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Noe Valley's location within San Francisco. This residential neighborhood borders The Castro to the north and The Mission to the east.

Noe Valley is a neighborhood in the central part of San Francisco, California. Its borders are generally considered to be 22nd Street to the north, Randall Street to the south, Dolores Street to the east, and Grand View Avenue to the west. These borders are understood to be somewhat flexible, particularly by real estate agents. The Castro (Eureka Valley) is directly to Noe Valley's north, although the border is not well defined and can stretch into Noe Valley, and The Mission is to its east.

Like many other San Francisco neighborhoods, Noe Valley started out as a working-class neighborhood for employees and their families in the area's once-thriving blue-collar economy, but has since undergone successive waves of gentrification and is now considered an upscale, yuppie area. It is home to many urban professionals, particularly young couples with children, and it is not unusual for a well-maintained house in Noe Valley to sell for two million dollars or more [1].

Public transportation to Noe Valley is provided by the Muni 24, 26, 35, and 48 bus lines, and by the J Church Muni Metro line.



A purple house on Romain St near 21st and Douglass Sts.

The neighborhood is named after José de Jesús Noé, the last Mexican alcalde (mayor) of Yerba Buena (present day San Francisco).

Noe Valley was primarily built up at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, especially in the years just after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. As a result, the neighborhood contains many examples of the "classic" Victorian and Edwardian residential architecture for which San Francisco is famous. As a working-class neighborhood, Noe Valley houses were built in rows, with some of the efficient, low-cost homes being more ornate than others, depending on the owner's taste and finances. Today, Noe Valley has the highest concentration of row houses in San Francisco, with streets having three to four and sometimes as many as a dozen on the same side. However, few facades in such rows of houses remain unchanged since their creation in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Many Noe Valley streets were laid out and named by John Meirs Horner, who named Elizabeth Street after his wife and Jersey Street after the state where he was born. Most of Noe Valley is still called Horner's Addition for tax purposes by the city assessor's office.

In the 1970s, many small businesses contributed to the image and perception of Noe Valley. A combination of old, traditional businesses and new entrepreneurs helped to build the reputation of Noe Valley. As rents increased, many of these small entrepreneurial businesses were casualties of gentrification and development.


24th and Castro

The topographic layout is actually two main valleys. One flows from the Clipper / 22nd/ Grandview area down 24th / Jersey to Church, and the other flows from the 27th /Diamond / 30th area down Day to Church where it meets the first valley; the conjoined valleys then both exit the Noe Valley district. This makes the hilly area relatively dry, and the soil resistant to earthquake liquefaction. Most houses up the hills sit directly on bed rock as can be seen at Douglass Park (bare red rock - radiolarian chert). Traffic flow is limited - one main North access through Castro Street to Eureka Valley, one main West access up Clipper Street toward the former Twin Peaks toll plaza and West of the city, several East accesses to Mission through 24th, Cesar Chavez and other numbered streets, and the main North-South Church Street access used by the J Church Muni Light Rail.

The neighborhood is primarily residential, although there are two bustling commercial strips. The first along 24th Street, between Church Street and Diamond Street, and the second, less dense corridor along Church Street, between 24th Street and 30th Street.


In November 2000, the Noe Valley Voice reported the following statistics for the neighborhood, citing a 1999 poll of registered voters by David Binder Research, a prominent local polling agency. [2] [3]

  • European American: 80%
  • Age 30-49: 53%
  • Female: 51%
  • Heterosexual: 71%
  • Rent housing (vs. own): 52%
  • University graduate: 78%
  • Democrat: 79%
  • Republican: 6%
  • Religious affiliation: 63%
  • Not religious: 38%


  1. ^ Noe Valley Voice. Noe Valley Home Sales, July/August 2006, p. 17.
  2. ^ Mazook, "AND NOW FOR THE RUMORS BEHIND THE NEWS", Noe Valley Voice, November 2000.
  3. ^ Mazook, "Rumors Behind the News", Noe Valley Voice, November 2003.

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Coordinates: 37°45′05″N 122°25′57″W / 37.751378°N 122.432568°W / 37.751378; -122.432568



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