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Curbed Comparisons: What $4,650 Rents You in Oakland

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We circle the lake with the pricier side of Oakland, but which of the five leases is the best fit for you?

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Today we head to Oakland to see if one person's studio another person's townhouse? Today's price: $4,650.

↑ This three bed, 1,519-square-foot Craftsman style home in Rockridge sets our price point at $4,650/month. The house dates back to 1922 and is advertised as "remodeled" (although they don't say when; at some point since 1922, apparently), but they saved the built-ins, lustrous finishes, and subway tile around the fireplace. The backyard is a looker too, with its gigantic, mosaic-style stone walkways. The Broadway address is four blocks from BART and just around the corner from the beautiful, historic Piedmont cemeteries. The pet policy, however, consists of a single word: "No."

↑ Speaking of Piedmont, this handsome three bedroom, 1,675-square-foot house is in the Highlands, right near Piedmont's front door, and offering a lease for an even $4,600/month. The ad calls it "traditional," which is a little hard to decipher. But things like the curious angles of the beam ceiling, the brick patio, and the long formal living room built around the fireplace and studded with windows do give off an old-school Nor Cal vibe. No mention of pets, though.

↑ We're going to come at Lake Merritt from three different angles, starting with this 1,600-square-foot penthouse on Lakeside Drive for $4,495/month. It's two beds and two baths, and although the advertised floor-to-ceiling windows actually touch neither floor nor ceiling, you've got to hand it to them for just how much floor space is loaded into this one. There are roller rinks that don't have this much open surface area. No word about pets here, either. (Are all of Oakland's cats and dogs splitting a single apartment?)

↑ Further east in Grand Lake, immediately across the street from the Grand Lake Theater, we have a two bed and two bath condo going for $4,500/month. At 900 square feet it's our smallest home at this price, but it looks airy enough, and there's a rooftop patio complete with turf if you want to stretch your legs and take in the view of the theater's 72-foot, 2,800-bulb sign. They'll even take dogs and cats with a deposit. Nice.