The weather in San Francisco is rarely cold, although it can be cool and damp and a light jacket, preferably waterproof, is recommended when strolling through the region. Noe Valley is located next to the Twin Peaks which sit on the west side of the area and block frequent San Francisco fogs and winds, creating a microclimate. This microclimate makes the area warmer and sunnier than other San Francisco neighborhoods and more amenable to pedestrians.
The area has many different residences with varying styles and unique architecture. There are apartments and single-family homes in the area which are situated on narrow lots. There are some trees at street fronts as well. Homes are well maintained as this is an affluent neighborhood and some houses have stairs to reach living spaces. Many have parking and garages at street level with living quarters on upper floors. There several types of residential homes, many with bay windows jutting out from upper floors and attractive architectural features.
A little to the northeast in an adjacent neighborhood, Mission Dolores Park provides 16 acres of natural space. There are palm trees, open lawns, recreational facilities, music festivals, and performances in this beautiful park. The park has elevated terrain providing great views of the city and dogs are welcome on the park's numerous paved pedestrian paths to enjoy the scenery.
Just west of Noe Valley, Twin Peaks Park is a short drive away. There is lots of local wildlife, hiking paths and spectacular views. Be prepared for strong winds and big climbs as the terrain is steep.