It's not uncommon to see people tending to their gardens or children playing in their front yards in the Stierlin Estates neighborhood; that's a typical weekend afternoon.
While bustling Middlefield Road and Shoreline Boulevard are nearby, the Mountain View community appears calm. From manicured lawns to the close proximity to life essentials, many who live here like the "tucked away" vibe. These are just some of the things that Ken Carter likes.
Carter has lived in the quaint neighborhood for 22 years. His brother-in-law actually lives four doors down from him. Carter and his wife, Georgia, used to live one mile away before moving to Stierlin Estates in 1978.
"It's a secluded little neighborhood," Carter said. "Kids have been known to play ball in the streets."
Carter said the location of the neighborhood is convenient as shopping and groceries are close by. He commends the easy access to the freeway and the location less than a mile from downtown Mountain View's Castro Street. As a retiree, this is a bonus, he added.
"Everything you need is within a four-mile radius," he said.
Another aspect of the community that Carter is fond of is its ethnic diversity. For example, just across the street from him lives a Japanese family and to the left of them resides a Filipino family, he said. His neighbors behind his home are Russian and the family to the left of his home hails from Taiwan.
"It's quite diverse," he said. "I like that part. I didn't discover the diversity of our area until we moved to this neighborhood."
Carter said his immediate neighbors are pretty social. However, some people tend to stay to themselves. Residents don't have communitywide events, like block parties.
Flora Grimminger remembers when Shoreline Boulevard was named Stierlin Road in Mountain View. A resident of the neighborhood since 1969, she has seen the community transform over the last 40 years.
"It's changed," Grimminger said. "There's a lot of big buildings coming in. It was much quieter when we moved here."
Grimminger's late husband, who grew up on a farm, was attracted to the rural feel of the Mountain View neighborhood. At the corner of Moffett Boulevard and Middlefield Road there was an old farm house, and if one was lucky, one could see peacocks, she recalled. That rural atmosphere no longer remains, as orchards and farmland have been replaced with businesses and additional housing.
They moved to Mountain View from the East Coast. The location of the property was nice, with easy access to U.S. Highway 101 -- a benefit considering her husband worked for the San Francisco International Airport.
"That's what sold us on the home," she said.
While Grimminger is not a fan of the increased nearby traffic and construction, she believes the influx of development is due to an increased need for housing.
Perci Cardestam has lived in the neighborhood since 1974. She said the location was appealing in terms of access to work and to school for her children.
A native of the Philippines, Cardestam also had an uncle who lived about a mile away near Theuerkauf Elementary School in Mountain View. This was an additional draw as she was new to the country and wanted to be close to family. She is glad she stayed.
"It's really a great area," Cardestam said. "It's a nice quiet neighborhood."
Perci and her husband, Perr, like that it is a safe community. Cardestam said her family used to travel often and would be away for weeks at a time. They would simply ask their neighbors to keep an eye on their property and nothing ever happened, she said.
"You can trust (your neighbors)," she said.
The neighborhood is near outdoor amenities as well, such as parks and walking trails. Cardestam used to take walks along Shoreline Boulevard.
The Stierlin Estates development was built in 1962 and consisted of single-story homes. It has grown over the years.
FIRE STATION: No. 5, 2195 N. Shoreline Blvd.
LOCATION: between Terra Bella Avenue, North Shoreline Boulevard, West Middlefield Road, Moffett Boulevard and Highway 85
PARKS: San Veron Park, San Veron Avenue and Middlefield Road
POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mountain View-Whisman School District: Monta Loma Elementary School, Crittenden Middle School; Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District: Mountain View and Los Altos high schools
SHOPPING: Bailey Park Plaza, 570 N. Shoreline Blvd.