Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. It's been a while since we went to Oakland, so let's take a hop across the bridge. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $1,400/month.
↑ The rising tide of rents in Oakland is hard not to notice, as it's mostly studios at this price point anymore. Take this ground-floor pad at 35th Avenue in the Laurel District in its precisely cube-shaped building from 1928. The landlord advertises most of the little place as original to the period, including the floors and built-ins. (There's also some mention of original "wooden windows." Which presumably means the frames and lattices, since a wood window is just a wall.) The woefully familiar "no pets" refrain strikes again here, we're afraid.
↑ On the opposite bank from the somewhat old-fashioned style the Laurel studio aspires to, this studio in the San Antonio neighborhood appears downright startling. We've seen listings from this same management company before, noted for their Spartan homes and oddly specific rent figures ($1,283/month, in this case). Still, we must confess an ongoing affection for the straightforward, Zen-like photography they employ. That they're always pet friendly is another mark in their favor.
↑ And here's yet another studio, this time a fair example of what $1,195/month rents in the modern Oakland by way of Fremont. (The neighborhood, that is, not the city, a whole ball of wax all its own.) The rent figure is a tiny bit below our threshold for the day, but we figure the landlord will spot us the extra five bucks to make the list. It's top floor off Foothill Boulevard, and the pets run out of Laurel are welcome here.
↑ We've officially hit studio overload for the day, let's try for an actual house. This two bed, one bath affair over in Eastmont runs $1,200/month and just barely under 1,000 feet from end to end, a Craftsman style place that's held onto a few old details over the years. Clearly, its main appeal by way of comparing on Comparisons is that it's both our biggest and (five dollars in Fremont notwithstanding) cheapest offer. No word on pets, though; guess you really can't have it all.
↑ Finally, if we explore the northern lying corner of West Oakland up near where the neighborhood blurs into Emeryville, a studio runs you $1,395/month, subway tile in the kitchens and all. This place sits two blocks down from Poplar Playground.