This is 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: $3,800.
↑ Our opening Oakland bid is a two bedroom, two bath, 1,100-square-foot loft right downtown for $3,700/month. Apparently this is right on the Old Town/Jack London border, although the ad is no more specific. In any case, it does feature an enormous 18-foot ceiling along with polished concrete floors and pillars. Don't miss the classic loft bedroom upstairs, too. Dogs are permitted, but no cats. Alas.
↑ If you really want to get your money's worth, here's a huge Craftsman house in Highland Park (which the ad tries to pass off as Lake Merritt, despite the existence of maps) featuring four bedrooms and two baths for $3,800/month, with many tiers of clipped gable roofs facing the curb. Inside is quite a menagerie of timber interiors, from floors to trim to moldings to some gorgeous built-ins touched up with stained glass. No pets allowed, however.
↑ Here's a nice offer that's a bit closer to the lake: a two bed, two and a half bath condo in Grand Lake offering 1,519 square feet for $3,800/month. This is over in the York Towers building, with the living room folded into the upstairs and a small patio accessible from the living room and both bedrooms. And if you like built-ins, they're going for broke on sheer volume this time. No pets here either. (Whimper)
↑ Straying north of the MacArthur Freeway, we find a bungalow-style two-bedroom house in Oakmore for $3,795/month. The house dates back to 1940, and most of the woodwork and the living room wood stove are still original. (The ad specifies that the stove "provides warmth and ambience," which does correspond to the generally understood utility of stoves.) No cats allowed, but small dogs are all right.
↑ Finally, here's a rather petite offering for the price, a 952-foot-house in Temescal asking $3,795/month, a couple of blocks from the technical school and the North Oakland Recreational Center. This one dates back to 1918. The landlord also just knocked more than $400 off the rent price. Pets are "negotiable," making this perhaps the only chance to get your cat into a place anywhere in Oakland.