Hayes Valley had a good year, but it wasn't enough to beat last year's Curbed Cup champ. That's right, folks. For the first time in Curbed history, a neighborhood has won the Curbed Cup two years in a row. It was a close battle, with each 'hood battling it out for more votes. In the end, the Lower Haight had 821 votes and Hayes Valley had 706 votes. What helped the Lower Haight dominate the competition to become the Curbed Cup 2012 Neighborhood of the Year? Cheap, late night eats paired with inexpensive imbibing and the allure of boutique shopping made the Lower Haight desirable among many, which means rental rates are way up and condos are going for well over 500K. We're looking forward to seeing what developments happen in 2013.
· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]