Sometimes, this part of the city is generalized as SOMA, but we must make the distinction between SOMA or South of Market and SoBe or South Beach. SoBe means new developments, with amenities and concierge, most of them high rise buildings, mostly between 4t St and Embarcadero.
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