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Family friendly home located near sunny Stanford/Palo Alto area

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 BR, 2.5 BA 2900 sf private home near Stanford

This contemporary home is ideally located in Menlo Park on the peninsula and highly suited for a family or couple planning to vacation or work in the Palo Alto/Stanford area. A clean and spacious 2900 sq ft home on 1/3 acre – it features a fully-equipped, modern kitchen & great room combo. Relax in the newly remodeled master bath with his/her dual shower, heated floors and Jacuzzi tub. The consistently nice weather lets guests enjoy a morning cup of coffee while listening to the birds in the trees and/or enjoy a backyard BBQ any night. Children will love the outdoor play area that features an enclosed trampoline, play house and a play structure with tree house, swings and slide. If work you must, then do it in the equipped home office with a view to the great outdoors. The home is an easy 5-10 minutes' walk to 3 parks with playgrounds, an 8 min walk to the local shopping center and restaurants, and a 5 min drive (10 min bike ride) to the Stanford campus. Take a day trip to San Francisco to ride the trolley cars and indulge in famous Ghirardelli chocolate or visit the award winning wine country of Napa Valley just 90 minutes away. Nature enthusiasts and athletic types will enjoy the many hikes and bike trails within 15 minutes' drive, including the Stanford Dish, Windy Hill, Arastradero Preserve and the redwood forest Wunderlich Park.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Jan

We're a family of 4, including 2 kids ages 12 and 13. Both husband and wife attended Stanford, and somehow ended up back here -- just a stone's throw away. We love our home -- it's a great place for playing, entertaining and relaxing. It's on a private cul de sac with lots of greenery and nature. Our area is fantastic -- perfect for walking, hiking, biking and swimming and sports, it feels like a country vacation -- and yet it's just a short drive to San Francisco. We hope you'll love staying here as much as we do!

Jan purchased this house in 2004


University Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bath. Master bath has heated floors, double-head giant shower, jacuzzi tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Office that can be used as a bedroom with queen mattress
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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Family friendly home located near sunny Stanford/Palo Alto area
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Nice house in Menlo Park

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this spacious ranch home while visiting family. It has a large open kitchen & family room. Plus a large formal dining room where we could host Christmas dinner. It's in a nice neighborhood that we enjoyed frequent walks. The owners were very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful ranch home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this very comfortable ranch home while visiting family near by. We needed an accessible home for both my in-laws and my daughter.

It had a large open kitchen area and family room. The kitchen was modern and well-equipped.

There were 3 nice size bedrooms with comfortable beds and 2 updated full bathrooms.

There is a shopping center with a supermarket within walking distance.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place in Menlo Park

  • 5 of 5

We and our 2 daughters stayed here for 4 weeks in 2011. We liked it so much we came back for 2 weeks in 2012.

The house was comfortable, spacious and relaxing, with greenery everywhere. The recently remodelled bathrooms are especially nice.

It’s in a nice neighborhood, and was convenient to everything we wanted to do in the Bay Area.

The girls loved playing in the yard. There is also a playground 1 block away.

We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you and your daughters enjoyed staying at our home. We hope to see you again next summer!
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Lovely Menlo Park House

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely home over the Christmas holiday -- and it worked as great alternative to multiple hotel rooms for our family of 5. The house is well equipped and large (both inside and yard) by CA standards. It has a fabulous modern kitchen connecting to a comfortable family room. With three bedrooms, this is a very good rental option for families with children.

The location is excellent for anyone who wants a base of operations near Stanford or on "the Peninsula" south of San Francisco. You will almost certainly need (or want) a car to get around, but shopping, restaurants, sights, and recreational opportunities are all nearby.

The owners were helpful and responsive. I would recommend this rental highly.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about our home. We hope you come visit again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dutch Goose
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Menlo Park Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Flea Street Cafe
Nearest Ski
217 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Car: recommended

Our house is a 1 minute walk to a playground, basketball courts, and a beautiful open green field. 5 minutes of walking gets you to the Dutch Goose, a famous Stanford hangout, and other local restaurants and bars. Our neighborhood shopping center with supermarket, Starbucks, WildBerry Yogurt and other shops and restaurants is 10 minutes' walk away. Walk for 15 minutes the other direction and you are on the Stanford campus. Head out the door on walks in the hills with gorgeous views, and fantastic bike rides. Everywhere you go you'll see a wide variety of trees and greenery. We love it here, and think you will too!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $4,000
Cleaning $100

Among the personal effects at the Property are toys, outdoor play structures and a trampoline (together, “play equipment”). The owners will have no knowledge of the condition of these items in the period of the tenancy. Children must not be unattended if using play equipment. At no time should more than one person play/stand/jump on the trampoline. Owners and Tenants agree that Owners shall have no liability in connection with use of play equipment by Tenants or visitors.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.