About This Listing
A community of hackers from around the world. This house is all self-service. most tenants are long-term. If you only stay here overnight or short term, please make yourself home and help yourself. You can message the owner anytime when needed.
You will be staying at the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose downtown. Walking distance to the Japan Town. Coming here doesn't require a car from SFO or SJC (Caltrain & Light rail will do.) . VTA light rail stop: Civic Center. Accomodates up to 8 residents.
High speed Internet with WiFi, SONY 3D Blueray DVD Player with Smart TV functions, Chromecast, and Apple TV. Printer and scanner.
Interaction with Guests
Message me anytime. I reply promptly.
This is an older residential area in downtown San Jose. The neighborhood is full of characteristic European-styled houses and big trees. Nice and quiet. The neighborhood has round-abouts at almost every street corner, which make it very pedestrian-friendly. I enjoyed nothing more than a walk around those beautiful houses in the morning or afternoon.
VTA light rail is right at the corner. Civic Center station. almost every line of the VTA light rail stops here.
Other Things to Note
Don't expect a hotel-like experience. This house is all self-service. most tenants are long-term. If you only stay here overnight or short term, please make yourself home and help yourself. Occasionally people might swap beds while they are empty. if your bed is taken please don't hesitate to ask other hackers or contact the owner.
1. No smoking in the house. Smokers please go outside.
2. Use anything you want, & please return things to their original locations after use.
3. This is a sharing-based community. I'm supplying as much necessities as possible. If they run out please go buy them & share with other roommates.
4. Help to clean the house and your own dishes/cookers/cups, or even the toilets restrooms whenever you're done using them.
5. Help to do the garbage. Garbage and recycling materials go to different containers in the yard. Garbage and recycling trucks come every Monday morning around 6 or 7am. So those containers in the yard need to be dragged to the street before that. Please follow the garbage cleaning instructions in the house and proactively help other members in the house to keep the house clean.
6. Turn off the lights when they are not being used.
It was not a good experience. The place felt very unwelcoming to me. I didn't even talk to anybody. But I tried to talk. I will say that if you are only looking for a bed to crash, try finding a hostel.
The Hacker House is neat and well-ordered, with that sense of itinerant community one normally gets at a hostel. It's conveniently located--near the downtown area, but not too near--and provides ample parking, plus a secure area to leave a bicycle. The owner doesn't live on-site, but the house is set up to run efficiently in his absence; he's an amiable person, and responds very quickly to emails. Lastly, Hacker House is a short ride from the Guadalupe River trail, a beautiful bike route to the airport and its surroundings. I was attending a three-day conference at the Double Tree, and used this route every morning. Very pleasant.
I stayed at the hacker house for over a month. I got to meet Bruce after a whole month. I had a bad experience at the Hacker House: I was physically assaulted by one of the tenants and when I told Bruce about it he promised that he will do something about it but never did.
There are more than 6 people in the house. At the time I left the place, there were 8 people (excluding the owner).. so considering the size of the place, it can get really crowded. Also, breakfast is not included.
On the bright side, I met several smart people during my stay there.
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