October 7, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: Fleet Week, Noe Valley in 1966 and Halloween Is Coming


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[Photo: Halloween is coming via inger

NVV October 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: Halloween is coming; dog trainers share their methods and tips; local dems want to flip the house in November.

Features: Fairmount Elementary is now Dolores Huerta Elementary School; recycling box now lives outside James Lick Middle School entrance. Republicans focus on local races. Two haunted houses will be at this year's Spooktacular Halloween celebration on Sunday Oct. 28 in the Town Square.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Home values averaged $2.578 million this August, up 1.8 percent year over year. The most affordable home was a 350 square foot crackerbox condo on Guerrero that sold for $578,000.

Store Trek: Douglas1598 Sanchez at 29th

Rumors and Tidbits: The old Mill space is rumored to be a possible cannabis dispensary (?!); the old Radio Shack is becoming a Yoga Flow on 24th St.; Artisana on 24th St has closed; Eyes on 24th St. Optometry is moving a block down to 4080 24th St.; Castro Computer is vacating its space on 1500 Castro at 25th; Rafael Mandelman's campaign office has left the space next to Just for Fun and a new tenant is coming soon. Realtor Hill & Co. has been bought by Alain Pinel which means there are currently two Alain Pinel offices on 24th St - no word on whether one will close; Sotheby's Realty is rumored to be moving into the hood as well; Chloe's Cafe is now 31 years old and has been named a "valuable cultural asset" for San Francisco; The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival was a huge success.

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September 23, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: Robbery Suspects Nabbed, Former Building Inspector President (and Noe Valley Resident) Sued, Church St. Restaurant for Sale


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[Photo: Summer finally arrives via rafael415

September 2, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: The Last Video Stores, Rec Center Block Party and the Search for the Sanchez Attacker Continues


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[Photo: Walkway into Noe Valley on 22nd St. via geoff.welch

NVV September 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: The new California Pacific Medical Center (formerly St. Luke's) on Cesar Chavez is now open and focusing on maternity and elder care; St. Philip School turns 80; Richard Lee Merritt died in 2017 and left a massive library of books in his 23rd St home to his alma mater, the University of Montana; Local author Mary Jo McConahay celebrates the publication of a new book.

Letters: Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books and Noe Pet Company writes about the unprofessional response of the president of the NVMPA complaining about the Healthy Spot permit rejection for a formula retail pet store that would compete with identical lively businesses in Noe Valley; The 2018 Noe Valley Garden Tour was a big success; Jim Burr suggests we welcome an Apple Mini store in the old Real Foods space on 24th St; A neighbor writes about traveling outside the Noe Valley bubble and having conversations about Trump; Another neighbor is disappointed that the article on the Noe Valley Coffee Company neglected to mention the health risks of roasting coffee in a residential area; Another neighbor calls for a boycott of McDonald's because of the way they mistreat chickens.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: 33 Noe Valley homes changed hands in June and July, twice the number from that period last year.  The average cost of a home in July was $2.1 million.

Store Trek: Hi-Way Burger & Fry3853 24th St at Vicksburg

Rumors and Tidbits: The Real Foods building at 3939 24th St is under construction and looking for tenants for 3 retail spaces. Cole Hardware inquired about renting the whole space but balked at the $30,000 rent. The building sold recently to a private investment group for $3 million. Also on 24th: the Radio Shack space is asking $10,000/month, the Noe Valley Cyclery spot is asking $4850/month, Pete's Cleaners is asking $7590/month, and the Sean spot is asking $4500/month. Rabat is staying in Noe Valley after all (yay!) and Small Frys moved into the Podolls space for the next 2 years while they remodel the original building and store at 4066 24th St. Compass real estate is colonizing Noe Valley and now has 4 offices here. The Basso family is rejoining the restaurant scene and will open Noe's Cantina - a Mexican themed bar and eatery expected to open in October in the old Hamlet née Basso's. The old Bliss Bar will soon open as Vive La Tarte, which also has a location in the Ferry Building.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

August 26, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: The View Then and Now, 110% Home Appreciation in 6 Years and Beautiful Vintage Trains



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[Photo: William Eggleston at Alvarado shot from Eureka St. via eyeofted

July 7, 2018

NVV July/August 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: Haystack Pizza is the longest running restaurant in Noe Valley (46 years) and going strong; Healthy Spot pet store was denied a request to open due to neighborhood protest; Picturesque and vintage F cars return to the Church St Muni corridor.

Letters: The owner of Folio Books urges neighbors to spend time (and money) in Noe Valley if they want a vibrant 24th St; A local complaint about a 6 month no parking permit for construction from 7AM to 6PM, 7 days per week.

Features: The clothes recycling box headed for the parking lot on 24th near Castro has been shelved due to concerns from a neighborhood group; London Breed is mayor and Rafael Mandelman took the District 8 supervisor seat; Upper Douglass dog park may be shut twice a week to address neighborhood concerns with the site's grass turf; Police still seeking clues to attack on mother with baby on Sanchez on June 3; The Noe Valley Coffee Company is seeking approval to operate its own coffee roaster inside Spin City at 1299 Sanchez at 26thSummerfest 2018 is coming to Noe Valley from 11am-4pm on July 29.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Just 7 single family homes sold in May for an average price of $2.69 million; a mere 4 condos sold for an average of $1.3 million. A $4.9 million home sold on the 200 block of 28th St. and the most expensive homes and condos sold both went to private sales before they hit the market.

Store Trek: Moe's Barbershop and Beauty Parlor4008 24th St near Noe St.

Rumors and Tidbits: Of the 16,415 voters registered in Noe Valley, 64 percent cast their ballots in June; The crocheted animals in the trees on Diamond St between Alvarado and 23rd are the loving handiwork of local artist Huib Petersen, and a small protest against the "creepiness" of "the man in the White Hous;." Podolls is closing on July 9 and Small Frys is moving into the space; Sean, a menswear store on 24th has closed; The old See Jane Run space is going through a seismic retrofit and is for rent; Building permits have been issued and work has begun to create 3 new commercial spaces in the old Real Foods spaceDouglas is now open at 1598 Sanchez; The Noe Valley Merchants and Professional Association is looking to add more murals by local muralists to downtown Noe Valley with the first ones planned for Rachel Swann's office on Vicksburg, Honeycomb Spa, Philz Coffee and possibly Novy.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

June 16, 2018

NVV June 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: Retailers continue to hurt on 24th St as locals opt for online shopping instead; The Noe Valley Farmer's Market ditches use of plastic bags this month; Healthy Spot pet store faces resistance from local merchants - vote slated for June 21.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: 11 single family homes sold in April for an average price of $2.5 million; 10 condos sold for an average of $1.9 million. A $5.2 million home sold on the 1300 block of Noe.

Store Trek: Seokyo new Korean restaurant at 1740 Church Street near Day

Rumors and Tidbits: Real Foods has been sold to local investors who hope to bring the space up to code and rent it out as 3 retails stores by this fall. The former Hamlet space at 1199 Church is for sale, liquor license and all for $3.5 million. Hi-Way Burger should be opening in the old Caskhouse space by the end of June. The space next to St. Clair's Liquors is nearing completion and will be leased, not sold. Modern Family Law has moved into the ground floor of 4126 Castro near 24th. TMI Colonics has moved to 1340 Haight St. Shoe Biz is now owned by shoe retailer Anthem. Unconfirmed (but rumored) is that Rabat may remain in Noe Valley by downsizing to just the corner space where it started. Whole Foods is now starting to enforce the "one hour while shopping at Whole Foods" rule. 

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May 6, 2018

NVV May 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: Recycle for Change is setting up a clothing recycling box in the Harry Aleo public parking lot on 24th near Castro; local author and organizer Leslie Crawford has a new book called Sprig the Rescue Pig; James Lick students are terrorizing 24th St. merchants with vandalism, shoplifting and crime when they get out of school each day; a new column for kids debuts this month called Kids Ask Katie.

Feature: SF mayoral candidates are considering a vacancy tax on empty storefronts; Kids Ask Katie tackles the question of whether there are robberies in Noe Valley (spoiler: none in the last year).

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Single family homes are scarce and selling at a high premium: Just 10 homes were on the market for sale and all sold for over asking. The most expensive home was a $3.1 million home on 23rd St.

Store Trek: Arte Bella (formerly Shop Monroe) at 3920A 24th St. at Noe

Rumors and Tidbits: Nothing is happening at Real Foods, although the building is still listed for sale; after 46 years in Noe Valley Rabat clothing and shoe store on 24th at Noe is retrenching to Berkeley; the former Mill Clothing space is for rent for $9,000 per month; the former See Jane Run, Cardio-Tone and Isso spaces remain empty for seismic retrofitting; the former Pete's Cleaners is renting for over $5,000 per month; The Podolls is closing and looking for a new space to open this summer; the offices vacated by Opes Mortgage Advisers and Climb Real Estate is temporarily being occupied by Compass Real Estate; LaPanotiQ is expected to become a Mediterranean restaurant; the Japanese restaurant that had looked to occupy for the former Hamlet space has decided not to open after all and the space is closed. Chez Marius is under new management and will still feature live jazz on Tuesday and Thursday nights; First Republic Bank is opening on the corner of Castro and Jersey on May 14; Umpqua bank is offering another free shred-in on Saturday May 19, and also has a display for local artist Lilli Lanier (a 36-year Noe Valley resident) in their lobby.

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April 7, 2018

NVV April 2018: 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 2018

Front Page: There's new sand in the giant sandbox and new gravel at the dog run at Upper Noe Rec Center, among other improvements; The owner of a local pre-school lost her Sonoma home in the wildfires and the community has rallied to help; Interview with Jennifer Katz, a local child speech therapist; Group drumming and dancing is on deck for the Town Square every second and fourth Sunday from 3-5pm.

Letters: An ActionSF member loved last month's ActionSF profile; Word Week was a success; An odd note from neighbor Sharon who wants another overly solicitous neighbor to leave her alone.

Feature: Two remodels, one at 79 28th Street [Ed.--permit application withdrawn 3/9/18] and another at 505 Grand View face hurdles from the city and planning commission.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Four super luxury homes sold in February, all between $4.9 and $5.5 million which pushed the average value of a Noe Valley home close to $3.6 million. Condo sales averaged $1.6 million.

Short takes: The Noe Valley Garden Tour is looking for volunteers [Ed.--website not updated]; Curry Without Worry is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free party on April 14 in the Town Square from 3-5pm; Candidates for the mayor's race and the District 8 supervisor seat will speak on April 28 from 2-4pm at St. Aidan's Church.

Store Trek: Azil Boutique, 4010 24th St. at Noe

Rumors and Tidbits: Roughly 200 people showed up for the first Noe Valley Town Square movie night (The Princess Bride) - the next movie night will be July 7 at 7:30pm for a showing of Tortoro. Subscription artisan box company Globe In is moving into the former Cliche Noe space and hopes to open their showroom in May. Upscale Vive La Tarte bakery and cafe is moving into the former Bliss Bar space and will serve lunch including a tacro (a taco crossed with a croissant) in a few months. Sultan's Kebab moved into the former Lazeez space and the owner reports 70 percent of their business is pick-up and take away. Douglas Fir is a new market opening soon in the former Bom Dia space soon (possibly by the end of the month). Pete's Laundry and Cleaners is closed after 30 years on 24th St. after being priced out. Rabat on 24th at Noe is closing by this summer after 47 years and retrenching to their Berkeley store. The Podolls at 3985 24th St. is closing soon, perhaps as early as this summer. The Harry Aleo parking lot on 24th near Castro will soon be getting a collection box for recycling shoes, clothes, bedding and textiles.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

April 1, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: Little Lambs at the Market and More Openings and Closings



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[Photo: Paula Harris and Noe Valley Pet Co have been part of Noe Valley for 19 years via smylocalpetshop

March 25, 2018

New Market Opening This Spring: Douglas on Sanchez


Update (3/29/18): We heard from Maggie Spicer that the maket will simply be called Douglas and that she is part of the team with Michael Molesky and his father Jim. Maggie describes her role as "a 'guest experience' designer and brand strategist as well as a clean eating enthusiast and editor for Ambrosia & Drift magazines, and a contributor to EdibleSF."

A happy surprise for those who miss the market at 1598 Sanchez St. at 29th St. (formerly Bom Dia, and before that St. Paul's Market): Mike Molesky posted on Instagram today that he and his father Jim and designer Maggie Spicer are opening a corner store and market in the space. Called Douglas on Sanchez, the website promises “delicious things are afoot” and that the space will serve caffeine, breakfast, delicious lunch, wine and “all the ingredients to cook the perfect roast chicken.” Opening date TBD sometime this Spring.

According to their various online bios, Michael is a nomvivant and the creator of Placemarker, an app that turns your photos into a travel guide for friends as well as the former COO of video ad platform LiveRail which was acquired by Facebook for $400-$500 million; Maggie is a guest experience designer, interior designer and brand strategist as well as a clean eating enthusiast and contributor to EdibleSF. Both Mark and Maggie divide their time between San Francisco and Copenhagen, which sounds like a good mix for an interestingly curated corner market. A quick fly-by today shows there's already activity underway to ready the space for opening.

Welcome!

Photo via Douglassf.com

February 10, 2018

This Week in Noe Valley: Fire Box Mystery Revealed, Plum Trees Blooming and YIMBY Was Born Here


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[Photo: Even the dentist office is cute in Noe Valley via mkcalifornia

NVV Feb 2018: 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.

February 2018

Front Page: LA-based chain pet store Healthy Spot wants to open in the old Radio Shack space - and local merchants aren't having it; local a profile of local resident and longtime Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres (a documentary about him is coming out this spring); Noe Valley's solid voter turnout could be a force in this June's special mayoral election.

Letters: A neighbor writes to remind his fellow Noe Valley residents that there is Thursday morning meditation on the Noe Valley Town Square from 8-9am.

Features: Large turnout this year for Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) after the Jan. 4 earthquake (more at sf-fire.org); the house at 79 28th St. is at the center of a housing battle that encapsulates the housing crisis and gentrification struggles of Noe Valley. A profile of Noe Valley Cyclery owner David Kline who's had a good long run since 1976 and who plans to retire in April - and Dani Sheehan Myer's struggle to make a go of it with Cliche Noe Gifts + Home before it closed in January. RIP Barbara Ann May, Fair Oaks resident, artist and community activist.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: Real estate sales were brisker than they've been in 10 years in the last few months of 2017 including for multi-unit buildings. The average cost to buy a house here: $2.7 million.

Store Trek: Ardiana, 1781 Church St. at 30th

Rumors and Tidbits: The Noe Valley Merchants & Professionals Association (NVMPA) is presiding over a commercial corridor on 24th St. that is losing retailers (14 vacant store fronts) and mostly gaining professional services (think realtors, title companies, health offices and banks). Commercial rents range from $4,000 to $12,000. Navarette's Black Belt Academy has moved out of the old See Jane Run space and back to Church St - and the See Jane Run space needs a seismic retrofit. The Mill is moving to 18th and Hartford in the Castro on February 13. Rachel Swann, the NVMPA president and a realtor, tried to pull a fast one on her fellow merchants by converting a former retail space into a realtor office that also sold swag - more than a few retailers on 24th St. are not amused. The S.F. History Association, which held monthly meetings at St. Philips is moving to Newman Hall in Sherith Israel at California and Webster. Noe Valley Democratic Club president Todd David says he is supporting Noe Valley resident Mark Leno, not London Breed, in the upcoming mayoral election. Le Cupboard is still closed. A new Japanese restaurant called Seokyo is opening in at 1740 Church at Day St. (formerly Taku Sushi, Noe Sushi, Tataki South, Deep and Deep Sushi). Hamlet is closing and will become a Japanese eatery. Nothing is happening at Real Foods. Noe Valley is rumored to be the most popular destination in SF for Airbnb rentals. James Lick Middle School is the beneficiary of a $265,000 garden grant which will have 60 species of plants and an organic vegetable garden - it opens February 10. The Diamond Heights Shopping Center has been bought by new investors. A new group called Swing Left is signing up residents at the Farmer's Market to "take back the house in 2018."

[The Noe Valley Voice]