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A sprawling neighborhood with distinct areas, SoMa has everything from high-rise living to Victorian homes and museums, nightlife, and a baseball stadium.
Studio / 1 BR
54% Complete
3,500
2 Bedrooms
69% Complete
4,500
3 Bedrooms
94% Complete
6,100
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
6,500

Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • LGBTQ
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students

 

What's around
  • 37 Grocery stores/markets
  • 282 Nightlife options
  • 395 Fitness options
  • 1246 Shops
  • 57 Banks
  • 3 Schools
  • 766 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITExcellent

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

SoMa has an average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for San Francisco.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN SoMa LIKE?

SoMa stands for “South of Market” and encompasses the large swath of area...wait for it...south of Market Street, running from the 101 freeway on the south all the way to the Bay on the east. It is a sprawling neighborhood with three distinct sections. 

“SoMa” refers most specifically to the section closest to the Mission, with the most restaurants and nightlife; “Yerba Buena” is in the middle, and is known for its density of museums and shopping; and "South Beach" is on the side next to the Bay (although there’s no beach to speak of) and is full of high-rises and not too much else. South Beach is quickly becoming its own neighborhood, but for now it falls under the general SoMa umbrella.

This area was once zoned primarily for commercial use and that history is still present in the lofts and apartments fashioned from converted warehouses and office space. On smaller side streets you’ll occasionally find a Victorian or a modern condominium. Brick walk-ups are common, as are high-rises; these tend to be more common the further west you go.

Large office buildings dotted between residential housing can block the sun and keep the weather cooler here as a result. This neighborhood is increasingly attractive to fledgling startups in coworking spaces and the people who work for them. It’s less attractive for families, especially those with young children.

When SoMa was a commercial zone it had a reputation for seediness. Today it has been cleaned up pretty well, but the long blocks, nearby elevated highways which attract homeless encampments, and overall industrial vibe cause it to get a little uncertain at night.

Highway 80 runs through the south edge of SoMa, and the neighborhood quiets down, at least in terms of commercial businesses, the further south you go. The border of the Mission (near the 101) has a lot of nightlife and music venues (such as DNA Lounge and Hotel Utah), bringing in a young, artsy, punkier crowd. Folsom Street used to be dominated by the gay community, but the only hints that remain of that time are a couple of leather shops and bars catering to the gay/bisexual crowd.

The north of SoMa along Market Street provides the best public transportation with the trifecta of San Francisco (BART, busses, and light rail), and also where a lot of nightlife, shopping, and convenience stores can be found. A few buses run along the rest, but the sheer size of this neighborhood can make transportation less convenient if you’re not near a bus route.

Yerba Buena is the name of the northern middle section of SoMa. It is a hub of museums and brand-name shopping, and includes Westfield Mall, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which includes a large outdoor garden area, a bowling alley, and an indoor ice skating rink.

The South Beach area consists mainly of high-rise apartment buildings and condos, many with waterfront views, and the enormous AT&T baseball park, where most of the bars and restaurants in this area can be found.

There are still vast empty lots and the area can feel a bit deserted, although the exponential growth of tech companies moving into the area ensures it will fill out soon. For now it’s got a stiff urban edge, bridge traffic, and noise until you get to your nice apartment. The expansive apartment complex, Bayview Village, can be found in South Beach and has many of the amenities of an actual village in or near it (just don’t get confused with the Bayview neighborhood). The Rincon Hill area in particular is very built up, and is part of the iconic San Francisco skyline as seen from the east.

SoMa is bordered on the north by the Financial District, on the east by San Francisco Bay, and on the south by Potrero Hill and The Mission.

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Local Flavor   SoMa Local Flavor

SoMa StrEat Food Park
SoMa StrEat Food Park 428 11TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 MAP
http://www.somastreatfoodpark.com

An outdoor space with a large assortment of rotating food trucks with occasional evenings of trivia or music. A great way to sample many of the diverse cuisines San Francisco has to offer.

Museum of the African Diaspora
Museum of the African Diaspora 685 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 MAP
https://www.moadsf.org

While San Francisco’s newly renovated Museum of Modern Art is incredible, the Museum of the African Diaspora is an often tragically overlooked gem. It aims to connect all people through the culture, history, and art of the African migration across the world.

AT&T Park
AT&T Park 24 WILLIE MAYS PLAZA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107 MAP
http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark

This stadium is home of San Francisco’s major league baseball team, the Giants. Offers behind-the-scenes tours and hosts private events.

Brainwash Cafe
Brainwash Cafe 1122 FOLSOM ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 MAP
www.brainwash.com

This unusual but beloved neighborhood staple serves as a laundromat, cafe & restaurant, and stand-up comedy venue. And it does all three well.

DNA Lounge
DNA Lounge 375 11TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 MAP
https://www.dnalounge.com

DNA Lounge is a late-night club with a pizza shop on one side and a diverse range of events, including DJ sets and dancing, live music, comedy shows, and drag shows.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) 1253 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 MAP
www.ciis.edu

A private, nonprofit university specializing in humanities, health, and wellness education. CIIS offers many free speaking events and workshops that are open to the public.

  

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