New studio apt--walk to Stanford


Entire guest suite hosted by Laurel

1 guest, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom
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All about Laurel’s place

Lovely compact studio apartment (adjoining but totally separate from our 2-bedroom guest cottage). Nice, private setting, on a private driveway, away from the street. Approx 215 square feet (20 square meters). Please note this is a one-guest space. Thank you!

The space
We’ve reduced all our rental rates due to Stanford’s closure, and we’ve temporarily increased our cleaning fees moderately to fairly pay our cleaner for the additional time to fully comply with Airbnb’s excellent guidelines: We are rigorously completing every item on the checklist in advance the arrival of every guest.

Brand new small studio apartment (shares a wall with but is separate from our 2-bedroom guest cottage). Nice, private setting, on a private driveway, away from the street. Size is approx 215 square feet (20 square meters).

Compact but fully equipped kitchen, with gas stove & oven, microwave, and mini refrigerator (very limited freezer spacer!).

New, high-quality, super-comfortable, queen-sized bed with nightstand and bedside reading lamp.

Small but fully outfitted bath, with shower enclosure, sink, toilet and medicine cabinet. "Hotel Collection" towels and bath rug.

New water-saving washer and energy-efficient dryer in garage next door, exclusively for the use of our airbnb guests.

High-quality all-cotton bed linens include a down comforter, 4 standard and 2 Euro pillows. Please bring your own toiletries and alarm clock. You have your own thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature to your comfort. We ask that you set the thermostat to low when you are away. Overhead recessed lights are on a dimmer switch, so you can adjust the light level from low to bright.

/Sharon Heights neighborhood of West Menlo Park, on a triangle bound by Sharon Rd, Santa Cruz Ave and the Alameda de las Pulgas. Easy biking distance to Stanford, SLAC, downtown Menlo Park, Sand Hill Rd and U.S. Highway 280.

We are less than 20 minutes walking distance from the northwest corner of the Stanford campus and about 35 minutes' walking distance from the center of campus. We are also walking or easy biking distance to downtown Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and the Stanford Shopping Center.

West Menlo Park is full of bike paths and nice, easy walks. And we’re less than 3 miles from the Alpine Rd entrance to the famous Stanford "Dish walk", a paved path through the foothills with spectacular views. And there’s lots of other great hiking in the area too. We love hiking; let us know if you'd like some area recommendations.

We’re empty nesters, have lived in the area most of our lives, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or provide recommendations. This is an ideal set-up for a visiting student, scholar or professor. Many of our guests are also in town visiting friends or family in the area.

We are walking distance to the Avy Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas shopping area, which includes a Starbucks, U.S. Post Office, gas station, the highly acclaimed Flea Street Café restaurant, and a favorite Stanford beer-and-burger hangout, the Dutch Goose. We are also walking distance to Sharon Heights Shopping Center, which includes another Starbucks, a Shell gas (petrol) station, a 24-hour Safeway, a CVS pharmacy, yogurt shop, European deli, shoe repair, travel agency, a Mexican restaurant, and the highly rated Mitsunobu Japanese restaurant.

Off-street parking for one vehicle is available, just outside the gate to your studio entrance. Overnight parking is also allowed on your side of the street without limit. Overnight parking in the City of Menlo Park (other side of the street) is restricted, but courtesy warnings are issued before any citations.

Many of our guests are international scholars coming to teach, research or study at Stanford. Many of them prefer not to rent a car and have been happy to be walking or biking distance from campus. If you'd like to bike, we have a spare bike we can let you use at a nominal cost: $5 a day, $25 a week or $75 a month plus $75 refundable deposit. This is about half the cost of rentals on campus.

HOUSE RULES - NO SMOKING, no exceptions. No shoes (to keep the cottage extra-clean). Recycling actively encouraged.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Washing machine
Central air conditioning
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Menlo Park, California, United States

Our neighborhood is variously referred to as West Menlo Park, University Heights and as Sharon Heights. We are in the unincorporated county section of Menlo Park, which gives a more casual feel of the neighborhood. There are no sidewalks, and we still see a mix of older, smaller homes with large lots and the more recent mega-houses which have replaced some of them.

We are within walking distance to Stanford campus and the beautiful Stanford foothills, as well as a lovely little neighborhood shopping area which contains everything from The Dutch Goose, a popular local beer-and-burger pub since the 1960s, to one of the premier destination restaurants of the sustainable food movement, Flea Street Café, and everything in between, including a post office, dry cleaner, barber, gas station and, of course, a Starbucks :)

Hosted by Laurel

Joined in October 2009
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My husband Steve and I are long-time local residents; I was born in Palo Alto, so a real native and Steve is from England. We were high-school sweethearts (his dad was at SLAC for a year), then we reconnected 20+ years later & got married! Now we're empty nesters with 4 kids in our blended family, all living in California. We have a successful home-based marketing agency, so we’re around most of the time for your convenience and security. We love hosting and also traveling-- to my husband's native UK (lots of family & friends still there). Have been to China, Cuba, Mexico and much of western Europe. Hoping to travel more in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We love taking road trips in the Western US (our Tesla is our biggest splurge!), and exploring big cities, especially NYC & LA. Our favorite trip of all was a family stay in New Orleans-- fabulous music, food, history & people! Since Airbnb is asking, the "5 things we can't live without" are (not necessarily in this order): movies & music, exercise, NPR & BBC, our kids & our cats. We are Michael Pollan converts and think his 7-word food philosophy sums it up beautifully: "eat food (as opposed to food-like products), not too much, mostly plants." We buy local, sustainable, organic as much as we can.
My husband Steve and I are long-time local residents; I was born in Palo Alto, so a real native and Steve is from England. We were high-school sweethearts (his dad was at SLAC for…

During your stay

We like to greet you when you arrive and welcome you into your Airbnb. But self-check in or check-in via phone or FaceTime or is an option if you prefer or if we are unavailable at your arrival time.

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House rules

Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 12:00
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
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