Noe Valley is a quiet, peaceful neighborhood that caters to families with young children. Tech executives pushing strollers, children playing with puppies, and expectant couples flipping through baby name books are frequently found in this community, making it one of that most desirable options for families looking for an idyllic place to put down roots and raise a brood.
Lined with rows of colorful Victorian and Edwardian homes, the picturesque community is known for its unexpectedly sunny weather and hilltop views. Though single-family homes make up most of the housing inventory, there are also plenty of small apartment complexes for those who are looking to rent. Period homes mix with modern construction in this family-friendly community, offering architecture buffs plenty of possibilities. The median home price in Noe Valley is $1.839 million, and locals give the neighborhood top marks for walkability and friendliness.
Mix and mingle with neighbors (and perhaps even set up a playdate for the kids) at the year-round Saturday farmers market held in the small town square, or pop into 24th Street Cheese Co
. to browse more than 300 cheeses from around the globe as well as charcuterie and wine. Stock up on fresh, healthy groceries at the neighborhood Whole Foods, or embark on a shopping spree at local institution Church Produce.Firefly
, a contemporary American restaurant that offers healthy seasonal cuisine (as well as plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options) is the perfect date-night destination. Afterward, stop by Valley Tavern to watch your favorite sports team play as you sip on a cocktail or one of the more than 40 beers on tap. Take the whole family to Patxis
, a popular pizza joint known for its deep-dish pizza and casual atmosphere. End the night with ice cream cones from Mitchell’s Ice Cream
, a dessert parlor that has been serving up scoops since the 1950s. Families who are looking for a friendly place to raise their kids will find plenty to love about Noe Valley.