The Shoreline West neighborhood in Mountain View, CA is defined as the neighborhood north of Shoreline Blvd and south of Escuela Ave and east of El Camino and west of Central Expressway.
The Shoreline West neighborhood became a distinct and different neighborhood from Old Mountain View in the 1990’s. What attracts many residents to the Shoreline West neighborhood is the diverse housing stock.
Shoreline West has new modern homes, charming bungalows, a few Victorians, condos, and apartment buildings.
There are even some homes that are lucky enough to have alley access in addition to street access to their homes.
However, what sold me on the Shoreline West neighborhood was the availability of single family homes with income property. You can choose from several different combinations of configurations. A home with a mother-in-law unit, a home with a duplex and there are even several homes with a triplex. Four or less dwellings allow the home owner to get residential financing and still reap the benefit of having income property.
I once asked my neighbor, who has lived in the Shoreline West area since his home was built in the 1940’s, why there were so many homes with income property. He said when the first Silicon Boom started in the late 50’s early 60’s residents were encouraged to build rental income property as an alternative to rezoning the area and building high density apartment buildings. High density apartment buildings are more typical in the Rengstorff Park area further north and along the California Street corridor.
The Shoreline West neighborhood is a short stroll to Castro Street. Castro Street offers wonderful dining opportunities and tremendous nightlife. However, Shoreline West offers a quiet sanctuary if you are not in the mood for night life but want easy access to all that Castro Street has to offer.
One of the gems of the Shoreline West neighborhood is the California Market; the California Market is located at California Street and Mariposa. The California Market has been owned by the same family since the 1970’s. They are known for their amazing tamale’s and fresh salsas. It is also a great place to pick up staples and fresh produce. Their avocados are some of the best I have ever had.
In June of 2012 the city opened a new park in the Shoreline West neighborhood, Mariposa Park; the park is a big hit with neighbors. I love to walk to Castro Street via the park, it is a bright happy spot filled with the laughter of children.
The Shoreline West neighborhood has a mix of long time residents and newer residents. This is a fairly stable area so opportunities to buy in the neighborhood are competitive.
Please contact me if you are interested in knowing more about living in the Shoreline West Neighborhood or to preview any of the available properties in the area.