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Luxury Executive home close to Stanford University and Palo Alto

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property



Contemporary professionally decorated 2,100 sq. ft. home on 1/2 acre with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and fenced private yard. Sunny and serene setting, 10 min from Stanford University campus and 15 minutes from downtown Palo Alto. Open space with hiking trails is located behind your back yard. Home features an open floor plan where you can talk with your family and friends while preparing dinner. Large living room has a wood burning stone fireplace and hardwood floors. Kitchen features stainless steel professional grade appliances (Viking), island with two seats, tumbled marble tiling and high ceilings. If you do not feel like cooking, intimate Parkside Grill with excellent italian food and a full bar is 1/2 mile away. Children will enjoy the outdoor play area in Portola Valley town center set among redwoods with swings, slides, play structure, soccer and baseball fields (1 mile from the house). You can bring your tennis racket and use the brand new tennis courts located between the baseball fields and the local stables (Spring down).

The back yard is very private and has a separate area with teak furniture for dining al fresco and a barbeque perfect for entertaining. Relax to a sound of a fountain, Very convenient as it is located on the same level as the kitchen, the living room and one of the bedrooms. Several upscale restaurants such as The Village pub, Portola kitchen, Station 1 and casual Amigos, grocery shopping (Roberts market), german bakery, post office, tennis, golf, biking, stables, town soccer, baseball and tennis courts are 5 min away.

Location: This house is very private and the location gives the feel of Tuscan rolling hills. Perfect for professionals visiting Stanford or tourists coming to see San Francisco and preferring warm weather. San Francisco is only 45 min away! The beaches and Half Moon Bay are 50 min away.

Bathrooms have limestone and slate tiling, Dornbracht fixtures and glass shower enclosures. Separate laundry room is equipped new Miele washer and dryer, sink, cabinetry for storage and slate floors.

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Portola Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All three bathrooms are luxurious with Dornbracht fixtures and tumbled marble tiling, glass shower enclosures etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , the two twins can be converted into a king upon request
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Very spacious bedrooms with wonderful views of hills and soothing sound of the backyard fountain. One of the bedrooms has an office desks. One bedroom has its own private entrance. The master suite is upstairs and very private. Brand new playpen and high chair are available
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Executive home close to Stanford University and Palo Alto
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews
San Joaquin County, California

Peaceful & Quiet

  • 4 of 5

House was very comfortable. Easy to relax. We did not have opportunity to take advantage of the lovely outside decks. Only 20 minutes from Stanford. Jana was a great host and easy to reach.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not as expected - Wrong location indicated

  • 2 of 5

First of all, it was a nice stay and it was great to have a house with kitchen.

The price of the rental was pretty high, so we excepted a very clean, modern house.

But it is not really maintained:

- the driveway had huge humps because of growing roots so that our rental car bottomed out

- the gas grill was rusted and the gas was empty - no way to use it in a safe way

- the chairs are unsteady

- the bath fixtures were partly damaged

- not maintained surroundings of the house

So not really critical things but in the sum it does not justify the high rent and good ratings.

Then also a star off for the wrong position. We thought it is in Palo Alto as shown here, but it is in Portola Valley (30min from Palo Alto) - no chance to get there with public transportation.

Unfortunately we did not get in contact with Jana, so the key was in a key lock. This worked out fine.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is gorgeous in and out. Our family was able to gather on the main floor for eating and playing games but able to have enough area to retreat to our private bedrooms. The fireplace is huge and having lovely fires in the evenings added to the ambiance. We walked through the wood behind the home for the gorgeous view and tree swing!!! The decks off the home are terrific. Plus it's a very short and scenic ride to Palo Alto, Menlo Park.... Our UBER driver found it with no problem. The kitchen has everything you could need. The bathrooms are updated and very spacious. The owner is very gracious and accommodating!!! The setting is peaceful with beautiful pines and redwoods surrounding it!!! It was large enough to accommodate our family with adult children.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't Be Better

  • 5 of 5

House was clean and exactly as described. The layout was superb and the owner always responded quickly to all my e-mails. I would recommend this property to a friend and will definitely stay there again when in the Palo Alto area.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay for a business trip

  • 5 of 5

The home is wonderful! It looks just like the pictures. You immediately feel and home. It has a gourmet kitchen where we cooked breakfast every morning. So nice to wake up in the peaceful surroundings and then have a place to have breakfast without having to get in the car. Quick access to San Francisco and to Menlo Park. The owner is very nice and follow through is terrific. We have been to Silicon Valley a couple of times and were so disappointed with the available hotels and motels and the price they expected for the dark and old outdated, single room places to stay. We went to VRBO and found this home and enjoyed our stay a great deal. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing… An absolute treat.

  • 5 of 5

This home is Beautiful. The setting is just perfect. We traveled for business and after long days at work in the city, coming back home was a treat. The house is modern and spacious. Wonderful for two business partners and myself. Each having our own bedroom/bathroom - fantastic privacy - yet when coming together in the entertainer’s kitchen was delightful (the kitchen has the best appliances you can buy). We enjoyed cooking in and relaxing on the many decks.

A special must-do note while staying at this home, those looking for fresh air, exercise and a joy for the senses: venture out to the trail up the hill and behind the property, leads to a beautiful tree swing and amazing views of the valley. We took sunrise jogs every morning.

We look forward to our return trips to Palo Alto and staying in this beautiful home in Portola Valley.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german, dutch, czech
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Jana

My family bought this house several years ago and spent many wonderful years here. We moved to Michigan a few years ago and did not want to give up this amazing house as we hope to come back here to retire. In the meantime we love to share it with our guests and hope they will enjoy the house as much as we do.

Jana purchased this house in 2007


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Franciso International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Parkside grill
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Parkside Grill
Nearest Beach
21 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Car: recommended

10 minutes to Stanford University campus, 10 minutes to Stanford shopping mall and downtown Palo Alto, 45 minutes to downtown San Francisco, 25 min to San Jose, 5 minutes to stables and several golf courses.

Golf: Menlo Country club, Stanford golf course are 10 min away


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
one time cleaning $250
pet fee (extra cleaning) $200
Property Damage Protection $79
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.8%

$250 one time cleaning fee
$500 fully refundable security deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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