Mountain View

Mountain View Local Community information

Mountain View, CA

The City of Mountain View began as stagecoach stop on the route connecting the Port of San Francisco and the new State Capitol in San Jose. Covered in lush orchards and magnificent vineyards the town became an agricultural boomtown in the late 1800’s and remained predominantly agricultural city through the 1960s. Today, Mountain View is a high-tech hub in the heart of the Silicon Valley and home to some of the world’s most innovative biotech and telecommunications companies.

Covering 12 square miles and located just 10 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles south of San Francisco, Mountain View is home to just under 74,000 residents. The city is well-connected for those commuting  to the city or neighboring towns with a light rail station and CalTrans, as well as easy access to the 101, 85, 280 and 237.

Mountain View prides itself on having attractive and well-built residential communities served by neighborhood parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, superior schools, and a vibrant downtown area filled with restaurants, cafes, shops and the train station. In addition, the town enjoys free wifi from local high-tech bigwig, Google.

Housing in Mountain View is varied with 28 percent being single-family homes, 11 percent townhouses, 57 percent multifamily, and 4 percent mobile homes. While home prices are often slightly lower than the neighboring towns of Los Altos and Palo Alto, one can still expect to pay a premium for a property in Mountain View.


2010-2011 City Operating Budget:  $87 million

Population:  73,801

Households:  31,957

Owner-Occupied Housing:  13,332

Renter-Occupied Housing:  18,625

Estimated Median Household Income:  $88,637

2012 Median Home Selling Price – Single Family:  $1,100,000

2012 Median Home Selling Price – Condominiums:  $610,000

*according to the 2010 United States Census unless otherwise noted.