Located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, Mountain View remains the location for many high-tech company headquarters, including Google, Mozilla Foundation, Symantec, and Intuit. It was also the location of the Shockley Semiconductor Factory--the first company to develop silicone semiconductor devices that led to nicknaming the area “Silicon Valley.”
What would become Mountain View began as a stagecoach station and agricultural community between San Francisco and San Jose until World War II. It then grew more urbanized by engaging in the new aerospace and electronic industries. High technology is now the foundation of the local economy. Specialized tax districts in Mountain View’s technology sectors led to recreational growth along the North Shoreline and investment in its well-maintained Downtown district.
Mountain View is mostly made up of residential neighborhoods with the majority of business parks in the North Shoreline area north of Highway 101 and east of Highway 85. It has a lively downtown well-suited for daytime activities, nightlife, and community events. It includes both private and public schools with a sought-after ratio of students to full-time-equivalent teachers of 20.4 to one.
Parks + Trails
Stevens Creek Trail
Stevens Creek Trail is a multi-use trail that runs along the creek corridor of Stevens Creek beginning in Shoreline Park and ending at the corner of Heatherstone Way and Dale Avenue. The scenic trail winds its way through natural riparian habitats and tidal marshlands and across Stevens Creek, which is home to a host of native California wildlife, including raccoons, possums, and several species of birds.
Shoreline Lake Boathouse
The Shoreline-Lake Boathouse is a scenic spot for biking, hiking, jogging, strolling, bird-watching, and other recreational activities. The Shoreline-Lake Boathouse is situated within the beautiful Shoreline Regional Park, which was established in 1983 by the City of Mountain View and features the human-made 50-acre saltwater Shoreline Lake.