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Welcome to Old Mountain View, Mountain View’s dynamic center for over 150 years. A charming and historic Silicon Valley neighborhood, Old Mountain View can trace its legacy back to when the Castro family allowed the establishment of a train station on their land. That station was close to today’s modern Caltrain station, allowing nearby Castro Street to develop into a lively community center. With its tree-lined streets, diverse neighborhoods, and proximity to tech companies, Old Mountain View offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just passing through, here’s your guide to this vibrant neighborhood.

WHAT TO LOVE

  • Tech Oasis (Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, & more!)
  • Convenient Commute Routes
  • Extensive Trail System
  • Active Downtown Area
  • Ample Outdoor Amenities
  • Highly Rated Public Schools


PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE

The juxtaposition between its name and its energetic atmosphere makes Old Mountain View truly remarkable. Amidst its sidewalks and parks, which are lined with leafy, ancient trees, a new generation of families thrive. Old Mountain View is often called Downtown Mountain View, as this neighborhood does include the aforementioned Castro Street — the central locale of Mountain View shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment. This creates an eclectic environment for residents and visitors who love to get out, try new things, meet new people, and make the most out of every day.

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Located in Old Mountain View, the city’s downtown area is centered on Castro Street and offers a mix of dining, entertainment, and shopping. From upscale restaurants to inviting bistros and cozy bars, Old Mountain View boasts a diverse culinary scene sure to satisfy any palate.

Did you know that Old Mountain View is home to a Michelin-star restaurant? Well, you do now! Renowned for its exquisite French cuisine and elegant ambiance, Chez TJ offers guests a fine dining experience housed in a charming Victorian house. If you’re looking for a legitimately one-of-a-kind experience, this is the place to be!

Speaking of dining awards, Downtown Mountain View’s Doppio Zero was recently ranked the “#19 Best Pizzeria in the United States” by Top50Pizza. Offering authentic Southern Italian cuisine, Doppio Zero has earned its place in conversations about the best in the Bay Area’s Italian dining scene.

Cascal beckons with its lively ambiance and rich palette of colors, presenting a culinary journey through Pan-Latin cuisine. Cascal offers both indoor and patio dining as well as a regular calendar of live music. From tantalizing tapas to sumptuous entrees, each dish is a fusion of Old World flavors and contemporary flair.

THINGS TO DO

Every Sunday, the Castro Street Farmers’ Market comes alive with local vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal goods, and delicious street food. It’s the perfect place to stock up on farm-fresh ingredients or grab a bite to eat while soaking in the exuberant atmosphere.

The central gathering spot for all things art and culture is undoubtedly the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Providing year-round theater, dance, and music productions in the center of downtown, the MVCPA is where Old Mountain View comes together to appreciate the finer things in life. As a cornerstone of the local arts community, the MVCPA is committed to fostering creativity, cultural enrichment, and accessibility to the performing arts for residents and visitors alike. The venue collaborates with local arts organizations, schools, and community groups to offer outreach programs, youth performances, and educational initiatives that inspire and engage the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.

The Mountain View Library is also conveniently located in Old Mountain View. Situated next to two lush parks, Pioneer Memorial Park and Eagle Park, a trip to the Mountain View library is always a fun time. With a large collection of reading materials and ample workspace, the Mountain View Library is a place the whole family can enjoy.

SCHOOLS

Students in Mountain View receive education through both the Mountain View-Whisman School District and the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Located within the neighborhood boundaries, Landels Elementary School also connects to the scenic Stevens Creek Trail which leads all the way to the San Francisco Bay.

WHY LIVE IN OLD MOUNTAIN VIEW?

If you value walkability, community, culture, convenience, and lifestyle amenities, then Old Mountain View may be for you! Here, you are always five minutes away from a grocery store, a library, a park, a tasty restaurant, a cafe, and more! It is undoubtedly one of the best—and most dynamic—places to live in the Bay Area.

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