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Private one-acre with pool— minutes from Stanford

West of the Alameda, Atherton, CA, USA
  • House3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

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

This air-conditioned home is hidden away in nature, yet centered in the urban bustle of Silicon Valley, minutes from Stanford University. Enjoy a large master bedroom suite with a California King bed and bath. The living room includes an old stone fireplace and 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 has a solar-heated pool, stately Oak trees and large lawn.



Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 01, 2018
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 Atherton

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        Master with bath: 1 king
      • 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.
      • 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.


      • 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.


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Tourist Attractions


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Air Conditioning
                    New air-conditioning throughout the house.
                  • Fireplace
                    Two working fireplaces.
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                    Forced air.
                  • Internet
                    Wi-Fi wireless internet.
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                    Large driveway for parking.
                  • Telephone
                    Landline available.
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                        Double Oven.
                      • Refrigerator
                        Built-in side-by-side with freezer below. Additional refrigerator and freezer in the poolhouse.
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Child's Highchair
                          • Dining
                            Separate dining room with octagonal glass table for eight. We have squeezed in ten.
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 8 people


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Music Library
                              • Satellite / Cable
                                Cable is Comcast.
                              • Stereo
                              • Television
                              • Toys


                                  • Balcony
                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • wheelchair inaccessible

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Private Pool
                                            Includes solar heating.


                                              • 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.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 11:00 AM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                9 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Great stay in a well situated Atherton property

                                                                Peter H.Montana

                                                                The owners are easy to communicate with and provide a stellar property which is located in a quiet safe neighborhood. My family had a wonderful stay. Everything worked as it should have and we didn’t find anything in need of repair. All the basic amenities were there and the house and kitchen are well equipped. It is a lovely home and it met our needs and expectations perfectly for the extended family which was visiting the area for a celebration. Honestly the only thing we wanted for was that we would have wished the pool was a few degrees warmer but we were informed after the stay that the solar heating system is not utilized in the cooler months. It was still lovely to sit out on the protected terrace.

                                                                There were a couple of stand outs that we were extremely grateful for. We particularly appreciated the privacy of the property. The kitchen is fantastic and became the daily meeting place around the farmhouse table. Being in such a secluded and safe neighborhood put all of us at ease. The landscaping is amazing and we loved the huge lot and especially the little path up the hill to the lemon trees and the elevated seating area.

                                                                Overall a very gracious host with a lovely property equated to my family being very pleased with our stay. Rentals in this area are rare so grab this one if available, you will love it.

                                                                Wonderful long term stay

                                                                Amy C.

                                                                Our family enjoyed a wonderful long term stay here over Summer while my husband studied at Stanford. This is a lovely home in beautiful surrounds, and we immediately felt at home.

                                                                The house is extremely comfortable with a great layout for a larger family and we enjoyed lots of time in the beautiful garden, enjoying the pool and playing games on the lawn.

                                                                The location is away from it all but a short car ride (or Uber) from Stanford and downtown Palo Alto and Menlo Park with easy access to freeways for venturing further.

                                                                Carol and Don were generous and down to earth in every dealing and clearly invested much time and thought in preparing for our stay, including providing everything we needed, details of local amenities and a list of suggested trips and activities to suit our family. (All of which we did and more!) Carol and Don were also readily available to respond to any queries during our stay.

                                                                We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

                                                                Amy (Melbourne, Australia)

                                                                Wonderful home for family gathering

                                                                Lynne S.

                                                                We stayed here during my daughters graduation and it was a wonderful quiet refuge from all the hustle and bustle of graduation activities. It enabled our extended family to be together and catch up much more easily than if we had been in separate hotel rooms. In the hot weather the pool was GREAT to have! Thank you!!

                                                                Perfect for family gathering

                                                                Elizabeth SeloverSanta Barbara, CA

                                                                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.

                                                                A Wonderful Stay

                                                                Courtney Y.

                                                                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.

                                                                Outdoor space is beautiful, but...

                                                                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.

                                                                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.


                                                                West of the Alameda, Atherton, CA, USA

                                                                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.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed and they are based on the traveller using e-check. Payment is 100% refundable until 90 days before the rental date at which point there is no refund.

                                                                9 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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