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What $2,200 rents you in Oakland right now

Five new rentals, from Temescal to Lakeside

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Today we head over the bay to Oakland to ask if one person's studio is another person's townhouse? Today's price: $2,200.

↑ This “super cute Art Deco” one-bedroom apartment in Grand Lake appears to sit at the end of a long garden path that gives it a secluded look in the Craigslist photos. Alas, it’s an illusion—the block is as crowded as any in Oakland—but an effective one, and enhanced by the leafy views from the windows on three sides of the single bedroom. The 600-square-foot apartment asks $2,200/month. It bars dogs but not cats.

↑ Speaking of cuteness, despite the small confines (360 square feet all told), this cabin-like studio in Rockridge a few blocks from BART and the freeway has an easygoing, do-it-yourself vibe about its freestanding presence off of a larger Rockridge home, with its “recycled old growth redwood [and] cork floors.” The most interesting thing here, though, is that this same place popped up previously on Comparisons, and since then it’s gone vacant but nevertheless raised its rent to $2,100/month. A brash move. Still no mention of pets here.

↑ But compare that little place to this loft in Paradise Park, which the listing advertises at nearly twice the size (a very specific 718 square feet). However, perhaps due to the long and thin layout, it appears not too roomy. The loft space upstairs here at the Jelly Bean Court building is just big enough to fit a bed by the looks of it. It’s asking $2,095/month, permissible attitude about cats (but still no dogs) included.

↑ According to the ad, silent film icon Charlie Chaplin shot a movie at this Lakeside apartment building back in 1915. Actually, that’s a bit too generous: Film historian David Kiehn wrote in a 2003 book that Chaplin actually shot a few scenes here while filming mostly in San Jose, although he does do a pratfall right in front of the steps here. Presumably none of that star power rubbed off on the one-bedroom, one-bath apartment that asks $2,195/month now, but it’s a handsome offering anyway. In what seems to be a particular Oakland trend this week, the lease allows cats but not dogs once again.

↑ On the other hand, this fourplex unit just on the other side of the freeway from Mills College offers comparably a lot of room for stretching out at two beds and one bath on Buell Street for $2,150/month. Note that these photos are of a “representative unit” in the building, which narrows the odds down to, well, one in four. Again the ad says “cats OK, but sorry NO DOGS.” What have the dogs of Oakland been doing lately to warrant this persecution?


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Mills Fourplex
    (49 votes)
  • 26%
    Lakeside Apartment
    (52 votes)
  • 10%
    Rockridge Studio
    (21 votes)
  • 5%
    Paradise Park Loft
    (10 votes)
  • 32%
    Grand Lake Aparment
    (63 votes)
195 votes total Vote Now