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I'm a nerd by the day, and party animal by night.
I was born and raised in Israel, and move to the San Francisco bay area about 2 years ago. And I love the place.
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The Hacker House was a solid place to stay for the summer while I was interning at a start-up in SF. I would definitely recommend it to others staying in SF, especially if they're into tech or start-ups.
I got to meet a lot of interesting people. Prestigious schools, hot start-ups, and foreign countries - "The Negev" had people from all three. There were also a few meet-ups throughout the summer with various entrepreneurs or VC's, which served as another great way to meet more people. It is pretty easy to get around the city from here as the Van Ness Metro station is only a few blocks away. The Mission is also just a short walk. Most notably, the DNA Lounge is only 3 blocks away, and attending Bootie Night with Alon is an absolute must.
The sleeping space is a little bit cramped, but I think the large living space makes up for that.
The house has a very dynamic personality given that most people only stayed there for a few weeks at a time, so some weeks the majority would be gamers playing League of Legends while some weeks the majority would be (website hidden);dr: I had a great time here and would do it again. Danny and Guti are fun hosts, and I would not have gotten to know as many people this summer had I not lived here.
Staying at the Hacker House was the best decision I made involving my summer in the bay. Through the house, I made several close friends, always had people to hang out with, and even made some great professional contacts though weekly talks by cool CEOs, key people from VCs and just generally interesting people.
The living space is very spacious, but the sleeping quarters are cramped; personally, I was completely fine with this, but this would be the one complaint I have. Additionally, everyone is very respectful of personal space and property.
TLDR; great place, friendly, fun people, slightly small sleeping quarters.
Do not come here. Cramped off-putting quarters, suspicious neighborhood, lack of upkeep, and no safety for your stuff.
I met quite a few interesting people in the tech industry.
There is a nice coffee shop across the street!
The pictures tell the wrong story. Based on the pictures it looks like there would be plenty of space between the bunk beds, this is wholly untrue. In what I can only assume to be an attempt to profit as much as possible, there was not enough space between the seven bunk beds to put more than one small item without obstructing the one navigation path. Moreover, to separate the beds were sheets. These offered no semblance of privacy and only served to obstruct otherwise useful space.
The temperature of the bedroom is uncomfortable. Lacking ventilation, the pseudo-attic in which you sleep is too hot on top-bunk and cold on bottom. In addition, with 14 people in one room there is all too high a chance of someone snoring.
There's nothing else nearby. South SoMa feels unsafe with no one but the occasional homeless people walking the streets. There are no trees nearby, no parks, nothing interesting.
In total, there are around 25 people who live in the apartment. There are two bathrooms. One of them lacks doors and instead uses curtains to offer the same amount of privacy the bed separating sheets provide.
You are forced to trust everyone in the house not to touch your stuff. There are no places to lock up your private belongings. Beware that no one knows everyone else in the apartment at any one time so someone could easily wonder in.
The friends I made here also moved out very quickly for a variety of reasons with many overlapping concerns. The turnover rate for this place is fairly high so do not expect to meet your new best friend and hang out for the entire summer.
The hosts (Danny and Alon) plan on putting more beds in the place. It will make the place more cramped than it already is.
Avoid this place. Find somewhere in a better part of town that has better environment.
When I showed up I wasn't quite sure how to get settled in (do I need a key, do I have a place for my stuff, do I need to respect some kind of quiet time when it gets late). Turns out they're still working out the kinks of hosting a group like this. Gotta be flexible. People were pretty respectful of one another. Never felt like me or my stuff were in any danger.
There are only 2 bathrooms, but schedules are usually so different that it never caused much of a problem for me. Make sure to bring a towel though, if you plan on showering ;)
Overall, fine place to stay if you're on a budget, don't mind hostel living, and are involved in tech.
This is the place to stay if you are a hacker and coming to SF. Great group, hostel like dorm, and nice big open space & kitchen. Thanks for the great stay guys!
The apartment is large, safe and clean and was exactly what I needed. The location is great, (even if at first it seems "scary", trust me IT IS NOT, IT IS VERY SAFE) and very convenient for coming from the airport and it's close to downtown.
Alon was a great host like all the people he had at home. I went out with him and another guest the first night (the only one free I had) and it was super fun!
The place is clean and spacious.
My privacy was always respected and they were there always willing to help in case I needed some.
I would come back here anytime I need a place in the city.
OK so I think I was an early 'beta' guest (maybe number 3?) for this Hacker House, and what a freaking cool place and great guys who run it. Alon and Danny were still getting some of the stuff together for the house, and you just had to suggest something and next day it was being delivered by Amazon! Its in a great location in SoMa, only really 20 min walk down to the other end of SoMa, or just jump on the Metro and you are in downtown in no time. Also its cheap for whats out there, its cool tech/entrepreneurial people around the house (not like a hostel filled with 200 random people you are never going to meet again), and I felt safe on st around there (just got to get used of seeing a few harmless homeless people...hey its SF, they fill the streets of SF). All up, great experience, I'll definitely be back, and have made a heap of great connections from just amongst the guys I was hanging out with there!..also extra bonus if you going out partying with Alon- that guy had a whole night club trying to copy his moves!! Cheers guys!
I arrived to an unexpected site. The place was artsy, clean and spacious. I got along well with the host and they are very friendly. My privacy was always respected and they were there to help in the questions that I had. I would come back here anytime I need a place in the city.
Alon is a great guest. He is very clean and responsible person and a fun guy in the same time. A very nice kid.
Nice to meet you, Alon. Feel free to stay in my place whenever you are in New York.
Alon was a lot of fun. We enjoyed having him. He made friends with our staff and other guests very easily.
Alon was a delightful guest; very nice and well mannered. We really enjoyed having him stay with us and would absolutely welcome him back anytime.
Excitable and engaging. I only briefly talked with him, but it was fun. He also communicated changes in his schedule appropriately.
Alon is a great guy. When he stayed with us he worked hard at his computer during the day, very quiet and clean. We were lucky to spend some time with him. He's very friendly, fun, and he got along great with our 8-year-old daughter. I highly recommend Alon as a house guest.
Alon is a great guy in general, friendly and responsible.
I'm sure he will take good care of your house!