For some, North Beach calls to mind alcohol-fueled debachery, strip clubs, and bus loads of tourists as far as the eye can see. If that's your thing, sweet. If not, don't write the place off yet. Stop by on a weekday and you'll find a charming, picturesque neighborhood filled with little Italian grandmas, one-of-a-kind boutiques (Al's Attire is our fave), and amazing bakeries (have you ever tried a slice of Stella Bakery's sacrapantina? Fuggedaboutit - so good). The location is nothing to sneeze at either. If you work downtown it's just a brisk walk away, meaning you could say 'arrivederci' to that soul-crushing morning MUNI ride you loathe.
Livin' the dream in Noe Valley usually entails a golden retriever and at least one baby, but it could just as easily entail scoring a one bedroom for less than $1700. Yup, it's a notoriously pricey neighborhood, and with good reason - consistently decent weather and more breakfast joints per capita than anywhere this side of the Mississippi (uncorroborated fact) means you're almost guaranteed a relaxing, sunny weekend (should the screaming children not spoil your three hour brunch). You can also use your Noe Valley digs as a calming respite between jaunts to the Mission or Castro (both nearby), and really show those yuppies how to live the dream.
Lately the only thing on our mind is the anticipation of warm weather. Overcast, rainy days may try to buzzkill our weekends now, but we know summer is nigh (believe it or not, it's already May). It's no wonder then, that this apartment immediately caught our eye - the deck is perfect for basking in the warm, soon-to-be summer sun. Other perks: great location on Sacramento just a block from Laurel Village, a dishwasher and garbage diposal, three closets, hardwood floors, and it's on the top floor.