From its humble beginning as a stagecoach stop along El Camino Real in 1850, to a flourishing farming community in the early 1900s, Mountain View has evolved into a tech tycoon. It is home to some of the world’s most notable companies, including Google, Intuit, Synopsys, and LinkedIn.
Vibrant and diverse, Mountain View has a population of over 74,000. With 90 percent of the population as high school graduates and 60 percent of the residents holding bachelor’s degrees or higher, it’s no wonder why high-profile companies flock to this impressive city.
Mountain View takes great pride in having something for everyone. For the history buff, the Computer History Museum houses the largest and most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world. For the nature lover, Mountain View offers miles of trails along the shorelines and wetlands next to beautiful real estate. For the foodie, its pedestrian-friendly downtown is filled with hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and shops. For the concert-goer, Shoreline Amphitheatre, an outdoor theater that seats 22,000 attendees, hosts many of the biggest names in entertainment.
Mountain View’s strength and vitality, however, are rooted in its neighborhoods, where diversity is cherished and celebrated. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the neighborhoods share a strong sense of community and responsibility.
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True to its namesake, Blossom Valley was once an orchard, which developed in 1950s into suburbs with wider streets and larger lots that feel more open and spacious than others neighborhoods in Mountain View. The first homes constructed in this neighborhood were smaller, reaching between 1,200 to 1,500 square feet, but on spacious lots of about 11,000 square feet. The second group of homes reversed these statistics with larger homes extending between 2,200 to 2,600 square foot homes built on lots of about 8,000 square feet. In 2009, the highly-reputable real estate developers, Summerhill Homes, built 30 houses on land where the Satake Nursery used to be and named it Satake Estates in the family’s honor. The homes are between 2,200 square feet and 3,400 square feet, making Satake Estates one of the best places to look for a large home in Blossom Valley.
Young families are initially drawn to Blossom Valley for the high-performing Los Altos schools, as well as the close proximity to local amenities. These include having the Blossom Valley Shopping Center within the neighborhood and its grocery store and other retail stores all being within walking distance to their homes, in addition to being only a short drive to two downtowns, the Los Altos Village and Mountain View’s Castro Street.
Varsity Park, though smaller, is excellent for nearby recreation. A little further away resides Cuesta Park, with its 12 tennis courts, volleyball and bocce ball courts, barbecue and picnic areas, and a playground, is nearby for residents to enjoy. Just north of the neighborhood, in Saint Francis Acres, McKelvey Park provides baseball and softball fields for sporting families.
While some residents have been living in Blossom Valley for over forty years, younger families have moved in as homes become available. Blossom Valley residents display a true sense of community, with activities like block parties, dinners, and annual festivities like the neighborhood Halloween parade. With a friendly community, local amenities, and nearby recreation, Blossom Valley is a great place to settle down.
Maryland Drive- north
Miramonte Drive- east
Lincoln Drive- south
Springer Road- west
Castro City is a small enclave of homes that span a two-by-two block area. Most homes here were built in the 1960s and 1970s, designed originally as Ranch-style homes ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet. Craftsmans have become the most often seen style of home, many of which were built around 2001. Price-points for these single-family homes are comparable to some townhouses, making this neighborhood appealing to first-time homebuyers with a family. Much to the delight of Castro City Residents, Rengstorff Park, one of Mountain View’s largest parks, is within convenient strolling distance. Rengstorff Park provides amenities like barbecue facilities, picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, a skate park, a children’s playground, tennis courts, and an outdoor volleyball court. Having such a great amenity within strolling distance grants high desirability to this neighborhood.
At the southeastern tip of Mountain View is a unique development named Cuernavaca. It is an enclave of luxurious homes offering spacious, tropical, resort-like living with Mediterranean-style designs, lush gardens, and palm trees. The residents take pride in the landscaping, which is maintained by a committee of resident volunteers. Other amenities that make Cuernavaca feel like a resort are its pool, two spas, a recreation room, a children’s play area, and two tennis courts. The development was built in the 1980s on over 30 acres and has 170 attached and detached homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet. It is an oasis both aesthetically and in terms of the soothing lifestyle it offers in the midst of bustling Silicon Valley. Outside Cuernavaca’s walls lie a grocery store, various restaurants, shops, small service-oriented businesses, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Sections of this neighborhood can get a lot of noise from Highway 85, but the trade-off is proximity to a major commute route.
Tree-lined streets, charming curb appeal, and close proximity to desirable amenities make Cuesta Park truly feel like home. Pedestrian safety is a top priority, and it shows in the numerous speed bumps, dips, and traffic circles built into the streets. Residents have taken to utilizing these safety measures to add an element of verdant beauty to the neighborhood by planting flowers, shrubs, and trees in the traffic circles. Thanks to the abundant safety measures, children can easily stroll to Cuesta and Bubb Parks, while the neighborhood itself is very friendly and close-knit, with neighborhood summer picnics, barbecues, movie nights, and mother’s groups.
Built in the 1950s, most of the homes throughout Cuesta Park have a uniform Ranch style, and range in size from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet on lots averaging between 5,100 to 6,000 square feet. Residents can walk to many amenities including the Grant Hill Park Shopping Center which has Ranch 99 Market, Nob Hill, Marshalls, as well as many small, local shops. Besides being walking distance to downtown amenities, the neighborhood is close to all major freeways making it ideal for commuting.
Del Medio is the most northwestern neighborhood of Mountain View and is a mix of commercial developments, single-family homes, and multifamily housing. Retail establishments line San Antonio Road, apartments fall in line behind that, and single-family homes are found primarily on the northern side of Del Medio Avenue and on the half of Monroe Drive that falls under Mountain View’s jurisdiction. Residents enjoy being within convenient strolling distance to the newly renovated and expanded San Antonio Shopping Center, as well as San Antonio Caltrain Station, which allows for easy commuting. Del Medio Park is a neighborhood meeting spot and a perfect place to bring young children to play. The portion of this neighborhood along Monroe Drive is particularly desirable as it is at the end of the loop, minimizing traffic and increasing privacy. Residents with children also are proud to send their children to desirable Los Altos schools.
Downtown Mountain View
Downtown Mountain View, also called Old Mountain View, has always been the core of the city. However, it was not always centered on Castro Street. The first stagecoach service stop was located near Grant Road and El Camino Real, so that is where the town initially was centered. After the Castro family, one of the largest land owners in the 1860s, allowed the train tracks to run through their land, they were granted a train depot for their use which was nearby the current Caltrain station. This refocused the city around this station and Castro Street, and after 150 years, the city has continued to be centered on this well-known street.
Downtown Mountain View and Castro Street have been long-known for their numerous restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines, including Michelin Star restaurant, Chez TJ. Not just a dining destination, this area also boasts the landmark City Civic Center and Center of Performing arts, providing sophisticated entertainment and city services in several beautifully designed buildings, Night clubs, pubs, annual music and wine festivals, weekly farmers markets, and boutique stores round out this vibrant Downtown. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy the benefit of being within easy strolling distance of all of these incredible amenities. They live in homes ranging from over 100 years old to brand new, tiny bungalows to towering Craftsman, Colonials, and Cape Cods. Lot sizes also vary quite a bit too, however as is typical with older downtowns, they tend to be smaller and narrow creating closely neighboring homes but an overall attractive true Americana aesthetic. Most are in the 4,500 to 7,000 square foot range.
While most homes here are historic or at least older, the continually increasing popularity of being walking distance to a downtown business district has led to developers to purchase any large tracts of land available in Downtown Mountain View to build higher density housing. One of the largest and most popular is The Classics at Station 361, located along Evelyn Avenue, contains 65 luxury detached and attached homes.
Besides dining and shopping on Castro Street, children and adults alike have many opportunities for recreation right within the neighborhood. Eagle Park is perfect for a picnic, sports on the expansive lawn, or some swimming in the pool, while on the other side of the neighborhood are Mercy-Bush Park, a smaller, but charming park, and Landels School Park which has soccer and softball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, playground and picnic area.
With its tall trees, lush landscaping, vibrant wildlife, and set two blocks from any major thoroughfare, Gemello offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. Most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the early 1950s and range from 1,200 square feet to 1,900 square feet, accompanied by nicely sized lots between 5,000 to 7,000 square feet. Over the years, some of the residents have updated or expanded these homes by adding a second story. Though it feels removed, Gemello offers an abundance of nearby recreation and amenities. Located within strolling distance is the gem of the neighborhood, Gemello Park, where the families of the community can gather for outdoor recreation, while El Monte Shopping Center is also set within convenient strolling distance.
This neighborhood is a small, cozy enclave next to an industrial area of North Shoreline. Jackson Park surrounds its namesake, which displays towering trees, abundant green space, and playgrounds for local children. Charming Craftsman-style townhomes built around 1980 range from 1,500 to 2,300 square feet, while Allocated a block over are single-family homes built in the 1950s. The most popular homes in the neighborhood are in Windmill Park, a development of two-story homes of over 2,000 square feet which were built in the late 1980s. Though the lots range around a modest 4,000 square feet, the close proximity to Mountain View’s downtown area, as well as nearby parks and convenient amenities, allows for easy access to desirable recreation. Residents can easily stroll to get groceries at the locally owned JL Produce, or a quick bite at excellent restaurants like Shana Thai or Taqueria Tres Hermanos at the shopping center on Moffett Boulevard and Central Avenue. Jackson Park is also popular because it is just north of the downtown area.
Once considered a country area, Martens-Carmelita has beautifully preserved its rustic nature while granting its residents with the convenience of central living. This bifurcated neighborhood accommodates many lifestyles with both its proximity to local businesses and amenities, as well as its peaceful setting.
Martens-Carmelita proper is located between Bentley Square and Waverley Park. Tucked away from Grant Road and El Camino Real, this neighborhood consists of homes that were built in the late 1970s and are approximately 2,000 square feet. The lot sizes can grow to more than a quarter acre, creating a more rural feel, and as a result, become the driving factor for buyers to purchase property in this neighborhood, as they have the option to build a large custom home to suit their needs.
Most homes in this neighborhood have been thoughtfully configured around a circle which doesn’t permit through-traffic. Because of this, children can be seen playing in their front yards, scootering and biking around the tree-lined streets, and swimming in the community pool.
While there are no parks within Martens-Carmelita, residents enjoy the grassy field and playgrounds at Huff Elementary after school hours. The Stevens Creek trail is at the far eastern end of the neighborhood, which gives residents a scenic route throughout Mountain View.
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 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. Also a favorite of young kids are the smaller-scale swings, teeter-totters, and slides.
The North Bayshore area is a neighborhood of many hats. A high-tech mecca, North Bayshore is home to world-renowned companies including Google, Intuit, and LinkedIn. It is also a place of recreation, entertainment, and wildlife conservation. It has no residential developments or schools, although some have been proposed.
Workday mornings, dozens of Wi-Fi-equipped, double-decker buses transport out-of-town workers to and from North Bayshore. At lunchtime, North Bayshore buzzes with workers riding colorful Google bicycles in search of food from the dozens of restaurants that make up Food City. These advantageous companies juxtapose wetlands, creeks, and parks, as well as social and entertainment venues.
North Bayshore also offers facilities for enjoying outdoor recreation of all sorts, such as golfing, soccer, volleyball, biking, running, hiking, canoeing, and windsurfing. Paved trails for some of these activities run along Stevens Creek Trail, which is used by many Googlers to bike to work. Dining, corporate, and social events are held at Rengstorff House, Lakeside Café, Michael’s Restaurant, Shoreline Aquatics Center and Cafe, and Shoreline Golf Links. Residents and visitors can absorb some of the history of Silicon Valley with a visit to the Computer History Museum. Another iconic structure in North Bayshore is the cone-shaped tent stage cover of the Shoreline Amphitheater, which has been a frequented venue of world-famous artists.
The North Whisman neighborhood is made up of quaint, well-maintained townhomes built in the 1990s, older single-family homes and condos, and newer single-family homes along Evandale Avenue built around 2007. This neighborhood is gentrifying with the construction of six new tri-level, detached row homes in 2014. 18 additional row homes were planned to be constructed over the following year. Upscale office buildings along North Whisman Road, some housing Google facilities, have also assisted with gentrification of the neighborhood. For those who love to hike for pleasure or walk to work, paved Hetch-Hetchy Trail at Whisman Road connects to Stevens Creek Trail, which grants convenient access to both downtown Mountain View and the bay.
Rex Manor’s residents rave about the neighborhood’s calm and quiet streets, which are thanks to the fact that none of the streets go through to another part of town, and the plenty of traffic circles help minimize speeding. Most homes throughout Rex Manor are modest, single-family Ranch-style built in the 1960s. Remarkably, a good number of the residents are the original homeowners, and have created a tight-knit community over the years they’ve spent in this neighborhood. Recently, a tide of new construction has taken place with builders buying older homes in poor condition and either demolishing them and building anew, or constructing extensive additions. The heart of the neighborhood is Stevenson Park with its vast lawn, ideal for sports like baseball, soccer, and football. This neighborhood is centrally located to schools, freeways, restaurants, shopping, and downtown Mountain View.
St. Francis Acres
St. Francis Acres epitomizes a quiet, close-knit, tree-canopied neighborhood. Modestly-sized Ranch-style homes were built in the 1950s and resided on more spacious lots ranging from 5,000 to 5,700 square feet, allowing some residents to add a second story to their homes.
Residents boast about the cohesiveness of their neighborhood, and most everyone knows their neighbors and socializes frequently. Halloween and Memorial Day are two notable celebrations for this tight-knit community. Young children can play safely on the streets due to the neighborhood’s many cul-de-sacs, which prevent through-traffic. In addition, residents can stroll to El Monte Shopping Center, as well as recreation at McKelvey Park on Miramonte Avenue for a game of baseball or softball at its well-manicured diamond.
This neighborhood was considered part of Downtown until 1994 when residents decided to split off and adopt the name Shoreline West. The boundaries are Villa Street, Shoreline Boulevard, El Camino Real, and Escuela Avenue. Most of the original homes were built in the 1940s and were of Craftsman and Victorian style ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 square feet. In the late 1990s, a wave of larger homes were built ranging from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet. Due to its desirable proximity to Downtown and old, original homes, many buyers have purchased a property in the Shoreline West neighborhood just for the land value and have put up a new home. Residents boast about the close-knit community with many block parties throughout the year. Another great attraction of Shoreline West is that it’s within strolling distance of Downtown and several parks including Eagle, Mariposa, Castro, and Rengstorff.
Close proximity to all of these great parks means that residents also gain access to the parks’ recreational facilities as well. Some of the more unique facilities include the ones at Rengstorff Park and Pool- a skateboard park, lap pool, wade pool, and the community center for seniors and teens. Eagle Park also has a lap pool.
Since the original homes were built in 1955, the Slater neighborhood has retained much of its original Western-style character from the wagon wheels still incorporated in brick-façade duplexes. Home prices are relatively more affordable in Slater due to the fact that homes are mostly still in their original condition. Residents enjoy this affordability without giving up the highly desirable quick access to highways and downtown amenities, both of which bolster the quality of life. Google and Symantec office buildings are just across North Whisman Road, giving residents who happen to work in Slater a short walk to work. Resident demographics range from young high-tech individuals and young families to older, longtime residents. They cultivate friendships and build a sense of community at Creekside Park and Slater School Park, as well as local haunts such as Clocktower Coffee and Roger’s Donut Deli.
Stierlin Estates is a safe and quiet area with zigzag streets designed to prevent cars from speeding. The streets of Stierlin Estates end at the Highway 101 wall, deterring non-residents from entering the neighborhood. A line of commercial and industrial buildings along the freeway wall act as a noise buffer. Homes in Stierlin Estates are predominantly well-maintained, single-family ranchers built in the 1960s. Some townhouses and condominiums can also be found in this lovely neighborhood. Majestic magnolia trees are scattered throughout the area as well. With the influx of tech workers and their young families, Stierlin Estates offers children a safe neighborhood to play and walk to school.
Sylvan Dale offers a suburban feel in the heart of Silicon Valley. Magnificent, tall redwood and magnolia trees line the neighborhood streets and yards, giving it a majestic, old-timey feel that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of fast-pace life. At the center of the neighborhood is Sylvan Park, one of the city’s largest parks which features soccer and football areas, volleyball and tennis courts, and paths for jogging. The neighborhood is comprised of a harmonious mixture of different home types and residents in all age groups. Surrounding Sylvan Park are large, single-family homes built in the mid-1970s. It is one of the few neighborhoods in Mountain View that has consistently large homes of approximately 3,000 square feet on spacious lots of around 10,000 square feet. Despite their sizes, they display unique characters so that no two homes feel the same.
The Crossings was developed in 1994 into a uniform neighborhood of 540 homes. In 2002, this community was awarded the Outstanding Planning Award by the American Planning Association. This neighborhood’s convenient location, as well as multiple parks make it a great place for recreation and families. . Residents are within strolling distance of parks, as well as the San Antonio Shopping Center, with its grocery and other retail stores. . Reputed for being child-friendly, this area enjoys resident mothers who coordinate their schedules to take turns supervising children playing in the local parks. It is particularly notable that the neighborhood is right near the San Antonio Caltrain station, which is great for commuting. Homes in the Crossings are thoughtfully designed with open layouts and abundant natural light that floods and warms the interiors. Many of the properties here are tri-level, which may pose a challenge for less mobile residents. This very close-knit community a very close-knit holds monthly housing-association meetings and coordinates garage sales, and many houses display Neighborhood Watch markers.
Originally a large apricot and prune orchard, Waverly Park has become Mountain View’s most upscale neighborhood. Bounded by Grant Road and Highway 85, this neighborhood offers the best of Mountain View in many ways, including the most spacious homes situated on large lots and a great park that provides a central gathering place for the neighborhood. Built in phases from the 1960s to the 1980s, homes often are over a generous 3,000 square feet.
Not only are the homes far more spacious than those in other neighborhoods, Waverly Park also boasts abundant recreational places. Cooper Park, almost as large as Cuesta Park, has tennis courts and large grassy fields where the neighborhood kids run around and play soccer. While not as communal as Cuesta Park, Waverly Park still has several neighborhood events with the 4th of July being the most festive, as residents bring their barbeques out to their yards or around the cul-de-sac. The entrance into Waverly Park has been improved by the completed construction of The Enclave, 53 high-end homes on large lots approximately 8,000 square feet.
Waverly Park has excellent walking and bike riding in the neighborhood or on the nearby Stevens Creek Trail, which allows biking to the Baylands and Google. For shopping, groceries are easily obtained on Grant Road at Nob Hill or Ranch 99, and the downtown area is just 10 minutes away.
Whisman Station is a housing development built in 1998 consisting of attached townhomes and detached, single-family homes. The heart of the community is Magnolia Park, which displays a large grass field, a fountain, and a playground where neighborhood children love to come and play while their parents chat. Another park in the complex is Chetwood Park, a vast lawn with tall trees framing the borders. It is situated in the middle of the complex, providing a serene view for those homes that face it. Whisman Station residents include young couples mainly in the high-tech industry and young families from various walks of life. Whisman Station is centrally located for commuting; access to a major freeway is no more than a minute away, and the light rail connects with Caltrain at the Mountain View Station at Castro Street, while high-tech companies around the corner. A pedestrian bridge connects Whisman Station to Castro Street over Central Expressway, providing residents a safe and pleasant 15-minute walk to downtown attractions.
The Willow Gate neighborhood has an eclectic mix of homes, including Cypress Point Lakes Condominiums (with 57 one and two-bedroom units), about two dozen single-family Craftsman-style homes on Willow Street built in 2006, and a selection of homes that resemble the rustic cabins of Lake Tahoe. Towering redwood, magnolia, and willow trees dot the neighborhood, giving it a sense of serenity infused with peace and privacy. The pride of the neighborhood is the Willow Gate Community Garden, which offers 84 individual plots ranging from 260 to 400 square feet. Gardeners relish the opportunity to swap their harvests with one another, gather at a potluck to enjoy the locally-grown foods, and contributing excess produce to local food banks. An easy stroll across Central Expressway leads to downtown attractions, or Caltrain.