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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) NoPa vs. (13) Outer Sunset

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (and fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!




Nopa photo (left) via Pacific Union; Outer Sunset photo (right) via BlockShopper


Our Curbed Cup competition is heating up, and the next contest pits NoPa against Outer Sunset. Let's get to it.

With cool restaurants, coffeeshops, and a newish Bi-Rite grocery, NoPa has long been considered a hotspot. Now it's experiencing heat in another realm: Housing. Right now, there's three residential developments in the works on Divisadero (notably, a 152-unit building planned for the site where Touchless Car Wash stands). That's not to say the restaurant revolution has slowed—Eater SF, our sister site, has reported a host of restaurant openings there in 2015.

Then there's Outer Sunset. Once upon a time, this was a quiet neighborhood, but there's a lot brewing out near the ocean breakers. It was just a year ago RedFin named the Sunset (of which Outer Sunset is obviously a part) one of the hottest housing markets in the U.S. That explains how a house we described as a "total disaster" sold for $1.21 million. It also the reason that even the long-time Sloat Nursery will likely become condos. Outer Lands restaurant has long been a popular destination, and cool shops continue to spring up around it.

Poll results

· Plans filed to replace Divisadero car wash with six-story development [Hoodline]
· NoPa restaurant coverage [Eater SF]
· Who Knew? The Hottest Home Market in the US Is the Sunset [Curbed SF]
· Total Disaster on the Great Highway That Sold for $1.21M Won't Be Flipped After All [Curbed SF]
· Mixed-Used Building Could Grow at the Sloat Garden Center [Curbed SF]