Long Description of Property
Located in the heart of Willow Glen, this charming two-bedroom cottage would be ideal for vacation or business, or family gatherings such as weddings, graduations and other events where a comfortable and functional base of operations is needed. The home has everything you would need for a pleasant and comfortable stay whatever the purpose of your visit.
The home, built in 1925, retains its original hardwood floors in the living room, dining area and hallway. The living room boasts the original zinc glass windows, a wood burning fireplace, HDTV with satellite, DVD player, a comfortable couch for curling up and reading your favorite novel that can be taken from the bookshelf. Also available is a small television with built-in VCR with numerous children’s videos at hand for the younger set that may be traveling with you.
The two bedrooms are each distinctively decorated, one with a queen bed and one with a full bed. (If needed, a roll-away twin bed as well as a portable crib are also available) The back bedroom opens up to a sunny deck through the French doors where you can enjoy your morning coffee. Both bedrooms have large closets as well as dressers to store your belongings during your stay. The bathroom has a vintage claw foot tub that can be used for that deep soak after a long day of touring as well as a combination shower over the tub.
A full kitchen complements the home with stove, full size oven, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher and all dishes, pots, pans, utensils and flatware. If anything else is needed, all you need to do is ask and it likely can be accomodated.
There is full internet connectivity including WiFi available. In addition, a washer and dryer is located in the basement for you to use. A picnic basket and coolers are provided for day trips to the area's many destinations, including but certainly not limited to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Mt. Tamalpias, Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo, and the many local and state parks nearby. There are many wonderful things to see and do, and the owners will be happy to suggest possibilities depending on your interests.
Closer at hand, the home is a short walk to Lincoln Avenue, the “main street” of the Willow Glen neighborhood. This bustling street has many unique stores and boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, salons and spas.
For the business traveler, the home is just minutes away from the downtown San Jose area, including businesses, courts, convention center, the “Shark Tank” and major freeways that lead to Silicon Valley business and beyond.
We are confident that you will find your stay here invigorating and enjoyable!
Keywords: Cute cottage, Full kitchen, backyard, sundeck, clawfoot tub, washer/dryer, Lincoln Ave., close to shops and restaurants, easy access for day trips, Highway 280, 17, 101
Brian and Sue are “recovering attorneys”, who love to travel, cook, and enjoy the local sights, sounds and tastes of wherever they go. Brian likes to play guitar, and often their destinations will involve music festivals. Sue is a former National Park ranger and enjoys hiking, camping and exploring new areas. While traveling they seek out the local farmers’ markets, shops and other street vendors to experience a real taste of the local cuisine and culture.
Northern California, and the Bay Area in particular, is known throughout the world for its local and sustainable cuisine, great chefs and restaurants, performing arts (and artists!) including symphonies, opera, and theatre, not to mention the many free music festivals that abound throughout the year. We are also graced with some of the finest parklands that Nature has to offer! (Don’t miss the annual Monarch butterfly migration at Natural Bridges State Park, or the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park, coming up during the winter months!) Even Yosemite National Park is just a day-trip away, with more local National Parks close at hand in San Francisco and Hollister (The Pinnacles).
For those seeking an adventure closer to home, downtown San Jose offers some of the best taquerias and Vietnamese food in the Bay Area, and a wonderful day could be had by all with a visit to the Tech Museum, Christmas in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Childrens’ Discovery Museum, Rosecrucean Egyptian Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Municipal Rose Garden. Or, for some, creating your own gourmet meal at this home using the best local ingredients from the various farmers’ and gourmet markets could be just the ticket for a satisfying day!
Wherever your interests lie, it is our hope that you can make this Willow Glen cottage your personal retreat for the time that you are here, and discover all that San Jose and the Bay Area has to offer.
owner/property manager purchased this house in 1998
The Willow Glen area of San Jose is the ideal location, or "starting point" for any trip within the Bay Area. The small town feel of Willow Glen and its shops and restaurants provide an enjoyable and relaxing backdrop, while still just minutes away from Downtown activities, sporting events, and Silicon Valley businesses.
Did we mention the "moderate Mediterranean climate"? (You can wear shorts in San Jose in the summer, but not in San Francisco!)
Fifteen minutes from San Jose Mineta International Airport, 45 minutes from San Francisco, and 45 minutes to the Pacific Coast (Santa Cruz, Capitola, and south...). A family-friendly house in a quiet neighborhood.... What could be more ideal?
Very welcoming, great location. Brian & Sue are the hosts with the most! Nicely stocked pantry and fridge, home baked cookies. We even had Christmas decor for our first Christmas with our new grandbaby, making it that much more special! Will be booking again soon!
Everything we we expected and more. We've already booked our next trip!
This cottage in picturesque Willow Glen welcomes the weary traveler, those seeking adventure and/or those visiting family/friends in the area. Thank you Brian & Sue for your magnificent hospitality in welcoming us to your cottage. The delightful touches and surprises waiting for us was appreciated and made us feel pampered and welcomed. Who would not appreciate homemade cookies, filled candy bowls, fresh flowers, milk, coffee, wine and a large array of kitchen staples etc. waiting for them. We highly recommended this place and would book again if in the area. The description of this property was accurate in all regards.
This was the perfect place for myself and family as we gathered for a special celebration ! Amazing !!
My wife wanted to run in the Bay to Breakers event. I did not want to go into the city, so we rented this spot and I took her to the Fremont BART. Worked perfectly. The house was well stocked and my wife loved the cookies. The path down the street is perfect for walking the dog as well. Very near to a number of great restaurants and shops as well.
As everyone else has said, the owners put so many extras into our stay. Fresh flowers, wine, milk, bread, fresh cookies, some fruit and veg...whew! Very generous indeed. Also, the kitchen has mnany staples like sugar/flour/spices, foil, plastic wrap, napkins, a cooler.
Some points worth telling:
The home is as pictured. Very clean, cute, cozy and cottage-like. Though it sits between a driveway and a parking lot used by a couple restaurants, it had a very private feel to it with the tall fencing around the back and side of the home. It's situated in a neighborhood which is zoned for business, but most homes on the street are private homes. Any noise is minimal from those getting into their cars. Also, a primary school is on the other side of the parking lot, so you would see/hear children being dropped-off/picked-up from school. Just made us feel more like part of a community away from home.
We liked being a couple lots off Lincoln for quick walks to shops and restaurants. And although there are many bar/restaurants on Lincoln, they aren't the sort that aren't the "loud party" types. We never experienced excessive noise. It has a definite neighborhood feel, with lots to do on foot. Overall all, in and out of the house I felt very "safe" in this community oriented area.
If you aren't used to claw-foot tubs with shower curtains, you won't consider it a luxury shower, but I like older things and thought it was fun and part of the whole cottage feel.
TV and internet worked great. There's even an extra little roll-out TV with old VHS and a couple dozen Disney movies to set up for kids in another room.
The washer/dryer were in the basement, which has head space issues on the stairs. I didn't end up using them as I chose instead to hand wash the light summer fabrics and hang to dry--done very easily with all the space/closets. There's a laundromat less than a block away so there's no lack there if you have larger loads/heavy jeans etc.
The couch isn't really suited for lounging. It's more of a settee. But there are two large beds with plenty of pillows if you want to kick back. If you're petite, you'll likely find the couch suitable.
It was great to have a gated drive-way for the car. Two would fit.
A few close places we frequented were Sweet Mango (Asian), Aquis (Cal-Mex), and WILLOW CREAMERY with awesome selection of scoops and great portion sizes for the price.
We would DEFINITELY stay here again.