This is a Communal Living House for traveling entrepreneurs, makers, and educators. Here, you can get integrated into the SF Bay Area hacker community and network with other entrepreneurs, teachers, ed-tech developers, and students of all ages.
Read EVERYTHING before sending me a message. All rooms are shared and each has it's own bathrooms.
High, vaulted ceilings in almost every room, large closets, granite countertops, 2 shared kitchens, carpeted floors, tranquil gardens.
We give priority to teachers, entrepreneurs, non-profits, un-schoolers, school dropouts, ed-tech developers, and anyone who is deeply passionate about recreating this world into one in which future generations will thrive. Tell me what makes you unique!
Please answer some of the following questions:
Name of company/ projects
What was your inspiration for starting your company?
How can you contribute to a communal household?
Name three ways you are making the world a better place?
Networking! Networking! Networking!
-Close walking distance to BART/ Caltrain and El-camino bus lines
BART will take you to SFO, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland in less than an hour
Caltrain will take you to every city between Downtown San Francisco to Downtown San Jose
-Frequent social gatherings at the house in which all current and prior guests are invited
Free for you!
-coffee/ tea/ pancake mix/ cereal
-Laundry on site/ detergent provided
-Weekly Professional Housekeeping
-2 Full kitchen with dishwasher
-Close to highways (phone number hidden)
-Wall projector to practice presentations. If you would like an audience, please let us know and we will arrange an event.
-Plenty of street parking for events
-Back yard for hanging out and having brainstorming sessions
-Close to restaurants, banks, coffee shops, grocery stores
Our house layout is highly conducive to all work/sleep habits, whether you are a night owl or work a 9-5! However we have strict rules about quiet hours and cleaning up after using the kitchen. Lets keep it comfortable for everyone.
Guests have access to all house amenities. Two kitchens, two living rooms, 3 internet lines, 3 full bathrooms, 2 laundry rooms.
Interaction with Guests
I leave the house at 630 AM to work for severely disabled kids and don't return until about 5/6 PM depending what I need to do during the afternoon. As an employee of the public school system, I don't have access to my cellphone or internet during school hours. This means I won't be able to return messages until I'm off work. I'm usually around in the evening to socialize. I go to bed between 9-11 PM usually so I can be alert for the kids during the day.
This is a great neighborhood!
-3 blocks to BART/ Caltrain
-2 blocks from local bus line on El Camino
-2 miles to SFO
-walking distance to Bayshore, Spur, and San Andres hiking trails.
- At least 6 grocery stores within walking distance including Safeway, Trader Joes, Lunardi's, Lucky, Pape Meat Market, and a small mom-n-pop asian market.
-Restaurants- Tons of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai places, some American Diners, Sushi,
- 24 hr fitness and a small peaceful Yoga Studio
install the 511 app on IOS and Android to help you get around.
-BART- (website hidden). Subway system will take you from Millbrae to SFO, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, and the central valley
-Caltrain- (website hidden). Train system that runs the length of the peninsula from San Francisco to Gilroy stopping in every city.
-Muni- San Francisco bus system
-Bikes- (website hidden)
Don't be a dick.
Clean up after yourself.
Don't break things.
Keep showers under 20 min.
Lights out when you leave the room.
Quiet hours from 10PM to 8AM.
Don't pick the fruits, vegetables and flowers from the garden.
Staying at Joyce had both good and not so good experiences. Although mostly good, I'd like to point them out:
- The house was in a good location (if you don't mind not being in SF) and easy access to the airport. Pretty much everything is supplied at the house.
- People were social and friendly.
The not so good:
- Communications with Joyce were not easy and as a guest might expect. I contacted her, asking a few questions and she simply replied that "All this information is in the listing." while they were not.
Messages did not seem very friendly either, as if i was bothering her with my messages. On two occasions, I had to send her a reminder to reply to my message. Checking in was not clear as she was not going to be home until 6pm-7pm and was not sure who would let me in. When I arrived, my bed was not made and the person who was supposed to check me in was not around.
- Too many bossy rules ("don't do this, do that") Maybe is the American style but as a European it sounded pretty insulting. And with all the rules, the house was not as organized as one could imagine.
If your intention is to socialize, I'd say this is a pretty damn good place. I did not get much chance to meet Jocelyn for more than a few minutes but she seems to have created a social environment. If you have any other intentions or are looking to chill, probably best to find another place.
The place turned out to be much better than what you see in pictures. Jocelyn was very welcoming. I changed my check-in time 2-3 times as I was not sure about my arrival. She did not make complain about it. The bed was big, very comfortable. I got along with other housemates very well. So well that me and 3 other guys went on trip to downtown on my last night. Looks like this was outcome of being selective about guests.
It was a really nice house with a friendly people staying there. Jocelyn is a great. It was a positive experiece.
This place is clean, in walking distance from Bart, Caltrain, restaurants and grocery stores. Jocelyn is a great host. Warm, friendly, and caring. People in the house were cool. Overall experience was great for me. I would definitely recommend it!!
It was a brief stay, only two nights, and I was out early and back late, but while I was there: rock! The house is beautiful, clean, with a sweetly manicured property. So much nicer than what I expected for bunk beds! Ridiculously comfortable bunk beds with down comforters, and unusually respectful people for a communal situation. Kitchen, bathroom and living room were all comfy, clean and welcoming.
Jocelyn rocks! Her story is inspiring, and she was eager to hear what I was working on and lend a hand / offer connections where appropriate. I am sooo glad hacker houses like Chez JJ exist! What a brilliant way to expediate a connection to the startup community!
Can't beat the price and the location, it's great especially when you don't want to rent a car and still access download, airport and as far as Palo Alto with just a Caltrain ride.
Room is great!
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Hi! I'm Jocelyn. Besides running this hacker house I am a special needs teacher in a severe to moderate classroom, run a kids hacker day camp, and am taking computer science classes. I've taught all kinds of kids all kinds of skills, from computers to daily living to swimming. Some of my long-term goals include starting a home-based preschool, use social networking to connect professionals in the entrepreneurial fields, maker fields, and educational fields to create long-term changes in our educational system, especially for those in Early Childhood Education, those with disabilities, and those of lower Socio-Economic status communities. I've started this house to bring Hackers, Entrepreneurs, Educators and basically anyone who is interested in making the world a better place for our future generations.