Noe Valley is one of the most desirable and family-friendly neighborhoods in San Francisco. Many of the homes here are pretty Victorians and Edwardians that have been updated for modern living. Thanks to nearby Twin Peaks, which rises above the valley and blocks much of the fog that tends to linger on the west side, the area gets some of the best weather in the city. That might explain why the streets along 24th Street, the Noe Valley’s main commercial hub, are almost always overflowing with residents out enjoying the sunshine—from moms with strollers heading to a local playground, to longtime neighbors making their way to a favorite coffee or lunch spot.
This busy shopping district is lined with award-winning restaurants, mom-and-pop fashion boutiques, toy and book shops, bakeries and chocolatiers, hair salons, and organic grocery stores—everything needed for everyday living. A variety of community events, including a weekly farmers market and an annual Harvest Festival, add to Noe Valley’s all-inclusive feel, while easy access to highways and the J-Church MUNI Metro line make it a great location for those who commute to Silicon Valley or downtown. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso