UPDATE: We're all moved in! You can see a gallery of pics of the new (finished) space right here, and a video in the comments below.
As you've probably figured out, I do what I can to help entrepreneurs get great press, work as efficiently as possible, raise angel funding, find great, startup-friendly space to work in the city, and generally be as successful as possible. Three years ago, I reviewed a new space called SOMAcentral, which then also grew to encompass a location at One Market street. I also previously reviewed a new spot called Startup HQ.
My startup, Socialize, decided to take space at SOMAcentral on Townsend st, in SOMA by the AT&T Ballpark. We've really enjoyed the vibrancy of being on a floor with 40 other startup companies.
Starting March 1st, SOMAcentral will be moving down the street to 450 Townsend, a new location even closer to Caltrain. Today, I got a first-look tour of that new spot, which is still being built out. Here are pictures and videos from that visit.
If you have a startup and you'd like to be introduced to the property manager, just leave me a comment below and I'll make an intro.
The new space is two levels + a basement. It has bathrooms and a kitchen on each level. There will be offices as well as desks available, with flexible lease durations. No word yet on pricing, but I'll add that here as soon as I know. You can likely plan on spending something less than $5k per month to get your own private office that can fit 10+ people (any fees are all inclusive and include electricity, internet service and all the coffee you can drink). The space has private "phone rooms" on each floor for calls, as well as shared conference rooms. The basement is going to be left open to hold events.
Here's a video I took of the interior:
Here are some pictures:
One of the upstairs office has a door leading to the fire escape:
The upstairs will have a lounge area that gets a ton of sun:
Here are other videos I took:
UPDATE: We're all moved in! You can see some pics below, and here's a video:
Here are a few of the pics:
Hey Daniel, thanks for this post. I'm the founder and CEO of Scholaroo (www.scholaroo.com) and we've just moved to the Bay Area and are looking for co-working space. The new space at 450 Townsend sounds great. Have start-ups moved in already? Yes, if you could message me with an introduction to the property manager that would be awesome. (I'll submit my e-mail when I register.) Hope to cross paths in SF! Cheers, Ben Kaplan
Daniel, I wasn't sure if the system shows you my e-mail, so here it is (written to avoid spam bots):
ben [at] scholaroo.com
Thanks again! :-)
UPDATE: As of March 1, 2013, SOMACentral is moving to a new space (and we are too). Here's a first look.
PointAbout just signed a lease for office space in San Francisco.
We're just getting one office to start, so we have a presence out here. The place we picked is SOMAcentral, a brand new startup-friendly space right next to the AT&T Ballpark, in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
I was so impressed with the space and the concept that I wanted to share it with other entrepreneurs. Here are some pictures of the space, and I even made a video. Here are the deets:
The exterior of the home is similar to many of the others on Wellington Street. But the interior is something altogether different, with every room, excluding the main parlor, the kitchen, and the large bathroom upstairs, being the same size, furnished with the same objects. All the rooms are ten by ten, and there are over twenty rooms, though that number is up for debate.
Because of the strange arrangement of rooms and their similar formats, the number seems to change depending on who you ask. Some have tried to count the rooms by making small changes as they pass from one to another. At around thirty, most begin to realize that the objects they had moved have returned to the original position, and that the marks on the walls they had left with chalk have mysteriously been whipped away. Some even try to leave doors open, only to discover that they have a propensity for closing themselves once you are several rooms away.
The reason behind the peculiar design of the home is unknown, and none of the architects notes contain any information outside of floor plans. Although the existence of floor plans should be able to offer a clue as to how many rooms there are, it seems that as the years have passed, more and more rooms have been attributed to the home, added on by each preceding owner. The current figure of twenty is based on the original floor plans, though the actual number is likely closer to thirty.
Each room contains maroon colored wallpaper, one bed with black sheets, an old clock built into the wall, a short ornate lamp, and a single oak trunk at the front of the bed. Each room also contains a picture on the wall, and it is assumed that these are images of the original family. This should aid in the assessment of the number of rooms, but people report that in any visit one may see only a couple of the full total of pictures contained within the home. It is not uncommon for people to become lost within the walls of the house, and it is not strange for people to require a minimum of a half hour to find their way out.
Even groups can become lost, and it is believed that the walls are insulated as attempts to communicate between closed doors has proven to be impractical. This has not prevented people from purchasing the home, and like many of the buildings here there has been a long string of owners. But like many, it is always short lived, as a series of disappearances and deaths have marred this places history. Unlike many however, this has little impact on the popularity of the property and it is only the intervention of an investigation by local law enforcement that has managed to keep the home empty for any period of time.