San Francisco neighborhood acronyms

San Francisco has some of the most beautiful homes, chic neighborhoods and breathtaking water views in the country. However, a newcomer looking for homes for sale in the Bay Area may find it a little difficult when navigating the City by the Bay. This isn't to say that the roads will be particularly difficult or that the cable car schedule is confusing, but the acronyms used for certain neighborhoods could fly right over a non-resident’s head.

Calling some of San Francisco's distinct neighborhoods by their acronyms, such as NOPA and SOMA, is common parlance in this city.  North of the Panhandle is typically called NOPA. One of the more popular places to live in the city, foodies love to come here for unique dining on Divisadero Street and the quaint homes that range from Victorians to condos.

SOMA is another way to say South of Market Street. It is a large district consisting of modern loft apartments and condos, and it also features AT&T Park - the home of the San Francisco Giants. It's a great place to enjoy urban gardens, such as the Alice Street Community Gardens, and visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. SOMA is also home to the Moscone Center, the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, which hosts an array of high-profile tech industry conventions each year.