South of Market (aka Soma) was the original home to the urban lofts in San Francisco. Starting in the 1990s the areas warehouses and vacant lots were filled in by, well, loft condominiums on the area’s small alley side streets. Over time they’ve grown more elaborate and more luxurious with some stunning examples of brick and timber renovations like those in the Oriental Warehouse at Delancy and Brannan Streets to modern concrete/harsher designs (855 Folsom). But starting in the late 2000s with the Palms at 4th and Bryant the area has now moved solidly into the mid- to high-rise luxury developments that are named or are known by their addresses: 829 Folsom, 200 Delancy, 175 Bluxome, the Portside, Bridgeview, etc.
South Beach is the land of high-rise condos, some luxurious, others ultra luxurious with amenities and high HOAs. Also home to mid-rise buildings that house baseball stairs, corporate rentals in a streetscape filled with construction cranes, baseball traffic and commuters. Even though there are views of the Bay Bridge and the East Bay it still feels like the most generic part of the City.
Areas Include: South of Market (Soma), Yerba Buena, South Beach