Unique San Francisco neighborhoods for young professionals

Moving to a new area can be difficult if you're not familiar with the neighborhoods and the people who live in them. As a young professional, you're likely looking for a place where other young people live, a place you can mingle with neighbors who have the same interests and values as you. Unlike a family looking at homes for sale in the Bay Area, you don't necessarily need a ton of space, you're not too interested in how great the nearby schools and daycares are and you don't mind if there's a little music playing down the street on a Friday night. You simply want a place that's fairly affordable, close to work and has a great bar down nearby for after-work happy hours. Therefore, consider checking out these two San Francisco neighborhoods that are great for young professionals.

More formally known as South of Market, SoMa, is the vibrant neighborhood between Market and Townsend, from Embarcadero to Eleventh Street. It's the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys trendy restaurant options, but doesn't really want to be in the most developed area in the city. Although there are a variety of hotels, shops and residential homes and lofts, there are still a few blocks here and there in SoMa that can provide you with the peace and quiet you crave after a hectic day at work.

The downtown vibe can put your in the mood to grab a cup of coffee and people watch, especially in the areas that get a little more foot traffic such as around the Yerba Buena Gardens and the AT&T Park where the Giants play ball. Stroll along the bustling waterfront during the day and then head to the industrial part of the neighborhood that boasts many warehouses that have been converted to stage live music for an energetic scene at night.

Named for former president, James Polk, Polk Gulch is a neighborhood on Polk Street that has many cafes, restaurants, shops and other commercial businesses. This neighborhood is sometimes lumped with other nearby neighborhoods such as Nob Hill, SoMa and The Mission as popular places for young professionals. This area is great for anyone who likes the convenience of living near amenities. A little less than two miles from downtown San Francisco, commuting to work from Polk Gulch is simple. You may also enjoy riding your bike along the street bike paths or stop in one of the wine shops for an afternoon tasting.