South Beach (SOMA/Mission Bay)

South Beach is a hip, trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood with plenty of commercial and residential options; tech hub; great water views; busy and lively due to yuppy demo make-up.

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Residential: High/mid rises predominantly

Commercial: South Beach is home to a multitude of startups, tech headquarters and big box retailers. 

Tech HQs include Foursquare, GitHub, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Trulia, Dropbox, IGN, Salesforce, Yelp, among others. Big Box Retailers include Costco, REI, Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy.

Dining:

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Saison by Chef Joshua Skenes is popular for offering Bay Area’s most expensive meal. Currently, the meal is supposed to be over $1,000 pre-wine. That’s what you get for dining somewhere where they’ve gotten the unattainable 3rd Michelin star. 

The Sea Cucumber stuffed with Shrimp at Benu restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., is seen on Friday, February 3, 2012.
The Sea Cucumber stuffed with Shrimp at Benu.

Benu, the 2nd and only other 3 Michelin starred restaurant in San Francisco is also a must-try. Chef Corey Lee, also a published author now is the mind behind the less conventional menu. 

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Waterbar is regarded as San Francisco’s foremost seafood restaurant- offering sustainable various preparations of seafood. The breathtaking water views coupled with the menu gets locals and tourists coming back. Check it out for yourself over Happy Hour champagne and oysters! 

Schools:

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Golden Gate University, Marin Day Schools, Youth Chance High School

Public Transportation:

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Caltrain, Montgomery BART Station, MUNI, Greyhound Station, Cable Car via Embarcadero

Notables in Recreation:

ATT Park- Home of the Giants!
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