Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Today we head over to Oakland. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $5,000.
↑ First up, a three-bedroom, 1,750-square-foot house in Rockridge, asking $4,800/month. There’s two baths, a modestly sized backyard with a simple but attractive patio and garden, and a "wine-storage crawlspace" (presumably a net gain on no wine storage at all). There’s a two-car garage, and the rent also covers a gardener. Possibly the biggest sell here is that it’s a solar-powered house, with sun-hungry panels that promise to cut out most of the monthly PG&E bill. Cats are okay here, but no dogs.
↑ And here we’ve got a two-bedroom, two-bath revivalist style home right on the edge of the Crocker Highlands for $4,995/month. The 1,700-square-foot house dates to 1929, but was recently remodeled by San Francisco architects at Boors-Bridges. There’s marble, limestone, and walnut in the bathrooms; French doors in the master bedroom; and a coved ceiling in the dining room (not visible in the photos, though). But what they are really pushing here is the garden, with its pergola arch "dripping with white Wisteria, white Lilac, Magnolia, [and] camellias."
↑ Next is this West Oakland townhouse on Market Street, again for $4,995/month. It’s a gated building offering 2,100 square feet, with hardwood floors and quite a lot of living room to go around. There’s a cast-iron sink in the kitchen, touch-free toilets in both bathrooms, a 400-square-foot deck on the second floor (mind you that’s bigger than some San Francisco apartments) and a 700-square-foot backyard. They even throw a flatscreen TV in with each bedroom. No pets.
↑ Here's a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath Victorian (painted a pretty teal shade) in West Oakland for, again, $4,995/month. It measures 1,525 square feet, and this landlord seems very fond of tile, as the majority of the floors appear to be porcelain, and the ad also points out the "imported slabs of quartz" in the bathroom. The backyard is sizeable, although it looks like there’s some clutter back there. Dogs and cats welcome.
↑ Finally, a three-bedroom, two-bath house in Oakmore, just a block from Sausal Creek and going for our target price of $5,000/month. (Will that extra five dollars tip the balance? Time will tell…) This "Spanish-style" house from 1923 comes furnished, and the landlord has quite an eye for colors, judging from the living room photos. There’s a fireplace, wood floors, a reasonably sized backyard sporting a whole lot of foliage. "Small pets" are allowed, so your ferret will love the place. No garage, but they do note that street sweeping happens only once a month.