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Noe Valley: San Francisco’s “Village within the City”

This month’s featured neighborhood is the charming Noe Valley. Beginning as ranch and farm land, the area now known as Noe Valley became a working-class suburb filled with gorgeous Victorian row homes and quaint store fronts in the late 19th century.

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Today, Noe Valley still oozes charm and class and those quaint Victorian buildings are what continue to draw people to its confines. It is known now as a family friendly neighborhood and there are many strollers and dogs along the sidewalks every day of the week. There are lots of local gems located up and down 24th and Church streets:

Noe Valley Bakery

Noe Valley Bakery and Bread Company, 4073 24th Street, (415) 550-1405

Lovejoys tea room

Lovejoy’s Tea Room, 1351 Church Street, (415) 648-5895

24th Street Cheese Co

24th Street Cheese Company, 3893 24th Street, (415) 821-6658

Bernie's

Bernie’s Coffee Shop, 3966 24th Street, (415) 642-1192

Just for fun and scribbledoodles

Just For Fun & Scribbledoodles, 3982 24th Street, (415) 285-4068

Pomelo

Pomelo, 1793 Church Street, (415) 285-2257

Noe Valley is one of San Francisco’s best kept “secrets” and you can truly live like a local and nearby the wonderful restaurants, bars, and shops along 24th and Church Streets in our wonderful Noe Valley properties:

NV492 - March 2017

Noe Valley 1BD/1BA True SF FLAT – located near the 24th Street corridor and the J-Church light rail line.

NV490 - March 2017

Uniquely San-Franciscan split-level flat offering 2BD/2BA and right along the 24th street corridor.

NVC1416 - March 2017

2BD/2BA Penthouse Flat with attached garage tandem parking located on Church Street where the J-Church Muni Line is easily accessible.

 

 

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An Inside Look Into San Francisco’s Bernal Heights Neighborhood

Welcome to San Francisco’s Bernal Heights Neighborhood: An Enchanted Hidden Gem

This neighborhood was originally part of Rancho de las Salinas y Potrero Nuevo district and in the 1860s, it was subdivided into small lots. Bernal Heights is named after Jose Cornelio de Bernal who was given the land by the Mexican Government in 1839. The first settlers of this area were Irish immigrant farmers and dairy ranchers.

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Bernal Height’s Park is at the top of that lush, green hill – you won’t want to miss the views!

Because of its bedrock foundation, the subdivisions survived the great earthquake and fires of 1906! Many homes were constructed with the remaining wreckage and provided to those who had lost their homes during the disaster. People flocked to Bernal Heights to obtain residence directly after the earthquake – especially those that still had jobs remaining. Forty years later, an influx of individuals working in the naval shipyards of nearby China Basin during World War II also moved into Bernal Heights.

Then, in the 1980’s, Bernal Heights was feared as a dangerous neighborhood and was avoided by most. Cortland Avenue was cleaned up in the early 90s when the Good Life Grocery, the Liberty Cafe, and other small businesses moved there.

Today, Bernal Heights is an artsy, homey community focused on embracing its eclectic past and protecting its future by maintaining the local culture. There is lots to do in this quaint urban mecca: amazing parks, local boutiques, restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Activities/Parks:

  • Bernal Heights Park-perched on top of Bernal Hill. Hike to the top of the “summit” to enjoy amazing views of the surrounding neighborhoods: Noe Valley, The Mission, China Basin, Marin, downtown, and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also bring your pooches and let them off of their leashes to roam free with the others.

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    Holly Park

  • Holly Park-one of the city’s oldest green spaces. Recently renovated by the community to include a wonderful playground, picnic area, tennis and basketball courts.
  • Precita Park-new and improved reputation-with a nice playground and picnic area.
  • Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema-showcases local filmmakers at free screenings in September and October.
  • Bernal Heights Public Library-check out the awesome mural on the outside wall and then check out some books.

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    Neighborhood Center

  • Bernal Heights Hill-Wide Garage Sale and Bernal Heights Fiesta on the Hill: two great annual fun-filled events where the proceeds benefit the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.

Restaurants:

  • Alemany Farmer’s Market – or more affectionately known as “the people’s market” – open rain or shine every Saturday from dawn til dusk.

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    Alemany Farmer’s Market

  • Blue Plate – comfort food with a twist! Their menu is constantly praised f0r its eclectic combinations of fresh and seasonal fare.
  • Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack – If you are looking for a hip, happening restaurant with some amazing food, ambiance, and customer service, look no further – Emmy’s has you covered.

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    Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack

  • Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine – for when you can’t decide if you want pizza or Indian – Zante’s has the best of both worlds!

Click here for all of the other wonderful eateries in SF’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Shopping:

  • Alemany Flea Market – Every Sunday from 8:00am-3:00pm – go early to grab up the goods! 100 Alemany Blvd., at the intersection of Highway 101 and Interstate 280, (415) 647-2043 heartfelt
  • Bernal Beast – for all of the pet enthusiasts in Bernal Heights, this pet mecca has everything you could want for your furry, feathered, fishy or reptilian friends! Order online or visit the store.
  • Heartfelt – This quirky gift shop is sure to please.

Nightlife:

  • El Rio – a comfortable dive bar with a patio, live music and salsa dancing many nights.

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    El Rio’s Expansive Patio

  • Wild Side West – a prominent LBGTQ hang out, founded by a lesbian couple in the 1960s – truly a SF staple of the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Enjoy the local ambiance and eclectic mix of patrons.

San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood is truly still an “undiscovered” gem. If you want to truly live like a local, the charm and coziness of this area will allow you to do just that.

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