The SpaceIMPORTANT QUICK SYNOPSIS: I have two Airbnb rooms. This room has a private ensuite bathroom, high-speed Internet, King-size bed, bistro seating, Mini Kitchen with fridge, microwave, Keurig, and toaster; is right across the highway from Redwood Shores where you'll find companies like Oracle, Electronic Arts, Dream Works. My home is 4 blocks from downtown, 5 blocks (10-minute walk) from the Caltrain Train Station, and 5 blocks to the bus. San Carlos is 30 minutes from San Francisco and San Jose, next to Redwood City, Belmont, and Redwood Shores, and very near San Mateo, Ahterton, Palo Alto, Burlingame, Woodside, and Foster City. San Carlos is 15-20 minutes from Mountain View, Santa Clara, Milbrae, South San Francisco, Hayward, Fremont, Portola Valley, Saratoga, Half Moon Bay, and Daily City.
The Room has hardwood floors, private bath, big white fluffy towels, a "smart TV," lots of light from two windows, heated mattress pad, WiFi, really comfortable bed, pillows of all types including down, ceiling fan, quality clothes hangers, and more.
Here’s what’s unique about my rooms: if you are a bit uncomfortable using your host’s kitchen area, you won’t need to use the kitchen as much with my set up. I have provided bistro seating in the room, along with a large mini fridge, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, toaster, flatware, dishware, paper plates, glasses, wine glasses, napkins, and various accoutrements. With all that, you should be able to enjoy private breakfasts, and reheated leftovers from all the fascinating places you’ve visited.
If I'm not off traveling, and I or a friend is staying in the house during your visit, you are welcome to use the kitchen.
Also unique to my place is that I am, when available, willing to pick up my guests from the airport (SFO) and take them to their rental cars or back to my home.
Another unique feature is I speak Italian pretty fluently, having lived in Siena, Italy, and will be glad to translate for any Italian guests.
Sorry, I generally don't host children. Guest AccessWhen I or a friend are staying at the house, you will have access to the living room, kitchen, family room, front and back yards. When no one is here that represents me, guests whom I have no previous acquaintance with may have less access.
To date, I have have one oven fire, and two burnt pots that almost started fires that would have burnt my house down. For this reason, I limit use of the stove and oven. Interaction with GuestsI love playing hostess. I am a native to not only California, but also to San Carlos. I will tell you about our area, popular visiting sites, and California, in general. I know a lot of great places to eat, and can direct you to well-known sites, and secret sites. If I don’t know it, I will certainly try to find it. Can even sometimes accompany you to give you the "local" treatment. If I’m going out with friends, I often invite my guests. I want you to feel like you’ve come here to stay with a friend and see our area. The NeighborhoodI bought the home my Mother designed, my Father built in 1948, and that I grew up in. San Carlos is one of the safest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don't know why, but it's just safer and quieter here. I know all my neighbors - all good people. Our downtown still has that quaint small-town feeling. Getting AroundSan Carlos is located almost in the middle of the Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose along Highway 101 and 280. Here is the information that I, as a many-time Airbnb guest want to know. My house is:
-5 minute drive to Highway 101
-8 minute drive to Highway 280
-5 blocks (8-minute walk) to downtown: restaurants, bars, coffee shops (Star Bucks and Pete's), bakeries, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, post office
-10 minute walk to train that runs between San Francisco and San Jose, and connects to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit – our version of the subway). (A rapid train takes about 35-40 minutes to reach SF).
-3 minute walk to bus stop
-3 minute walk to library
-1 minute drive to police station
-3 minute drive to fire station.
Are you here for vacation/holiday? San Carlos is:
-30 minutes to Stanford University
-35 minutes to San Francisco
-35 minutes to Mavericks – the famous surf site off the coast of Half Moon Bay
-45 minutes to Sausalito
-45 minutes to Berkeley
-1 hour to Muir Woods Ancient National Forest
-1.5 hours from Santa Cruz
-1.5 hours to Big Basin State Park
-2 hours to Monterey and Carmel
-2 hours to Napa Valley (wine tasting region)
-2.5 hours to Calaveras Big Trees State Park
-2.75 hours to Columbia State Park (preserved gold mining town)
-4 hours to Tahoe Lake
-4.25 hours to Yosemite,
-4.5 hours to Santa Barbara
-5 hours to Hollywood and Beverly Hills
-6 hours to Disneyland
-7 hours from San Diego Zoo
Are you here for work? San Carlos is:
-5 minute drive to Redwood Shores: Oracle, Electronic Arts, Dream Works Animation, PDI, Abbott, Gen Omic Health, Checkpoint Software Technologies, Trion Worlds, Co Dexis.
-10 minute walk to the train which takes you to all cities along the Peninsula
-15 minutes to SFO (with no traffic)
-35 minutes to San Jose Airport (with no traffic)
-20 to Mountain View
-35 minutes to San Francisco
-35 minutes to San Jose
-20 minutes to (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)
-35 minutes to Mascone Center in SF
-35 minutes to SF Downtown Convention Center Other Things to NoteThe room accommodates two people, but I do have a guest room that I don’t advertise, and which my family mostly uses (it’s the bedroom with the knotty pine walls). I can let guests use it for $85 per night if they have extra people in their party.
Just give me a 30-minute notice before your arrival, and I will meet you at my front door. I have a large circular driveway which you are welcome to use that provides more security for your car.
I have a ramp for one of the entrance doors, so we are wheelchair friendly. Also, I have a shower chair if desired.
I have central heating, and have ceiling fans in all the rooms except the kitchen and living room. I provide throws for the bed, and electric mattress pads to help warm up the bed, if you like.
The house sits on 5/8 acre.
There are two places to eat in the backyard; when the weather is nice you can use them as often as you like.
I clean the bedding between each guest.