Steve and Ellen's guest house is beautiful. Everything is new and pristine. The house is up on a wooded hill, with terrific views of the bay. I heard owls hooing in the evening and early morning, and sometimes you see deer. It is very quiet. BIG windows, so even though the area is wooded, the place has tons of light.
Steve is a sorta tech wizard, so the house is rigged not just with powerful wifi, but wall outlets with USB chargers, and even computer-to-speaker in house. This was a work trip to me, so having all this gadgetry at my fingertips was important. Basic stuff -- dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, range, oven -- is all brand new and, not surprisingly, worked perfectly.
The place feels rural but, in fact, it is about 5 minutes from the town of Ladera, which has a great little mall. Bianchini's supermarket is pricey but excellent, and there are restaurants and a cafe there (among other things). The place is about 5-10min from one of the main highways, Route 280, so it is a pretty easy zip from there to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or even San Fran or San Jose. I worked at Stanford while there, and it usually took me about 10 min, maybe 15-20 during rush hour.
We rented a car, which is probably a good idea for that area, and if you look hard enough, you can usually find a deal for $30/day or less (total). Which, if you take two rides, is probably cheaper than the next best alternative, which would be to use Uber rides, which are all over the place there.
I have been to that area a lot, and it is by far my favorite place to stay. It will definitely be the first place I look for, when I return.