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aschnaps, Renter in San Francisco, CA

What concerns would one have for a single, attractive 23 year old renting a room in this neighborhood?

Asked by aschnaps, San Francisco, CA Tue Jun 4, 2013

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Getting punched for being so arrogant..
3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
It doesn't matter if you're male or female, attractive or not so. Crime is normally a matter of opportunity. Crimes happen even in the best neighborhoods, you just may not hear about it
unless it's something extreme. One possible way to stay safer wherever you are, is to never
convince yourself that it can never happen to me, or this place is safe because it looks safe.
Go wherever you want to go, do what you like, but protect yourself. SoMa has been in transition for some thirty years, and with Mission Bay booming, it's not what it used to be.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 24, 2013
its sketch-town. definitely a street by street basis in SOMA, regardless of how pretty the realtors and brokers want to paint it, it's reputation is well-deserved. plenty of petty crime, car break-ins, and homeless people in SOMA-- definitely more than in other parts of the city. also, the area is very lively with lots of clubs and shops, along with racing traffic on nearly all of the streets (read: lots of street noise as you are trying to sleep). this is not a neighborhood for the faint of heart! if you like living in the midst of the grit and hustle and bustle of a big city then this could be for you, and don't get me wrong, there are good things too but if you were hoping for parks, open spaces and quaint victorians you will not be happy here. there are nice parts but they are fleeting. i say all of this as a person who has lived at the edge of SOMA and mission for almost 2 years. it definitely is convenient for start-ups if thats your thing. and freeway access is cake. honestly, i've never understood the appeal of SOMA.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 13, 2013
new homeless census just released shows that 44% of the homeless population in SF lives in SOMA... thats about 2,500+ homeless people wandering the streets in SOMA every day.
Flag Mon Jun 24, 2013
SoMa is actually a fairly popular place for younger people to live. There are a variety of attractive condos and apartments available at some of the cheapest prices available in San Francisco. It's very close to the many jobs in the financial district and makes commuting by bus and bike very easy.

SoMa is known to be a little dicey, however. There are two public housing projects near the south slope of Potrero Hill, and the Bayview is still an area-in-transition. Both of these areas are on the southern border of SoMa, however, and the wary pedestrian can easily steer clear of any trouble.

SoMa has an undeserved reputation because of its history -- in San Francisco's early days, SoMa was a low-class industrial neighborhood. These days, it's inhabited by the young techies who work at companies such as Yelp and Zynga.

As anywhere in a city as large as San Francisco, it's best not to be out wandering aimlessly at night, but so long as you stay north of 16th street you're pretty much in the vibrant heart of the city.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 4, 2013
Lot's of single attractive 23 year olds in that area so you should blend in splendidly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 7, 2013
No concerns but a good taste of the city life. Great food, great people just stay away from 6th and mission. What expectations do you have? Have you been around the area?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 6, 2013
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