The original home for the urban lofts in San Francisco was the South of Market.


Welcome to SoMa

The original home for the urban lofts in San Francisco was the South of Market. Starting in the 1990s, loft condominiums in the area's little side roads occupied the regions of warehouses and abandoned lots. Over time, they have become more complex and opulent with several spectacular examples of brick and wood renovations in the Oriental Warehouse at Delancy and Brannan Streets and modern concrete and hardening designs (855 Folsom). But from the late 2000s forward, the palms at 4th and Bryant areas have now moved securely into luxury buildings of mid to high altitudes, which are titled or known by their addresses: 829 Folsom, 200 Delancy, 175 Bluxome, Portside, Bridgeview...

This neighborhood is polished and up-and-coming at the same time. The streets are often packed – not to mention that SoMa is home to the giants – with bars, clubs, and cafés that attract guests from all walks of life. There are, however, a lot of unoccupied, industrial locations just waiting for someone to come and make their mark. And thus, it's settled and emerging simultaneously.

Cultural Centers

The SOMA houses many San Francisco Museums, such as the San Francisco Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA), the Yerba Buena Arts Centre, the African Diaspora Museum. The American Bookbinder Museum, the Historical Society of California, Zeum, and the contemporary Jewish museum. From 1874 to 1937, the Old Mint was repaired for eight years and was reopened to the public again in 2012. In Moscone North is the Center for the Arts, together with Yerba Buena Gardens and the Metreon.

SOMArts, the City and County of San Francisco's four cultural centers, stands on Brannan Street between 8th and 9th streets. Several local theater enterprises and venues in the SOMA, including the Lamplighters, The Garage, Rhinoceros Theater, Boxcar Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, and FoolsFURY Theater.

The Transbay Terminal Replacement Project, which broke out in August 2010 and opened in August 2018, conceived a major neighborhood change in the 2000s. In addition, the San Francisco skyline is transformed by new high-level residential developments such as One Rincon Hill, 300 Spear Street, and Millennium Tower. In 2005, the Joint Power Authority of Transbay sought to increase the height restriction of the future Transbay Terminal. This led to suggestions for supertall buildings such as the concept by Renzo Piano for a collection of towers, comprising two 1.200-foot towers, two 900-foot towers (274 m), and a 600-foot (183 m) tower. The towers of 1,200 feet (366 m) were the tallest in the United States outside Chicago and New York City. The Renzo Piano complex has been scrapped and replaced by a more recent Skidmore, Owings & Merrill project called 50 First Street (SOM). Moreover, the Cesar Pelli and Hines Group have designed another 61-story bureau skyscraper, 1070 feet (366 m). The Salesforce Tower was finished in May 2018, originally known as the Transbay Tower.
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