SOUTH OF MARKET
The South of Market district of San Francisco – also known as SoMa, SOMA and South of the Slot – is a vast section of real estate that could literally be a city within the city. It offers everything from heavy and light industry, large package stores, gay and leather cultures, and expanses of open space, to gentrified areas of hip and upscale restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. Some of the most luxurious high-rise condominium living on the entire West Coast, as well as several impressive museums, are all here.
Beginning in the mid-19th century and up until the beginning of the 20th, the district took shape as a thriving community that included low-density upper and upper middle-class homes with a small amount of commercial and industrial use. Due to the area’s proximity to San Francisco’s docks, heavy industry moved in and the prosperous residents relocated to Nob Hill and other more desirable neighborhoods. Then, the 1906 earthquake almost completely destroyed SoMa.
Today, the SoMa area around Market and 3rd Streets is quite upscale due to its proximity to the city’s Financial District, Museum of Modern Art and sprawling Moscone Convention Center. Luxury high-rise condominium complexes such as Millenium Tower and others in the development and building stages support the gentrification of the neighborhood.