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191 Cheap Apartments for rent in Berkeley, CA

Finding cheap apartments in Berkeley takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letter... Read Guide >
2113 8th St. Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,745
395 sqft
Don't miss out on this space in a prime Berkeley location! Bright, Functional, Apartment. This is a cozy one bedroom, one bath with large windows, high ceiling with a large front room and plenty of privacy. According to www.walkscore.com the walk score is 93 (Walkers Paradise) with a 61 Good Transit score, and a 90 biker's paradise score. 4th Street shopping and cafes are close and approximately the location is within 1 mile to North Berkeley BART, Berkeley Bowl West, and the Berkeley Marina. 400 sq ft built 2014
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2019 7th Street Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,850
2131 Sixth St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,337
Restored Southwest Berkeley home with fenced yard & 94 Walk Score Available 07/29/22 Private bedroom in a stunning 6 bed, 4 bath Southwest Berkeley 1898 gem! Step inside for hardwood floors, built-ins, bay windows, and an updated, chef-worthy kitchen. Tall ceilings and abundant windows make this space bright and airy, plus professionally furnished common areas provide lots of room to relax. Stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, sleek countertops, and a dishwasher will make your favorite meals shine. Two spacious floors each have three bedrooms and two baths, and upstairs, there's an additional finished attic flex space. French doors lead out to the garden and fully fenced yard. This pet-friendly home also has a laundry room with a front-load washer/dryer and off-street parking.  This fantastic Southwest Berkeley location boasts a 94 Walk Score, with easy access to public transit, shopping, dining, and attractions. It's a seven-minute walk from the CC Capitol Corridor at the Berkeley stop, plus North Berkeley BART stop is within a mile. All the shops on Fourth St are within a half-mile, and UC Berkeley is two miles from home. Via car, it's 2.9 miles to Emeryville, 6.5 miles to downtown Oakland, and 12.4 miles to SF. Whole Foods, Safeway, and Target Grocery are within two miles. Walk to Vik’s Chaat, Tomate Cafe, Cafe M, and Casa Latina in minutes. About Bungalow: We are on a mission to take the hassle out of renting. When you live in a Bungalow managed property, you are getting a modern, tech-enabled, responsive landlord from Day 1. We have all your needs covered, from utility setup to flexible lease terms, an easy-to-use app for paying rent, on-staff maintenance technicians, a dedicated team of customer support experts, and even optional furnishings and monthly cleanings. Find out why thousands of renters are choosing to rent with Bungalow. (RLNE7542369)
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1898 Harmon St B Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,800
475 sqft
Unit B Available 08/01/22 Harmon Triplex - Property Id: 63158 Updated, modern cottage/studio, with private courtyard. New washer/dryer with unit. Short walk to Ashby Bart and Berkeley Bowl. Easy access to 24, 580 and 80 Freeways. You can tour the cottage and outdoor area starting on Thursday, July 2 at 11:00 am. Let me know if you will be able to come by. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/1898-harmon-st-berkeley-ca-unit-b/63158 Property Id 63158 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7516953)
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982 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,138
675 sqft
This property is available. Please inquire on this site to schedule a showing. AVAILABEL NOW! Desirable 1 bed/1 bath Victorian close to UC Berkeley and all of the 4th street shops. Very spacious flats currently set up as one bedroom units with great ceiling height and lots of natural light and room for creative touches or re configuring. Hardwood laminate flooring throughout, Kitchen includes refrigerator and gas stove. Spacious bathroom with shower stall. Security deposit $2400 - sorry, no pets. Water & Garbage paid by owner, all other utilities are tenant-responsibility. Disclaimer: Ziprent is acting as the agent for the owner. Information Deemed Reliable but not Guaranteed. All information should be independently verified by renter. No Pets Allowed (RLNE7502712)
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2915 Martin Luther King Jr Way Apt 1 Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,995
2915 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Unit #1 · Rent: $1995 · Rooms: Studio/1BA · Type: Apartment · Availability: Now Accepting Back-Up Applications · City/Neighborhood: West Oakland · Showing: By Appointment Only · Utilities: Paid by tenant (not included in rent amount), if shared meters tenant pays flat fee · Parking: call to discuss · Yard: Shared backyard only, no front yard. · Pet: Small dogs and cats are okay; Large dogs may require pet insurance with dog bite coverage and restricted breeds are not allowed · Features: Stainless steel appliances, hardwood floor, close to BART, shared washer & dryer · Renter Insurance Required · Section 8 Welcome! Basic Qualifications: · Credit Score of 620 or above · 2 years of verifiable rental history · 2 years of verifiable employment history · Gross income of at least 3 times the monthly rent · Pass our background check · If you do not meet any of these requirements, you may still apply by using a guarantor. Call (877) 692-5604 or email us at leasing@smceastbay.com to inquire. Accepts Section 8. (RLNE7355693)
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Results within 1 mile of Berkeley
The Logan Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
Studio
$1,972
453 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,611
618 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,079
1095 sqft
The Logan is Oakland Local — just like you. With a 25,000 sq ft rooftop farm, community and sustainability are built into your everyday life. Enjoy top-notch amenities, specialized services, and a Whole Foods grocery on site. The Logan’s unique construction boasts over-sized, spacious homes for lease, including apartments and townhomes.
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722 Alcatraz Avenue Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,850
511 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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722 Alcatraz Ave. is located at 722 Alcatraz Avenue San Francisco, CA, and is managed by Mosser Companies, a reputable property management company with verified listings on RENTCafe. 722 Alcatraz Ave. offers studio and 1-2 bedroom apartments. Amenities include Cable Ready, Controlled Access/Gated, Dishwasher, Disposal, Efficient Appliances, and more. This rental community is pet-friendly, welcoming both cats and dogs. The property is located in the 94609 ZIP code. For more details, contact our office at (415) 673-1608 or use the online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. THE APARTMENT AMENITIES - Controlled and Secured Non-Key Access - Newly Updated Units - Large Living Space - High Quality Energy Star Appliances - Hardwood Floors - Dishwasher THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLACES TO BE - Stroll to one of Oakland’s Largest Parks, Bushrod Park - Enjoy some fun under the sun at Don Budge Tennis Courts - Tons of Activities at Adeline and Telegraph Ave just 2 blocks away - En
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1 Captain Drive Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
Studio
$2,100
432 sqft
1 Bedroom
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You will love coming home to this truly elegant studio @ Watergate. Fully remodeled tastefully with high-end detail as maple cabinets, hand painted tiles and fixtures. Pleasant 3rd floor courtyard view overlooking trees and a lush garden. Wake up and go to sleep listening to the water fountain. 432 sq. ft., slated balcony to listen to the birds. New interior paint. Kitchen has quiet dishwasher, refrigerator, electric oven and microwave. Fully remodeled with maple cabinets and custom tiles. Fully remodeled fish motif bathroom has standard bathtub with sliding glass custom shower door. Card operated Laundry room in each building-76 washers, 80 dryers About Watergate Condominiums Watergate is a resort style waterfront condo community situated on 1-80 (Powell St exit) Only about 10 miles to downtown San Francisco. Close to Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany and Richmond. Close to both Ashby & McArthur BART train stations, walk to AMTRAK. Oakland Airport is 12 miles away. Only 2 exits from University of California at Berkeley. Strategically close to freeway access maze leading to 1- 80, 580, 24, 13, 680 & 980. Shopping Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Sprouts, Watergate Market, Starbuck’s, Public Market- International food court Bay Street Shopping: Apple, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Barnes & Noble, more. Powell Street Plaza: Ross, Marshalls Home Depot, IKEA, Best Buy, AMC Movie, Too many conveniences to name! You will love living in the middle of exciting happenings. Come Home for Lunch Come home for lunch from Pixar, LeapFrog, Novartis, Siebel, Berkeley Research Group, Zymergen, Santen, Amyris, Innovative Interfaces, Peete's Headquarters, Woodfin Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Regional Office of Whole Foods, zipRealty.com and many more companies. Emeryville is a small but powerful well-funded city. Be in the Center of the hub!!! Rental Terms 1-year lease. Non-Smoker. No Pets. Owner pays basic Cable TV, water, trash, and 1 car assigned spot in covered garage. Tenant pays electricity and Watergate Community Association Renter Registration. This is a one time $225 non-refundable processing fee & $35 per WCA ID Card. ($30 will be refunded when the card is surrendered). You Will be dealing with the owner directly, not an informal property management company. Come home to your comfortable, sunny and uplifting condo. You will be delighted to call it your home!
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5699 Shattuck Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,435
Updated North Oakland home near Bushrod Park Available 07/01/22 Say hello to this gorgeous and light-filled 4 bed, 2 bath North Oakland home. This space was completely renovated, and now it offers new energy-efficient windows, recessed LED lighting, and fantastic tall ceilings throughout. The open-concept kitchen boasts wooden cabinetry, quartz countertops, and shiny stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher for easy clean-up. And the spacious living room and dining room will give you lots of entertaining options. Plus, there’s a patio for weekend BBQs. Convenience amenities include central air conditioning too! Well-located in North Oakland, this neighborhood offers shops, restaurants, and parks. It’s a short walk to neighborhood gem Bushrod Park and public transit at the Ashby BART Station. Downtown San Francisco is 12 miles away, and UC-Berkeley is two miles from your door. Plus, several bus lines stop within a few blocks, including the 18, 6, and 12. Grocery shopping is no problem here, walk or bike to Berkeley Bowl and Whole Foods Market. There are also many neighborhood markets close by. And when you want to eat out or grab a drink with friends, you’ll have your choice between Marufuku Ramen, A+ Burger, FOB Kitchen, and many more! About Bungalow: We are on a mission to take the hassle out of renting. When you live in a Bungalow managed property, you are getting a modern, tech-enabled, responsive landlord from Day 1. We have all your needs covered, from utility setup to flexible lease terms, an easy-to-use app for paying rent, on-staff maintenance technicians, a dedicated team of customer support experts, and even optional furnishings and monthly cleanings. Find out why thousands of renters are choosing to rent with Bungalow. (RLNE7462182)
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603 57th St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,325
5 Bedrooms
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Step inside this gorgeous 6 bed, 3 bath North Oakland apartment, and you may never want to leave! From the open concept floor plan to the brand new wood-look vinyl flooring, this interior dazzles. The kitchen boasts brand new stainless steel appliances (dishwasher too) and beautiful quartz countertops to elevate your favorite meals. New energy-efficient windows and recessed LED lighting make the space bright and airy. Outside, you’ll have a patio, and inside, there’s central A/C if the day is too hot. This vibrant North Oakland location is close to restaurants, shops, parks, and easily accessible public transit. The Ashby BART station is a short walk away, as are stops for the 18, 6, and 12 bus lines. It’s two miles from UC Berkeley, and downtown San Francisco is 12 miles from your door. For great dining, you don’t even have to leave the neighborhood! Easy Creole, Cholita Linda, and Marufuku Oakland are all easily walkable. Plus, keeping the fridge stocked is a breeze with Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods Market, and several neighborhood markets within a mile. Bushrod Park is a short walk away too for picnic tables, basketball hoops, and tennis courts.  About Bungalow: We are on a mission to take the hassle out of renting. When you live in a Bungalow managed property, you are getting a modern, tech-enabled, responsive landlord from Day 1. We have all your needs covered, from utility setup to flexible lease terms, an easy-to-use app for paying rent, on-staff maintenance technicians, a dedicated team of customer support experts, and even optional furnishings and monthly cleanings. Find out why thousands of renters are choosing to rent with Bungalow. (RLNE7338888)
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605 57th St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,450
4 Bedrooms
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Room for rent at this recently renovated 4 bed, 3 bath North Oakland apartment is bright and updated with wood-look vinyl flooring, recessed LED lighting, and tall ceilings. The first floor gets so much natural light thanks to the new energy-efficient windows, and a gorgeous vaulted ceiling showcases the spacious living and dining rooms. If you like to cook, the kitchen boasts brand new quartz counters and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher. You can comfortably work from home year-round with central air conditioning and heating. This Oakland apartment also features in-unit laundry and a patio for BBQs! From this North Oakland spot, walk to Ashby BART station and several bus lines (18, 6, and 12). UC Berkeley is about two miles away, and it's only 12 miles into downtown San Francisco. When you need groceries, walk to Berkeley Bowl in about 20 minutes. There are also several neighborhood markets within walking distance, and Whole Foods Market is only a mile from your door. Plus, you'll have tons of fantastic restaurants right nearby! Marufuku Ramen, Kitchen Story, Easy Creole, and more are close to home. And for community green space, it's only a few blocks to lovely Bushrod Park. About Bungalow: We are on a mission to take the hassle out of renting. When you live in a Bungalow managed property, you are getting a modern, tech-enabled, responsive landlord from Day 1. We have all your needs covered, from utility setup to flexible lease terms, an easy-to-use app for paying rent, on-staff maintenance technicians, a dedicated team of customer support experts, and even optional furnishings and monthly cleanings. Find out why thousands of renters are choosing to rent with Bungalow. (RLNE7082814)
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Results within 5 miles of Berkeley
Domain Oakland Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
Studio
$2,127
567 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,569
774 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,115
1117 sqft
Within a walkable community and near award-winning schools. On-site amenities include a fitness center, free yoga classes, outdoor fireplace, resident lounge and a serenity studio. Spacious layouts, patio or a balcony, and modern appliances.
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The Moran Uptown Oakland Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
6 Units Available
Studio
$1,835
344 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,275
933 sqft
The Moran is a new community of boutique apartments located in Oakland’s dynamic Uptown neighborhood. Here, you’re a 4-minute walk to the 19th Street BART station and a 13-minute ride to San Francisco. A WalkScore of 95 and a BikeScore of 91 means you’re never far from places you need and want to be – and Uptown is full of enough exciting shops, galleries, music venues, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained and inspired.Choose from our studio, one, or two bedroom floor plans, sustainably designed and outfitted with the modern finishes, amenities and services you crave in a neighborhood where there’s always something new to discover.
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MacArthur Commons Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
Studio
$2,117
379 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,369
577 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,268
883 sqft
Welcome to The Mac. MacArthur Commons Apartments, located in the historic Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, offers pet-friendly studio, one, and two-bedroom apartment homes with all the amenities you need to call The MAC your new home. Conveniently located across from the MacArthur BART station, you will be close to the Bay's major work centers and plenty of things to do down the street. MacArthur Commons Apartments is a place where you can do as much or as little as you want and get anywhere you need to be FAST. Call our Oakland apartments today to learn more about your future home!
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Modera Jack London Square Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
10 Units Available
Studio
$1,929
376 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,680
537 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,354
929 sqft
There is just something irresistible about Oakland's Jack London Square. On any given day, you can call it foodies oasis, a creative haven, and an event-lover's mecca. And now with Modera Jack London Square, you can be one of the lucky few to also call it home.Featuring a collection of 134 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes, Modera Jack London Square offers Oakland-enthusiasts a home packed with possibilities, inside and out. With features that include 9-foot ceilings, wood plank-style flooring, and quartz countertops, its modern-industrial design is one to revel. And if a dynamic apartment living scene is your style, youll love the game room with a demonstration kitchen, and expansive rooftop decks complete with an outdoor pizza kitchen, barbeque area and gorgeous vistas of the downtown skyline. Perfect for gathering with old friends or making a few new ones.And while the amenities will make you never want to leave, the neighborhood offers you the perfect excuse to explore. Whether you want to grab a brew, shop for treasures, relax by the bay, or pop into San Francisco, Modera Jack London Square puts you at the threshold of all the bustling heart of Oakland has to offer.The tastes. The action. The shops. The bay. There are countless reasons to come to Jack London Square. And now, thanks to Modera, there is also one incredible reason to stay.
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The Uptown Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
29 Units Available
Studio
$2,031
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,544
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,295
1037 sqft
A short walk from San Pablo Gateway and the Financial District. Beautiful open-plan living with hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of closet space. Community amenities include a pool, courtyard, and concierge.
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The Grand at Rockridge Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,595
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,918
840 sqft
Welcome to The Grand at Rockridge, where modern sophistication meets city living. The Grand at Rockridge apartments provide a tranquil living in the heart of Oakland. Offering one and two-bedroom apartments featuring all of the home essentials, The Grand at Rockridge makes a wonderful place to call home for young professionals and college students. The apartments are located only a short distance from Northern California University and California College of the Arts, with restaurants, nightlife, and green spaces within walking distance.
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Vue De Lac Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,675
243 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Welcome to Vue de Lac Apartments! Located just two blocks from Lake Merritt, this 3-story, 75-unit apartment community blends classic Craftsman Edwardian touches with modern conveniences. Residents of Vue de Lac are within walking distance to Downtown and Lake Merritt BART station, giving residents to the San Francisco area, grocery stores and notable restaurants. Both Grand Lake and Jack London Square are neighbors to East Lake, offering easy access to the Farmer's Market, Grand Lake Theater and nightlife. Weekend just outside your door at Lake Merritt itself: a cultural playground for drum circles, joggers, picnic-goers, and everyone in between. This gated community features a breezeway, bike racks, on-site laundry, and parking. Many apartments boast upgraded fixtures, cabinets and countertops. Enjoy the comfort, quality and convenience of living at Vue de Lac in this desirable Oakland community!
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77 Glen Ave Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
8 Units Available
Studio
$1,995
423 sqft
1 Bedroom
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The sun always brightens up your day in this sunny Oakland apartment. This stunning building gives light and airy vibes while still maintaining the unique exterior. Located steps away from the popular Piedmont Avenue, this apartment is a dream location for Sunday brunch lovers or early morning workout fanatics.Piedmont Avenue was founded in the late 1800s, developing as a commercial and residential district around the sprawling, historic Mountain View Cemetery. Bound by the Temescal neighborhood and Broadway to the west, Oakland Avenue and independent city Piedmont to the east, Interstate 580 (the MacArthur freeway) to the south, and the cemetery to the north, it is one of the city's primary commercial centers.
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La Peralta Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
6 Units Available
Studio
$1,495
252 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,195
586 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
1132 sqft
The property located at 184 13th St. Oakland, CA is managed by Mosser Companies, a reputable property management company with verified listings. This community is located a short distance from Lake Merritt and is famously known for housing Charlie Chaplin! Just a quick drive to downtown, uptown, and the Grand Lake – this is a commuter’s dream! Enjoy all La Peralta Apartments have to offer with its updated kitchen and appliances.
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344 Monte Vista Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
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$1,910
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
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The property located at 344 Monte Vista Ave. in Oakland, CA is managed by Mosser Companies, a reputable property management company with verified listings on http://www.rentcafe.com/. This community offers an abundance of natural light, electric and spacious kitchen, spacious closets. Enjoy the Northeast Oakland Hills areas just miles from the heart of Oakland and nearby Interstates 580 and 80 allowing tenants easy access for commutes.
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671 Vernon Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
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$1,842
350 sqft
1 Bedroom
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671 Vernon is located at 671 Vernon St. Oakland, CA and is managed by Mosser Companies, a reputable property management company with verified listings on RENTCafe. 671 Vernon offers Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Amenities include Controlled Access/Gated Community, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Hardwood Floors and more. This rental community is pet friendly, welcoming both cats and dogs. Property is located in the 94610 ZIP code. For more details, contact our office at (415) 673-1608 or use the online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. THE APARTMENT AMENITIES - On-site Pool - Controlled non-key access - Covered Parking - On-site Laundry THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLACES TO BE - Steps to Morcom The Rose Garden or Linda Ave Dog Park - Short walk to Safeway, 7/11, and Core Yoga - Blocks away from Almond and Oak, Ladyfingers Bakery, Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar, and many other places unique to Oakland 84 Walk Score – Very Walkable
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Monogram Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
19 Units Available
Studio
$2,124
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,854
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,945
1050 sqft
Finding the best apartments in Uptown Oakland, CA, is easy. Just schedule a visit to Monogram at Kissel, and you will find the best in boutique apartment living. We offer a wide selection of floor plans, from intimate studio apartments to our family-sized three-bedroom homes. Each residence is beautifully decorated, including vinyl flooring throughout, comes with stainless steel appliances, a full-size washer, dryer, and spacious closets in many homes. More importantly, our location puts you in the heart of all Uptown Oakland has to offer. When you search for a new apartment community, you will want to live in an area that offers easy access to all you need and want. This will mean finding Uptown Oakland apartments for rent with great resident amenities that keep you near great local shopping, dining, entertainment, culture, & San Francisco. Monogram at Kissel is the community for you. We offer everything from a state-of-the-art fitness center perfect for a great workout to a rooftop
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What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in Berkeley?

The average rent for a studio apartment in Berkeley is $2,677.

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The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in Berkeley is $3,424.

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The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Berkeley is $4,414.

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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in Berkeley, CA

Finding cheap apartments in Berkeley takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in Berkeley by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in Berkeley in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of Berkeley.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in Berkeley. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in Berkeley.