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

Located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Pier 24 Photography hosts public photography exhibitions and special programs.

Located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Pier 24 Photography hosts public photography exhibitions and special programs.

Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse, Salt House restaurant serves up diverse American flavors in a festive atmosphere.

Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse, Salt House restaurant serves up diverse American flavors in a festive atmosphere.

21st Amendment Brewery is a fun neighborhood pub that’s open seven days a week.

21st Amendment Brewery is a fun neighborhood pub that’s open seven days a week.

Some of South Beach’s favored brunch and lunch spots line South Park. 

Some of South Beach’s favored brunch and lunch spots line South Park. 

A short walk away is the Ferry Building Marketplace, which is filled with specialty shops and restaurants and hosts a beloved farmers market.

A short walk away is the Ferry Building Marketplace, which is filled with specialty shops and restaurants and hosts a beloved farmers market.

South Park was built as an upscale residential square and modeled after London’s Berkeley Square. 

South Park was built as an upscale residential square and modeled after London’s Berkeley Square. 

The Mission Creek promenade is a great place for a stroll.

The Mission Creek promenade is a great place for a stroll.

Built in 1986, South Beach Harbor is a full service marina you can enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline from. 

Built in 1986, South Beach Harbor is a full service marina you can enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline from. 

San Francisco Giants fans love the fact that AT&T Park is just down the street and across from the creek.

San Francisco Giants fans love the fact that AT&T Park is just down the street and across from the creek.

303 Second Street Plaza is a peaceful neighborhood gathering spot featuring modern sculptures and a water fountain surrounded by benches.

303 Second Street Plaza is a peaceful neighborhood gathering spot featuring modern sculptures and a water fountain surrounded by benches.

The relocation of UCSF’s research campus to nearby Mission Bay has brought even more attention to neighboring South Beach.

The relocation of UCSF’s research campus to nearby Mission Bay has brought even more attention to neighboring South Beach.

Sleek condominiums, many with balconies boasting great views, have sprouted up along the waterfront.

Sleek condominiums, many with balconies boasting great views, have sprouted up along the waterfront.

The Infinity is a condominium development consisting of two high-rise towers and two low-rise buildings.

The Infinity is a condominium development consisting of two high-rise towers and two low-rise buildings.

Great views of the Bay Bridge can be seen from the waterfront.

Great views of the Bay Bridge can be seen from the waterfront.