the house. First week is included in the booking payment. For stays longer than 1 week, the weekly utility contribution fee after week 1 will be charged separately and collected from guests before departure, unless otherwise agreed.
- for stays of 10 days or longer an extra cleaning fee applies for a mid-point housecleaning ($ 80 per visit). Laundry and other services upon request. This fee is charged separately and will be collected from guests before departure, unless otherwise agreed.
- Pool not heated. Extra charges apply for heating pool/spa (if available).
- Additional charges apply when deep cleaning is required.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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