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A modernized landmark home set up with many creature comforts, parking, full laundry and kitchen, as well as green spaces to relax in. Walking distance to everything from Japantown to downtown San Jose. Bright and spacious 2-level private building nestled behind a large restored Victorian home. Loads of windows and skylights fill the home with natural light. Everything you need is right here. Your view isn't of a wall or a car lot, but of distant hills, beautiful gardens, and a Victorian home.
This home has two levels. The upper level is a modernized open concept floor plan with a dining room, gourmet kitchen, the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The dream kitchen includes stool seating at a large peninsula, stainless steel appliances, a convection DCS oven and warming drawer, an older dishwasher, a huge microwave oven, a side-by-side refrigerator with automatic ice maker, a waste disposal, acres (slight exaggeration) of black granite counter space, designer tile and oak wood flooring. It has everything you need to make a home cooked meal, (minus the groceries) -- just in case the dozens of local restaurants don't interest you. There is coffee and tea to get you going in the morning. The master bedroom includes an individually pocketed coil Queen mattress/bed, comfortable bedding, bedside reading/task lighting, a rounded sofa, a luxurious en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet. This level features 3 skylights, 10 windows, oak flooring, older berber carpets (will be replaced in the spring of 2017), natural stone and designer colors and mid-century styled furniture.
The lower living area includes a 7.0 surround-sound theater system with a 3D blu-ray player and a 100" theater screen. (Don't forget your 3D shutter glasses and 3D disc!) The large closet off the living room includes a comfortable folding twin bed with a memory foam mattress and comfortable bedding. There is also a full bathroom and a laundry closet off the living room. There is a door that leads outside to a covered lounge and dining area. If you walk a little further there is even more space in the shared backyard.
All rooms are bright, modernized and very comfortable. Stay for a couple of nights of vacationing, make this your work off-site or stay for a full month and book this as part of your relocation package for your new job. Sometimes it's easy to forget you are downtown. There is central heat and Air conditioning, even though San Jose has very steady and mild temperatures. There is a Sony Dream Machine alarm clock radio with ambient noise generators in the master bedroom, for any folks not used to the sounds of the city or can't get used to how quiet the place is. Fine furniture and artwork/photographs decorate every room. The house was once a single story carriage house. Over the past 100+ years, a second story was built on, then 4 more additions. In 2015 a project started to update everything and structurally secure and re-engineer the building. Unit 1 is half of the main house and is also available on Airbnb. A few times a day you might notice the clatter of dog feet or their short barks to let us know the perimeter is safe :-)
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The carriage house includes two full baths (one with a shower over a tub and the other with a walk in shower. The tub is jetted, there is natural stone, ceramic tiles, porcelain and private laundry. There is also a front deck on the main house to people watch and drink your favorite beverage. If movies are your thing, but you don't like going to the theater, bring or rent a 3D blu-ray disc/shutter glasses and watch a movie on the 100" theater screen with 7.0 surround sound. The only areas off limits, are the private residence areas, like the roofed porch at the back of the house and the small two chair patio at the base of the stairs at the back of the house. Feel free to sit on the main house front porch or at the backyard table though. The re-landscaped back yard has a dining table, a couple of lounges and is a great place to read a book.
There is no need to hand-off keys, cards, etc. as the locks have access code (URL HIDDEN) technically, you could arrive in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone.
Interaktion mit Gästen
The suite is very private. The suite has everything you'd expect at your own home, including soft towels, flatware, wine glasses, mugs, a coffee maker, kettle, pots/pans -- even an ironing board for those last minute touch-ups. If you don't want to spend too much time exploring, there is an information book to help you find everything necessary and close by, including grocery stores and restaurants. We want you to be comfortable, enjoy your stay and find what you are looking for. We maintain a hands-off approach to our guests but we live in the main house and are always available in case you do need something. Most guests will enjoy the privacy but if you need something, don't hesitate to ask -- we are more than happy to assist you with any issues or concerns, directions, suggestions, etc.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Great trouble has been made to restore the main house and the carriage house exterior to their original splendor in period colors. The main house is a great example of "Stick" style Victorian Architecture and got it's Landmark status for it's historic Architectural significance. There are classic interior details too, without compromising on comfort and modern conveniences.
*Please note that the carriage house structure is over 110 years old. As wonderful as that is, the likelihood of there still being some painted surfaces that include lead, are high. If there is lead paint, it would be under several newer layers of paint on window moldings. So, if you, or a family member, like to bite chunks out of window moldings, etc., know that it's not in your best health interest to do so. Any structure, older than 20 years, is highly likely to include lead painted surfaces...not just this old house.
ELECTRICAL: The USA uses a household standard electrical plug (two flat pins and sometimes a third round "ground" pin) that is 60hz and 110-120 Volts. Plug types are also called a NEMA 5-15 and NEMA 5-20, for both P & R. Many computers and other electronics will automatically adjust for different worldwide standards but please make sure to bring necessary plug/prong adapters and voltage converters, if traveling from other countries. All outlets are updated with 3-prong ground and GFI (ground fault interrupters) in the bathrooms and in the kitchen. As required, some other room circuits may have arc fault circuits. Each suite has one pin adapter, but that might not be enough, so please plan accordingly. There are no voltage adapters.
San Jose water in our area comes from ground sources and is drinkable. The house is equipped with a potassium based water softener system to help your skin and hair health. We find the water also tastes better.
Central heat/air conditioning and a tankless hot water heater are dedicated for this (URL HIDDEN) sharing of a thermostat or mysteriously empty hot water tank. The showers are also "pressure balanced" to avoid scalding and freezing when someone turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet.
**No smoking anywhere on the property, no pets, no drugs, no illegal activities, no sales transactions, no RV or trailer parking on or around the property, no filming movies of any type, anywhere on the property, without prior authorization. Selfies and movie clips of you dancing to the Flashdance theme song or lip-syncing the latest pop hit are totally acceptable though, (be sure to send us a link!). If you are booking the place for a weekend wedding, think of this unit as the place to stay -- or to keep the in-laws -- rather than as the place to host that bachelor or bachelorette party :-)
**Quiet time (or reasonably quiet) from 10:00PM - 7:00AM. (this building doesn't touch any other buildings so you can get away with more than in other places, but please shut the windows if you are being louder than normal)
**By California law, I have to inform you of possible lead paint under layers of new paint. Not to scare you away...and it's not really an issue but it's the law. Any building older than 20 years can have lead paint.
The house, and property, has a very relaxed and comfortable feel to it. It might also be a great place to work from, as there are multiple places to hit the books, work from a computer, etc. and not get in each other's way. Please be respectful of the common backyard area. If you are having dinner guests over, just make sure someone else hasn't got the same plans.
To speed up the booking request process be sure to let me know you are aware of the possibility of lead paint and have read and agree with the rules. Thanks so much. I look forward to meeting you.
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Half Canadian (British/French roots) and half Brazilian. Fluent in English with communication skills in Portuguese, French and some Spanish.
Technical artist with a background in video games, architecture, industrial design, fine art and art history. Fascinated with future technologies including: robotics, alternative energy, 3D/VR, communication, user interfaces, electric cars, stem cell research, to name a few.
Outdoorsy, practical, sensible, friendly and enjoys meeting new people and being a good host.
Has two quiet rescue Weimaraner dogs...but is allergic to animals.
A cancer and lung disease survivor and still manages to qualify and win awards in over 30 ultra running races per year.
Has lived in and continues to restore "the Stiller house" to it's current Landmark status since 2007.
Yup, just a very busy and driven person.