Technically, SOMA is the area between Market and Townsend and 4th St and Van Ness, characterized by long blocks, dotted by newish small and medium lofts or condo buildings, warehouses, home decoration stores, start-up offices, some run down churches and buildings, trendy clubs, cafes and restaurants. Here and there you can spot some Victorian and Edwardian buildings, lending the necessary extra charm to the usually grey blocks. There are also rehabilitation clinics and residential hotels mostly along the 6th Street corridor. Aside of the easy access to freeways and public transit, the neighborhood has an undeniable urban cool about it and it continues to transform on a daily basis. Just watch the Folsom and the 7th St corridors. I dare to say that they have changed tremendousely in the past 2 years.
SOMA has the potential of becoming a coherent neighborhood and it has not been developed at its full capacity yet.
While we have a lot of others well established, tree-lined neighborhoods, some people might appreciate the renewal, Phoenix - like rebirth of SOMA, depending on the different stages of their lives.
Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International
Louis Leroy was a well respected art critic. To show his disdain for a new a school of art he coined the word â€œimpressionismâ€. He was especially critical of as gentleman called Claude Monet. Iâ€™m certain he would have found that his work lacked â€œcharmâ€.
Louis Leroy. Claude Money.
SOMA. The Mission.
LEOPOLD A RODRIGUEZ
Real Estate Broker 00849905
Attorney at Law
400 Montgomery 505
San Francisco CA 94104
The area is a destination for many, including myself, as I ride my bike.
Having lived on the west side of San Francisco for most of my life I would like to live there now. To be able to walk to downtown, the Ferry Building , the ball park etc would be fantastic. OK I'd rather live on Telegraph Hill but that isn't very likely and the size of the newer condos beat the size of the older ones.
Eventually SOMA, Mission Bay and Dogpatch will all rival North Beach as a neighborhood in my opinion.
SoMa really does have plenty to offer but it really comes down to the lifestyle you're trying to live of course. It's a younger part of town so you may not have the smaller mom and pop shops and older homes there. Also, this area is a lot newer in terms of residential living than the older ones and is still growing. The architecture is most definitely different and it sounds like it's just not the kind of place you'd want to call home.
For many people, SoMa is a great place because of convenience to the freeways and to Caltrain. I do a lot of work in SoMa and I love it. Spend a bit more time in the area and you may just change your mind.
You also find a lot more lofts for those who like lofts, and often is walking distance to work for many. I lived there for a few years and loved it. We moved when we had a baby.