Situated alongside the bay, between the Ferry Building on the north and AT&T Park on the south, South Beach is one of the city’s coolest new destination neighborhoods. During the 19th century, the area was one of San Francisco’s first gated communities, but over time it became more and more industrialized. However, in recent years since the dot-com boom, South Beach has been enjoying a major resurgence, with new residential and commercial spaces replacing the dilapidated warehouses that once sat along the waterfront. Today, artists and other creative types reside in sleek condominiums and lofts, many with generous balconies and incredible views.
Stylish restaurants, shops, art galleries, and nightclubs now line the waterfront and side streets, attracting people from all over the city and beyond. The unofficial hub of the neighborhood is South Park, a small green space with a playground and picnic areas, surrounded by quaint cafes and restaurants. Residents can also enjoy the Embarcadero for biking, jogging or walking, as well as the cultural sites, shopping, and nightlife in nearby SOMA and Yerba Buena Gardens. South Beach is also a commuter’s dream, with easy freeway access and convenient public transportation via the MUNI N-Judah streetcar, which departs from the Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso