SBM has been my home for 14 yrs. Obviously , there are reasons why I have stayed, and here are a few. LOCATION- easy to get out of town/ close to the airports/ and Muni stops here. I can walk to the Ferry building or downtown. The staff has always been friendly and helpful- and the grounds and building kept up really well ( Clean- and upgraded etc.) The rents are high- but the complex has a pool/ jacuzzi-tennis, and the gym saves me money since I don't have to join an expensive one. My 2 bedroom apt is a nice size and I have plenty of closet space which is awesome. Parking can be a challenge , especially in baseball season, but if you can swing a parking space that problem is solved. Living here is sort of like an oasis in the middle of all the high rises and urban buildings-and the surrounding community of small shops and restaurants make this feel like a real neighborhood. I signed a new lease and am also getting some nice upgrades to my place, which makes me really happy! All in all a great place to call home-
I lived at SBMA for just over 1 year, I only moved out of the building as I was moving to another country. My fiancé and I loved living in the complex and the area of South Beach. The gardens are immaculately groomed and the pool is always clean. Maintenance and office staff are a delight to deal with. The building is always being worked on and maintained - fresh paint and new appliances along with frequent cleaning of all common areas. Secure parking and building access. I'd very happily move back into SMBA when I am next in San Francisco. I would highly recommend the complex to anyone looking to live in the area. It's so close to the muni train and bus and a large supermarket is only a 10min walk away. A stroll into Market can be done in 15mins. There's loads of great places to eat and and a drink at in the area.
Renters beware. Sure, the facilities will wow you, and the location will seem great. However, once your lease is up, prepare for at least a 10% increase in rent if you want to keep your apartment. How can the management do this you ask? Simple answer: unnecessary capital improvements. During my duration at the facility, every building was re-tiled when the previous tile was in perfect condition, the carpets on every floor were extended by an inch onto the wall (poorly done I might add). Think about the cost to do that to every building, every floor. Notice the plethora of flowers that dot the facility? Prepare to see them ripped up and re-planted every two months. On top of that, the management will nickle and dime you at every chance they get. This is nothing more than an investment to them, and you, as the renter, are no more than a line on their income statement. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place.
I've lived at SBMA for about 6 months now and I'm still very happy with my decision to relocate out of the Mission. The jacuzzi and pool sold me on the place. The gym is well kept, and the spa/steam room is quite accommodating (Tennis courts are a plus too). With it's close proximity to Bart, Caltrain, the 280 and the bay bridge I couldn't ask for a better location for being 'in the city' without being locked in struggling through traffic to leave SF. Proximity to Giants stadium is a plus so long as you have a parking pass (Paid-Garage is not worth it as street parking is decent). It's extremely safe and clean here as well. It sounds like people are complaining about the service, but I haven't experienced any problems yet. Surprisingly a variety of people/races/ages live in the complex, yet most neighbors I've met are entrepreneurs and restaurant owners. So long as I'm living in San Francisco and rent, I'm staying put...