On warm summer afternoons, Pam and Bill Warrior often can be found standing in the shade under the palm tree in the front yard of their Shoreline West home as they watch their dog Lily run around chasing her ball. The couple moved to Mariposa Avenue 15 years ago after discovering that the neighborhood was just as inviting to pets as it was to humans.
Animals are the Warriors' livelihood -- Pam works at the Palo Alto animal shelter and Bill at Palo Alto's animal control department -- so finding a place welcoming to pets was important.
"We wanted a place where we could have a dog," Pam said. "I've (been to) other neighborhoods in Mountain View, and this place feels a little friendlier."
The couple also enjoys Shoreline West's proximity to downtown Mountain View, specifically a nearby coffee shop on Dana Street where they walk Lily on most days.
Shoreline West has come a long way from its original roots that took hold in 1904 when the Seventh-day Adventist publishing house Pacific Press relocated to the area from Oakland. The company, which sat at the corner of Villa Street and Bailey Avenue (now Shoreline Boulevard), brought many families into the neighborhood. The homes that these families built and owned were among the first in Shoreline West, according to the Mountain View Historical Association.
A lot has changed in the neighborhood over the decades, said longtime resident Doug McIlwraith who moved to Shoreline West when his mother bought a house there in 1975. He rented in the area for many years before buying a home on Mariposa Avenue in 1998.
"When my mother bought here in '75, this was a somewhat deteriorated neighborhood," McIlwraith said.
In the late 1970s, shortly after McIlwraith's family moved into Shoreline West, the City of Mountain View allocated $100,000 in federal grants to improve the neighborhood, some of which his mother used to re-roof her home.
During that time period, the city also was well known for the giant landfill site in the spot where today's Shoreline Park sits along the San Francisco Bay on the other side of Highway 101. Garbage from as far as San Francisco was dumped at the site.
The landfill eventually closed and was converted into Shoreline Park in 1983, and many of the surrounding neighborhoods including Shoreline West began to morph into mixed-density areas.
Shoreline West now faces a future of redevelopment that's seemingly at odds with its quaint, small-town past: The former site of the Pacific Press is now occupied by Google and other tech offices.
"There's a lot more activity ... since Google moved in," Pam said.
Pam said she's noticed an influx of Airbnb guests on her street.
"I've noticed the frequency of a lot more people coming in and out (of homes)," Pam said. "There are a lot of people who come here with suitcases ... then, they leave a few days later. It's easy to tell. You know your neighbors. You know your neighborhood."
McIlwraith sees the demand for both short- and long-term housing rising too, he said.
"Mountain View used to be one big landfill," he said. "We've gone from being the garbage dump of the Peninsula to the internet capital of the world."
CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Castro Preschool, 505 Escuela Ave.; Children's Learning Cottage, 675 Escuela Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 1, 251 S. Shoreline Blvd.
LOCATION: Bounded by Shoreline Boulevard, El Camino Real, Escuela Avenue and Villa Street.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Shoreline West Association of Neighbors (SWAN), Leona Pearce, [email protected], shorelinewestmv.com.
PARKS: Castro Park, Toft Avenue and Latham Street; Mariposa Park, 305 Mariposa Ave.; Eagle Park and Pool, 650 Franklin St.
POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mountain View-Whisman School District, Bubb and Castro elementary schools, Graham Middle School; Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Los Altos High School.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Khan Lab School, 1200 Villa St. #100; Mountain View Academy, 360 S. Shoreline Blvd.
SHOPPING: Downtown Mountain View; California Street Market, 1595 California St.; El Monte Avenue at El Camino Real.