Prepare to be amazed by art collected from all over the world. Even the garden has incredible sculptures, not to mention fragrant herbs and fruit trees. As well as being sustainably designed, this magnificent home also has an industrial chic vibe. All beds feature quality linens that are fair trade procured.
“When I read the other reviews for this place before booking, I was cautiously optimistic and looking forward to seeing if the place looked like the photos or what about it made so many people say it was the best Airbnb they have ever seen. Not sure where to start because there is so much wonderful to share about this place. I was so impressed that I had to message Todd (host) within my first few hours because we were just in complete awe and reverence of this space that has been masterfully crafted, curated, designed, forged, and imagined. You will feel lucky it is being shared with you. Good energy. Please do not stay here if you treat your Airbnb homes like rental party dumps were all is for you to consume and abuse. Please only book if you appreciate art, travel, cultures, colors, and brilliant design and will treat with care. It is spacious, has good natural lighting and airflow, and the lighting possibilities at night are a photofile's dream. Kitchen is well stocked with all equipment needed to prepare and serve a meal (with a Fiestaware collection on display to rival any collection I’ve ever seen)! The bed in the Zen Den room was really comfortable, dressed in high-quality linens and a dreamy pillowtop. Note there is only 1 television in the house and it is located in one of the bedrooms. Very cozy for a midday or nighttime movie snooze, but this really isn't the kind of house for binge TV. This is a place for provoking thought, reading, conversation, reflection, being. There is ample seating with so many inviting spots throughout the house and outside it is hard to choose. And I haven't even started on the property itself! The first night we were there, we arrived around 4:30 and after being awestruck touring the interior, wandered out to the communal gardens outside. Old-growth succulent and cacti, flowering bushes and grasses, tropical plants, vegetable patches and fruit trees (I observed apricot, fig, apple, persimmon, pomegranate, lemon, orange & pear). We ran into Todd as we sat at one of the garden tables and he encouraged us to pick any fruits, veggies or flowers we wished to enjoy (SO KIND!). Positioned within the gardens are sculptures/installations and handcrafted upcycled seating areas, as well as statues and ornaments. It is all very deliberate and tastefully done, not tacky or whimsy style. And this was just the outside communal garden. The Airbnb until itself has its own private outdoor dining table, bar, lounge area, and (soon!) an outdoor shower. We didn’t discover this huge charming outdoor space until the first morning, as we opened the door in the Zen Den (hoping we weren’t being snoops), only to reveal an entire outdoor living space. We spent most of the rest of the time out there, popping in just for refreshment. I could go on and on and will be talking about this space for a while, but this is hands down one of the best places I’ve every had the privilege to stay.”
Relax in our cozy cottage nestled in a serene garden setting, the perfect get-away after a day of business meetings or sightseeing. We are close to major Silicon Valley destinations; 30 minutes from San Francisco, San Jose and the beach in Half Moon Bay —with easy access to Highways 101 and 280, as well as public transportation (SamTrans, Caltrain and BART via Caltrain). Our quiet street is an easy 5-minute walk (0.2 mi) from downtown San Carlos with shops and literally dozens of restaurants.
“Marlena is a fantastic host! I’ve been back once already and will likely stay again. Very cute garden cottage with windows and skylights made a bright and cheery place to get a lot of work done. I stayed when the temps were close to 100, there is no central A/C but a ceiling fan and a window cooling system kept it comfortable. Small but very well appointed with thoughtful touches. I appreciated the dark chocolate and handwritten note.”
Our old hot tub will be removed Friday, February 21, and the new one won’t be installed until the middle/end of March, so please be aware of that when making a reservation. We adopted a kitten! On May 19, we adopted a kitten from our local shelter. If you like kitties, I think you’ll love Freddy. If you’re not a kitty fan, you might want to reconsider your stay. :-( We have a two-bedroom, two-bath home on the Redwood City/Menlo Park border, and we're renting the guest bedroom with its own private bathroom. Our home has convenient access to Highway 101, and it's just 10 minutes to Palo Alto. San Francisco, San Jose, and the coast are about 30 minutes away. During high traffic times, however, those travel times can easily double or more. The house has a beautiful back yard with koi pond, redwood trees, a dozen fruit trees, relaxing sitting areas, and a hot tub. The bedroom has a wood floor, queen bed, dresser, television, desk, and plenty of closet space. The house is equipped with Wi-Fi, and the washer and dryer are at your disposal. Our kitchen was remodeled in January, 2015. Guests are still allowed use of the refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster. Since the kitchen is relatively new (and I'm a little anxious about keeping it looking new!), we're asking guests to refrain from cooking on the stove or in the oven. Across the street, our shopping center has made great improvements over the past couple years. There are restaurants ranging from Chinese and Mexican to sandwiches and a brewery, along with a mom and pop bakery/ice cream shop. Of course, there is the ubiquitous Starbucks. In addition to other services, the center also has a handy grocery store, with recently undergone upgrades, to suit your needs. For those who have a car, there is plenty of driveway or street parking with no time limitations. For those relying on mass transit, the house sits midway between the Redwood City and Menlo Park Caltrain stations. Caltrain is a comfortable and convenient way to travel most Peninsula towns from San Jose to San Francisco. The train drops San Francisco passengers off right on the waterfront just outside of downtown. Samtrans, the county bus system with service to Caltrain stations and to San Francisco, stops just a block from our house. Uber/Lyft is really accessible within minutes.
“David and Kevin were absolutely amazing hosts! We were so honored to stay in their beautiful oasis. The koi fish pond and backyard took my breath away and we really enjoyed the hot tub! David and Kevin had amazing suggestions for local places around and were so fun to chat with! Everything was super clean and comfortable and it really convenient to have your private bathroom right next to your room. This Airbnb is close to everything and also has a great shopping center across the street with Starbucks, a grocery store, and the best crispy tacos you ever had! Would highly recommend and can’t wait to stay again!”