Hey baby! Affectionately known to locals as “stroller valley,” family-friendly Noe Valley oozes with cozy atmosphere and homey appeal. Farmers markets, interesting cafes, and gourmet specialty shops (how about a bookstore, Omnivore, devoted entirely to food-related material?) line its picturesque streets.

A bit of history: Noe Valley was the Mexican precursor to San Francisco; the land that would become this area was sold to a Mormon named John Meirs Horner in 1854 and then referred to as Horner’s Addition. It was a stone quarry until 1914, at which point it was developed following the catastrophic 1906 earthquake, when replacement housing was in sorely needed. Like Potrero Hill, this is a vertically gifted area filled with wonderful views. Its steep inclines mean that hitting the gym for cardio is just unnecessary.

Pubs like The Dubliner and Valley Tavern make Noe Valley’s main drag a welcoming playground for all ages. Ready for a craft beer or a glass of wine, in an elegant but low-key setting? Head to neighborhood favorite The Caskhouse. See? Just because the area is popular with baby-toting folks doesn’t mean you can’t have your micro brew (and drink it, too)!

Noe Valley is located in the southern part of San Francisco proper, nestled among some of the city’s most popular boroughs. Nearby neighborhoods include The Castro, Twin Peaks, Bernal Heights, and Mission District. Beloved Dolores Park is just a short walk away!

This area offers plentiful MUNI access – take the 24 Divisadero over the hill into the Castro or the J Church light rail downtown. The 24th Street BART station is a ten-minute walk from Noe. Several tech shuttles make stops in the Noe Valley, making it a favored locale for tech workers.