I lived in Noe Valley for four years and based on my experience I would say it has to do with the lower density of restaurants/bars, low car traffic (not as many people cross through Noe to get to another part of town), and overall feel -- it definitely has more of a suburban feel to the area. It seems to be a nice transition for folks starting a family (where young parents aren't quite ready to leave the city but want a bit more space and something a little more low-key).
I also included a similar thread from a few years ago that pretty much answers this question. Hope that helps!... more
I would say they are very close in hours of sun per day, or days of sun per year.
Here is a link to an article among many on the subject. This article shows
the fog line over the city.
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Vicky - My quick response is that it is one of the few areas where pedestrians rule! It is such a popular area for young families that cars wait at each 4-way stop to let the stroller, Mom, Dad with Bjorn holding baby,and golden retriever cross, one after another, after another. : )
But seriously, there is a great variety of family friendly restaurants, (with organic options), shopping, grocers, and lots of great little parks. It also tends to be sunnier than other areas of the city. Finally, in the last 10 years many of the homes have been remodeled into TIC (Tenants in Common) where smaller families can afford to start off with a nicely re-done flat. There are several great pre-schools in the area and it seems to have simply become the "in-place" to reside.
- CJ... more