Sylvan Park residents say it's tough to find a neighborhood that's closer-knit than the one they live in. Whether it's preventing burglars from breaking into a neighbor's house, watching outdoor movies together or celebrating the Fourth of July in the park, the Sylvan Park area has always banded together as a community.
"The Realtors brag about how close everyone in the neighborhood is," said Linda Holroyd, who has lived in the area for 19 years. "None of our kids can act up because all the parents know each other. Everyone who moves here gets integrated into the community."
The diverse mix of housing options mobile home parks, apartments, duplexes and single-family homes all within a few square blocks is another reason why residents say they chose to settle in the area.
"Sylvan Park is a residential area with lovely homes, so I was surprised to find a mobile home park here," said Marty Brewer, who lives in Sunset Estates one of Sylvan Park's two mobile home parks. Brewer said she prefers living in a mobile home park because they feel more community oriented than most residential areas.
"You are right in the same area at the same time and see the same people," the 32-year resident said.
Her neighbors, Bob and Martha Greene, relocated to Sylvan Park from Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood in 2009. They were looking for a change a pace: Living in an area with fewer high-density developments and close proximity to the services they need.
Because the neighborhood is near highways 237, 101 and 85, "you can get anywhere from here, and most of things we need are not too far away. It is convenient," Bob said.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is a mere 15-minute walk from Sunset Estates, he added.
And although the Greenes said Sylvan Avenue has considerably more traffic than Midtown, the couple can't hear the traffic from their home. The neighborhood is mostly quiet, they said.
The crowning jewel of the neighborhood, however, is Sylvan Park.
"We live in the front of Sylvan Avenue and we have a nice view of the park," Martha said. "It's nice to see people of different nationalities, old people, babies, young people walking by and playing with one another."
Neighbors use the park for dancing, soccer and volleyball games and group exercises. The City of Mountain View also hosts an outdoor movie screening at the park in the summer and an annual picnic and parade each year on the Fourth of July.
"It's an old-fashioned Fourth of July," Holroyd said. "We take over the park."
However, like many other neighborhoods in the Bay Area, housing prices have increased. Brewer said he feels lucky to have gotten a plot before prices skyrocketed.
"Before I moved here, I was told, 'You don't want to live in a mobile home park, because you can't sell,'" Brewer said. "Well, I payed about $68,000 for this home, and now the places are going for $150,000 a plot."
CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Western Montessori Day School, 323 Moorpark Way; YMCA Slater, 325 Gladys Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 4, 229 N. Whisman Road
LOCATION: bounded by West El Camino Real, Highway 85, Highway 237 and the Sunnyvale border
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Linda Reynolds, chair, [email protected]
PARKS: Sylvan Park, Sylvan Avenue and DeVoto Street
POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. Stephen Lutheran School, 320 Moorpark Way
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mtn. View-Whisman School District -- Landels Elementary School, Graham Middle School; ==I Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District Mountain View High School
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