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Condos may set trend on El Camino

Original post made on Apr 26, 2012

The City Council approved a retail and housing project for 1616 El Camino Real on Tuesday that could be an example of what to expect as El Camino Real redevelops.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:59 PM

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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Which school district are all of these new residences in? Los Altos? Mountain View-Whisman?

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Good stuff. Mixed use development is the way to go. It will keep traffic under control and make it more enjoyable to live in the new units. I wish we could get to see what the new buildings would look like.

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Posted by Day Worker
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

$675k to live in a condo on El Camino? No thanks.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Mountain View has too many apartments and condos now, lets stop building more.

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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I'm looking forward to the day when El Camino Real is a thoroughfare enclosed by concrete walls. We will drive to Sunnyvale [not Palo Alto] to shop. Won't that be grand?!

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Posted by MV Mama
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

So tired of all the condos, will happily be voting out everyone currently on the cit council (except maybe Siegel). Where will all these kids go to school? I think they would be in either the Bubb or Castro neighborhood. The schools are at capacity already.

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

What Mountain View needs is a higher population. And then a population living on El Camino. Imagine the drive on El Camino when the busses run up and down the center of the roadway!!!

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Posted by Fed-up
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

The Grand Boulevard concept, is planning to create a dedicated bus lane on El Camino. So we will loose lanes and get higher density. This is simply another attempt to get us out of our cars and into public transportation. Arizona & Texas are looking better every day.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

What's so "Grand" about a building that hovers over the street. And wouldn't condo owners prefer to be set back further from Hwy82?

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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

you guys are crying like a skyscaper was put in town.

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Posted by OMV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:19 am

I welcome this new addition to El Camino Real in Mountain View. It certainly will be an improvement over the run-down buildings that are there now (not to mention more attractive than 90% of the other strip junk that lines ECR now).

Several posters make negative remarks about this, wondering who will want to live there. Well , consider that Google, LinkedIn, etc. are generating jobs like crazy and people would like to be able to buy a place nearby. Not everyone can afford $900k for a 90-year-old bungalow or ranch house, or $750k for one of those tall skinny things on Evelyn. I'm sure there are plenty of homebuyers who will happily buy here. Shouldn't we let the market decide, rather than your own tastes? These homes are not being built for you, but for the current young professionals who would like to be able to live in Mountain View.

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Posted by Mr. DePortum
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

They should tear down all churches in MV and build/convert to affordable housing for homeless people.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Some points to point out. The schools are the MVWSD and the MVLAHSD but not everyone wants to have kids or have a yard. People live condo or rental living, I would prefer to live in this building, I don't have kids just wasn't in the cards. I think young couples, singles or downsized couples or singles live in the type of building. As for the apts next door, it will be nice to see a mix of ownership homes and rentals, again not everyone wants a single family home with a yard, not everyone wants a car. El Monte Center is down the street along with a Walgreens, there is alot of stuff in walking distance, bus distance or if the car is needed driving distance. El Camino is not Market St or 5th Ave but I would imagine alot more peaceful.

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