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Ideally located 2 bdr. between San Francisco, Stanford for NY/DC/EUROPE...

San Carlos, California, United States
Rates from USD $3000 | Monthly

House | Entire Home
Available Dates:
From July 15, 2024 until December 15, 2024
Additional Dates:
From March 15, 2025 until December 15, 2025


EXCHANGE (3 weeks to 3 to 4 months) SOUGHT for UK, SCANDINAVIA, NEW YORK, DC, the NETHERLANDS, SPAIN, ALL EUROPEAN CITIES, NEW ZEALAND. OPEN TO ALL OFFERS. Also interested in any locations near extensive hiking and nature environments, but within reach of a city. MY HOME is a classic comfortable vintage-style home in an upscale town between San Francisco and Palo Alto. It is on one level--no stairs. Very light and bright with a wall of windows that offer views to the San Francisco Bay. There is a wood fireplace, hardwood & laminate floors, an updated kitchen with all modern conveniences. There are 2 bedrooms (one doubles as an office) w/queen & full beds. The bath includes both a tub and separate shower. THE GARDEN is large and private; terraced, planted with herbs, roses, fruit trees, and a towering redwood tree. Both a sunning patio with BBQ and a breakfast porch off the kitchen are invitations to enjoy one of the best micro-climates in the region. Lovely all year, with dry summers, full of warm sunshine & cooling breezes most days when San Francisco is often foggy and Berkeley/East Bay and San Jose/Silicon Valley are hot. Fall and spring are especially beautiful, but winter storms (& rainbows) are lovely to watch from the living room windows. THE NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATION is on a quiet street at the end of a ‘cul de sac,’ about 20 miles south of San Francisco, 10 miles north of Stanford University. It is a very safe, secure and calm family neighborhood with excellent schools—close to the City, yet a serene suburban escape. TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS include public transit by commute train & bus as well as easy car access to 2 major freeways. There are NO bridges to cross to the City, thus avoiding their expensive bridge tolls and frequent traffic jams. The train (10 minute walk) has frequent (regular and express (6 stops) ) service to San Francisco and Stanford (3rd stop, 10-14 min.), as well as to the Millbrae BART transfer subway station for transfers to other parts of SF and beyond (Berkeley). There are several express buses daily to San Francisco. Use of my hybrid Toyota RAV 4 small SUV may be available for exchange or for a negotiable rate to cover insurance, and maintenance costs. I can provide two bicycles. WALKING AND BIKING (easy from here up a slight hill) Ten-minute walk to San Carlos town center, a charming European-style village with a weekly farmer's street market, outdoor cafes, numerous parks, a wonderful public library, excellent public schools and quirky, artistic shops. Many international restaurants in town include French, Burmese, Korean, Peruvian, Greek, Italian, Afghan etc. and regional US eateries such as Creole, Hawaiian and southern BBQ. We have wine bars, craft beer pubs, alfresco dining, and restaurants that offer music and dancing on weekends. Our neighboring town has a concert venue, nightclub, live theater and entertainment district. CLOSE-BY in town are many parks, nature hiking areas, an airplane/helicopter museum, and comprehensive hospital. Major shopping malls are close. Nearby (10 1 hour by auto) one can hike on Bay marshes, in forests & rollings hills or frolic on the Pacific Ocean beaches. It is possible to take easy overnight trips to seaside Monterey, Carmel, and the extensive Napa Valley wine country. Yosemite is near enough for a weekend trip. I have done many home exchange experience, through a different website. Thus I have an extensive tourist and cultural event library and am delighted to tailor recommendations and insider tips based on my guests interests. 2nd home in Ashland, Oregon (home of 7-mo rep theater festival of 11 plays, including many Shakespeare) also available. Info. available on request. Ideal for a visiting scholar (at Stanford or San Francisco Universities) or working tech professionals on temporary contract. Best for 4 persons max. Suitable for children aged 4 and older.




1,200 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From July 15, 2024 until December 15, 2024

Additional Dates

From March 15, 2025 until December 15, 2025

Minimum Stay

3 Weeks | Dates are flexible for this listing


House in San Carlos, California, United States

Closest University

Stanford University

Nearby Universities
University of California (San Francisco medical campus), San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco

San Francisco Peninsula

Nearby Cities

San Francisco | Palo Alto | San Mateo

Comments: Charming, Upscale, walkable town with European style downtown. Great access to transit and freeways. Best micro-climate. Familhy-friendly. Restaurants, wine bars & micro-breweries. Central to all Bay Area attractions.

Explore the Area


  • Suburban
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3000 Monthly | Negotiable

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: Rental is for maximum of 2 months.


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Smoking is not allowed

A car is available





High Speed Internet





Balcony or Patio


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Comments: End of quiet cul-de-sac. Great views of Bay and twinkling city lights.


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Listing Owner

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Independent Scholar or Retired Academic

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Trust Score (23)
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