6.4 out of 10

Gemello

37.3900305225615 -122.100880422188
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
2yrs+

"All-too-ordinary Mountain View community"

Bordered by West El Camino Real, El Monte Avenue, Jardin Drive and Karen Way, Gemello is a peaceful, but all-too-ordinary community within the many suburbs of Mountain View. It is exclusively residential and small, only encompassing about a dozen residential streets. The neighborhood is also conveniently located near shopping and dining options, specifically downtown Mountain View and Los Altos. But unfortunately there is little else to do without going outside the district, let alone the city. But still both young professionals and families with children like to call Gemello home.

Like most of Mountain View, Gemello is flat and roughly middle-class. It affords lush, green community foliage that usually line every block. Most residential landscaping is also crisp and neatly groomed, eliciting a rather aesthetically pleasing place to live. For prospective residents, there is a mix between original homes that were built within the 1950’s and slightly larger, newer developments that approach 2,000 square feet of interior living space. Of the older homes, they are typically one-story in size and are of the California-style tract home variety that just so happens to be prevalent in almost every Mountain View neighborhood. Front lots are not shallow, but they’re not deep either. They afford a small patch of grass, a good sized driveway and a two-car garage. All-in-all, they have that dignified, traditional look that many older residents like but tends to repel younger buyers. If you’re looking to own, median house prices circle around a hefty $1 million. For renters, there is Gemello Village apartment complex (along with others) that offer clean, spacious units and pristine landscaping. Rents here are listed around $1,000 per bedroom.

Gemello’s residential amenities are substantially run-of-the-mill. For youngsters, the city is served by Bubb Elementary School, Graham Middle School and Los Altos High School. All schools report above average test scores against the California average. For commuters, the district is a great location for those traveling into Silicon Valley’s hot spots. And to run errands, most residents drive to the local strip malls of Longs Shopping Center or Gemello Village, commercial real-estate you’d still see in the 1980’s.
Pros
  • Great Schools
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Kind of Boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The High Cost of Average"

Gemello is one of those comfortingly average neighborhoods. Think Ranch Homes, pick-up trucks, bird feeders and flags. The kind of neighborhood that a lot of us grew up in in the 70’s, say. Very pleasant. Nothing spectacular.

Home prices? You can find a condo for around $300 K while a pretty average Ranch style home is in the $1 million range.

It’s nice spot with all the usual benefits and economic drawbacks of Mountain View: great schools, soaring cost of living, right at the heart of Silicon Valley.

Average neighborhood but not for average incomes.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Nice Ranch Homes
  • Great Schools
Cons
  • Very, Very Expensive
  • Kind of Boring
  • Not That Great for Commuting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

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