Welcome to Mountain View
Stunning views paired with an urban ambiance.
Settled along the southern curve of the San Francisco Bay, Mountain View, California is ensconced by the magnificent Santa Cruz Mountains to the southwest and was named after its gorgeous vistas. Mountain View is surrounded by several other premier Silicon Valley cities —Palo Alto, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and more—and consequently rests at the heart of one of the most innovative regions in the world.
In addition to being home to the headquarters of Google, Inuit, NASA Ames, Alphabet Inc., and several others, Mountain View also houses several major offices for companies like Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Samsung. Developed from the land grant given to Francisco Estrad in 1842, Mountain View has blossomed into a population of over 75,000 residents and a powerhouse base for high technology.
From modern to mid-century, single-family townhouses to expansive ranches and colonial revival homes, Mountain View contains an abundance of housing options that can suit any need. The city also has tons of luxury apartments and rentals, all with the convenience of urban living and plenty of amenities.
What to Love
- Charming community vibe and fresh local produce at the farmers' market
- Access to opportunity as the epicenter of Silicon Valley
- Stunning views of natural scenery
People & Lifestyle
The population of Mountain View trends young, and many professionals just starting in their career will find the city ideally suited to them. Those with families can also benefit from the ample activity and opportunity in Mountain View, as well as its dedication to providing a safe and progressive environment for its residents. Highly educated, most of the population is employed in the fields of technology, science, information, and manufacturing.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Local shopping can be found at The Village at San Antonio Center
, an ever-growing open-air shopping center that houses locations for your every-day needs. For a day of retail therapy, you can head less than an hour away to the San Francisco Premium Outlets
and enjoy perusing the nearly 200 stores. Shop name brands like Steve Madden
, Michael Kors
, Coach, and dozens more. While you’re there, fuel up with a juicy burger at the famous Johnny Rocket’s, or indulge in some gourmet sweets at Godiva Chocolatier
Those with a penchant for exploring delicious dining options won’t find themselves disappointed in Mountain View. At Cascal
, exotic flavors and inspiring blends of Spanish and Latin American cuisine will leave your taste buds delighted. Their specialties, like the asado—a savory Argentinian dish that comes with grilled flat iron steak, pork belly, and lamb chops—never fail to impress, and the luxurious atmosphere will have you coming back for more. Try the Goddess on the Rocks cocktail at ViVe Sol
and embrace the feeling of paradise. The menu at this authentic Mexican restaurant is replete with appetizing options like their traditional enchiladas and strives to bring the best of Baroque Pueblan cuisine to the area.
Things to Do
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight at the stunning scenery in Mountain View and ample options for recreation. The multi-use Permanente Creek Trail
is ideal for walking and biking and provides connections to several areas of the community. Take advantage of the open vistas and 8 miles of trails at Shoreline At Mountainview, which also contains an amphitheater, eateries, golfing, and a wide scope of varied ecosystems that harbor several different types of wildlife.
Community is important to Mountain View, and the city hosts several annual events that draw in thousands from all around. The Art and Wine Festival
has become one of the state’s—and the nation’s—premier events. It hosts over 500 artists and displays work that ranges from ceramics, wood, fine arts, and sculpting to jewelry, glass, watercolor, and several more. More than just an outdoor art exhibit, the festival also features live music, exceptional food, and fine wine samples from around the world.
Mountain View is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Mountain View High School, 9-12, highly-rated public school
- Waldorf School of the Peninsula - Mountain View Campus, 6-12, highly-rated private school
- German International School of Silicon Valley - Mountain View Campus, PK-12, well-rated private school