Noe Valley

“This place is great!  You can see for miles from here? And Sunny? Wow!” Jose de Jesus Noe, San Francisco’s last Mexican Mayor, liked the little valley so much he built his ranch there.  Noe Valley is roughly bordered to the north by 22nd Street, to the East by Dolores Street, Glen Park on the south and Glen Canyon Park & Market on the West.  Noe Valley is a true community, and a smart one, too.  It realizes gentrification is a dragon to slay—or at least to keep at bay.  Residents and merchants seem to have bonded here in a singular effort to keep life reasonable.  Even the neighborhood paper, “the Noe Valley Voice,” emanates from the Noe Valley Ministry, which serves as an informal community awareness center.  On 24th Street, the shopping area of this urban bohemia, there’s a mix of whole-foods stores, coffee houses, ethnic restaurants, clothing and furniture boutiques, new and used CD stores, all complemented by a couple of fine Irish pubs.  The success of 24th Street’s shops spills south down Church Street where cafes and specialty stores now predominate.  You will see families and new homeowners dotting the streets of this community in an effort to live in one of San Francisco’s most popular destination zip codes due to the sun and central location in the City.  Both hilly and flat – Noe offers views, shopping and sun!

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