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
A very vivid place - if you don't mind living close with a lot of people, then this place is a good choice and you will meet a lot of interesting people staying here.
My husband was staying there and had to cut the trip short and fly home because he fell ill. I emailed and texted Vic about the situation from Seattle, and he was amazing! He was very understanding and even offered my husband a ride to the airport, which was really above and beyond what other hosts would do. My husband said everything looked just like the pictures, and he really liked the environment. It was the perfect location for him to access Stanford University's library, where he spent his time. If my husband returns to Palo Alto, he will definitely be staying there! Thanks Vic!
I had a wonderful time here. It was everything the description says it is, and I met some really great people while I was at the house. Will definitely be back.
I was in the Bay Area for a summer internship from June to September.
Originally, I planned to stay in the HackerHome for a couple of days to search for something 'proper', like a private room or something.
I ended up staying in the HackerHome for the full 3 months, in part due to the housing situation in the area (not as easy to find a cheap 'private room' as I thought), but mostly because I couldn't really find a reason to leave the house.
Over the summer, there were a lot of interns staying in the house for a long time like me. It became like a little intern family and it was never ever boring. Although the house is now kind of managed by the people living there (except for the cleaning), Vic and Vinh are close by all the time and are there when they're needed (as well as for the occasional dinner parties).
All in all, I had a great summer in the house and would recommend it.
If you can handle sleeping in a bunk bed (i.e. not having the privacy of an own room) and don't have to do serious work without distractions at home all the time, this is the place to stay.
Vic was super nice and helpful. He kept the house stocked with basics, from laundry detergent to bikes, and was great about organizing Hacker Homes events.
The only downside was that it was somewhat expensive for a packed-in space, but the area is hard to beat (near to restaurants, bars, bus stops, dry cleaners and a big Safeway).
A tight budget, short time to arrange the trip to California, scientific background that usually means late arrangements - it was clear that my only option left was AirBnB. So I contacted several owners with houses close to Stanford campus. Only Vic responded. It was a bunk bed offer. You have to be young or desperate to sleep in a bunk one whole month. I surely was not young. We both insisted on details, I was stubborn and he was on vacation with his lady. However, all my questions got answered very promptly. We worked it out. The price was awesome. Vic send me contact details of the other guy who took care of me while I was getting there (thank you Vinh).
Menlo Park House is just as described. It has a very modern, but cozy arrangement and its pleasant atmosphere is the very first impression. But the best part there are the people. I enjoyed every day. Regardless of high turnover, community of the house functioned as a big, multicultural family with lots of interaction and social events - pubs&clubs, different types of events and sport activities. Vic and Vinh seem to manage all this effortlessly.
I have 302 words left...It is way more than I need to say: Thank you guys, I will always recommend your business and I will give my best to meet with you again.
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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....