Mountain View

Mountain View, Cradle of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Throughout Mountain View’s history, it has been a dynamic city. It began as a stage coach stop on The El Camino Real during the mid 1800’s. The pleasant, mild climate and beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains attracted settlers who cultivated the orchards that transformed the area into the Valley of the Heart’s Delights, a prolific agricultural center. As the orchards were replaced by high tech companies, Mountain View became home to some of the world’s most established, iconic high-tech companies including Google, Intuit, and LinkedIn, as well as hundreds of start-ups that further established Mountain View’s reputation as a cradle of innovation and entrepreneurship. As a result, Mountain View became the natural choice of high-tech workers to live. This led to a dramatic spike in Mountain View home appreciation; the average single-family home price in rose 12.6% in 2012 and 19.2% in 2013.

Mountain View offers a wide spectrum of home styles; from story-book, to Norman Rockwell, affordable Eichlers, new urban chic townhomes and condominiums. Mountain View’s most prestigious neighborhood, Waverly Park, offers spacious, character rich homes with lush landscaping. Cuesta Park, a sister neighborhood of Waverly, also boasts a high quality of life with tree-lined streets and walkability to its name sake, Cuesta Park, and Bubb Elementary School. Sylvan Dale evokes images of the Normal Rockwell-like lifestyle with large family homes surrounded by porches and willow trees on gently curving streets that wrap around Sylvan Park. For Eichler enthuisasts, Monta Loma offers Eichler homes at a lower price point and walkability to Monta Loma Elementary, and as well as an ideal location for commuting to high-tech jobs just north of U.S. 101. Urban chic new homes sprang up around Castro Street, the center of Downtown, offering more residents walkability to dining, entertainment, and Caltrain. The number of desirable areas are increasing as the city continues to gentrify.

This gentrification is transforming the landscape of Mountain View. Downtown Mountain View is the epicenter of this phenomenon. Within the last few years, hundreds of posh new homes of various styles have gone up within a few blocks east and west of Castro Street, transforming it into a more wordly, distinctive destination. Hundreds of new rowhomes and condominiums are slated to replace small, utilitarian homes in less sought-after, less expensive neighborhoods such as North Whisman, Rex Manor, and Rengstorff. Real estate developers are capitalizing on their most valuable asset – proximity to North Bayshore, the center of the high tech-hub. In 10 years, much of these areas will have been transformed and they too will be sought-after neighborhoods.

Condo Communities in Mountain View