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Evelyn Baker, Home Buyer in Menlo Park, CA

Which neighborhoods are most accessible from SOMA?

Asked by Evelyn Baker, Menlo Park, CA Wed Jan 11, 2012

I recently got my dream job in SOMA (yay!) but I'm not sure I want to live there. I want to know which neighborhoods are the easiest to get to from SOMA, using either a car or public transport.

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Rich Bennett 415.305.4911-cell’s answer
Hey there Evelyn,

Most parts of SOMA closest to Market Street would allow you the flexibility of taking the subway to work. With that said, the areas accessible to the subway would work great for you. This would include areas such as the Castro. Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores, Hayes Valley, Civic Center/Van Ness and of course the Financial District at the other end of the City. There are numerous bus routes which can also help you get to SOMA but the subway most often will get you there the fastest. Parts of Bernal Heights and the Mission would also allow you to take BART to work as it has stops at Civic Center, Powell St, Montgomery St and the Embarcadero. Potrero Hill could be an option too but that's mostly if you really didn't mind driving to work.

I'd be happy to sit down with you and go over specifics if you like. thanks and congratulations on your new job!

Rich Bennett, Realtor since 2002


Zephyr Real Estate
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It depends what your looking for in a neighborhood. For more urban: mission, hayes valley, south beach. For less urban: poterero hill, noe valley, bernal. Your options open up if you decide to take a train or public transportation to work. If this is okay, i could you send you a list.

Faye Dibachi
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 13, 2012

You may want to reconsider SOMA as there are tons of restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance. If you prefer to live somewhere with a more neighborhood feel I would suggest the Mission, Mission Dolores, or Potrero Hill.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 12, 2012

Congratulations on your new job! It's especially exciting to know that you've found your dream job. Good for you.

If I understand your question correctly, you are interested in living in SOMA because of work but you are also considering the surrounding neighborhoods that may provide an easy commute. The good thing is that SOMA is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing and popular areas in San Francisco and many areas are growing with it.

Potrero Hill is a great option especially for those who want a short drive or bike ride. - http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/potrero-hill/

The Dogpatch is an area just below Potrero Hill which has a great neighborhood feel and lots of places to eat and drink, etc. Many of the new developments I work closely with there also provide shuttle service up 3rd Street in to downtown. - http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/dogpatch/

If you wanted to go North of SOMA think about the Embarcadero area - http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/embarcadero/

There are also subsections to what we call SOMA. The area south of Market Street is vast so consider these other choices too:

South Beach - http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/soma-south-beach/
Yerba Buena - http://www.sanfranciscodays.com/soma-yerba-buena/

I hope this is helpful and best of luck in not only your search but with your new dream job!


0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 12, 2012
SoMa is a bit industrial and lacks the city neighborhood feel, largely because it's not walkable.

The neighborhoods most accessible from that area are Mission and Downtown.

Depending on where in SoMa you live, BART and the MUNI lines can be really convenient to get to other neighborhoods. If you live in the northern part of SoMa, Mission, Castro, and even the Richmond become reasonably accessible.

If you are in the south part of SoMa, near closer to Townsend, it's actually not very walkable to get to these other neighborhoods.

You'll find it difficult to get to Marina, North Beach, and Russian Hill via public transport or even a car because parking is difficult.
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Hi Evelyn,
It really depends on your situation. There are several great neighborhoods that are easy to get to from SOMA using eithr a car or public transportation. I am a San Francisco native and would be happy to assit you to find a home in the right neighborhood. It will take a bit of time to nail it down, according to your specific needs. Amy has mentioned many good neighborhoods. Please feel free to contact me for assistance.
Bert Keane
Sales Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 12, 2012
In addition to the answers you have received so far, you may want to look at Potrero Hill (north slope) as well. Great neighborhood, easy access, more street parking, great restaurants and weather.

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Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 11, 2012
Hi Eveyln, congrats!
If you happen to be a young, fun, social, single gal like myself, I would suggest neighborhoods that are safe, vibrant, and have easy public transportation to SOMA. If your office is near the center of SOMA, there are a lot of neighborhoods that have good access to the N, J, S, and other underground trains that will get you to the terminus at 4th & King. My top recommendations, if you don't want to live in SOMA, would be Cole Valley, Lower Haight/Duboce Park, Mission Dolores. If you want to be more on the north side of town, within walking distance to Marina, Russian Hill and Pacific Heights, I would recommend anywhere withing walking distance to Union Street, where the 45 bus runs and termintes at 4th & Townsend - some of those being Cow Hollow, Russian Hill, and North Beach.

Feel free to contact me if you have more questions!
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Hi Evelyn,

Firstly, congratulations on getting your dream job.

For easy transportation you could stay close by and
a) live in Yerba Buena / South Beach or Hayes Valley (maybe in one of the newer high rise condo's)
b) if your new office is close to a Muni Metro (Civic Center or Vann Ness) then you could very quickly be in Mission Dolores/ Duboce triangle/ Castro/Noe.
c)Driving could place you anywhere but for an easy drive you could goto Potrero Hill (transit is also an option for these)/ Bernal / Alamo or Nopa.

For really great information on areas try the Zephyr website, we have may video's. Other than that just drop me a line, you can get my details on my website. http://www.matthewgoulden.com
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