The community of Mountain View is most notably the home of Google in the heart of Silicon Valley. 75,000 residents live in the city and the area has a diverse and thriving base of small businesses and nationally, as well as internationally significant corporations besides the more famous ones like Intuit and Symantec. The city was incorporated in 1902 and grew based on economic of agriculture, which transformed into an electronics and aerospace-driven economy in the 1950s and 1960s.
Mountain View features 14 neighborhoods stretched out across 12 square miles: Blossom Valley, Castro City, The Crossings, Cuernavaca, Cuesta Park, Gemello, Jackson Park, Martens-Carmelita, Monta Loma, North Whisman, Old Mountain View, Rex Mantor/Mountain Shadows, Shoreline West, Slater, St. Francis Acres, Stierlin Estates, Sylvan Park, Waverly Park, Whisman Station and Willowgate. Most of the homes in these neighborhoods are multi-family, while about a third a single-family.
There’s a lot to do in Mountain View, including the popular Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Located at 500 Castro Street, this performing arts center puts on concerts and dance performances year-round and has won multiple awards as a result. Families enjoy the Children’s Theatre in the Park, which offers kid-friendly entertainment each summer. The city’s downtown area is also very popular, featuring events like the Sunday Farmer’s Market, the Annual Spring Family Parade and the Annual A la Carte & Art event.
Old Mountain View
St. Francis Acres
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Situated in Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to many high technology companies including, Google, Symantec, and Intuit. Today, high technology is the basis of the local economy and there are few remnants of the agricultural past. Mountain View has a pedestrian-friendly downtown centered on Castro Street. The downtown area consists of the seven blocks of Castro Street from the Downtown Mountain View Station transit center in the north to the intersection with El Camino Real in the south. The transit center links the Caltrain commuter rail and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail and bus systems. Going south from the downtown station, there are approximately four blocks with a high concentration of diverse restaurants, cafes, and shops. Chez TJ, one of the few restaurants rated by the prestigious Michelin Guide in the Bay Area, is located a block from Castro Street on Villa Street. The core of downtown is the plaza shared by City Hall, the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and the award-winning Mountain View Public Library. Behind those buildings is Pioneer Park, which enjoys a quiet environment resulting from the City Hall building blocking out the noise from Castro Street. The Plaza between City Hall and the Performing Arts Center is a well-used spot for community gatherings and events, and features an impressive collection of public art. The Mountain View Police Department is located two blocks away from Castro Street on Villa Street.Since 1971, the city has held the annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Castro Street by closing down the street to traffic for two days. There is a farmer’s market in the Caltrain parking lot every Sunday morning. Every summer, once a month, the city celebrates Thursday Night Live (TNL) by closing off Castro Street to cars and providing live music events and car shows on Castro Street. Mountain View has one central public library, the Mountain View Public Library, offering video, music, books, self-check out, and access to the Internet. The Downtown Mountain View Station is the transit center for the city, connecting the public commuter rail, light rail, bus and private shuttle system.