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The Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco is bordered by Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights to the north, Glen Park to the south, Bernal Heights/Inner Mission to the east, and Twin Peaks/Diamond Heights to the west. HEY — keep your dog AWAY from that fire hydrant at 20th and Church streets — that’s the famous fire hydrant that “saved” Noe Valley from the fires following the great earthquake of 1906! The locals give it a REAL coat of gold — colored paint that is — every year on the anniversary of the great quake — so please, no need for Rover to pay his respects to it, really… Every April 18th, on the anniversary of the earthquake of 1906, the locals have a little celebration at the hydrant and give it its annual coat of gold paint. There is also a commemorative plaque next to it, set into the concrete of the sidewalk. As the story goes, this was the “little fire hydrant that COULD”, in the “city that knows how”. Thanks to this hydrant, its water lines miraculously intact after the quake, there was water available to keep much of Noe Valley from burning down. These days, the great majority of passersby and even many Noe Valley residents probably walk right on by the hydrant without even being aware of its “celebrity status”! Noe Valley is an upscale neighborhood with an interesting mix of housing types, styles, sizes, and ages. One of the old neighborhoods of the city, the Noe Valley district has its share of surviving (thanks in large part to the fire hydrant) Victorians, Queen Annes, and Edwardians, as do the Mission and Western Addition, as well as the Haight Ashbury and Potrero Hill districts. In general, though, the closer a neighborhood is to downtown San Francisco, the greater the pressure (or incentive, rather) upon the owners to divide up the space and convert the large old houses into flats, condos, or TIC’s. The demand for housing (and home ownership) is always great, especially closer to all the jobs downtown. As a result, even Noe Valley, Haight Ashbury, and Potrero Hill have seen some of these conversions in recent years, and the trend continues — though not as rapidly as in the Mission and Western Addition districts, which are closer to downtown. So, there still remain plenty of single family detached houses in Noe Valley — but it is hard to say what the predominant housing style is (unlike in the Sunset District, where it is the single family detached house, and the SOMA district, where it is the apartment or condo). In fact, just as with the Haight Ashbury and Potrero Hill districts, the housing styles in Noe Valley are a mix of a little bit of something for everyone — there is old, new, large, small, affordable (well, sort of, relatively speaking), and very expensive, as would be expected with popular neighborhoods and districts that lie just close enough, yet also just far enough away from, downtown San Francisco! In general, though, the Noe Valley district of San Francisco tends to lean towards the expensive side. Noe Valley was originally part of the land grant of over 4,000 acres given to Jose de Jesus Noe in 1845 by California Governor Pio Pico. Noe was San Francisco’s last “alcalde” (mayor) in 1846, (when San Francisco was known by its original settlement name of Yerba Buena (Spanish for good grass) and was still under Mexican rule), before the U.S. took control of San Francisco during the Mexican War. In 1854, John Horner, a local produce merchant, purchased much of Noe’s ranch (600 acres) and began selling lots to working class Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants, primarily. A prominent developer/builder in the neighborhood in the 1880’s was Fernando Nelson, (later of Presidio Terrace building fame), and over thirty of his buildings still remain in Noe Valley today. In the 1970’s, Noe Valley began its change towards a favorite neighborhood of young professionals raising families. Trivia: Noe Valley is home to one of the two steepest stretches of road in San Francisco — 22nd Street, between Church and Vicksburg, with a grade of 31.5%. This is a tie with Filbert Street, between Leavenworth and Hyde, in the Russian Hill district. Baron & Chestney Real Estate offers full service discount real estate brokers who will sell your Noe Valley San Francisco home for a TOTAL of only a 2% to 4% real estate commission! Buying a home? Call a Baron & Chestney Real Estate discount realtor first! Our home buyer rebate program will get you a real estate rebate of up to 2% of the purchase price of the home, after close of escrow. For all of your San Francisco Noe Valley real estate needs, call a Baron & Chestney Real Estate discount broker, today!
Noe Valley is another old San Francisco neighborhood that survived the 1906 earthquake and fires virtually unscathed, largely thanks to a famous fire hydrant that continued working through the aftermath of the disaster. Sunny and warm, hip and trendy, San Francisco’s Noe Valley district is always popular, and as a result the homes are somewhat pricey even by San Francisco standards. The Noe Valley district of San Francisco is roughly bordered by 22nd to the north, San Jose avenue to the east, 30th to the south, and Market/Diamond Heights to the west. Noe Valley is officially designated as neighborhood 5c by the San Francisco Association of Realtors. Noe Valley is part of District 5 (Central), Subdistrict C. Baron & Chestney Real Estate offers full service discount realtors that will sell your Noe Valley home for a TOTAL realtor commission of 2 percent to 4 percent only. Buying a home in Noe Valley? Call a Baron & Chestney Real Estate discount realtor first! Our home buyer rebate program will get you a real estate rebate of up to 2% of the purchase price of the home, after close of escrow. Whether buying a home, selling a home, or BOTH, a Baron & Chestney Real Estate discount real estate broker will save you THOUSANDS of dollars on your next realty transaction! Call US first!
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