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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    Museum of Modern Art

    Market St. Facing 10th St.

    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.


    Neighborhood Homes for Sale

    Tenancy In Common
    $1,095,000 | 3, 2
    MLS# 421606190
    Located in the heart of San Francisco's South of Market Neighborhood, this modern and spacious 3br/2ba penthouse flat is the perfect oasis for those looking to take advantage of all that urban life has to offer, while also having a...
    Single Family Residence
    $940,000 | 2, 2
    MLS# 421605165
    Views, Views, Views! This amazing home has sweeping views from both living/dining rooms. Fireplace and refinished hardwood throughout. 2 large beddrooms. Eat in kitchen. Large 2 car garage and deck in yard. Quiet cul-de-sac. steps away from bus line and...
    5 or More Unit
    $2,295,000 | 0
    MLS# 421606063
    Charming, well maintained, lobby entrance building with 2 one bedrooms and 4 studios. All units with large walk in closets. Good income. Soft story work completed. Excellent location with lots of public transporation, shopping, & restaurants.
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    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.