Mountain View was named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It has developed from its origins as a stagecoach stop into one of the principal cities of Silicon Valley. Mountain View is the location of many high technology companies. In 1956, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, the first company to develop silicon semiconductor devices in what came to be known as Silicon Valley, was established in the city by William Shockley. Today, the headquarters of many of the world’s largest technology companies are in the city, including Google, Mozilla Foundation, Symantec, and Intuit.
Mountain View offer plenty of amenities with a popular downtown area filled with restaurants, stores, and nightlife. This vibrant city has a very educated community with a little over 65% of its residents receiving a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Mountain View’s home prices and value has gone up over the years with the median house value being a little more than $1.7 million.