Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. This week we cross the bridge into Oakland to find out if one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Today’s price: $2,900.
Located a couple blocks east of the Fruitvale BART station, this three-bed, two-bath industrial space seeking $2,895 per month. It’s a second-floor setup with relatively small windows but several skylights to make up the difference. It’s advertised as pet-friendly and benefits from a “very responsive landlord.”
Compare that with the slick aesthetic of this new Broadway condo that creeps on the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown. In a modern building marketed as “luxury living” and “the sophistication of sleek” in the heart of downtown, this one-bed, one-bath unit is $2,820 per month. Parking will cost an additional $178.43 per month—note that this Eighth Street address is less than four blocks from BART, if that helps—and is less than 550 square feet all around. Pets are no extra charge, but only permitted if under 25 pounds.
Anyone hankering for a classic building instead of new construction can head to Grand Lake for this circa-1928 apartment for $2,825 per month. It comes with soaring ceilings and period details galore. Vintage buildings often keep their old-world charm up front in the lobby/foyer area—and the Wesley Arms does indeed feature a doozy of an entryway—while renovating their units with a contemporary look. But this one-bed, one-bath apartment keeps old-fashion theme running, most notably in the pink tiled bathroom. Lovely. No pets allowed.
Trestle Glen offers this two-bed, one-bath Victorian flat with its perfectly charming mustard-yellow and ketchup-red paint palette, which bleeds over from the kitchen into the rest of the house before giving way to softer colors, all the way out to the blueish-green exterior. “Hardwood floors, high ceilings and walk-in closet,” per the ad, and no dogs are allowed but cats get the go-ahead. When it comes to the color green, the big number here is $2,750 per month.
Finally, here’s a fully renovated bungalow with bonus room in the Laurel neighborhood, with 1,200 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bonus room, and a detached one-car garage. The ad suggests that the garage could also be turned into an additional bedroom. That would at least help break up the $2,900 per month rent price; no pets here unfortunately.
Which rental would you choose?
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Grand Lake Apartment
Trestle Glen flat