About this listing
The HackerHome Network
Whether you're new to the Valley, bored with your current housing or need a transient place... I would like to help. When you reserve with me, you'll have instant friends and be part of a network of 11 homes in the Bay Area.
Spacious ranch style home with a U-shape floor plan with communal spaces in the front and sleeping quarters in the back
3 bedrooms - no private rooms at this location
4 full bathrooms
3+ work areas - communal and private work spaces!
The females have an attached bathroom, their own sitting area and 3 closets!
All utilities are included and free WIFI.
Clean linens/bedding are provided + a fresh towel.
Why would someone say light cooking? Home prepped meals really warms up the house and it's encouraged.
Interaction with Guests
It's a house full of people & different schedules. So please use ear plugs if necessary. If you're a light sleeper or can't sleep on a single mattress, this may not be the right place for you.
We are a very communal/respectful group and strive to provide space for everyone to work and hangout. Remember that work, musical instruments and books take precedence over the television.
Located in the heart of Menlo Park and just a 5 minute walk to Menlo Park Caltrain Station, restaurants and groceries. Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford are also really accessible from the home.
Nealon Park and Burgess Park are super close. The Guild Theatre hosts midnight screenings of the Rocky Horror Shows on the first Saturday of every month. Café Borrone has an excellent menu and atmosphere. Downtown Menlo is stacked with good eats and great grocers like Trader Joe's and Draeger's. Other establishments that are less than a block away include: Safeway, Starbucks, CVS & BevMo.
Palo Alto: You are less than half a mile from Stanford Mall and only one mile away from downtown Palo Alto! Stanford University and Palo Alto Town & Country Plaza is just an arm’s reach away from there.
The location is ideal in terms of walkability. Caltrain is conveniently located on the other side of El Camino.
Too tired to walk? We have bikes you can use that will swiftly get you there in less than 10 minutes.
Other Things to Note
More than one suitcase? Consult with me prior to making your reservation.
Respectful Housing for Women
Females in a separate room. If you'd like to stay in the girls' room, please check with me on availability before reserving. If you don't have a preference, then just make your reservation.
The Airbnb cleaning fee is to make sure you have a clean bed upon arrival and not to clean up after you. All spaces are shared, so please be mindful of picking up after yourself. If you're a longer term guest, remember to use one bath towel and wash it with your own load of laundry.
Best Way to Reach Me
1. Complete your Airbnb profile with an ID/Passport and connect your social networks.
2. One line about your purpose of visit.
3. Let me know your duration of stay and estimated time of arrival on your check in date.
Menlo Park has an ordinance on overnight parking (prohibited between 2am-5am). You may apply at the city for a permit. Ask me in advance if I have space in the driveway. Transportation is really convenient and we welcome you to park your bicycle in the garage.
Clean your dishes right away
Smoke only in the backyard
If you must invite an associate/friend over, consult with me first
Be conscientious of morning bathroom usage
Do not snooze your alarm
Use earphones, not speakers - unless it's a family event
We Prefer That You
be respectful of the space and to fellow housemates
clean up after yourself by making your bed and washing your dishes
have an optimistic outlook and laugh a lot =D
HackerHome was wonderful! Everyone who stayed there was interesting to talk to and super nice. I actually never got to meet Vic in person, but felt totally taken care of (he checked in throughout the week, arranged for a repairman promptly when plumbing needed to be fixed, etc.) The HackerHome is itself is a great community, and in a great location in Menlo park. You can walk to Stanford or anywhere downtown in minutes. Highly recommended!
My stay was wonderful. Housemates respected each other and the local manager was so helpful. Everyone did not hesitate to take extra
miles to help others, which was amazing. They also had some fun together.
I had stayed a week at hacker home, Vic was very responsive and find me a place in a short rime and also assist me to enter smoothly altho i arrived at midnight.
The house has good atmosphere and ice interaction between the guests.
The maintenance and cleaning can be better, and also I would expect some simple coffee and tea to be available. Its god for the price and the location is great, near the train and near palo alto.
Parking was great !
I have no words to describe the experience. I stayed for 3 months in the HackerHome house and it has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever enjoyed. I don't think it would have been this way should I have chosen another option.
The environment is simply fantastic. I got to meet +50 people that were either launching their startups, or studying at Stanford, or working at top companies in the Bay Area. Profiles were diverse and extraordinary, conversations were enriching. Barbecues in the evening, sports in the weekend (running, football, basquetball), surf in Santa Cruz... Vic, Vinh and Adam have built something unique.
I needed a bike during my stay and used them on daily basis and Vinh provided me free assistance immediately when I had some technical problems with one of the bikes during my stay. Things with the shower (3 bathrooms for guys), kitchen and laundry work perfectly smooth. There's an efficient cleaning service and everything is in order in that sense.
People told me I was crazy about going for 3 months in a shared house. I can't describe their faces when I said I was actually sharing a room. 3 months later, I would do it again without doubts!
Safeway (big supermarket) at a 5-7 minute walking distance. Same for Caltrain (public transportation). Starbucks around the corner. Actually, you don't need a car if you live here (which is strange for Menlo Park, where everyone uses one). The location is simply great.
I can only strongly recommend it to other potential guests visiting the Bay Area, be it for 1 week or 3 months. You will 100% enjoy the experience :-)
I had a great time at Hacker House in Menlo Park.
Vic recommended me two place of Vic's place.
I was grateful because I made a lot of friends at Hacker house where Vic recommended.
In addition, when I arrived Hacker house, Vic came to see.
Thank you Vic.
I will visit Vic's place.
I did not meet Vic, but the other visitors and especially Adam made me feel very welcome. HackerHome was a very interesting place to stay - not least because most people staying there were working on exiting projects.
I had not expected an 8-bed bedroom, but it worked out great, since everyone was very considerate.
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About the Host, Vic
where i've been...
romantic hangout: paris
most beautiful: lucerne
tastiest fries: brussels
at peace: holland
nostalgic castle: heidelberg
hot & amazing: cordoba
beautiful gloom: london
good vibe: montreal
surfs up: kenting
delicate beauty: kyoto
can't breathe: beijing
almost got hustled: new york
got hustled: bangkok
burned a hole in wallet: tokyo
feels like home: taipei
best grotto: capri island
best wineries: sonoma
best pastel: pastéis de belém
chaotic fun: delhi
sink or swim: shanghai
nearly froze: seoul
best cave lifestyle: granada
coffee experience: caffè florian in venice
most laid back: sorrento
graffitied, but safe: lisbon
amazing buddha: hong kong
best basilica: lyon
never sleep: nyc
too much to see: rome
flamenco & tapas: sevilla
best ramen: setagaya-ku
best weather: hawaii
best sangria: majong in barrio alto
best restaurant: tempura matsu in kyoto
diverse spice: kuala lumpur
friend ditched me: saigon
full of kind people: suzhou
great eats & wet: vancouver
second favorite city in the world: barcelona
favorite city in the world: what do you think?
2015 trips: germany, hungary, russia and hopefully ride a gs1200 through south america
how i've learned...
tragic: slammed into a buck...on a 600rr
thrilling: thunderhill turn 11 (blind corner)
kinda scary: being held up
interesting job: seminar speaker
most shaping: raised in poverty
shocking: face burned off and i looked like freddy krueger at the age of 7
rewarding: saving a life
most awesome feeling ever: dunking under pressure
most unproductive: week long hibernation watching a drama
most productive: week long hibernation watching a drama
sad times: putting down my best friend
pretty fun: feeding animals and often developers
more about me...
must read: martin eden & fountainhead
favorite food: soup
fun movie: sweet & lowdown
best hacker movie: real genius
entertainment: talk radio & TED
likes: nice people, bicycles & phillumeny
dislikes: stress & clutter
spare time: naps and shoot baskets
how i travel: heavy sleeper, easy going (sometimes neurotic) and will leave your home clean
where i go...
palace of fine arts
mission dolores park
california academy of sciences on thursday nights
ferry building on saturday mornings
twin peaks on a clear night
what i eat...
sea bass @ tamarine
coffee @ philz
ramen @ orenchi
tapas @ en
a croissant @ tartine
sushi @ fuki
butter masala dosa @ madras cafe
ice cream @ mitchell's
kobe burger & fries @ le garage
samgyetang @ bn chicken
sacripantina @ stella pastry
brunch @ brenda's
egg tarts @ golden gate bakery
anything @ chez panisse
drinks & live music @ comstock saloon
how i pack...
dri-fit shorts / tank / pants / 2 shirts
3 pairs of undies and socks
computer / phone / cords
contacts / toiletries
blazer / jacket
slippers / vans / loafers
passport / funds
belt / sunglasses / hat / bottle
what i do....