Until about 25 years ago, South Beach was an industrial wasteland, filled with aging warehouses, docks and piers. All this started changingin the 1990s when extensive development efforts transformed this South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood into the chic, cosmopolitan community that it is today.
Living in South Beach
South Beach’s youthfulurban vibe appeals primarily to singles, though around 30% of the neighborhood’s populationiscounted asfamily households.
It is known as a community for successful and up-and-coming professionals who work in the neighborhood’s many technology and software companies, or in thesurrounding business districts of SoMa, Mission Bay and downtown San Francisco.
Centrallylocated, South Beach is easily accessible through nearby Interstate 80 and the many MUNI buses that ply the area. Along with other transportation options like BART and ferries, residents are afforded an easy commute to neighboring business districts and their attractions and amenities.
South Beach is also not lacking in entertainment and diningoptions within its borders. There are plenty of restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of cuisines and drinks, as well as several entertainment venues and excellent museums.
As to shops, South Beach isn’t really a shopping destination.Residents often make the quick and easy trip to downtown San Francisco for their retail needs.
South Beach is also a highly walkable community, with most amenities within walking distance. The neighborhood offers paved paths on the waterfront where you can hike, bike or rollerblade. Many residents go to Pier 14 for a stroll and for splendid views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
South Beach’s most prized attraction is the AT&T Ballpark – the home of the San Francisco Giants. The area around the park gets extremely busy when there’s a ballgame going on. Even during the off-season,it remains a top draw for residents with the many shops, bars and restaurants around it. The park also features paved paths for jogging, biking, inline skating and other activities, while offering great views of the Bay Bridge and the rest of the city.
South Beach isn’ta single-family home community. What the neighborhood has is an impressive collection of high-rise condos and apartments, many of which fall under the luxury category.
Mostly built in the 2000s and later, South Beach condos range from studios to live/work lofts to two or three-bedroom luxury units. The average size range is around 770 sq. feet for a one-bedroom unit to about 1,950 square feet for a 3-bedroom unit.
Most of the condos in South Beach are constructed with clean, contemporary lines with high ceilings and open floor plans.
Luxury condos offer such features as floor-to-ceiling glass windows, hardwood floors, designer finishes, and private outdoor areas providing great views of the city.
Attractions and Amenities
Around the AT&T Ballpark are famous bars and eateries, including:
- South Park Cafe
- Zeke’s Sports and Grill
- Pete’s Taverm
- Tres Agaves
Other attractions in South Beach include:
- Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
- Rincon Park
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- The Embarcadero’s numerous attractions such as the Ferry Building
Transbay Terminal Station
The new Transbay neighborhood will be the bustling heart of San Francisco, radiating from the new Transit Center. Roughly bounded by Market Street on the north, the Embarcadero on the east, Folsom Street on the south, and Hawthorne Street to the west, the District’s gracious sidewalks and public plazas will be filled with pedestrians day and night. The District’s buildings, while great in stature, will engage the street at a distinctly human scale and create comfortable and engaging urban spaces.