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

The commercial heart of Noe Valley, 24th Street is lined with great restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, organic grocery stores and salons.

The commercial heart of Noe Valley, 24th Street is lined with great restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, organic grocery stores and salons.

Noe residents are served by the J-Church MUNI Metro line.

Noe residents are served by the J-Church MUNI Metro line.

Douglass Playground boasts play structures, basketball and tennis courts, and a grassy field perfect for picnics. 

Douglass Playground boasts play structures, basketball and tennis courts, and a grassy field perfect for picnics. 

Whole Foods on 24th Street is the perfect place to pick up healthy organic groceries.

Whole Foods on 24th Street is the perfect place to pick up healthy organic groceries.

Residents gather at the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning.

Residents gather at the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning.

Lovejoy’s Tea Room on Church Street is a cozy spot for tea, scones and conversation.  

Lovejoy’s Tea Room on Church Street is a cozy spot for tea, scones and conversation.  

The Noe Valley Bakery whips up classic treats and sells pie crusts and cookie dough for home baking.

The Noe Valley Bakery whips up classic treats and sells pie crusts and cookie dough for home baking.

La Ciccia on 30th Street serves up authentic Sardinian food in a family-style atmosphere—and is one of the toughest tables in the neighborhood to snag.

La Ciccia on 30th Street serves up authentic Sardinian food in a family-style atmosphere—and is one of the toughest tables in the neighborhood to snag.