Welcome to Mountain View
Great place for tech companies, even better home for residents
Referring to Mountain View as the center of the tech universe might be doing the city of over 80,000 residents a disservice.
As the headquarters for Google, Symantec, and Intuit, the city certainly earns its technological bona fides. But its fame as a corporate home base has not diminished the fact that Mountain View is a phenomenal place to put down your own roots.
After incorporation in 1902, the area was primarily an agricultural community until the U.S. Navy purchased land in 1931 and Moffatt Naval Air Station was built two years later. That led to the city serving as an incubator for aerospace and electronics companies.
Even with the plethora of technology companies, Mountain View remains more a residential community than anything else. Small distinctive neighborhoods and a bit of fun and excitement in between provide new residents the chance to create a little history of their own.
What to Love
- Energy from being a worldwide tech center
- Unique neighborhoods and residents
- Google’s home base
People & Lifestyle
Mountain View, like several other areas in Silicon Valley playing host to major tech giants, can seem as if it’s really two cities. During the day, the population easily swells to over 125,000 as workers head into their high-tech offices.
This continuous flux of people gives Mountain View an unmistakable vibrancy that is missing in some of the sleepier parts of the San Francisco Peninsula.
The city is wonderfully diverse, both in its people and its neighborhoods. Residents may come from all over for work, but they stay because of the dynamic lifestyle Mountain View offers. So, it comes as little surprise that the city consistently ranks as one of California’s best places to live.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The walkable downtown is a main draw for residents and visitors alike, complete with an abundance of shops and public art displays at Pioneer Memorial Park. In addition to downtown shopping, there are two major shopping areas, the newly developed Carmel Village, adjacent to Los Altos, and the Rengstorff Center.
If you’re hungry,
Amarin Thai Cuisine
are all excellent stops along Castro Street. Thirsty? Stop by
Red Rock Coffee
for morning fare and
St. Stephen’s Green
for something a bit later in the day.
Not merely a tech hub, Mountain View also celebrates the arts at the city’s Center for the Performing Arts and showcases an impressive 38-piece collection of outdoor public art throughout the city.
Things to Do
As a place where things happen, Mountain View offers many outdoor activities. A former landfill,
Shoreline at Mountain View
is a fabulous open space area (the largest in Mountain View) and is home to the Shoreline Amphitheatre and Lake Boathouse. Golfers will love the links-style
Shoreline Golf Links
that sits adjacent to San Francisco Bay.
Mountain View has an abundance of parks throughout the city, and 10 miles of bike and pedestrian trails at
await active residents. There is also a fantastic Sunday farmers market to fuel you after a hike or bike excursion.
Being in the very heart of Silicon Valley, one should not miss the
Computer History Museum
, a 5-acre public park that lies in the shadow of the Googleplex, Google’s headquarters.
If you are interested in Mountain View’s aerospace heritage, the old airship hangars and world’s largest wind tunnel at
NASA's Ames Research Center
Several districts serve the city of Mountain View:
Mountain View Whisman School District
for kindergarten through 8th grade and
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District
for high school.