Noe Valley: A Guide to San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco NeighborhoodsNoe Valley is in the central part of the city, making it convenient to commute within San Francisco and especially south of the city. It has all of the hills and architectural charm you could want in a San Francisco neighborhood with some of the best weather in the city. We polled real moms to find out what makes this neighborhood a good fit for their families. 

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Why Moms Love It 

Noe Valley is a well-known family friendly neighborhood and is sometimes called “Stroller Valley” because it’s packed with kids and families. It’s really a lovely place to live with a strong community feel. The Town Square (yes, they have a town square!) is a nice open space with a play area for little kids, and 24th Street is full of shops and restaurants. 

Local Family Favorites

Saturday Farmer’s Market in the Town Square
Find fantastic produce, breakfast foods, and live music, which is always a huge hit with the kids. 
Great lattes and there’s always at least one screaming kid, so you never have to feel bad when it’s your child making the ruckus. 
A charming clothing and toy boutique for kids. The perfect place to find gifts. 
The best children’s bookstore in SF with four free story times a day. 
Fantastic playground, big grassy field, and an indoor space with tons of play cars and push toys that’s great for rainy days. There’s also a dog park. 
You’ll love the original rhymes and music the teachers perform. Your little ones will enjoy the captivating rhythms, hands-on play, and engaging teachers. 

Little Artistas is an art, crafts and language studio for kids offering fun art classes in English and Spanish, date nights, open studio and community eventsbirthday parties and other celebrations and classes at your child’s school. 

Held at the Upper Noe Rec. Center. Sign your kids up for soccer and basketball themed child-development classes and a soccer scrimmaging league for young children.  Soccer is for kids ages 18 months to 6 years old, and the Hoops program is for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old.
There’s also an Ambiance women’s clothing boutique, a Philz coffee, and a Whole Foods

Childcare and Schools

Here’s the thing about childcare and schooling: Your personal situation will determine the right fit for you, and, while there are options in this neighborhood, your best bet is to check out for an interactive map and comprehensive list of daycares and preschools across the city.  

Likewise, for K-12 schools, we can’t tell you whether the schools here are “good” or not because a good school is based on so many other factors besides test scores. Check out our Tips for Moving to San Francisco with Kids for more help navigating childcare and schooling and a local mom’s take on raising a family in San Francisco.

Learn More 

To get an even better feel for what it’s like to live here, scan our list of 100+ kid-friendly restaurants in the city, find the nearest branch of the public library, and check out the area’s trick-or-treating hotspots.
Visit for photos and more helpful details on Noe Valley and nearby neighborhoods, including an up-to-date listing of properties for sale. is a full service brokerage and an easy to use online real estate resource that helps people find the perfect home as well as the ideal neighborhood. We believe that the neighborhood you live in is just as important as the home you live in. The people, places, schools and amenities that surround your home have an enormous impact on your quality of life. When you’re looking for a place to live, you aren’t just picking out a house. You are also deciding who your children will play with and who you might become friends with. So while many people search for their dream house, we believe you should look for your dream home. And your neighborhood is a huge part of that dream.

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