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Oakland Rent Comparison: What $3,000 Gets You

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount. Today, we go across the Bay Bridge to Oakland. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $3,000.


↑ Our first East Bay offering is this one-bedroom apartment asking for $2,900/month. Located in the Adams Point district, it's just blocks from Lake Merritt and close to Uptown. It's one of 24 units in the building, and the fixtures and finishes look new. Compared to recent offerings, the kitchen is roomy. The living room has a modern wood-burning fireplace and opens to a sizable deck. There seems to be plenty of storage, with numerous cabinets and closets pictured. There's a laundry room on site (located just outside this unit) and a reserved parking space. No pets are permitted.


↑ At first glance, this two-bedroom, one-bath unit that asks $2,595/month appears to be a charming cottage in North Oakland. Actually, it's the lower unit in a home, and the entrance is on the side. The interior is nice, with a good-sized kitchen, plenty of light, and an in-unit laundry. But the real head-turning aspect of this rental is the shared garden that includes a patio, a fire pit, a koi pond, and a vegetable garden. The landlord will consider pets that are spayed/neutered and under 25 pounds. Interestingly, the listing specifies that no marijuana smokers need apply.


↑ This one-bedroom apartment in the Grand Lake district is located close to the Grand Lake Theater and all the dining and shopping around it. It's looking for $2,695/month. The unit is on the first floor of a small building, and the big picture window in the living room looks out on a green vista (the listing promises "beautiful" views of Oakland). There's no garage parking, but the apartment has a private balcony, a separate dining room, and a laundry in the building. An updated kitchen is promised, but not pictured. Dogs and cats are welcome here.


↑ There's a one-unit apartment in the new Mason at Hive building in Uptown that's asking $2,941/month. The listing boasts that the location lets you walk to everything (dining, nightlife, shopping). The unit itself has high ceilings, concrete floors, walk-in closets, a dishwasher, and a washer/dryer. The building is eco-friendly (LEED Silver certification is pending) and allows dogs. There's a detached garage (Zip Car spots are located here). There's also a concierge service.