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218 Apartments for rent in Alameda, CA

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Last updated March 22 at 9:08pm UTC
3212 Belmont Drive
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:48pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1052 Central Avenue
West End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:45pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
3208 Phoenix
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2026 San Antonio
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2153 Alameda Avenue
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
738 Palmera Court
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:44pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
1227 Silva Lane
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
427 Indian Bay
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:42pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
2622 Central Ave
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 9:43am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1912 Encinal Ave
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1403 Eastshore Drive
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1012 Walnut
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 15 at 5:50pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
185 Inverness
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:57am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1904 Cornell
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2101 Shoreline Drive 471
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 14 at 10:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2849 Lincoln
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 10 at 11:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2028 Santa Clara
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 4 at 12:30pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1142 Verdemar
Bay Farm Island
Alameda, CA
Updated March 4 at 12:28pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2267 Clinton Avenue
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2154 Lincoln Ave
East End
Alameda, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:48pm UTC
1 Bedroom
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City Guide
Neighborhoods in Alameda

Alameda recently ranked 31st out of 100 best places to live so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a spot in this city to call home. Tree-lined streets, small town feel and the kind of lifestyle that is only available in the bay area are some of the many things you’ll find in Alameda (besides all that other stuff we listed). The city is broken into sections based on shore location (west end, south shore, etc.) so it should be easy to follow along and find what appeals to you. Here we go...

West End: A location with running/biking trails near the water, the West End is a neighborhood where stepping outside and taking in the views is an added perk. Living in the West End means proximity to parks, the USS Hornet Museum, and SF Ferry access. Better yet, it means you’ll be within walking distance to wineries, dining and shopping. Older, established homes (many Victorian) share the streets with gated apartment communities and townhomes. The apartment living in here often features resort style pools, concierge service, & newer appliances.

South Shore: A great area for commuters (minutes from Oakland, Berkeley and SF), this part of the city rests along the shoreline of the SF Bay. Older homes line the streets while apartment homes offering city loft options and cozy townhome appeal makeup the South Shore landscape. South Shore apartment living offers gated access, fitness centers, tennis clubs, beach access and breathtaking views within a reasonable distance to shopping and dining areas.

Central Alameda: This neighborhood is home to locally owned shops/restaurants, laid-back apartment communities and classic Alameda homes. Many complexes here feature green living options. Living down here puts you quite close to the business and historic districts where the streets are lined with old Victorian homes and the vibe is especially easy going. Festivals and fairs take place around here and while there is always something to do, the downtown area of Alameda is California chill.

Adjusting to Alameda – Things to Know:

Alameda is all about going green. Recycling programs and energy efficiency are huge here. Apartments often feature eco-friendly additions, on-site recycling centers and carpool clubs. There is even a community effort for lower electric bills. Living here gives you peace of mind about helping the environment.

Speed limits here are strictly enforced due to the town’s small size. As a result, most areas have an enforced speed limit of 25 mph. Attention speed demons: slow your roll.

Alameda may be small but it’s very diverse. Where else can you compete in a sand castle contest and attend a wine fair all in one town, in one day? Keeping with the variety is the spice of life theme, there’s a strong history of art and service around here. For every museum and art shop, there is a naval museum, aircraft memorials or a Coast Guard boat off the shoreline. It even has the nickname “Coast Guard City.”

But if being outside is also your thing, this place is pretty much a slam-dunk. Windsurfing, biking and cycling are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in this Bay Area community. Life is tranquil and breezy in this small town. Weather in Alameda is pretty close to perfect. Summers are generally mild, with temperatures reaching the 60s (maybe 70s in September). Winters are slightly chilly with lows in the 40s, highs in the 50s, and a decent chance for wetness. Mist and fog are not unheard of in colder months, and the wintertime is often filled with more rain than the summer here.

Note: You may find yourself dressing up in black and silver gear (with spiked shoulders) and becoming a diehard Raiders fan. You know those people you see on TV that look like KISS video extras? It’s par for the course here. Embrace it.


Public transit is one thing this city does best. Served by the BART shuttle service, the AC Transit line and two ferries (which can take you to Oakland and SF), Alameda makes transportation easy. There are also two FREE shuttles.

As for driving in the city, it’s important to know right off the bat that Alameda is served by three bridges (all connecting through Oakland). The Webster Street Tube (aka a two-lane tunnel that goes underwater!) can also be used to connect drivers to Oakland through the city’s Chinatown area. Residents also rely on U.S. 61 to get in and around the area and hop on the 880 for commuting and trips into other parts of the bay area. As noted before, the speed limit here is strictly enforced, so if you have a need for speed, save it for weekend road trips.

Alameda offers a sense of charm seldom found in other locations around the US. No matter who you are or where you’ll come from, you’ll find something to love about Alameda in no time. Alameda offers the perfect balance between hustle and bustle excitement of the nearby big cities and the complete serenity that living here evokes. It’s a beach town with a Pleasantville charm. It isn’t hectic. It isn’t overwhelming. It’s just simply Alameda. And it’s a great place to call home.

Rent Report

March 2018 Alameda Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Alameda Rent Report. Alameda rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Alameda rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Alameda rent trends were flat over the past month

Alameda rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 3.5% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Alameda stand at $2,360 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,960 for a two-bedroom. Alameda's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.6%, but exceeds the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Alameda, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,260; additionally, the city has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro over the past month (4.6%).
  • Over the past year, Berkeley is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 4.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,540, while one-bedrooms go for $2,020.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,270; rents were up 1.3% over the past month and 2.2% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Alameda

As rents have increased moderately in Alameda, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Alameda is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 3.6% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in Los Angeles, 3.1% in San Diego, and 3.1% in San Jose.
  • Alameda's median two-bedroom rent of $2,960 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 3.5% increase in Alameda.
  • While Alameda's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Alameda than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where Alameda is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,420 $3,040 1.1% 1.0%
Oakland $1,800 $2,260 4.6% 5.8%
Fremont $2,870 $3,600 0.5% 4.1%
Hayward $2,230 $2,800 0.1% 1.8%
Concord $2,370 $2,980 2.8% 3.2%
Berkeley $2,020 $2,540 -2.0% -4.9%
Richmond $2,090 $2,620 0.8% 5.9%
Antioch $2,850 $3,580 0.4% 4.4%
Daly City $2,420 $3,040 0.2% 2.1%
San Mateo $3,400 $4,270 1.3% 2.2%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.