One of Mountain View’s oldest neighborhoods, Monta Loma wears its age well. The abundant amount of Eichler and Eichler-style homes harken back to the 1950s, where they were born out of necessity after World War II veterans returned in need of housing. Builders Mackey and Mardell thoughtfully fashiond these homes to allow the seamless indoor-outdoor living. The designs often include slightly pitched roofs, enclosed garages or open breezeways, occasional porch areas enclosed with wooden fencing, and lot sizes ranging from 5,000 square feet to 6,500 square feet. The interiors have fewer walls than conventional homes, uncovered ceiling beams, and many windows and exterior walls that are all glass, designed to bring the outdoors in.
Monta Loma also benefits from the recent completion of the new Google campus on the former site of Mayfield Mall, which is directly adjacent to the homes in this neighborhood. Monta Loma Park is enjoyed by residents due to its large playground. Thaddeus Park is a quaint, small park designed with young children in mind and has miniature grass mounds where toddlers can run up and down and roll around, while older kids enjoy the smaller-scale swings, teeter-totters, and slides.