Whisman Station refers to the light rail station inside the community, part of the Valley Transit Authority. Its boundaries are the Central Expressway to the south, the 237 to the east, and North Whisman Road to the west. The Light Rail runs north to south through the community, then along the Central Expressway west. To the west side of the community are single-family homes, and to the east apartments and condos, as well as some single-family homes. In the center of the community is Magnolia Park, simply an open green space.
Private, public and childcare facilities, as well as preschools, serve the Whisman Station community. Yew Chung International, German International School of Silicon Valley Building Kidz and Kiddie Academy are the private schools and childcare facilities most convenient for and popular with Whisman Station residents. Landels Elementary, Crittenden Middle and Mountain View High provide public education to children of Whisman Station residents.
Shopping around Whisman Station is focused on the El Camino Real and Downtown Mountain View. This community is somewhat removed from these nearby shopping centers, but many stores have cropped up around the community in a spread-out fashion. For example, a short distance down the Central Expressway is the Mountain View General Store, a boutique of locally made jewelry and gifts, as well as the Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Shop, which is an all-purpose venue for wine and parties. On the El Camino Real is the Sufi Coffee Shop and Cognition Cyclery.
Along Castro Street to the east of the community is the nearest hub of dining. It’s a popular local spot and has a lot to offer, not just in the number of restaurants but in the variety, though many of the establishments lean towards Asian cuisine. Just a few include Sushitomi, Fu Lam Mum and New Mongolian BBQ; Ristorante Don Giovanni provides fine dining and a full bar, while Cascal is a Pan-Latin spot offering tapas.