“For those looking to break into the Mountain View housing market, the district misleadingly called Sunnyvale offers up no residential options.”

Much like the district of North Shoreline, Mountain View’s Sunnyvale neighborhood (MLS #210) mixes business parks with protected preserve lands and the city’s prevalent outdoor recreation area, Shoreline at Mountain View Park. Unlike the area of North Shoreline, Sunnyvale lacks even a symbolic mobile home park. The borough is completely void of any residential housing whatsoever.

Google owns land in this area, the Stevens Creek Trail terminates here and the 700-acre Shoreline at Mountain View Park is its crowning glory. Created in 1983 on the site of a former landfill, Shoreline includes miles of walking and cycling trails along the bay, an 18-hole golf course, and a 50-acre lake offering boating, windsurfing and other aquatic activities. The winds blowing in off the bay make this area a favorite among stunt kite flyers while some of its 10 miles of trails lead to the Palo Alto Baylands marsh trail. The world-class outdoor Shoreline Ampetheater, it’s towering tent peaks being the largest in the world, is a top-notch outdoor entertainment venue that was constructed in cooperation with Bill Graham. The 22,500 capacity ampetheater has hosted a multitude of music festivals, concerts and other events.

Neighborhood Price Point

N/A*
*No homes sold in this neighborhood in 2013

Favorable Attributes
  • Includes Shoreline Ampetheater, a top-notch outdoor entertainment venue
  • Access to Shoreline Park and its variety of athletic and outdoor opportunities

History of County Area Sunnyvale, Mountain View

What Sunnyvale lacks in housing, it makes up for by offering a significant glimpse into the city’s history. It was here that, in 1864, Henry Rengstorff bought 164 acres of land, having missed the money-making opportunities of the gold rush. Being entrepreneurial in spirit, Rengstorff built a ship landing and on its heels, a booming business sending crops and lumber to San Francisco.

In 1867 on what is now Shoreline Boulevard, Rengstorff constructed a 12 bedroom Victorian mansion for he and wife, Christine Hassle Rengstorff. This stately home remained for decades after its residents had passed on, falling into unfortunate disrepair. In 1976, the 3 men who who kidnapped 26 school children from Chowchilla claimed their motivation was to raise enough in ransom to restore the Rengstorff home. The children were rescued unharmed. In 1983, the dilapidated Victorian was relocated to a new location within Shoreline Park and restored to its former splendor.