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August 5, 2016

Your Guide to Living in SoMa

The beautiful Solaire SF resides in SoMa, a vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco just south of the Financial District. If you’re new to living in SoMa, our guide will tell you about the local sights, treats, and the best places to soak up some San Fran culture.

SoMa is a wonderful area stretching from the bay to Highway 101 at Van Ness, with Townsend Street, just past Highway 80, as its southern border. You can easily divide SoMa into three areas, the South Beach area by the Embarcadero, which is very residential, the neighborhood centered around the Yerba Buena gardens on 3rd and 4th Streets, and the retail corner in the southwest.

On the weekends, the area attracts young, urban professionals with its two story nightclubs and delicious restaurants. It also has some wonderful shopping options, such as A Motion Studio, featuring affordable urban designs. Maybe you need to spruce your pad up with some fresh-cut flowers? Be sure to check out Podesta Baldocchi, a staple of old San Francisco that has been in business forover a century. Also, Don’t forget to stop by Mitchell’s Ice Cream for some unusual flavors like avocado, mango, purple yam, and even baby coconut. After all, you can’t officially say that you’re living in SoMa until you’ve had some artisanal ice cream (yes, it really does live up to the hype).

Get Around

If you’re looking for easy transportation to all parts of San Francisco, SoMa offers two underground Bart locations, a handful of Muni stops and buses interweaving the streets. For drivers, there’s an abundance of public parking lots.

Get Cultured

As you cross 3rd Street, you will quickly find yourself in what is the cultural hub of San Francisco. The list of the museums SoMa offers is very long, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Cartoon Art Museum, the California Historical Society and the Railway Museum. The highlights of this cultural center are the Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Gardens. SF MoMA, also known as the Modern Art Museum is called, has aided San Francisco to become a cultural epicenter, focusing on high fashion as a form of beautiful expression.

Yerba Buena Gardens

The Yerba Buena Gardens and its cross-cultural and generational appeals is truly the heart of SoMa. The gardens include not only one of the most popular outdoor areas for mid-day meals, but also multi-media exhibitions and atheater. A refurbished carousel lies in the middle of the gardens, an area known as Zeum.

Living in SoMa at Night

SoMa’s location near the Mission means that a great deal of the city’s creative soul comes over the neighborhoods border, and Highway 80 is where the headquarters for huge tech companies like Wired, Yelp, Twitter and BitTorrent. This has created an epicenter of art, business, culture, government, and technology right in the middle of SoMa, giving it the most promising future of any neighborhood in the Bay Area. Living in SoMa is the best way to experience San Francisco – follow us on Twitter and Instagram for some of our favorite local places! 

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