SoMa, short for South of Market is a large area encompassing the business and residential districts south of Market Street and bordering the Mission and Potrero Hill. It’s full of warehouses converted to trendy lofts and other large-scale new construction to accommodate the young professionals who’ve moved to the area. Still, several side streets boast Edwardian homes from the early 1900s, if you know where to look. We polled local moms to find out what makes this neighborhood a good fit for their families.
Why Moms Love It
If you want to feel like you’re living in the heart of the city, SoMa’s downtown vibe will fill you with energy. The entire area is considered a “walkers paradise” by Walkscore.com and the transit and biking scores are just as high. With easy access to the Financial District, the Embarcadero, and shopping in Union Square, pushing a stroller along bustling city streets will keep you connected to the world outside of parenthood and expose your kids to a diverse world, too.
Local Family Favorites
Childcare and Schools
Here’s the thing about childcare and schooling: Your personal situation will determine the right fit for you, and, while there are options in this neighborhood, your best bet is to check out Winnie.com for an interactive map and comprehensive list of daycares and preschools across the city.
Likewise, for K-12 schools, we can’t tell you whether the schools here are “good” or not because a good school is based on so many other factors besides test scores. Check out our Tips for Moving to San Francisco with Kids for more help navigating childcare and schooling and a local mom’s take on raising a family in San Francisco.
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