NOPA is the area North of the Panhandle and it is gentrifying. The perfect examples of it's gentrification is the growth of the restaurant/bar business on Divisadero - Nopa, Tsunami Sushi (really worth going to if you like Sushi), Little Star Pizza, The Madrone, the long standing Independant, and the addition of the hight end gourmet market, Falletti's on Broderick between Oak and Fell. It also has the benefit of being close to USF for those who are considering a invenstment property which can generate rent. The other benefit of NOPA is it's close proximity to Golden Gate Park, lots of public transit lines, the Haight and Hayes Valley. Personally it's on my short list of areas to consider for buying a home - second to Cole Valley.