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Private one-acre just minutes from Stanford

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 nights


West of the Alameda House Rental Photos and Description

4BR+3.5BA - Sleeps 8. Includes piano and solar-heated outdoor pool.

This home is hidden away in nature, yet centered in the urban bustle of Silicon Valley. Enjoy a large master bedroom suite with a California King bed and newly remodeled bathroom. The living room includes an old stone fireplace and a piano for your enjoyment. The family room with its second fireplace and big-screen TV, opens into another bedroom wing with three bedrooms and 2 baths, each with a Queen bed. The fully private backyard with pool, stately Oak trees, and large lawn, has entranced guests at three wedding dinners.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 29, 2016

About Owner

This is our family home. As our six children have married and begun families of their own, we find ourselves traveling to see grandchildren in various corners of the world. To support this travel, we rent our home during the Christmas holidays and early summer, mid-May to mid-July.

Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why Owner chose California

Our street seems like it lies in a rural setting and yet we are moments from the renowned Stanford Shopping Center, restaurants, and all that Silicon Valley offers. We like the privacy and the convenience.

Gardening is a favorite past-time and we include hired gardeners in the rental price.

What makes this house unique

The SF peninsula is noted for some of the best weather in the world, with mild temperatures year-round. The pool is solar-heated and we swam in 85F water by the first week of May '13. Centered close enough to SF and yet within reach of Monterrey, our guest book includes all sorts of day sightseeing trips.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the stay in your house! It is a great house, perfect location, and lovely garden and pool.
Jun 2014
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based on 6 traveler reviews

Private one-acre just minutes from Stanford
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews
Santa Barbara, CA

Perfect for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Our multi-generational family gathered in this embracing, warm, artistic, yet practical home over the Christmas holidays. The spacious well-furnished rooms, the cozy fireplaces, the fully equipped kitchen, provided us with a perfect setting for our family celebration. We felt as comfortable as if we were in our own home, but better! And even though it was winter, we enjoyed exploring the extensive surrounding gardens and pathways. We all agreed we would like to stay here again sometime in the summer and spend time in the beautiful pool and outdoor patios.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed at this property for a wonderful two-week stay. It was such a pleasure to stay in someone’s beautiful home instead of a hotel. The location was ideally situated for our day trips to relatives in San Francisco and the beaches of Santa Cruz. We found the home comfortable, well-decorated and spotlessly clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdoor space is beautiful, but...

  • 3 of 5

This home has the potential to be a five-star property. It is spacious, the grounds are lovely and the area was ideal for our Stanford grad week. But upon arrival, we found a house that was in need of a really thorough cleaning. We immediately contacted the owner who apologized profusely and offered to try to find a cleaning company but we elected to do it ourselves as the rest of our group was arriving and we did not want the inconvenience. The owners did comp us a one day's stay which was fair, though I would have preferred not to spend my first day of vacation cleaning. Since there was a quite an expensive cleaning fee that guests pay, we were shocked to find the house in the condition it was in. We did provide the owners with a detailed list of the issues, along with photos, so hopefully they will take the necessary measures to improve this beautiful property. While some of the issues were related to the cleaning "mix-up," the overall cleanliness problem is much more systemic. For the extremely high price they charged during grad week, we expected near perfection!

Once we got the place cleaned, the rest of our stay was great and we enjoyed the home, the terrace and grounds. Our family of 6 had plenty of space and it was wonderful for entertaining!

A deep clean and some pet deodorizing could make this place perfect.

(It should be noted there is a dog that lives in this home when it is not being rented and there are definite signs of that - pet hair in the most unexpected places - in mixing bowls and on dinner napkins - and past "doggie smells" in the carpets, etc.) Also, there is no air conditioning which we knew. We did borrow and purchase some fans as there were three days/nights in mid-June that it was unseasonably hot and humid so air movement/cooling was needed. This may not be an issue most times of the year as the property is well shaded.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There was a one-tie mixup with the professional cleaning service that affected the kitchen and a second room where our dog had shed hairs. We were horrified and addressed the problem immediately. Our home is professionally cleaned before renter's arrive and our personal standard is immaculate.
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 11 stayed at the home in Menlo Park. It was an enjoyable stay with no problems.

If you like a large house, tucked away in the hills, with complete privacy you should consider this place. There is a large pool, amazing gardens, and overall very roomy but cozy place with everything you need.

I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC

Wonderful home; beautiful, peaceful yard!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a terrific two week stay. The house is comfortable and inviting, with more than enough space everyone to spread out of hang out together.

We loved the location, deep into a quite, tree-lined street, but close to everything.

Our favorite part of our stay was the beautiful outdoor space with a great pool, which our kids loved, and incredible landscaping and stunning trees (the Redwoods are amazing!).

And the Gray's were terrific to interact with; they were organized and made our stay very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kirkland WA

We would come back again and again...

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and loved every minute of it. Carol and Don were tremendously gracious and gave us all the details one would need to get the most out of the home. Simply stated, this home and location were perfect. Our family felt at ease, loved the pool in the hot summer weather, and appreciated being centrally located to the many activities available to us in the Bay Area. And this house was so spacious, enabling the family to really spread out and have individual space when we needed it.

We would return and stay again and again. Our sincerest thanks to Carol and Don!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco Airport; San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Dutch Goose
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Stanford Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Atherton Train Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy #280
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Flea Street Cafe
Nearest Ski
218 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
19 Miles
Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz
Car: necessary

This home is central to the beautiful nature and incredible cultural and recreational activities of the mid-peninsula area south of San Francisco. Daily jaunts can include sightseeing in San Francisco; finding starfish at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Half Moon Bay; music concerts at Stanford University's world class Bing Auditorium or Shoreline Amphitheater; or a round of golf at one of the many beautiful courses. Take day drips with a 2-hour drive to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, 17-mile drive at Pebble Beach and the art colony of Carmel. In the heart of Silicon Valley, you can visit the San Jose Tech Museum. For children, there is the SF zoo and new Exploratorium; San Jose's Happy Hollow and the fabulous Children's Discovery Museum. Short drives to wine-tasting or white sandy beaches.


Rates & Availability

West of the Alameda House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $600

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

50% of rent secures the property for your use. The remaining 50% rental is due 90 days before check-in, along with a $600 cleaning fee and $89 damage insurance purchased through VRBO. A 100% refund happens when cancellation is 90 days out. After that, just the cleaning deposit is refundable. For non-U.S. residents who cannot purchase damage insurance, a refundable damage deposit is required.

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West of the Alameda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjoins bedroom 2.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Toilet and sink off of central hall.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom 2 has its own bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shares a bathroom with bedroom 4.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Shares a bathroom with bedroom 3.
    Bedroom 1: Master with bath - 1 king
  • There is one master bedroom size 22 ft. x 12 ft. with an adjoining full bath. The full bath includes a shower and a tub. Three additional bedrooms have a Queen size bed in each. They open to a common balcony and share an additional two bathrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Toys and children's books are available upon request. Pac-N-Play also available as a crib.

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