Mountain View is an upscale, fast paced city within Silicon Valley. The bustling, traditional old downtown is full of shops and an enormous variety of restaurants of every kind.
But I always thought “Mountain View” sounded like the name of a cemetery. Kind of like Anything “Manor” sounds like a convalescent home. So to me, it just sounds like it should be haunted.
But I digress. This morning I found a pretty good source for haunted places (though it misses both the Winchester Mystery House and the famously haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale – both here in Silicon Valley). The site is HauntedHouses.com.
This site does a very thorough and balanced telling of the notably haunted Rengstorff House in Mounain View. The old mansion was indeed well known to be haunted, fell into disrepair, was later moved and restored and is now basically part of the parks system. I haven’t toured it and in fact had forgotten about it – but I’d like to go see it. Sometimes I can feel if a place is haunted (sometimes not). So perhaps I’ll go and get a better sense if the young woman is still there. For her sake, I hope not, I hope she has crossed over! But if nothing else, the Realtor in me can feast upon the site of a beautiful Victorian.
To read about the mansion, its history and the apparitions, please visit the Haunted Houses site: http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/ca/rengstorff_house.cfm