Private bedroom with queen-size bed, and private dedicated bathroom with shower/bathtub, and 2 sinks.
This colorful and tranquil room is spacious (12x13’, 3.7x4m) and includes a comfy queen-sized bed with high quality linens and plenty of closet space (hanging and drawers) plus a handy luggage rack. Your private dedicated bathroom, located 2.5’ (76cm) from the bedroom door, is stocked with luxurious necessities and Abyss brand towels. If you need to work from home, make use of the comfortable and efficient setup which includes the large desk ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)cm), a 20” (50cm) Apple monitor, and a fully adjustable office chair. Relax at the end of the day watching your own 20” (50cm) TV and TiVo, or listen to music streamed from your device to a bluetooth speaker.
Our tranquil, tree-lined residential neighborhood is perfect for walking and biking. The solidly-built home was constructed in 2005 and still feels brand new. Though the neighborhood is very safe, the home includes a multi-layered security system. The homeowner is an avid gardener and the garden is ablaze with her favorite flower, dahlias, from June through October.
Servicios y zonas comunes
Please enjoy the two rooms nearest the front door downstairs - the dining room and formal living room.
During the summer, relax in the gazebo on the patio (the gazebo is stored from November through March or so). The landscaping is designed to attract both butterflies and hummingbirds, so you will have company as you bask in the sun! Year-round, there’s a fountain with a lovely trickling sound that’s extremely relaxing and attracts many varieties of birds.
Guests have access to the kitchen for preparing coffee/tea and basic meals. Because your host is an avid cook and baker, the kitchen is often in use. You are welcome to store a few items in the refrigerator. For substantial meals, please see the attached list of both delivery options and restaurants within walking distance. Just FYI, your host enjoys having the news on in the background -- you are welcome to join her for (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)BC viewing if so inclined, but don’t even think about changing the channel! ;)
Atención a los huéspedes
Interaction tailored to your wishes. I’m happy to answer questions and chat if desired. Ideal guests would be out and about during weekday business hours as I work from home, but this is not a dealbreaker. If I’m not working, you’ll find me in the garden or kitchen/great room cooking with the aforementioned (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)BC on in the background.
Otros aspectos destacables
If the rental bedroom window is open during the day, you will hear the sound of rush-hour traffic on the north/south street 2 houses away. It’s not a big street, it’s only 1 lane in each direction, but it’s well-used during daylight hours. At night its use drops to a very low flow, so even with the window open, cars are few and far between and it’s very quiet.
During the summer, the home is cooled by the upstairs A/C (kept at 73 degrees or the homeowner will turn to ice). If you prefer a cooler temperature for sleeping, you’re in luck! Menlo Park summer nights often dip into high 50s/ low 60s, so an open bedroom window will keep you cool. In the winter, the heat is turned off overnight and is set to the low 70s during the day.
We are complying with local tax laws, therefore 10% of the rental fee is reserved to pay San Mateo County's "Transient Occupancy Tax" (TOT).
Shoes are allowed indoors, but please no sharp high heels that would damage the beautiful Brazilian cherry floors. Please check sneakers and remove gravel before entering.
The house is smoke-free, pet-free, and child-free. Given the high end decor, and no childproofing, that’s what works best.
No overnight guests, loud music or parties. If staying for an extended period, you are welcome to invite a well-known guest over for a chat in the gazebo. Note there are many cafes and restaurants within walking distance to socialize with friends/colleagues.
By renting, you agree to use the passcode alarm system. The house must be locked with the alarm activated upon exiting (when no one else is home), and overnight.
We are: a serial entrepreneur / former high-tech employee, who works from home by day and gardens outdoors like a fiend after business hours. My boyfriend Mihail works nearby from 10am - 7pm. Since I do work from home, just an FYI if anyone is planning to work from the guest room by day, I typically have paid a professional coming in (bookkeeper, tech support, assistant) to help out in my home office between 10am - 5/6pm 1-2 days per week. We are not loud, and it's typically just one person + me.
I spend lots of time in the kitchen/great room area, cooking, photographing the flowers I grow, etc etc, and often have the TV on, but keep the volume at a non-invasive level.
Love touches of luxury and our home reflects that. I'm an Italo-phile, speak quasi-decent Italian, travel to Italy every year to visit friends in Roma. Mihail is originally from Romania and has a cute accent to prove it. I'm a movie-aholic, love everything ranging from ye olde films from Hollywood's Golden Age, to quiet films with great dialogue, to loud summer blockbusters. Love the SF Bay Area culture and incredible variety of delicious foods. HUGE progressive/liberal. Am also a Dahlia grower (Mihail helps to garden/tend them with me). I photograph them for fun and profit, and you'll find a variety of dahlia canvases and tile coasters decorating the house, including the guest room. Mihail loves cycling and exploring bike routes along the Peninsula.
AS GUESTS: we have a very light "footprint". Not messy or stinky (egad!), non-smokers, quiet - yet friendly. We like to get out and explore any area we're visiting on foot! Looove looking-lou-ing, window shopping, museum-going, dining out. And meeting new peeps. :)