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

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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.

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Neighborhood Homes for Sale

Condominium
$1,399,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 490421
99 Rausch is a NEW 6-story, 112-residence community with state-of-the-art amenities & environmentally sustainable features. Inspired Modern living at the heart of everything. Featuring 7 days a week concierge, Gym, Yoga Area, Owners Lounge with TV & wet bar, Meeting...
Condominium
$1,399,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 490420
99 Rausch is a NEW 6-story, 112-residence community with state-of-the-art amenities & environmentally sustainable features. Inspired Modern living at the heart of everything. Featuring 7 days a week concierge, Gym, Yoga Area, Owners Lounge with TV & wet bar, Meeting...
Condominium
$1,995,000 | 2, 2
MLS# 490372
Urban, chic, & dramatic! Expansive 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom live/work condo in the historic Hales Warehouse @ 2 Mint Plaza . Panoramic southeastern cityscape outlooks & an A-plus address in the vibrant, amenity rich SOMA/Mid-Market neighborhood (think Blue Bottle &...
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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.

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