Noe Valley is a home. It’s safe, familiar and, most of all, a community. The shops on 24th Street, the commercial corridor, is a hub for people all around the city to stroll around the boutiques and cuisine, but what I’ve noticed most is the people aren’t from all around the city. They’re residents and families going out running errands and other everyday tasks. What makes Noe Valley different from the other districts in the city is its appeal to those who want to settle down. When someone moves to Noe Valley, it’s for a while.
There is everything a family needs in Noe Valley. Groceries, clothing shops, bars, parks and more. The restaurants are as diverse as the families living in the neighborhood and they are all high end genuine cuisine like La Ciccia, a Sardinian restaurant. The parks consist of dog parks and playgrounds to accommodate the families in the neighborhood. The Whole Foods is right in the center of the neighborhood and is constantly busy with the parking lot traffic leaking out onto the two way 24th Street. So what am I doing here? What brought me here?
I chose Noe Valley out of curiosity. I’m usually in the Mission district and occasionally fall into the Castro but never in between. I just never knew what was there. My initial impressions on the district were pretty general. All I saw were houses and one bustling street. Now, I still see that.
The houses are the stereotypical San Francisco houses, making the most out of the limited space while still being creative in architecture. They remind me of the tract housing of the suburbs I grew up in down in Southern California, but with more character. The tract housing feeling comes with the abundance of the families. There are strollers everywhere and the kids are all relatively young, from newborns to toddlers. Parents are young, maybe in their late 20s to mid 30s.
And that was the divide.
I am 23 years old and I hardly ran into anyone my age. This neighborhood isn’t the most attractive for 20-something college student who is looking for a lavish nightlife and the late night burrito joint.
This neighborhood is the place to settle down and raise a family. Well, if you can afford it, with the average single family home going for at least $1.4 million according to the Noe Valley Voice. A bit out of my range as a college student.
Noe Valley is a beautiful place with its hills and views. I love walking around the neighborhood and just admiring the quiet streets. The neighborhood is a quiet place and in a city known for its fast pace and blooming business opportunities, a place to relax is more than welcome.