The Jewel of the Peninsula
Billing itself as a quiet, locals-oriented town with a progressive local economy, Mountain View, CA provides its residents with the best of peninsula living. Located in Silicon Valley, close to San Jose and neighboring Palo Alto (and only a short drive from San Francisco) Mountain View offers all of the amenities of the Bay Area while maintaining a quiet, small town atmosphere.
With a population of slightly more than 70,000 residents, Mountain View can often feel like a much smaller place to live. Tree lined streets and a quaint downtown area allow visitors and residents the opportunity to feel a sense of community.
Downtown Mountain View is notorious amongst peninsula residents as the “it” spot for nightlife and dining, boasting an impressive array of international cuisines and nightclubs all contained within a several block area along Castro Street. With a variety of shops and services along this main street as well, downtown Mountain View offers something for everyone.
Education & Jobs Abound
The impressive school districts in Mountain View have long been a high priority for the community. The Mountain View Whisman School District operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools in the area and offers several unique alternative schooling options to parents. Test scores are significantly above the state targets, with an average API score of 826 in 2010.
The Mountain View/Los Altos Union High School District maintains three high schools, two of which serve the Mountain View community. Students attend either Mountain View or Los Altos High Schools, both of which offer a wide variety of college prep courses and extracurricular and enrichment activities.
In addition to being home to several award winning schools for children, Mountain View is situated in close proximity to several Community Colleges including DeAnza and Foothill Colleges, as well as the internationally recognized Stanford University.
Mountain View is home to Google and several other world renowned tech giants such as Microsoft, KPMG, and Synopsis. The local economy has been dubbed “progressive” because of the city’s attention to the opportunities that Silicon Valley living presents. An example of this is the landmark deal in which Google and the city of Mountain View collaborated in Google’s first ever city-wide free Wi-Fi program.
Like many communities on the peninsula, Mountain View offers easy access to the two main highways (hwy 101 and 85) connecting the South Bay and San Francisco. In addition to the several other thoroughfares that allow access to the South Bay Area, the light rail system and Caltrain are within easy reach.
Mountain View Neighborhoods
- Monta Loma
- St. Francis Acres
- Blossom Valley
- Cuesta Park
- Waverly Park
- Downtown Mountain View
- Sylvan Park
- Whisman Station
- Shoreline West
- Martens- Carmelita
- Rex Manor
Buying a Home in Mountain View
Home values have consistently risen in Mountain View’s neighborhoods because of the bucolic setting and access to major freeways and transit options. With home prices steadily on the rise in this city, the median home price in 2015 was $1,860,000. Mountain View is one of the rare cities between San Jose and San Francisco that allow for quiet, small town residential living while providing access to jobs, great schools, entertainment and dining.
- Median home prices increased by 3.7% year-over-year to $1,745,000 from $1,700,000.
- The average home sales price rose by 2.6% year-over-year to $1,840,000 from $1,774,932.
- Home sales lowered by 7.1% year-over-year to 235 from 253.
- The average days on market increased year-over-year to 18 from 17.
Mountain View Homes For Sale