The Noe Valley boundaries are generally considered to be 21st Street on the north, San Jose/Guerrero Streets on the east, 30th Street on the south and Diamond Heights Boulevard/Portola Avenue on the west. To the north of Noe Valley is the Castro neighborhood, the Mission District is to the east, to the south you will find Glen Park and to the west is Twin Peaks.
The main commercial areas in Noe Valley are 24th Street between Diamond and Dolores, and Church Street between Elizabeth and 30th.
Here’s what Fodors Travel Intelligence has to say about Noe Valley:
“Still farther south lies Noe Valley—also known as Stroller Valley for its relatively high concentration of little ones—an upscale but relaxed enclave that’s one of the city’s most desirable places to live. Church Street and 24th Street, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares, teem with laid-back cafés, kid-friendly restaurants, and comfortable, old-time shops. You can also see remnants of Noe Valley’s agricultural beginnings: Billy Goat Hill (at Castro and 30th streets), a wild-grass hill often draped in fog, is named for the goats that grazed here right into the 20th century.”
•Map used with permission from San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association.