6.0 out of 10

Miramonte Ave, Cuesta Park

Ranked 1st best street in Cuesta Park
37.371143707188 -122.087032497933
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5

"Great Restaurants!"

I re-discovered Castro Street when I was told by my roommate to avoid Palo Alto and go to Mountain View for sushi. It does, in fact, boast more Asian restaurants than most downtown areas, and the sushi at Tsunami was excellent (I went twice in about a week and a half). The stretch of restaurants is abundant.

Aesthetically, it looks quite a bit like University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto (similar stretch of one main drag, with side streets), although there is slightly less traffic, and the focal point seems to be more on restaurants and less on retail shops, giving it a bit more of a nightlife scene and less of a high-end shopper's quality.

Red Rock Cafe seems to be THE wifi hotspot/tech geek hub in Silicon Valley. It is not uncommon to see individuals talking code or building websites in this busy internet cafe.

Parking is free, although some spots have a time limit. You may have to park several blocks away from where you are eating, but it is not as difficult to navigate as downtown Palo Alto. And hey, there are worse things than walking a few blocks on this great street!
  • Restaurants
  • Free Parking
  • Scarce Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Lots of great food in walking distance"

Castro St (not to be confused with the one in San Francisco) is full of a variety of high-quality and affordable restaurants that are open for both lunch and dinner. Its proximity to the Caltrain station tends to inflate rents higher than surrounding neighborhoods, but considering the excellent atmosphere and cleanliness of the area, its worth the extra cost.

While the area is more urban than it is green, the park services clearly work hard to maintain the trees lining the streets. Most everything is within walking distance: from the food to the Kaiser hospital a few blocks down the road. Both the Caltrain and the light rail stop at the neighborhood station and provide access to the city of San Francisco and San Jose, respectively. Both are bike-friendly.

If you happen to drive, Castro St. also has plenty of free public parking, making it easy to invite your friends over for a night out or suggest it as a gathering place. I've never found parking to be a problem, even on busy Friday nights, which is unique in the bay area.

All of Mountain View benefits from this, but Castro St. also has access to free public WiFi from Google. Its not the greatest, in terms of speed or reliability, but its very convenient when you're stuck waiting at the station or just need some information, on the go.

All in all, this is a wonderful place to live if you're mobile, young, and adventurous. Its not nearly as expensive as similar places in San Francisco but its easy enough to get there, if you want, along with being safer and quieter.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

"Casual, relaxed atmosphere"

Castro Street in Mountain View is a great place to go for an evening. You can dine at any one of over 100 restaurants that include every variety of Asian food, Mexican, Italian, and more. Afterwards take a stroll down the street to window shop or to stop in a bookstore (there are three), Starbucks, or have dessert.

You'll see families, couples, people walking their dogs, and more throughout the evening. Some of the stores stay open late and it's certainly safe to walk there as late as midnight. The Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of plays, concerts, and lectures as well. A great, low stress place to visit after you high stress day in your Silicon Valley Office.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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