Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Homes for sale in Shoreline West Mountain View, CA

Are you looking for Homes for sale in Shoreline West Mountain View, CA?

Shoreline West is defined as the neighborhood north of Shoreline Blvd and south of Escuela Ave.  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 bungelows, a few Victorians, condos, and apartment buildings.
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 it was built, 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 apartments buildings are more typical in the Rengstorff Park area further north.

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 quite sanctuary if you are not in the mood for night life but want easy access.

Most of the residents of Shoreline West have lived in the neighborhood for a long time and opportunities to buy in the neighborhood are competitive.  Please contact me if you are interested in knowing more about the Shoreline West Neighborhood or to preview any of the available properties in the neighborhood.

This is a typical 1950's Bungelow in Shoreline West      Cottage or Mother in Law unit

FACTS About the Shoreline West Neighborhood

CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Castro Preschool, 505 Escuela Ave.; Childrens Learning Cottage, 675 Escuela Ave.; Wonder World, 2015 Latham St.

FIRE STATION: No. 1, 251 S. Shoreline Blvd.

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Shoreline West Association of Neighbors (SWAN), swanmv.org, Mike Groethe, spokesperson@swanmv.org

PARKS: Castro School Park, Toft Avenue and Latham Street; Eagle Park and Pool, S. Shoreline Boulevard at Church Street

POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mtn. View-Whisman School District — Castro Elementary School, Graham Middle School; Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District — Los Altos High School

SHOPPING: Downtown Mountain View; California Street Market, 1595 California St.; Escuela Avenue at El Camino Real


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