6.6 out of 10

3rd St, SOMA

Ranked 5th best street in SOMA
37.7872926456126 -122.403346075462
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Just Fine on the North Side"

EDIT: Everything below was written in October 2010 and still stands, with the following two paragraphs written in February 2011...

I spent a week living at the Financial District Hilton and had to drive there via 3rd Street several times. The stretch of this street from King all the way to Market, particularly the last couple of blocks (it runs one-way), is potentially the WORST traffic I have seen in any city driving. It definitely rivals the Holland Tunnel exiting New York City on a Friday afternoon, or the D.C.-area Beltway right after a snowstorm.

The problem essentially lies in the lights. The timing is absurd and completely haphazard, somewhat dictated by the needs of pedestrians and subsequently so out of synch with one another that you could easily sit through the same light four times before getting to drive through it and moving onto the next one. Given that blocks are short and streets cannot be blocked by cars, there is very little leeway for movement during green lights, and the result is a debacle similar to the popular puzzle game "traffic jam" - but the real-life version! Don't be surprised if two miles here takes you twenty minutes to drive.

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3rd Street gets a bad rap for starting out in the Bayview/Hunter's Point slums, but it gets better much quickly. With proximity to AT&T Park and Downtown SF, it has plenty to offer, including a stretch of restaurants, shops and the SF MoMA.

This is not the best walking street, but traffic flow here is pretty smooth and there is a very nice Archstone apartment complex (just about the only housing on the north side of the street). Best of all , it is home to several $10 flat rate parking lots that take the stress out of driving into the city.
Pros
  • Good art scene
  • for artists and art lovers
  • very cosmopolitan
Cons
  • Not a cheap place to live
  • All paid parking
  • TRAFFIC by Market
  • a little dangerous late at night
  • busy, busy, busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Easily misguided and lots of traffic"

Third street is one where if you go the wrong way, you'll find yourself in the armpit of San Francisco's Bayview/Hunters Point area, which is not safe for anyone. However, if you stick West of King street and go North on 3rd, you'll be in the heart of the city. No Victorian's or anything that will make you feel like you are in San Francisco, but there is the hustle and bustle of 3rd street. Lots of traffic - LOTS! Driving up third street during rush hour or on the weekends is always packed. Once you cross over Market Street, however, the traffic eases up. Also, some good shopping if you are walking up 3rd.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Museum Point"

When you are on 3rd Street in SoMa, you feel as if you could be on any street in any major metropolitan city in the North America. There is no sign that you are in SF. No signature Victorians, so bay, no curving street or hills. In fact 3rd street has that big city feel that you might get in place like New York.

3rd Street at this point is about the arts. Along the street, you will find the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art (abbreviated MoMA) and the Museum of the African Diaspora. The MoMA is known for its ground breaking exhibitions that help continue to define and redefine art. If you want to have your notions about art challenged, just take a step inside. The YBCA is similar in that it too tries to blow your mind by challenging things like our notions of consumerism and progress. If you are in a bit of a rut, YBCA can really shake you up and get you going again. The Museum of the Africa Diaspora will shake you up in a different way. It is a museum devoted to art created when Africans were taken from Africa and brought to this country. Like the nearby Museum of Jewish history it will really bring the effects of history to life for you. All three are well worth the visit.

If these thoughts have shaken you from the appetites of your stomach, then 3rd street also has some great places where you can grab a bite to eat while you discuss what you’ve seen. I would recommend Pazzia, a moderately priced Italian food place with a nice clean atmosphere. If you are in a hurry or want to grab something to go and have your dejeuner sur le herb, then you can grab some Indian food at Chaats and take it to go. It is about as inexpensive as Indian food gets and delicious. On the other hand, if the exhibits have made you feel like you need a stiff drink in cozy familiar atmosphere, try Dave’s right by Market. Classic bar atmosphere.

This is also a good place to recommend for anyone who really wants to splurge on their accommodations during their visit to SF. I hear the St. Regis is a fantastic hotel.

As to living in the area? Right by the Yerba Buena there is a great east coast style apartment building that must rise to at least twenty stories even though we are in earthquake country. It is one of those modern buildings with interesting variations in the architecture and lots of magnificent views out over the baseball stadium and towards Oakland. I suppose if you just sold your dot.com and are set for life, this might be affordable to you. To other 99% of us, I suspect that anything in this area, even the more modest apartments over the stores across the street, will be completely out of reach. I am also not sure that if I did have that kind of money, that I would choose this particular spot. Lot’s of things to do, but not enough good old peace and quiet.
Pros
  • for artists and art lovers
  • very cosmopolitan
  • good lunch break street
Cons
  • busy, busy, busy
  • not for the shallow
  • a little dangerous late at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"A very long street with many things to do on it"

3rd Street is a very busy street that runs through Downtown San Francisco and eventually into the Bayview District. There is a lot to do on 3rd Street as it is home to two well-known San Franciscan art museums. There are also various restaurants to dine at, hotels to stay at, and nightlife events to go to. During baseball games at AT&T Park, you should expect heavy traffic on 3rd Street (as well as the surrounding streets). Past the bridge after beyond AT&T Park is a very big parking lot, and after that is lots of land with construction being done. And beyond that 3rd will cross the Islais Creek which then goes into the Bayview District, a more residential-like area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Cultural Spot"

There are some very big cultural sies to visit here for those who are seeking the arts. San Francisco's MOMA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, are both near the intersection of 3rd and Mission streets, and it is very easy to spend a few days or a whole week exploring them!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"3rd Street: Leads to many other places"

3rd Street starts in the Bayview district and extends all the way to Market Street. Most of the housing is in the Bayview district, which is one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in San Francisco. It is a neighborhood that needs to be improved, there are a lot of drug/ liquor stores and crime rates are high. There are however, improvements being made to better the community in this region. There are industrial buildings lining this street and it also leads to an old naval shipyard. One of greatest aspects of 3rd street is AT&T Park on 3rd&King, home to the San Francisco Giants. This street has multiple buses so transportation is not a problem. This street leads to Market, where there are thousands of shops and hundreds of hotels. This street is a great place to visit, but it isn't a great place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"3rd. St and King - AT&T Park"

AT&T Park is the home of the well known San Francisco Giants baseball team. The park is pretty much brand new, built in 2000 and overlooking the San Francisco bay. There are endless things to do at the park besides watching the Giants play: going on the huge Coke bottle slide, enjoying a hot dog or the popular Gordon Biersch garlic fries, attempting to catch a ball or get an autograph during batting practice, or walking around the team shop. If you happen to be free, check out the ballpark tour which shows you around the clubhouse, dugout, field, and club levels. The ballpark is beautiful, and its best to go to a game on a sunny afternoon, although night games tend to be more chilly. Prices for games run from $10 to about $80.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art An Oasis in a Chaotic Neighborhood"

There is no question that the 3rd Street corredor is a neighborhood in transition. However one of the "anchor" attractions that bridges the old and new third street corredor is the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art. A truly majestic structure that features art from 1900-1990. The exhibits are well planned out and this type of art is even very interesting to children. Take a moment to stop by and enjoy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Very long street that connects downtown SF to southern SF!"

3rd Street is one of San Francisco’s biggest and longest streets. It begins right in the heart of downtown San Francisco and ends in the Bayview / Hunter’s Point district of southern San Francisco. The street is so long that there is such a big variety of what the street is like!

The part of 3rd Street downtown consists of many hotels and business offices. It is home to many popular hotel destinations such as The W Hotel. 3rd Street runs next to Yerba Buena center which features ice skating and other facilities. There are a couple of restaurants and bars around this area and the night life is great.

As 3rd Street approaches the south end of San Francisco and enters the Bayview / Hunter’s Point district, the street kind of “transforms” as some may say. Many people consider southern 3rd Street the heart of the ghetto of San Francisco. What you constitute to be “ghetto” is up to you. But whenever I go down to the area to pick up / drop off my friends, there are always people loitering outside stores and posting up on street corners. There are always blinged out cars blasting music and racing down the street. Police is adamant in south 3rd Street.

I wouldn’t recommend living on 3rd Street whether on the North or South end because it is very busy on the north end, and on the south end, I wouldn’t consider the neighborhood very good although the houses are well sized.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"CIty street with city feel"

I stayed W hotel on 3rd Street for two weeks. The street itself is really close to market street and a good place to stay if you need to be in the metro area. There is alot of homeless people on 3rd Street, but it's much the same as other streets in the area.

There is a really nice Starbucks on the corner of 3rd and Market, one which i spent alot of time at. There is also subway, quizno's and some other nice eateries up near Market Street.

I personally wouldn't live on 3rd up near market just because of the noise and city feel. BUT there are some really nice apartments closer to the bay.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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