Just as the Bay Area is the technology hub of the world, the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood is San Francisco’s ground zero for tech companies. SoMa is home to numerous tech headquarters, including Twitter, Square, Uber and Zynga. Traditionally a warehouse district, it is now popular for both residential and office uses; in fact it commands some of the most expensive commercial rents in the country. SoMa is also the home of several sparkling new luxury apartment buildings that cater to the higher-income professionals working nearby. Shopping and restaurant destinations abound, including many world-class luxury brands and Michelin-starred restaurants nearby such as Luce and Hashiri. Meanwhile, the street scene still reflects the transitional nature of the neighborhood, with all income levels represented. Nearly every mode of public transit is easily accessible, including BART, Muni, Caltrain and regional buses. Freeway and bridge access are among the best in San Francisco. With a new subway line and the Central SoMa Plan, this neighborhood is poised to stay a hotbed of economic and social activities.
Please note that while the SoMa moniker is sometimes applied to multiple districts south of namesake Market Street, in real estate parlance we refer to it as just the area located between Market Street and the Caltrain tracks, and between 5th Street and the Central Freeway.