December 16, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Pasta Gina Eviction, Granny Flats Are Coming and the Holidays Are Here


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December 3, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Façade Shenanigans, Holidays on 24th St, New Burger Spot Coming


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NVV Dec 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To



The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

December 2017

Front Page: 24 days of holiday fun are underway on 24th St (see the schedule at 24on24th.com);  Local tenants on Grand View win concessions from an apartment building owner and a delay until March 1; Dr. Barry Kinney, at 3969 24th St, has been practicing dentistry in Noe Valley for 50 years; Noe Valley Voice to publish a special January 2018 issue that will cover a kids photo contest and a year in review.

Letters: A neighbor writes in support of not demolishing any smaller buildings on 24th St - they're part of the "Noe Valley character;" Tears and love for the Harvey Milk story last issue; A supporter of the Nov 8th anti-Trump candlelight vigil in the Noe Valley Town Square.

Features: The City looks to provide lawyers to tenants evicted from buildings; Photos from the Noe Valley Gala, which raised $9,500 for the Town Square; RIP Debra King, a Noe Valley preschool teacher for 20 years, who died of breast cancer at her Mt. Shasta home.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Sales of home and condos have leveled off from the peak two years ago. Still, a Dolores St home with an elevator went for $6.5 million. The most expensive condo was a 1592 square foot apartment that sold for $1.85 million on the 1200 block of Sanchez between Clipper and 25th.

Store Trek: Stephen Moore Home Mercantile, 3845 24th St. at Vicksburg

Rumors and Tidbits: Pasta Gina is closed after both cooks quit unexpectedly - the hope is to reopen soon although the owners do want to sell the business; Caskhouse is becoming Hi-Way Burger & Fry [Ed.--Stay tuned for more info here on NVSF]; Le Cupboard has closed and the staff has quit - it's fate is uncertain; There's a giant yellow Amazon locker now blocking windows in Whole Foods; Arte Bella is a new art, clothing and jewelry boutique replacing Monroe SF on 24th St (formerly Common Scents); The Upper Hand nail and lash salon has taken over for Beauty Matters on 24th St; Navarrete's Black Belt Academy is temporarily in the old See Jane Run space while they renovate 1201 Church St; There was a meth bust in Noe last month - and a mountain lion capture; The 49ers bus that leaves from Valley Tavern to Levi Stadium for games has been running with fewer than 20 fans this season; The next Noe Valley Wine Walk is on Dec 7; There was a candlelight vigil on the anniversary of Trump's election in the Noe Valley Town Square; A film called A Spark of Nerve details a Noe Valley teen's successful nerve transfer surgery.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

November 4, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Firefly Turns 24, Best Dressed Real Housewives of Noe Valley, RIP SFist


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NVV Nov 2017: We Read It So You Don’t Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

November 2017

Front Page: Harvey Milk used to write a column for the Voice; Grand View resident of 41 years could be displaced when landlord does seismic upgrades; a profile of local fashion illustrator Lynn Rosenzweig.

Letters: A neighbor writes of those who want to change 24th St. by adding new high-density housing: "...for the people who don't live here now, and don't have any interest in the old-world charm, can't they just move someplace else?"

Features: The steps at 20th and Sanchez are among several "Green Gardens" tended by neighbors; profile of a 13 year old Noe Valley Day Trader and budding capitalist.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Just six single family homes changed hands in September for an average cost of $1.8 million; average rent for a 2 bedroom is $4393 per month.

Store Trek: Le Cupboard Cafe, 1298 Church St. at 25th

Rumors and Tidbits: First Republic is moving into 1354 Castro at Jersey in the former American Title Company space. Two restaurants are rumored to be for sale in Noe Valley (ed. Lazeez? Noe sushi? Fattoush?); meanwhile, three more that are zoned for restaurant use are for rent: the former Bliss Bar, La PanotiQ and Caskhouse. The new owners of Savor have remodeled the patio. Le Cupboard is open and also has vegan vending machines. There will be a gathering at the Town Square on Nov. 8 to bemoan the "sad one-year anniversary" of the election of Donald Trump. On Nov. 17 there will be a Fight Fire with Love benefit concert at the Town Square. The post box at 22nd and Church has been restored. Artist and interior designer Ian Stallings at 3848 24th St has left after less than a year. The Real Foods building is officially for sale and being shown to prospective buyers - no details on a buyer yet.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

October 7, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Plant Thieves, Uma Casa Love and Fleet Week



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NVV Oct 2017: We Read It So You Don’t Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

October 2017

Front Page: Clipper St traffic calming will start to happen in 2018; the city is approving more tall multi-unit building on 24th St but neighbors are not thrilled; BistroSF Grill and Chez Marius feature live music on certain nights; the Noe Valley Gala fundraiser is happening Oct 27; lots of Halloween fun happening on Oct 29 at Noe Valley Pet Company and in the Town Square.

Letters: The St. Philips 79th annual festival was a big success, writes the school principal. 

Cost of Living in Noe: The average cost of a Noe Valley home tin August was $2.5 million and the most expensive home sold was $3.95 million; the average price for a condo was $1.6 million.

Short Takes: Halloween happiness: Merchants on 24th St will be welcoming trick-or-treaters on Halloween from mid afternoon to dusk - or catch the early fun at the Halloween pet parade on Oct 29 starting at Noe Valley pet co from 2 to 5pm. The Town Square will also host a Spooktacular on Sunday October 29 from 3-7 pm.

Store Trek: Urban Remedy, 3870 24th Street at Vicksburg

Rumors and Tidbits: We had a heat wave in SF in Sept and it was very, very hot in Noe Valley; There are lots of vacant storefronts on 24th St; District 8 supe candidate Rafael Mandelman has taken over the shop space next to Just for Fun through the June 2018 election; Mehak Vohra, a 21-year old tech entrepreneur and Noe Valley resident is running for mayor - as is NV resident Mark Leno; Wednesdays are sauna days in the Noe Valley Town Square from 6:30 to 9pm every week; The Star Bakery sign has been hijacked by GetzWell Pediatrics (bummer); Stephen Moore is opening his mercantile shop to the public this month in the spot where The Ark used to be; Astrid's Rabat is celebrating 40 years in Noe Valley; and the 2nd annual NV Girl's Film Festival was a big success this year (despite "a lot of submissions by middle aged men") and some of the winners are on YouTube.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

September 9, 2017

NVV Sept 2017: We Read It So You Don’t Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

September 2017

Front Page: NVMPA president April Swann is looking for ways to fill more empty retail stores on 24th St.; vacant for 14 years, the old Real Foods building at 3935-39 24th St. is for sale (asking price not stated, last sold in 2005 for $1.6 million) - although it will likely take another 2 years before we see any construction start to happen in the space; five bike share stations have found a home in Noe Valley in former street parking spots; the SF poet laureate Kim Shuck grew up on Eureka St. between 22nd and 23rd.

Letters: Special thanks from Ivonne Guerrero of Martha & Bros on Church St. to her wonderful neighbors who helped out during a water outage; some love for a post-card writing event at the Farmer's Market in August 5; and thanks from a neighbor to our awesome local fire department who quickly and adeptly put out a recent fire on 23rd St. 

Features: SFMTA is moving two "Google bus" stops to the east side of Church at  24th St; Alvarado Elementary has a new outdoor green space/garden; Upper Noe Rec Center has a new colorful mural that was painted by kids and the community.

Cost of Living in Noe: Only 17 homes sold in June and July and the average cost of a Noe Valley home this summer was "only" $2 million; the average price for a condo was $1.5 million.

Short Takes: Noe Valley Girls Film Festival is back this fall and you can RSVP now; St. Philip Parish Annual Festival is on Sept 23 and 24 this year.

Store Trek: IS Fine Art and Design, 3848 24th Street at Vicksburg

Rumors and Tidbits: Ardiana is open in the former La Nebbia space; Baron's Meats is open for business and serving delicious custom cuts of meat; the entire Bom Dia business is for sale including the fixtures and wine for $279,000 - and the seller is currently in negotiations with a prospective buyer. Sasa's Pizza that was headed for the old Fattoush space has been booted for non-payment of rent. Caskhouse has retrenched to Hamlet. Cardio-Tone on 24th St has vacated their space after nearly 10 years; the old See Jane Run space is still for rent; Verizon is taking over the old Radio Shack space at 4049 24th St. Saru made Eater's list of the 18 best sushi spots in SF.  Rubber ducks were again spotted in Noe Valley in August and NVV speculates it's a symbol of protest in Russia and anti-corruption on Ukraine, Serbia and Brazil. The SFMTA is installing a stop sign on Liberty at Noe St. Whole Foods/Amazon has a bike fixit station at the northeast corner of the parking lot that's getting a lot of use from commuters. Cliche Noe Gifts has an SF Made corner in it's shop, and behind the shop is one of the few operating printing presses in San Francisco (cool!).

[The Noe Valley Voice]

July 15, 2017

NVV July/August 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

July/August 2017

Front Page: There's a Petit Cine, a tiny sidewalk cinema on the 3800 block of Cesar Chavez; profiles of some of the Farmer's Market families; the company that owns Real Foods, Neutraceuticals, is for sale, sparking hope for a sale of the vacant building at 3935-39 24th St.

Letters: A shout-out for the great work of Friends of the Urban Forest for making Noe Valley so full of trees and sidewalk gardens; a love letter to the group that coordinated the concert in the Noe Valley Town Square in May; Several neighbors write in to decry the rash of senior evictions in the neighborhood; a recap of this year's Garden Tour and RIP "Big Mike" Lefiti, the Upper Noe UPS driver who was killed in the workplace shooting at the Portrero UPS in June.

Features: The District 8 Supervisor race is already ramping up and Sheehy and Mandelman are the main rivals so far; SF City Guides have several free history walks in our little neighborhood. Eva Skoufis, owner of the coin-op laundry at 1732 Church has retired after 29 years and the new owners, Leanne Yu and Ann Truong have taken over.

Cost of Living in Noe: The average cost of a Noe Valley home in May jumped to $3.1 million thanks to the recent sale of the renovated No. 44 firehouse on 22nd St. for $5.3 million and the home at 526 Duncan for a record $12.5 million. The latter is now the most expensive home in Noe Valley; it first sold for $5.3 million in 2005 (not a bad appreciation).

Short Takes: Lots going on in the Town Square all summer - schedule here. Local comedians will descend on Valley Tavern the first Thursday of every month - there's no cover for the show. Folio Books also has an active summer events calendar for kids and adults. Juri Commons park at the edge of Noe Valley just got a grant for some playground updates.

Store Trek: Shop Monroe, 3920A 24th Street at Sanchez

Rumors and Tidbits: Rubber ducks were again spotted in Noe Valley on June 23; Radio Shack has left the building and the space is for rent for $9,000 per month. Savor has changed management and is now the Savor Open Kitchen with a few new menu items. Le Cupboard is now open. The For Rent sign is down in the old Good News space, but no rconfirmation of a new tenant or if it's been rented. The old Bom Dia is still for rent. And a For Rent sign has appeared on a former dry cleaner spot on 29th and Noe. Just for Fun is selling fidget spinners. The most popular movie rentals at Video Wave are Get Out, Logan and Hidden Figures.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

June 4, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Street Art, RIP Bom Dia and the Way We Live Now


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NVV June 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

June 2017

Front Page: Noe Valley lawmaker Mark Leno wants to be mayor; Noe Courts is open; BofA security guard James Grant moonlights as a singer and appeared at the Town Square; local filmmaker Jeffrey Braverman will have a short film called David in Brief at Frameline, the SF LGBTQ Film Festival.

Letters: Letter from a neighbor lamenting the loss of Good News newsstand on 24th St; a response to last month's Trump supporter; and a clarification on Karen Oliveto, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church.

Features: RIP local filmmaker Dan Halas; Julia Ready closing her local daycare business after 27 years.

Cost of Living in Noe: The average cost of a Noe Valley home in April was $2.4 million as more homes came to market; the most expensive sale was a $4.1 million home on the 4300 block of 25th St. which went for 4.7 percent below asking.

Short Takes: SummerFEST is on June 11 this year; the free evening movies in Dolores Park this year are posted; garbage rates are going to rise this year.

Store Trek: The Rabbit Hole Theater Company, 800 Diamond St

Rumors and Tidbits: Urban Remedy, a local chain and purveyor of plant-based foods is taking over the old DavidsTea space and the grand opening is June 24; Cotton Basics is opening up a new annex in the old Green 11 space next to just for fun which will specialize in posters and cotton logo wear. Honeycomb Salon now offers 7AM hair cuts for regulars. The former Good News space is renting for $3,000 a month - owners of a barber, a store selling art stuff and a yogurt shop have so far expressed interest. Savor is undergoing a change of ownership. La PanotiQ abruptly closed last month. Wise Sons Deli in the Mission is selling bread at Whole Foods. Neighbor's Corner at 21st and Douglass has applied to be a restaurant so it can keep its seats. Neutraceutical is being bought by a private equity firm and the Real Foods store is reportedly slated to be sold in the transaction (here's hoping).

[The Noe Valley Voice]

May 5, 2017

NVV May 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

May 2017

Front Page: Local family commemorates their family in a mural on Comerford Alley; local stylist organizes free services for hospitalized kids; rat poison kills coyote in Douglass Park.

Letters: Letter from a Trump supporter from New York about the "arrogant residents of San Franny."

Features: Noe Valley's lone indie newsstand, Good News, is closing after 22 years; the reasons are the Internet and a key magazine distributor shut down.

Cost of Living in Noe: The average cost of a Noe Valley home in March was $3.1 million; the most expensive home sold that month was a $6.2 million home on a double lot on Fair Oaks.

Store Trek: Baron's Quality Meats, 1706 Church St at 29th; Mabuhay, 1195 Church St at 24th 

Rumors and Tidbits: The Town Square finally has power - look for more events like the Square Dance soon. The Noe Valley Association got a grant for parklet furniture and new benches on 24th St. and sun umbrellas for the Town Square. The Farmer's Market's Happy Boy Farms vendor has a GoFundMe campaign for flood damage from this year's rains. The plant-based food service and restaurant Le Cupboard is opening soon. A pizza oven was moved into the soon-to-be Sasa's Pizzeria (nee Fattoush). Radio Shack will be gone by the end of May. The shops next to St. Clair's have been demolished to make way for new retail and housing; construction should take 14 months. Noe Valley activists created a project that spurred 1 million calls to Congress on issues people are concerned about - while they were also facing an owner move-in eviction (!).

[The Noe Valley Voice]

April 8, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Local Color, Fire and It’s Coyote Pupping Season



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NVV April 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

April 2017

Front Page: Evie Chen wins James Lick spelling bee; 93-year-old Carl Jensen dies while fighting eviction from his home of 63 years on 26th St.; Blue Bear Music offers music classes for 5+ year olds in Noe Valley.

Letters: A neighbor writes that Hawaiian Airlines (specifically the flight from SFO to Honolulu) is the worst offender for local airplane noise; the library amnesty program brought in 135 overdue items to the Jersey St branch; Noe Valley's 24th St post office completely sold out of pre-stamped U.S. postcards as locals joined other Americans in contacting our Washington representatives.

Cost of Living in Noe: February was a slow month for sales; the most expensive sale was a $4,025,000 TIC on a corner lot on Valley St.

Store Trek: Chez Marius, 4063 24th St. near Castro

Rumors and Tidbits: Radio Shack's days are numbered; David's Tea is closed and the space is renting for $7,000 a month; the old See Jane Run space is also for rent, asking $9,000/month. The owners of the never-ending mystery restaurant at 1298 Church St. claim it will open in April and serve "nutritious gourmet food" while also "hosting events to think and educate about the food system and how we can use it as an opportunity to make our health, planet and communities thrive." The fire station house is for sale again - for $5.7 million. Authentic Tattoo has opened in the old Sirena Botanica space.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

March 12, 2017

This Week in Noe Valley: Exit Radio Shack, Easter Egg Hunt Is On, Noe Valley Then and Now


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NVV March 2017: We Read It So You Don't Have To


The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

March 2017

Front Page: Deplorable person leaves racist note on Noe Valley resident’s car; Cleve Jones and other local authors are part of Word Week; jet noise from plane rerouting irritating some Noe Valley residents.

Cost of Living in Noe: Average price for the scant 3 single family homes that sold in January was $3M.

Store Trek: Artisana, 3927 24th Street

Features:  Noe Valley resident Ken Shaw will be a Peace Corp volunteer in Zambia.

Rumors and Tidbits: Baron's Quality Meats is opening soon in the former Drewe's Meats space; DavidsTea will be closing at the end of August or sooner; La Nebbia is closed and Sharon Ardiana (of Ragazza on Divisadero) will be opening a new restaurant in a few months in the space with an Italian/Mediterranean menu; Green11 is relocating to the East Bay; two more retail spaces that have been co-opted by boutique offices: the former laundromat at Castro and Clipper  is becoming a design studio called Studio 9 and an architecture firm is taking over the space at Noe and Alvarado. Similarly, the former The Ark Space on 24th at Vicksburg will house a mercantile, home design and real estate business for realtor Stephen Moore. Some changes are in the works for the checkout lanes at Whole Foods and by the end of March there should be a demolition crew tackling the space next to St. Clair's Liquors (the plan is 3 residential spaces and retail below).

[The Noe Valley Voice]