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For the most part, my stay went pretty well. However, I had to leave and head back to the east coast for an extended period while my reservation was still active. During this time, people were moved into my private room where I had left all of my belongings. I was pretty upset about this because at the time I was still paying the rate for a private room. But, to be fair, there were some extenuating circumstances and Chez JJ had to react to a sudden situation that I won't describe in detail here. We successfully resolved the issue through airbnb - airbnb was UNBELIEVABLY accommodating and helpful through all of this - and things worked out in the end.
I would just say that if you stay at Chez JJ, make sure you are clear about your expectations regarding the privacy or lack of privacy in your room and make an effort to keep lines of communication open with them throughout your stay - especially if you have to leave for any period. The worst part of my stay was finding out some crucial information from a housemate rather than from the host. But, all and all, I would not discourage people from staying here as long as you make sure you understand what you are getting into - Chez JJ hosts A LOT of people - albeit very interesting/cool people - and sometimes that means unexpected difficulties are going to crop up and they are slow to respond to communications.
Sasha was incredibly helpful, supportive, and answered far more questions than I imagined I would have. The location is perfect, in the middle of a quiet part of the Castro, right down from a central location (Castro and 18th) that makes it super easy to get anywhere, as long as you're ok with walking a few blocks. The other lodgers at the time I was there were interesting and varied, and I learned a lot about myself, the tech industry, philosophies, social norms, and ways to laugh. The brunches were no joke, delicious food on a weekly basis. Helping to make it happen felt good and fulfilling. My stay there was a wonderful introduction to San Francisco, and I am eternally grateful.
It's a nice place to live in, Bill and Scott were who I met initially and they are pretty nice people. The place is quite new so as of now everything is brilliant, housemates are nice, except just 2 issues, there's a bar downstairs which is very loud sometimes, and you have to work with that by going in the room at the back of the house, or wearing ear plugs. The 2nd issue is Internet, which is very slow, but I guess they are fixing it. Apart from these 2 things everything is pretty good.
There're also some changes to the house now, There are 6 bunks in each room instead of 4, so book a private if you want more privacy. :)
I cannot even beginning to describe how attached to the brunches I've grown, something I will totally bring home with me. The people who comes through here are the best, really glad I met them. And don't worry Sasha, I will help you eat the chicken breasts.
I booked the private room originally for 6 weeks between March and April.
At the time their were only a handful of other roommates which was nice.
Everyone that came and went was fun to be around with lots of amazing
My room was pretty big, great walk in closet, with direct access to a
bathroom shared with another private room guest. The bed however was not
comfortable, if you moved the wrong way during your sleep the core of the
mattress would sink because it was being held together by blocks. After the
house captain and one of the co-founders of the house had rearranged the
wrongly arranged bed, not much had changed.
Note that the house is directly over a famous dive bar, "Broken Record".
Music is played moderately throughout the week but Thurs-Sun can be very
loud after 8/9 pm up until 2 am or so. If you are a sensitive sleeper then
this maybe an issue to you. They advertise a TV in their pictures but
nothing is in the living room. Another thing that was quiet absurd was the
fact that their was a cleaning fee when booking through Airbnb but the
rooms, bathrooms, or kitchen were not cleaned. I've been living here since
March 1st and on 6/25/14 was the first time we had a cleaning lady over.
They had bought a "Rumba" to sweep the floors but it can only do so much.
The biggest issue started when i moved out of the private room and into one
of the bunk rooms. INITIALLY, there were 4 people (2 bunks) in each bunk
room but towards the end of April they put a 3rd bunk in each room. The
quality of the entire place went down, kitchen sinks were disgusting,
toilets and showers were filthy, the house was insanely loud even during
quiet hours which made it hard for early risers to sleep. At some point a
City Health Inspector had called in to let the house know someone would be
coming in for a inspection because someone had complained about too many
people being in one room. The night before the inspector came they moved
the 3rd bunk out of each room into the private rooms. So apparently we were
all part of illegal housing and false advertising. I'm not sure if the
private rooms are still being advertised but now they all have a bunk in
I have appreciated my time here the last few months, I was on good terms
with each person that came during my duration. Bill the house captain is a
very nice guy, fun to cook with, and funny to watch him sweat when i
cooked. I have lived here the longest and gave the honest truth about what
to expect from my 4 month experience.
The hacker house is a great place. When I was there (end of march, 2014), they were still getting things set up, so the furnishings were a bit sparse, but they're working on that quickly. That said, I met some incredible people. Very smart, friendly, nice. I hope to stay friends with them for a long time.
The location is above a pub, thats good to hang out there (inc wifi from above) but can also be noisy, for me it was ok. The biggest advantage of this location was the community within the hacker house. You guys rock. We had a great time, cooked together, had a nice road trip and such a good time!
This was my fist time using airbnb, and so I was somewhat anxious about the whole thing. The place was nice, comfortable bed, and people I could get along with. The bar downstairs was pretty loud though and it felt like the bar's sound system was right under my pillow. I had to download I white noise app on my phone and slept with headphones in my ears. I think this was limited only to the room I was in though, and the other rooms seem to have had a more convenient acoustic situation.
Chez JJ is a cool spot, not far from the mix of The Castro. The place is clean and remarkably well-organized. Good people. Thanks for the kind hospitality, Sasha!
Sasha is nice girl Easy going and friendly too