Ever evolving, South Beach is now San Francisco’s newest upscale destination neighborhood. Just south of the Financial District alongside the San Francisco Bay, South Beach enjoyed a major boom in the late 20th century, as high-tech startups set up shop and glittering residential condos rose to the sky. New developments along with thrilling nightlife and dining options give this neighborhood a heavily cosmopolitan air. Home buyers are easily enticed by the high rises and conversion lofts that pop up unexpectedly between designer furniture stores, art galleries and nightclubs. South Park is an unofficial hub for the neighborhood. This little park offers a playground, picnic areas and is surrounded by quaint cafes and restaurants. It was San Francisco’s first gated community. In the midst of all the change in South Beach, walking the loop around South Park Avenue, one can easily go back in time to 1852 when privileged homeowners needed keys to enter their neighborhood. Now the area is home to architects, designers, photographers, restaurants and boutiques. You’ll likely run into a friendly dog or two as well. Rapid development along with the presence of the new ball park, home of the San Francisco Giants, has greatly increased the level of public transit service. Muni’s N-Judah streetcar takes off from the Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets, zipping residents along the waterfront and downtown. Freeway access is exceptionally easy as well, making South Beach a commuter’s dream. To the east, the Embarcadero is heaven for cyclists, joggers and walkers. Bay views will take your breath away. SOMA and Yerba Buena borders South Beach to the west, offering world class cultural activities and nightlife into the wee hours of the morning.