The Village at San Antonio Center
My office was invited to go on a walk through of The Village at San Antonio Center. Today was the day! I’ve been looking forward to this day for weeks. I felt super official in the hard hat that they made me wear.
One of the main points that I noticed on the walk was that it’s not really going to be like Santana Row, other than the fact that it is housing on top of retail. It’s going to be way more normal and it’ll blend into our community very well.
I’m happy to hear that The Village will be tailored to meet the needs of the residents that live in the 330 apartments. They’ll need coffee, good quality hamburgers, and a few nice restaurants. So there will be a Starbucks, Taverna Blu (a casual Greek restaurant) and The Counter (custom burgers). The developers also want to have a nice steakhouse, some kind of a seafood restaurant, and an Asian fusion place, all with outdoor seating areas. They’re also trying to get a yogurt or ice cream shop and a wine bar. They’re talking to lots of different possible restaurants and I’ve only named the ones that have signed an agreement. As new restaurants are decided upon, the names will go up on their website.
There are also plans for a nail salon, a dry cleaner and a hair salon. It all sounds so incredibly convenient for the people that get to live there.
We also went inside the Safeway that is being built. It will be the biggest Safeway ever built, 65,000 square feet. This particular Safeway will have a large gourmet foods area with items that are already prepared. Once again, so handy for the residents who might not want to cook dinner everyday and don’t really want to drive someplace. And for people that live in the surrounding neighborhoods and want to shop at this Safeway, the entire roof will be parking.
And speaking of parking, the 330 apartments will each have one parking space per bedroom. Studios and one bedroom units will have one parking spot and two bedroom apartments will have two parking spots. All of these parking spots will be underground. We walked around in the underground parking area on our tour. It’s kind of hard to be excited about a parking garage, but it seemed really nice and I can definitely see the benefits of having a designated place to park everyday instead of parking on the street.
There will also be a Pilates/yoga studio and a fitness studio for residents. There are 2 park areas and one of them is a designated dog park. That makes sense since Mountain View is so dog-friendly. We looked at the swimming pool and hot tub area and the common library, residents lounge area over looking San Antonio Street, and the tech room.
If someone worked from home and lived at The Village, they would rarely have to drive; almost everything they would ever need is within walking distance. I’m jealous!
I asked about the prices on the apartments and they told me that it’ll be published on their website in either late December or January. The most common question that I get from people who want to relocate to Mountain View is about housing. It’s no secret that we have a housing shortage and there aren’t enough apartments available compared to the amount of people getting jobs in our city. I’m happy that I’ll be able to tell them about The Village now.
It was a really informative tour and I’ve been on all different kinds of tours where I was asked to wear a hard hat, but on this particular walk through, the hard hat was absolutely necessary. I dodged some wet blobs of cement that might have landed in my hair and I bonked my head on some lumber that I didn’t see. Thank you to The Village at San Antonio for the fabulous tour. I love Mountain View.