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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) Noe Valley vs. (12) Potrero Hill

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The Curbed Cup, our award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods competing for a glorious JPEG of an illustrated trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

Today's first matchup is the battle of the babes. And by "babes" we mean "babies." Noe Valley is, no doubt, San Francisco's baby hub. So much so that we're quick to assume you get a Dreamer Design Axiom baby stroller when you finalize buying a house there. Even their Farmers Market has baby stroller parking! 24th Street has a great selection of quant shops and fantastic eateries. From newly constructed contemporary mega houses (which usually receive price reductions) to highly-sought after Victorian abodes, the nabe has a plethora of housing options to choose from. But Noe Valley also has its drama. To preserve or demo? Is it a "totally gentrified yuppie patch"? You decide!

Even though Noe Valley reigns supreme as "baby central," Potrero Hill is still a top contender for "we're having another kid so we're moving to Potrero Hill." It's one of the only neighborhoods you can find decent parking in under 15 minutes. It's got a nice selection of eco-friendly architecture and recently built contemporary houses. And those hills! If you've got the cash, you can score a pretty amazing pad with stellar views. But its major development moves slowly. Which 'hood is best? Vote now!

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[Noe Valley photo via; Potrero Hill photo via.]