(Groan). Sorry folks, couldn’t help myself with that ridiculously tempting pun of a headline about Noe Valley. Yesterday’s Bernal Heights neighborhood trivia was pretty popular, so today I’m going to try and bring you three equally interesting tidbits about Noe Valley, the neighborhood that some people love to love and some just love to hate!
Noe Valley Trivia Tidbit #1:
Noe Valley was named forÂ Jose de Jesus Noe, who served a variety of administrative roles in the last years of Mexican California. He was variously a justice of the peace (Juez de Paz), Assistant Alcalde, and Â Alcalde (roughly equivalent to Mayor. If he was around today he’d be rocking it on foursquare). Born in 1805 in Â Puebla, Mexico, he along with his family came to Norcal in 1834 with the Hijar and Padres Colony. He died in 1862, and city records listed him simply as “farmer, dwelling on old San Jose Road” at the time of his death.
Noe Valley Trivia Tidbit #2:
Duncan Street is the Noe Valley equivalent of Billionaire’s Row in Pacific Heights. The two most expensive homes to sell in Noe Valley (per SFAR MLS, although I couldn’t find anything with a higher recorded sales price in the tax records, either) were both on Duncan Street. 526 Duncan sold way back in 2005 for $5,300,000 while 625 Duncan, originally listed for $6,250,000 sold in 2008 for $5,818,000. For those of you into conspiracy theories, please note that both home addresses are a combination of the numbers five, six, and two.
Noe Valley Trivia Tidbit #3:
As with all things that involve Bragging Rights, there is a bit of controversy about the steepest streets in San Francisco, and thus what neighborhood can claim them. For this tidbit, I’m relying on Stephen Von Worley, from his blog Data Pointed. The sixth-steepest street in San Francisco (a four-way tie, actually), and the steepest in Noe Valley clocks in at a grade of 31.5%. On what Noe Valley block do residents live in mortal fear of people failing to properly apply their parking brakes? 22nd street between Vicksburg and Church Street.
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