South of Market (SOMA)

The black-sheep neighborhood of San Francisco tried its hardest to avoid being the cool-kid neighborhood. Gay leather bars mix with wholesale flower warehouses and multi-million dollar conversion lofts. 6th and Mission is hardcore-homeless while blocks away multi-million dollar penthouses soar above neighborhood challenges.

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    Nearby Museum of Modern Art

    Facing North to Market St. on 10th Street

    Rooftop Garden


    SOMA Neighborhood Vibe
    Once gritty and industrial. Like its neighbors to the east, though, SOMA has transformed itself into a dynamic and bustling residential neighborhood. The eclectic and bohemian brother to South Beach and Yerba Buena, where you’re just as likely to find a tech startup adjacent to a neighborhood non-profit as you are a historic warehouse building adjacent to a modern luxury building in this black-sheep of a neighborhood.

    Popular SOMA Home Styles
    Warehouses converted to lofts. Live/work lofts from circa 2k. Modern condo buildings in low-rise buildings. SOMA Grand towers over the neighborhood at around 21 stories. Quirky alleys with wood-frame unit buildings and a few forgotten single-family homes.

    Getting Around in SOMA
    Served by transit-rich Market Street along the northern neighborhood boundary and bisected by the elevated portion of I-80, streets were designed for semi-trucks. You can walk it, you can bike it, but lately, we don’t suggest driving it because vehicular traffic is painfully slow.


    South of Market Area Homes for Sale

    $1,348,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422657955
    May special - reduced by $40k. Brand new 2 bed PLUS den view Penthouse! One of the last remaining homes at Maison a SOMA! This home puts you atop of your surroundings with truly extraordinary Downtown views. The brilliance of...
    $799,000 | 2, 2, 1
    MLS# 422657120
    Incredible value for this centrally located tri-level, 2bd/2ba loft with parking and storage. Residence #7 features large windows with ample afternoon light. As one enters, they are immediately struck by the double height ceiling and open living concept. The bedrooms...
    $675,000 | 2, 1, 0
    MLS# 422655594
    1907 condo building on tree lined alley street with lovely period details. Two bedrooms up front, light bamboo flooring, bathroom with clawfoot tub, living/dining room and kitchen with bench seat, plenty of storage and and light to the rear. Green...
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    SOMA Conversion Lofts, Lofts, and Condo Buildings


    More About South of Market

    The South of Market area (SOMA) was once a gritty and industrial neighborhood. Like its neighbors to the east, though, SOMA has been transformed over the past 30 years into a dynamic and bustling neighborhood. A bit more eclectic and bohemian than either South Beach or Yerba Buena, it’s a neighborhood where you’re just as likely to find a tech startup adjacent to a neighborhood non-profit as you are a historic warehouse building adjacent to a modern luxury building.


    SOMA is home to a fascinating collection of historic buildings. Recent years have seen the arrival of community neighborhood infrastructure that people expect in a residential neighborhood, including grocery stores and updated parks. The area is also subject to a new city plan that envisions lots of new jobs but not as many new homes in the neighborhood.


    There are very few free-standing single-family homes, with most homes in SOMA being condos and live/work or conversion lofts. Options for public transit and freeway access are both pretty good. Several of the neighborhood streets serve as feeder streets to both 101 and 80 on-ramps and can be fairly frustrating to navigate during rush hour because of the heavy traffic volumes.