Noe Valley

A very family-friendly neighborhood with a laidback atmosphere and a small-town allure.

Welcome to Noe Valley

Noe Valley is a neighborhood nestled in central San Francisco, bordered by 21st Street, Dolores Street, 30th Street, and Grand View Avenue. Located east of Mission District, the neighborhood covers less than one square mile and is currently home to more than 22,000 residents.
Noe Valley is named in honor of Jose de Jesus Noe, the original owner of the land as well as the last Mexican mayor of Yerba Buena, which is present-day San Francisco. The land used to be part of Noe’s Rancho San Miguel before it was sold to John Meirs Horner in 1854.
Surrounded by distant views of downtown San Francisco, Noe Valley is a very family-friendly neighborhood with a laidback atmosphere and a small-town allure. On weekends, it's common to see many residents shopping for fresh produce at the farmer’s market, hanging out at cafés and outdoor bistros, or visiting specialty shops and artisanal boutiques along Main Street. The vibe is perfect for young professionals, growing families, and just about anyone looking for the very best of San Francisco living.

Apartments and real estate options in Noe Valley

Noe Valley’s selection of apartments can satisfy a wide variety of renters and buyers looking for the perfect place to call home. Apartments in the area are available in different floor plans and sizes, and some offer access to first-class amenities such as fitness centers, BBQ/picnic areas, heated outdoor pools, and more.
One of the best things about living in Noe Valley is everything’s a short trip away – the neighborhood is very walkable and has easy access to public transportation. No matter which part of the neighborhood you live in, you’ll be a few minutes away from wine and cheese shops, award-winning restaurants and bakeries, clothing boutiques, farmer’s markets, and top-performing schools.

Noe Valley neighborhood guide

  • Upper Douglass Dog Park is one of the newest spots for dog lovers in Noe Valley. The park overlooks the city and offers panoramic views of the bay, along with an enclosed space where you can allow your dog to roam free. Another great recreational venue is the Upper Noe Recreation Center, which features basketball and tennis courts, a play area for dogs, a playground with a sandpit, a multipurpose field, a baseball diamond, and a recreational facility for seniors.
  • Diamond Café is the perfect spot for breakfast or brunch. The small corner café serves breakfast staples like waffles, omelets, and crepes, and is an excellent option for people on the go or ones looking for an affordable cup of java. The café offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas and is open up to 4 pm seven days a week. Visit Diamond Café’s website here
  • Noe Valley is home to a wide variety of unique retail establishments. Those looking forward to boutique shopping can check out Ambiance, which features an assortment of classic and trendy styles, For culinary enthusiasts, there’s the popular Omnivore Books, which carries an impressive collection of new, vintage, and signed cookbooks – these are just some of the many one-of-a-kind boutiques you’ll find in Noe Valley.

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Overview for Noe Valley, CA

33,368 people live in Noe Valley, where the median age is 41.4 and the average individual income is $105,640.03. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.4 years

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Around Noe Valley, CA

There's plenty to do around Noe Valley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Undercover Cookies, FreshCatch Seafood Market, and Karina Alteration and Seamstress.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.15 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 4.13 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.44 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.85 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.55 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.37 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Noe Valley, CA

Noe Valley has 15,348 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Noe Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 33,368 people call Noe Valley home. The population density is 20,307.05 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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53.6 / 46.4%

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Schools in Noe Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Noe Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Thomas Edison Charter Academy
K - 8th
Lick (James) Middle
6th - 8th
Katherine Michiels School
PreK - 4th
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Mission Education Center
K - 5th
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Immaculate Conception Academy
9th - 12th
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St James Catholic School
K - 8th
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