Not a week has gone by in which Dutch Haven resident Rohit Sawhney hasn't used the local YMCA or the Stevens Creek Trail. Having these recreational opportunities nearby appealed to Sawhney and his family as they sought a new home in 2005.
"We thought, 'How nice that we can just walk across the street to these places,'" he said.
Besides the local amenities, Sawhney said the sense of community was apparent right away, especially because they were seeking a safe place to raise a family.
Throughout the year, the Sawhneys build on their neighborhood relationships by attending the summer social and progressive dinners. Plus, Halloween is a big event, with pumpkin carving and trick-or-treaters roaming the neighborhood.
The residents of the neighborhood also stay connected through an email thread, which includes fun social topics and city matters. In recent years, residents have attended City Council meetings to stay advised of projects such as the El Camino Real expansion and voice their concerns.
"We know we will be staying in our neighborhood," Sawhney said. "We know our neighbors, and it's sometimes hard to find that elsewhere. It wouldn't be the same."
Susan Chang, who has lived in Dutch Haven for more than 14 years, also points to the community's involvement and local facilities as a highlight of the neighborhood. Chang and her family make the most of them by biking around the neighborhood or walking over to Cooper Park for a baseball game. While out and about, Chang said she can see the age diversity in the neighborhood, from decadeslong residents to school-aged children. And as Sawhney mentioned, the special neighborhood activities bring even more people out into the community.
"Generations have created and passed on traditions," Chang said. "People get creative to get people out. It's a very family-oriented neighborhood."
CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road; Mountain View Parent Nursery School, 1325 Bryant Ave.; Primary Plus, 333 Eunice Ave.; St. Timothy's Nursery School, 2094 Grant Road; YMCA Way to Grow Full-Day Preschool, 1501 Oak Ave., Los Altos (nearby)
FIRE STATION: No. 2, 160 Cuesta Drive
LOCATION: bounded by Carol Avenue, Grant Road, Sleep Avenue and Villa Nueva Way
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Dutch Haven Association,Susie Go, firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKS: Cooper Park, 502 Chesley Ave.
POST OFFICE: Nob Hill Foods, 1250 Grant Road
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. Joseph, 1120 Miramonte Ave.; St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mountain View-Whisman School District — Huff and Bubb elementary schools, Graham Middle School; Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District — Mountain View High School
SHOPPING (nearby): Blossom Valley Shopping Center, Miramonte Avenue at Cuesta Drive; Grant Park Plaza; Nob Hill Shopping Center, Grant Road; Downtown Mountain View