All the answers are good. Sometimes the area can be quite foggy and other times really nice. If you really want sunshine you need to be in Potrero Hill, South Beach/Mission Bay/Central Waterfront and The Mission. I grew up in Presidio Heights and had friends all over the City. I can tell you there is fog everywhere. Some areas have fog in the morning and it usually burns off by noon. Other areas closer to the ocean have a lot more fog.
Cole Street is more laid-back than Union, Chestnut and Fillmore Streets. There are most restaurants and shops in other areas of the City. But the ones in Cole Valley are good!
Jed is correct in that there are more homeless around the area. Parking is also a negative but then, parking is tough in most neighborhoods. Go to http://www.sfgov.org to check out police reports for crime stats for all the areas of San Francisco.
You can go to my website for a description of all the different areas as well as advice on buying property. You just need to decide what is important to you and go from there.
Best feature of Cole Valley is you are more protected from the wind too.
Great walking area, good resturants and shops. Craig Newmark of Craigslist lives there. Downside is you do have a larger hoemless population in the vicinity from the Haight and the area of the park at Haight and Stanyan.
I think the weather in Cole Valley is really not bad. I actually grew up in the City and spent a lot of time there in high school, as my best friend lived right on Belvedere and Parnassus. Itâ€™s not as perpetually sunny as the Mission, but it also avoids the heavy Avenues fog most of the time. As for the pros I think Chris pretty much covered it. One con I would ad is parking. You definitely need a parking spot there, or else you will be very annoyed circling the same blocks over and over searching for a spot.
Hope this helps!
have fog linger in Cole Valley. It appeals to most people because of a small town feel. The shops are eclectic and unique in even San Francisco. It is desirable to many people who want a walking neighborhood, somewhat youthy (UCSF med is nearby, and you can get over to Irving St. to check out the hangouts fairly easy). Access to GG park is quick, and getting onto mass transit isin't so difficult.