Welcome To Mountain View
Mountain View is a bayfront city named after its captivating views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The home of Google, the entire city has a cool high-tech vibe. Mountain View is bordered by Palo Alto to the northwest, Los Altos to the south, Sunnyvale to the east, and the San Francisco Bay to the north. Its popular downtown area is centered on Castro Street with great local shops and restaurants serving globally-inspired cuisines. There’s also a weekly farmers’ market for fresh local produce and other high-quality foodstuffs.
Mountain View has more than 20 distinctive residential neighborhoods featuring a diverse mix of housing styles. Some of the most common housing types include classic mid-century Californian ranches and contemporary single-family homes. The real estate mix also includes newer townhouses and condominiums.
What to Love
- Captivating mountain and SF Bay views
- Cool high tech vibe
- Home of Google
- Castro Street restaurants
People & Lifestyle
Mountain View is a big part of the Silicon Valley tech scene. The city has a residential population of around 83,000 and a daytime population that rises to more than 100,000 with commuting tech workers. Google’s flagship Googleplex campus close to the SF Bay employs around 23,000 people. Other major tech firms with a big presence in Mountain View include Amazon, Intuit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Symantec, and Synopsys. Mountain View is well- connected to other cities and communities throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area with two Caltrain stations and access to El Camino Real (Route 82) in the south, the Bayshore Freeway (Route 101) in the north, and Route 85 and the Southbay Freeway (Route 237) in the east.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Castro Street is one of Silicon Valley’s premier dining destinations, with restaurants serving eclectic cuisine from around the world. Cascal brings together the food cultures of Spain and Latin America for an exotic menu of flavorful dishes. This lively eatery also features live flamenco and salsa music on Friday and Saturday nights. Scratch is a chic New American kitchen serving elegant entrées and elevated brunch plates. Meals are paired with an impressive drinks selection that includes wines by the glass or bottle, draft and bottled craft beers, and exquisite handcrafted cocktails. Stop by on Thursday evenings to sample Scratch’s oyster specials. Sushi Tomi offers sublime sushi and sashimi alongside other authentic Japanese dishes. Their lunchtime bento boxes are a popular choice among Mountain View’s many tech workers. The outdoor San Antonio Center shopping mall on El Camino Real to Mountain View’s east features restaurants, shops, and services, including a 24 Hour Fitness and a Trader Joe’s. More big-brand retailers can be found at Charleston Plaza and Rengstorff Center near the Bayshore Freeway to the north.
Close to the San Antonio Center, Amber India is an upscale Indian restaurant serving delicious spicy specialties and an extensive lunch buffet.
Things to Do
As well as providing tens of thousands of jobs in Mountain View, Google provides city-wide free Wi-Fi. The Googleplex is located close to the bayshore recreation and entertainment destinations of Shoreline Park and Shoreline Amphitheater. Shoreline Park spans 750 acres with beautiful views across the Bay and of the surrounding mountains. Recreational amenities here include a golf course with a driving range and practice greens and a lake for windsurfing and kayaking. Shoreline Park also contains athletic fields, a dog park, and the historic 1867 Rengstorff House. Shoreline Amphitheater is a major outdoor concert venue that regularly features performances from some of the biggest touring names in music. Mountain View Art & Wine Festival has taken place on Castro Street over two days in September every year since the 1970s. Considered to be one of the top art festivals in the United States, this much- anticipated annual event features more than 500 talented artists and craft makers alongside live music, seasonal craft beer, wines, and cocktails. Mountain View Farmers’ Market takes place each Sunday morning between 9 AM and 1 PM close to the Mountain View Caltrain Station. The market features more than 80 vendors selling freshly-picked fruits and vegetables alongside other local specialties.
Mountain View is served by the Mountain View Whisman and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High Public School Districts.
- Stevenson Elementary, Public, K-5
- Huff Elementary, Public, K-5
- Mountain View High, Public, 9-12