What would be an ideal place to stay near Stanford for 1-2 months with a family if we rent a car? Our budget: $3-4,500 per month. All big apartment complexes on-campus or close to it either don't provide short term rentals or have only 30 days notice, so not booking in advance.
I have a general idea of surrounding towns and craiglist, so a specific tip would be appreciated.
Is the area enjoyable during Jan-Febr or we should not plan much walking and touring?