Noe Valley

Noe Valley


The quiet, residential neighborhood of Noe Valley, below the eastern vistas of Twin Peaks, is a post 1906 earthquake addition to the city of San Francisco. Noe Valley, in the center of the city, was once a blue-collar enclave but with the persistent gentrification of working class neighborhoods, the blue-collars moved out and the white-collars moved in. This is an unusual community in that the mix of people here is liberal and conservative, the struggling middle-class and the monied upper-class. Noe Valley is considered the San Francisco equivalent of New York’s Greenwich Village. Included as part of the Mission District, Noe Valley residents set themselves apart as residents of their own little township .

The area is full of Victorian and Edwardian homes in rows, which were considered low cost housing in their day. In fact, Noe Valley contains the most row houses in the city, with as many as twelve on the same side of the street. There are two commercial streets in the neighborhood, one on 24th Street and the other on Church Street. Noe Valley’s 24th Street, between Dolores and Diamond Streets, has an abundance of unique boutiques, bookstores, toy stores, and beauty shops. Upper Noe Valley climbs toward steep streets whose residents refer to their properties as “Diamond Heights.”

There’s not much to do here at night. The community caters to families with children and the sidewalks are crowded with strollers and those walking their dogs. But there are lots of restaurants, sidewalk cafes and coffee shops to keep things hopping until the sun goes down.





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