The North of Panhandle area, or NOPA, is a hip, centrally located neighborhood just north of Golden Gate Park’s Panhandle and adjacent to the Divisadero corridor. The area boasts many beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian single-family homes, with properties near the Panhandle exceptionally desirable. The neighborhood has a low-key, peaceful vibe, offering several premium spots for residents to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The Panhandle itself is a great spot to bike, shoot hoops, listen to music by the bandstand, or bring children to enjoy the playground.

Along Divisadero Street, a weekend farmers market and community events such as art walks and block parties bring neighbors together regularly. Further afoot, Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square Park and several area playgrounds provide additional outdoor recreation and family-friendly amenities. For shopping and dining, Divisadero Street is the place to go for hip restaurants and bars, stylish boutiques, gourmet grocery stores and coffee shops. Also nearby is the Lucky shopping center on Fulton Street, as well as the shops along Haight Street. Commuters appreciate the easy freeway access via Fell and Oak Streets, the several MUNI lines that service the neighborhood, as well as the convenient bicycle routes. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Outdoor oasis Golden Gate Park boasts miles of hiking and bike trails, grassy areas, museums and gardens, not to mention several world-renowned museums.

Outdoor oasis Golden Gate Park boasts miles of hiking and bike trails, grassy areas, museums and gardens, not to mention several world-renowned museums.

The Golden Gate Park Panhandle has a playground, picnic areas, bike paths, and a bandstand where musical acts perform.

The Golden Gate Park Panhandle has a playground, picnic areas, bike paths, and a bandstand where musical acts perform.

Stylish NOPA is one of the area’s most beloved restaurants.

Stylish NOPA is one of the area’s most beloved restaurants.

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce.

Bi-Rite Market specializes in organic, locally sourced food and produce.

A weekend farmer’s market is a great place for neighbors to meet up.

A weekend farmer’s market is a great place for neighbors to meet up.

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths and gorgeous views.

Alamo Square is a pretty hillside park with a playground, walking paths and gorgeous views.