Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. This time we head across the bridge to Oakland again. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $4,000
↑ While perusing condo listings may make it seem like San Francisco has a monopoly on high-rise condos in the Bay Area, Oakland can play that game too. In fact, this building at 565 Bellevue in Adams Point has been playing it since 1969, making these views inside a midcentury gem. The price on this two-bedroom, two-bath apartment is $3,950/month without pets, although that does at least cover all of the utilities.
↑ On the other hand, the Grand building over at 100 Grand Avenue didn’t come along until 2009, but maybe it can make up the difference in style points. Here a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment comes at the slightest of price breaks: $3,929/month. The managers make particular note of the sixth-floor unit’s “Vienna floor plan”—but fail to explain exactly what that means. (A person who works at the building tells Curbed SF that the design of each floor is named after a city.) In this building the pets are a go.
↑ Those who need a lot of space for the price—no, even more space than that—may want to check out one of the converted warehouse lofts on 15th Street in West Oakland. Here a two-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 1,772-square-foot flat is available. The home still maintains some of its industrial past, down to the 25-foot ceiling and exposed beams. It’s $3,800/month, cats and dogs both okay, although there is a mild risk they may get lost in there.
↑ Renters with roommates or familial associates in two can turn to Mosswood, where a four-bedroom, one-bath, 1,250-square-foot apartment on Shafter Avenue runs $3,995/month. Yes, one bathroom for four bedrooms; better schedule everybody’s showers in advance. Although a look at the floor plan reveals some slight of hand, as the alleged fourth bedroom is actually a converted living room—although in this day and age, with startups chopping up luxury apartments into rentable cubbies, maybe it doesn’t matter. No dogs allowed here, but cats are fine “with fee.”
↑ And Victorian sensibilities can settle down in Jack London Square, where a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment perch inside a turreted home from 1882 with a green and bronze facade. Downstairs is the Seawolf Public House, a restaurant and pub that opened in February. Seawolves are the only sort permitted, though, as it’s a pet-free building. The price: $3,850/month.
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