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How to spend your first day at Common City Gardens in SoMa


It’s your first day in living in San Francisco, or maybe it’s your first day living in SoMa, or it could just be your first day in your new home: Common City Gardens — either way, if you’re looking how to make the most out of your first 24 hours in this new city, neighborhood, or space, we’re here to help.

Common City Gardens is located in the heart of SoMa, and offers fully-furnished private bedrooms in fully furnished shared suites, with rents starting at just $960/month. Outside your door, you’ll find plenty to eat, drink, and discover.

The move-in

If you’ve never lived in a Common coliving home before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise, and your easiest move yet. Common City Gardens (and all of our coliving homes!) come fully-furnished, from your bed frame and mattress, to a comfy couch and even household essentials like pots, pans, and toilet paper. With this in mind, you probably won’t have much to unpack, so you can get settled and start enjoying your new home right away.

Discover SoMa

Once you’ve unpacked, it’s time to discover the neighborhood. If you need a quick caffeine fix before you start exploring, stroll over to Sextant Coffee Roasters. This SF based coffee shop brews some of the best beans on the West Coast, and also serves up delicious pastries.

Depending on which direction you head, you’ll find some of San Francisco’s best attractions. Head north to Yerba Buena gardens, or south to explore the neighboring Mission District. To your east, you have the famous San Francisco Bay, where you can walk along the water and check out views of neighboring Oakland.

If you’re looking to stay more local, there’s plenty to do: grab lunch from some of the city’s best food trucks at SoMa StrEat Food Park, or try some of the city’s most delicious vegan and vegetarian food at Ananda Fuara. Once you’ve had your fill, check out the neighborhood’s eclectic shopping options. Thrift store Out of the Closet sells clothes, books, and home decor, with all proceeds going to the AIDS healthcare foundation, and a few blocks away you’ll find Design Plus Consignment Gallery, where you can find inexpensive and unique pieces to make your new home your own.

One of the best ways to get to a feel for the city is to spend time in the local parks. You’ll find several within walking distance to Common City Gardens: Victorio Manalo Draves Park, Franklin Square, and Mission Dolores Park to name a few.

As you explore the neighborhood, we recommend you write down each interesting place you see on a note in your phone or notebook. There’s so much to try, and with your new home being in the center of it all, you’ll have plenty of opportunities.

If you’re looking for more resources on what to do in your new neighborhood, check out our complete guide of where to eat, drink, and play in SoMa.

Enjoy the amenities

After a long day it’s time to unwind, and lucky for you, your new home offers the perfect place to relax: a rooftop garden. Make yourself a drink, grab a book, or just take in the stunning views of the city.

Looking to get to know your neighbors? Make sure you download Common’s Connect by app. On the app, you can meet other members in your home and city, join interest based chats, and RSVP to free events. We recommend introducing yourself to your home chat on the first day, and if you’re feeling social, maybe inviting whoever is around to hang out on the rooftop with you. Either way, you’re set up to have a great first day at Common City Gardens.

Make Common City Gardens your home

If you’re interested in making Common City Gardens your next home, head to our website to book a tour. Rent starts at $960/month and includes a private, furnished bedroom in a fully-furnished shared suite, all the household essentials, free monthly cleanings of shared spaces, utilities, on-site laundry, and a hospital-grade air filtration system. Book a tour today!

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