Mountain View's Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows neighborhood is a potpourri of diversity in northern Santa Clara County. Bounded by Central Expressway, Shoreline Boulevard, Middlefield Road, Farley and Burgoyne Streets, and San Ramon and Montecito avenues, its proximity to shopping, entertainment and Google make it an attractive community for singles and families looking for a suburban lifestyle with an urban feel.
Sharon Gloster, a 16-year resident, describes the area as a "nice mixture of different types of people. There are working class people who have lived here for years as well as tech workers who have moved here more recently," she said.
Gloster said she initially gravitated toward the Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows neighborhood based on its location.
"(It's) close to downtown Mountain View, the performing arts center, the library and restaurants as well as CalTrain and highways, plus there is a nearby tennis court, schools and Safeway within walking distance (and) playgrounds," she said.
That proximity, along with neighborhood's closeness to Shoreline Amphitheater, gives residents "all the benefits of being close to downtown but without the noise and parking problems."
One disadvantage of living within the Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows neighborhood, Gloster said, comes when Shoreline hosts a large-draw concert. That's when residents experience the side effects of noise and increased traffic.
"But that doesn't happen too often," she added.
Gloster said the rising cost of real estate, increased rents and the demolition of older houses is perhaps creating the biggest change in the neighborhood as many of the older residents are being forced out.
"We are losing diversity," she said.
Lesley Ruzon, who has lived in the Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows neighborhood since 2000 and in her current home since 2005, agrees with Gloster.
"The rents are going up so many of our children's friends have moved away," she said, adding that when she first moved to the area it was affordable and one of the few locations where her family could purchase a home.
"We do have a range of older retirees who bought their houses 50 years ago when they were first built and never left," Gloster said. "There are a lot of apartments, so we also get some of the single techies -- especially because we are so close to Google."
Ruzon said she especially likes living close to local activities.
"Our kids can bike to school (and) sports practice," she said. "Mountain View Los Altos Girls' Softball headquarters is at Stevenson Park. It's fun to see all the girls at various ages playing ball. (The neighborhood) is great for jogging and biking."
Other bonuses of living in the Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows community include a June barbecue and enrichment activities offered by Mountain View.
"We have an annual neighborhood block party," Gloster said. "In addition, the City of Mountain View has many summer activities, which bring all residents together."
CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOLS: YMCA of the East Bay/Mountain View Child Development Center, 750B San Pierre Way; YMCA -- Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 3, 301 N. Rengstorff Ave. or No. 1, 251 S. Shoreline Blvd.
LOCATION: Rex Manor: between Farley and Burgoyne streets, Central Expressway and West Middlefield Road; Mountain Shadows: between Burgoyne Street and Shoreline Boulevard, San Ramon and Montecito avenues
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Lawrence Shing, chair, [email protected]
PARKS: Rex Manor Park, Farley Street and Central Expressway; Stevenson Park, San Luis Avenue and San Pierre Way
POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mtn. View-Whisman School District: Theuerkauf and Stevenson elementary schools, Crittenden Middle School; Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District: Los Altos High School
SHOPPING: Bailey Park Plaza Shopping Center, Shoreline Boulevard; strip shopping areas at 112 Rengstorff Ave. and 580 Rengstorff Ave.