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The most commonly asked question about my new house, in all online contexts, has been "Where is it?"

I've mentioned the approximate location various times in various places, but I think I must've buried it in the middle of other info, because a lot of people have been asking.

So I figured I'd do a separate post to answer in more detail.

The house is in Mountain View, about two miles from my condo. It's about a ten-minute walk from the cornucopia of restaurants downtown, and from the light rail and CalTrain stations.

It's roughly a 15- to 20-minute bike ride from work, though unfortunately the most direct route takes me over 101 on Shoreline, which doesn't look fun by bike. The new house is also near the Stevens Creek trail, but I suspect that taking that trail would double the travel time. But we'll see.

It's in a quiet semi-private neighborhood with, unfortunately, limited guest parking. (And any cars that aren't parked in designated guest spots or in driveways can be towed away, and there are no clear on-street indications of that.) But there's plenty of street parking a couple blocks away.

It's right next to a mobile-home park; I wouldn't have thought there was such a thing in Mountain View, but sure enough, there it is. My understanding is that it's a quiet mobile-home park; certainly when Kam and I drove through that park on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, there were few people out and about and no noise.

Re food: It'll be the furthest I've lived from La Costeña (excellent taqueria) since I arrived in Mountain View post-college, lo these many years ago. On the other hand, it'll be a fast and easy walk to a multitude of Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Thai restaurants and a couple of cafes, and a slightly longer walk to Japanese and Italian food and bagels and a couple of bookstores and the public library. Plus a gyros place, a couple of noodle shops, what appears to be a new kosher restaurant, and various other restaurants I'm not so interested in (shabu shabu, pho, etc).

It'll also be a quick/easy drive to Kam's place. And pretty easy access to both 101 and 85.

So it's really an excellent location. Early in my search, I had briefly thought it would be nice to live near downtown, but decided I probably couldn't afford the neighborhood between Castro and Shoreline; it hadn't occurred to me that there's more than one direction in which one can be near downtown.

I may also have neglected to mention prominently enough that the new house has three bedrooms, so as soon as I'm settled into it a little, I encourage any friends and family visiting the area to help me justify buying the house by coming to visit!

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In spite of being farther away from La Costeña, you are now closer to the most excellent Los Charros (on Dana). (Which is one of my fave local taquerías, fwiw.)


Alas, I have never much liked Los Charros. But I do like Fiesta del Mar.


... it hadn't occurred to me that there's more than one direction in which one can be near downtown.

Like ... directly above it: You could live in a zeppelin! Does you need a zoning permit to convert your new house into a mooring station?


Excellent idea; sadly, zeppelins are apparently required to stay at least a thousand feet above the highest building in the area, so getting to and from downtown from a zeppelin would still probably be difficult.

And alas, I doubt the HOA in my new neighborhood would approve of a mooring station.

Still, I'll keep it in mind in case I should happen across a zeppelin for sale.


Bucky Fuller claimed a metal sphere with 10K people in it would generate enough heat (if the buillding had airlocks, I assume), to rise into the air.

It's like the idea of 800 clowns. You know, it's where there's so many they have to take two cars! Now, put all of them in your new house, loosen the foundation bolts and voila! Think of it! 800 clowns above Mountain View. How could anything go wrong?

Congratulations on the new house. My question is, "Are you renting out the condo, or did you sell in this market?"


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