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50 Apartments for rent in Mountain View, CA

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Last updated December 14 at 10:47pm UTC
938 Clark Avenue Unit 60
Miramonte-Springer
Mountain View, CA
Updated December 7 at 11:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
1806 Higdon Ave #2
Shoreline West
Mountain View, CA
Updated December 13 at 2:33pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,995
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City Guide
Mountain View
Looking for Rental Property in Mountain View

If you are looking for a home to rent in Mountain View, you will find that you are not the only one, since 52 percent of the homes here are renter occupied. About 42 percent are owner occupied, and the vacancy rate is about 6 percent. That's slightly below the average, so it will be a challenge to find a home here! But if you've always dreamed of living in Silicon Valley, nestled between Google, Mozilla, Intuit, and all the other technology greats, this city will be well worth the time it takes to search for property.

How much will you spend?

You probably already figured this, but the cost of living in Mountain View is high, even for California. In fact, it's almost double the average. That might explain why housing prices here are about quadruple the average for the nation. So you might want to try and get a high paying job at Google if you want to live comfortably in Mountain View. How's that for motivation to finally break into the lucrative tech industry?

How should you prepare to search for rentals?

Whether you want a studio, two-bedroom apartment or a house large enough to accommodate the many roommates you'll need to make rent affordable, you need to prepare ahead of time. Before you go out hunting for rentals, get a copy of your credit score so you know what you're working with. If you're afraid to look, it's probably good to give yourself some extra time to find a rental. You're going to need it if your credit score keeps scaring off landlords in Mountain View!

Where to Live in Mountain View

Mountain View has more than 20 neighborhoods. That makes sense because lots of professionals move here to work at the numerous technology companies, and many of them have already started a family or are at least considering it. After all, this city is not exactly known for its rousing nightlife options for singles! So if you're ready to settle down or at least rent an apartment for now, check out some of the most popular neighborhoods and their highlights.

Castro City: The homes here are as diverse as the population, with a mixture of older, remodeled houses and brand new, large homes. This area is close to downtown Mountain View and Rengstorff Park, which features a pool.

Blossom Valley: If you want to get to know your neighbors, this area is ideal since the residents throw the occasional block party. Plus, there are more than five shopping centers within walking distance of here.

Jackson Park: Residents of this area enjoy the fact that nature surrounds them, with lots of trees and Stevens Creek Trail a short walk away. In fact, the entire community is easy to get around, with bus stops and freeways both nearby.

The Crossings: This area is known for being both pet and kid friendly, since plenty of grass and several playgrounds can be found throughout the community. The homes here are close to each other, creating a tight-knit neighborhood that features grocery stores within walking distance. You'll find townhomes, condos, row houses and large houses in this area.

Willowgate: This area is made up of several smaller subdivisions, some of which have townhomes, while others have large, detached houses. The Caltrain station is very close to this area, which is great if you want easy access to larger cities like San Francisco.

Cuernavaca: When you want to rent a townhouse, check out this neighborhood. It features several floor plans to choose from, with a clubhouse nearby and a rather reasonable HOA.

Monta Loma: This is among the closest neighborhoods to Google. The homes here were mostly built after World War II and have small lots, making it easy for neighbors to get to know each other.

Life in Mountain View

If you work at one of the many major tech companies here, your commute should be easy. More specifically, the average commute in Mountain View is about 22 minutes each way, which is a cool 6 minutes below the nationwide average. That's a difference of 12 minutes per day! Maybe now you'll have a little more time to enjoy that coffee before work.

Only about 4 percent of residents here use public transportation, so don't count on being able to easily flag down a taxi or take the bus. In fact, if anything, the Caltrain is a more popular option if you work in Palo Alto or San Francisco. Plus, some companies, including Microsoft and Google, send private shuttles to the Downtown Mountain View Station, making it easy for employees to get to work. Pretty cool!

If you're looking for things to do in Mountain View you know, besides workcheck out the downtown area on Castro Street. This is pretty much where people gather when they want to shop, eat and socialize, so you might want to visit it at some point, unless you don’t appreciate any of the aforementioned activities. And hey, if you don't, you should still head downtown since that's where you'll find parks, performing arts venues and the library, all of which you can enjoy on your own.

Let's not forget that the Computer History Museum is also in this city, which is not surprising at all. It features technological artifacts dating back several decades; maybe you'll find your first computer there, or even the one you finally got around to replacing last year!

Rent Report
Mountain View

December 2017 Mountain View Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Mountain View Rent Report. Mountain View rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Mountain View rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Mountain View rents declined over the past month

Mountain View rents have declined 2.0% over the past month, but are up moderately by 3.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Mountain View stand at $2,020 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,540 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Mountain View's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.3%, but exceeds the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Mountain View, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,050; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+9.5%).
  • Fresno, Anaheim, and Long Beach have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.8%, 5.7%, and 4.8%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Mountain View

As rents have increased moderately in Mountain View, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Mountain View is less affordable for renters.

  • Mountain View's median two-bedroom rent of $2,540 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 3.9% rise in Mountain View.
  • While Mountain View's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Portland (-1.1%), DC (-0.4%), and Miami (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Mountain View than most large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,100, where Mountain View is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Jose $2,030 $2,550 -0.8% 3.0%
Sunnyvale $2,210 $2,770 -0.6% 4.4%
Santa Clara $2,110 $2,650 -0.5% 5.8%
Mountain View $2,020 $2,540 -2.0% 3.9%
Palo Alto $2,380 $2,990 -2.2% 3.1%
Cupertino $3,920 $4,910 -1.8% 4.2%
Campbell $1,880 $2,360 -0.1% -0.1%

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.