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General Area in SoMa : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 16, 2014
J Mario Preza answered:
My office and our team is scouring the "Inner Mission" area of San Francisco for houses, and while we come across some "exceptional" deals, they have been tempered by the pent up demand of the folks who work in some of the tech companies in the surrounding areas. This has also affected the rents, which are now so high that people are opting to move elsewhere, or get "roommates" to help defray the costs. Yes, this influx has affected the market overall. ... more
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Sami answered:
Having lived in the area for more than a year, here are some things to consider:
- Easy car access to both East (I-80) as well as south (101 and 280); as well as public transportation (except limited Bart stations)
- Close to a lot of businesses and potential employers especially if you work in tech these days
- A heaven for Giant's fans with walking distance to stadium
- At least in some areas, a great variety of restaurants to choose from
- If you like living in a loft, this is probably the best area in San Francisco to find one
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Sami answered:
Here are some Con's to consider:
- you're constantly surrounded by concrete and a decent amount of traffic
- despite some "nice and active" parts of SoMa, there are many many blocks that are quite shady and populated by homeless people at night (and day sometimes). Anything past 5th street and also near 1st and 2nd & Harrison are some of those areas.
- if you like access to some good road biking or running on trails, SoMa is not a great place to live (consider Marina, Cow hollow, Presidio in San Francisco (or North or East Bay)
- you'll suffer from the daily 80-bridge traffic and Giants game traffic on game days
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
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Wed Apr 14, 2010
Artur Urbanski answered:
I used to have an office on Mission between 5th and 6th. I parked my car on Howard and 6th, so every day I used to walk the "most interesting" part of the 6th between Howard and Mission. Even in the morning you could see street scenes worth the camera. Since then, the neighborhood is improving. There is an effort underway to revitalize this part of the City. In my opinion it is getting better and it will get better, however it is a long process as there is plenty of "hotels" over there. At the same time you definitely have to very careful venturing on the street at night or late evening. Most of the time - it will be nothing else than annoying "street scenes". However every now and then someone might urgently need the money to feed the habit. But I am sure you know about it, as you lived on Mission (which part). You walk half a block and you are in "different" City. Hope it helps. It is a great part of the City as you are close to "anywhere". ... more
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