In the 1970s, George Markle came to Mountain View for a job — a similar story for many today. He originally chose Moffett Boulevard, and specifically Cypress Point Lakes because of the ease of commute.
Today, people will find the same proximity to transportation options, including Caltrain, light rail and Highway 85 and 101. In addition, Markle said access to bike trails is excellent and the neighborhood has been earmarked for further development to enhance bike lanes and connections to companies on the north side of Highway 101, such as LinkedIn, 23andMe, Microsoft and Google.
"This is where the future is invented," he said. "And that's why I still want to be here. It's the place to be if you have any shred of nerd in you."
But back at his condo at Cypress Point Lakes, one wouldn't know high-tech companies and the bustle of traffic share the same city. Here, redwood trees reach toward the sky while ducks quack and float around on the little ponds within the development. Markle said they also have squirrels, other birds and the occasional raccoon.
"It's like you are up in the mountains at a resort," he said.
Markle has also lived in other parts of the neighborhood, but Cypress Point Lakes will always bring back fond memories because that's where he met his now wife, JoAnne. In the clubhouse many years ago, Markle met JoAnne at a party while he was dressed up as Santa Claus. The couple then married at a surprise wedding in 1989.
While not dressing up as Santa Claus much these days, Markle said he still connects with the community, but through Nextdoor. There he is the co-lead of the forum. This online community has helped the neighborhood, which was formed in 2013 when the Prometheus apartment complex was proposed, connect and stay in the know about neighborhood matters. In 2013, they rallied to influence City Council, he said. Today, Markle said the group is still active and has a core group of members, and if anything larger should come up, they are ready.
Terrie Rayl, another Moffett Boulevard resident, shares Markle's love of Mountain View. She has lived here for more than 15 years and really appreciates the neighborhood's location to food, entertainment and transportation options. She walks to the downtown restaurants, snags fresh produce at the farmers market on Sunday, catches Caltrain for longer trips and hops on her bike to catch a James Taylor concert and more over at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.
"Everything is just so accessible," she said.
Within the community, Rayl appreciate the diversity of residents, from retirees to people just starting out.
"It's the only place I have ever lived in California," she said. "Once I found it, I know I had found a little piece of heaven here."
FIRE STATION: No. 1, 251 S. Shoreline Blvd.
LOCATION: bounded by Central Expressway, West Middlefield, San Veron Avenue, San Lucas Avenue and Highway 85
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Moffett Neighborhood Group, George Markle, forum lead, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-391-8693, moffettneighborhood.org
PARK: Jackson Park, Jackson Street and Stierlin Road
POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mountain View-Whisman School District — Landels Elementary School, Crittenden Middle School; Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District — Mountain View High School
SHOPPING: Moffett Boulevard, Downtown Mountain View, Sunday farmers market at Caltrain parking lot