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448 Cheap Apartments for rent in El Cerrito, CA

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Del Norte Place Apartment Homes
11720 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,845
659 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,122
896 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 04:49 PM
Prime location close to San Pablo Avenue, UC Berkeley and the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station. Community is pet-friendly and features a fitness center. Units have spacious floor plans and all electric appliances.
1 Unit Available
6703 PORTOLA DR
6703 Portola Drive
El Cerrito, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,850
800 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 02:14 PM
Lovely One bedroom, One bathroom apartment with charming original detail and hardwood floors! This home features 800 square foot of living space plus private one car garage in the heart of El Cerrito. Features include: Original colorful tile in kitchen and bathroom. Large and bright Living room opens into the charming eat in Kitchen complete with gas stove and a laundry room with washer and dryer hook ups. Kitchen is functional and pretty, with lots of light, ample storage and counter space. * One spacious bedroom with generous closet space. * Kitchen features tile floors, granite & tile countertops, and newer appliances * Private parking in one car garage * Yard is shared * Recently painted inside and out * Close to El Cerrito BART, Memorial Grove Park and Cerrito Vista Park. * Just around the corner from Trader Joes, CVS, and many other shops and restaurants in adorable El Cerrito Terms: * All utilities paid by tenant. * One-year lease * $1,850/ Month * Security Deposit $2,000. Pets considered on a case by case basis, with additional deposit. * The application fee per person is $39.95 for credit and eviction check. Tenant must obtain renters insurance. Please text, call, or email Shalene Rose of Caldecott Properties for more information. 23 LID: 41372666.
1 Unit Available
604 Lexington Avenue
604 Lexington Avenue
El Cerrito, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
973 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 08:11 AM
Single family residence home with 2 bedroom, 1 bath in a highly desirable location. Large back yard with a deck. Located in a safe and quiet El Cerrito neighborhood, 6-7 minutes walking distance to El Cerrito Plaza BART station and several bus lines, with easy access to I-80. Close to El Cerrito Plaza shopping mall as well as Range 99 Asian markets. Washing machine, dryer, and large storage area in the basement. Bright and sunny rooms are newly painted. Recently installed new energy-saving windows. Great location! Recently installed an interior French drain which will guarantee that the basement is dry even in very wet winters. Recently installed energy-efficient Simonton vinyl windows.
1 Unit Available
1538 Lexington Ave.
1538 Lexington Avenue
El Cerrito, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,995
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
1538 Lexington Ave.(Duplex) in El Cerrito - 1538 Lexington Ave.(Duplex) in El Cerrito Rent $1995 Deposit $2500 1 Year Lease The unit has been freshly painted, New wall heater just installed. Hardwood floors. Rent includes gas stove and refrigerator. Walking distance to Del Norte Bart. Tenant responsible for all utilities. No garage, plenty of off-street parking. Large back yard. Please drive by first and call to schedule an appointment. Mask required Tenant Application Requirements: 680 CREDIT SCORE OR BETTER. DEPENDING ON PROPERTY INCOME MUST BE 2.5 - 3X THE RENT. NO EVICTIONS- NO EXCEPTIONS, GOOD REFERENCES, EVERY APPLICANT MUST VIEW THE PROPERTY BEFORE APPLYING. Access Property Management, Inc. 1185 Solano Ave , Albany 94706 Please call to set up an appointment : (510) 232 - 5001 No Cats Allowed (RLNE6270935)
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1 Unit Available
2410 San Mateo St - 12
2410 San Mateo Street
Richmond, CA | Richmond Annex
Studio
$1,400
300 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 05:00 PM
2410 San Mateo St. #12. Richmond, CA 94804 Studio for rent with carpet floor and walk in closet. 1 parking space. Kitchen are with Refrigerator and Gas Stove. Close to 99 Ranch Market and Costco. Easy access to the freeways 80. Rent: $1400. Security deposit: $2100 1 Year Initial lease, Renter's Insurance is required. Owner pay Water and Garbage Tenants pay PG&E and Internet No Pets. Please call Carmen show contact info for more information and appointment to view apartment. DRE#01918064 Prime Metropolis Properties, Inc. DRE #01962644 To fill out online application please visit our website kkc.managebuilding.com and click into the property to apply. All necessary forms can be found in the "Documents" tab. Please use our "Rental Checklist" as a reference. Required for the Application Process: 1. Application Submission (can be done online) 2. Credit Report with Credit Score 3. Copy of photo ID /Driver's License 4. Recent Pay Stubs 5. Most recent W2 (2020) or last year's tax return if you are self employment 6. Current bank statement Once you have completed your application and submitted all of your documents, we will run a Credit and Criminal Background Check. A non-refundable application fee of $35 per adult will be required. Credit card is accepted.
1 Unit Available
605 San pablo
605 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA | Garfield
1 Bedroom
$1,749
500 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 04:56 PM
AASHIS PRADHAN - 510-528-2200 - One bedroom, one bath apartment for rent in a desirable Albany Neighborhood. Walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, banking, US Post Office facility minutes away. * El Cerrito Plaza BART station is less than one mile away. * Costco and El Cerrito Plaza shopping (Lucky's, Trader Joe's, CVS, Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Ross, Pasta Pomodoro, Macaroni Grill and much more) are also less than a mile away. * The bus stops are steps away from the front of the apartment. * Solano Avenue shops and restaurants are just 5 minutes away. Nearby parks include Albany Hill Park, Albany Hill Park and San Gabriel Municipal Park. Excellent Walk Score of 89. Very Walkable so most errands can be accomplished on foot. No Smoking No Pets 1 Year Lease
1 Unit Available
5303 Panama Ave
5303 Panama Avenue
Richmond, CA | Southwest Richmond Annex
1 Bedroom
$1,950
734 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
1Bed Room. 1 Bath Side by Side DUPLEX - Property Id: 529813 1 Bed Room 1 Bath Unit in. Side by Side DUPLEX, Easy Access to Freeway, Walking Distance to El Cerrito BART, COSTCO,99 RANCH , EL Cerrito PLAZA, PET FRIENDLY, YARD IN FRONT AND AT BACK, ON LOT PARKING, SECTION - 8 Welcome , No Eviction On Record, Good Credit. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/5303-panama-ave-richmond-ca/529813 Property Id 529813 (RLNE6477874)
1 Unit Available
1147 Portland Avenue #1
1147 Portland Avenue
Albany, CA | Garfield
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
Remodeled Lower Level Unit in Albany, CA...... - 2 bedroom, 1 bath lower level apartment, new wall to wall carpet throughout, living room, small dining area, glass electric stove, new refrigerator, new upgraded countertops in the bathroom and kitchen, new bathroom lino, new kitchen lino, new stove vent, designer window blinds, 1 Garage space & one assigned parking space, owner pays for water only, No Pets $ 2100 Rent / $ 3150 Security Deposit / $ 5250 Total Move In Cost Presented by Professional Property Management DRE#01902148 510-758-5636 No Pets Allowed (RLNE6431618)
1 Unit Available
400 Evelyn Avenue
400 Evelyn Avenue
Albany, CA | Garfield
Studio
$1,686
677 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
Fully Furnished, Below Market rate Sub-Lease opportunity available immediately! - Available as a sub-lease through July of 2021, available for longer if needed. Plaza Oak Professional Building is a well upkept two story building with a variety of great tenants located in the property. It is located just a block from the El Cerrito Plaza Bart Station and has easy access to both I-80 and I-580. The building has high walk score and located near a retail shopping and public transportation. The unit contains three private offices, an IT closet, wet bar and a reception area. Available with current furniture in unit or fully vacant depending on potential tenant's need. This is a great opportunity to locate your business in a great area on a short term lease or negotiations can be provided for a longer term lease. The building has two stairs cases and a service elevator for patients. Call Luis Velasco for more information! 925-577-6038. (RLNE6326093)
1 Unit Available
443 46th St Apt In-Law
443 46th St
Richmond, CA | East Richmond
Studio
$1,385
500 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
MOVE IN SPECIAL!!! $250 OFF OF YOUR FIRST FULL MONTH'S RENT!!! Unfurnished, studio in law unit located at Richmond CA comes with kitchen equipped with refrigerator and oven range. . This property is near Mira Vista Elementary School and El Cerrito Senior High School. It is also close to Taqueria La Bamba, KFC and Wendy's. Rental Terms: - Application Fee: $49 per adult - Lease Term: 12 months - Security Deposit: One month’s rent - Rental insurance required - Pets are welcome with pet deposit, pet rent, and weight/other restrictions - Trash is included in rent - Federal Occupancy Guidelines followed: Max 2 per bedroom + 1 additional occupant; Max 2 per studio. Please call 833-367-6963 or text 833-340-6963 to speak to an agent or email us at leasing@mynd.co. We look forward to connecting with you! Mynd Management Equal Opportunity Housing License #2048378 -Fast Online Application -Mobile App to Pay Rent and Track Service -Affordable Renter's Insurance www.mynd.co Mynd Property Management does not advertise on Craigslist or Facebook. We will never ask you to wire money or pay with gift cards. Please report any fraudulent ads to your Leasing Associate. (RLNE6324328)
1 Unit Available
371 Carlston Street
371 Carlston Street
Richmond, CA | East Richmond
1 Bedroom
$2,050
550 sqft
Last updated April 12 at 10:27 AM
Natural light fills this very clean upper unit in desirable Mira Vista area above San Pablo Avenue. 1/2 block from El Cerrito border. Close to shopping, parks, Del Norte BART, bus. Private entrance door and back porch, too. Enjoy view of Mt. Tamalpais from your kitchen and porch. Eat-in kitchen has washer & dryer, dishwasher, frighted, smooth top electric stove, granite countertops, maple cabinets. Lovely hardwood floors, lots of closets. Garage and own storage unit on lower level. A great place to call home. EXTRAS: includes enclosed garage and storage unit, washer and dryer in kitchen, gardener. Also, owner pays for gas which provides heating and hot water. That's a lot of extras for your convenience. More info & apply online at https://hunt.com/apartments-for-rent/richmond-ca?lid=13179417 No Pets Allowed (RLNE5677726)
1 Unit Available
5308 Columbia Ave.
5308 Columbia Avenue
Richmond, CA | Southwest Richmond Annex
1 Bedroom
$1,895
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
Spacious 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Apartment Located a Few Blocks from El Cerritto Shopping Center - A completely remodeled one-bedroom unit with an attached parking garage. Conveniently situated at the edge of Richmond, easy accesses to I-80 and I-580. This spacious 1 bedroom/1 bath unit features a completely renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. Residents enjoy all the shops and restaurants within a few blocks to the El Cerrito shopping center. As well as its close proximity to Costco, Gym, Cinema. Additional Features Include: Spacious 1 Bedroom Unit On-Site Laundry - Coin-Op Near Public Transportation Stainless Steel Electric Range / Oven Stainless Steel Refrigerator Front Yard Attached Parking Garage Rental Requirements: Good Verifiable Rental History No Evictions Gross Income 3 times the monthly rent Lease Terms: 1-year lease No smoking No pet No Pets Allowed (RLNE5603886)
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3900 Adeline
3900 Adeline St
Emeryville, CA | Longfellow
Studio
$946
795 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,099
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
917 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 06:18 PM
3900 Adeline is nestled on the border of Emeryville and Oakland in the vibrant Triangle neighborhood of Emeryville. Sitting strategically on 48,902 square feet of centralized real estate, 3900 Adeline is just minutes away from San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Oakland/San Leandro or Alameda.\n \nOpening in January 2016 in three unique phases, 3900 Adeline consists of 101 units spread across four buildings. Our pet friendly community boasts a plethora of unique floor plans, fifty foot valued ceilings, spiral staircases, private patios, in-unit washer dryer combo, electric car charging stations and much more. True to the quality and standard of a Madison Park Community, 3900 Adeline seeks to incessantly provide all residents with the ultimate living experience.
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4 Units Available
Casa Bonita
2605 Haste St
Berkeley, CA | Southside
Studio
$1,785
527 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,145
664 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 06:07 PM
Within walking distance to UC Berkeley, public transportation, and abundant dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Spacious floor plans with oversized closets and elevator access. Underground parking available.
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3 Units Available
Montoya Garden Apartments
5005 Montoya Ave
San Pablo, CA | San Pablo
1 Bedroom
$1,935
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 06:06 PM
Located conveniently nearby Alvarado Park, Interstate 80 and Princeton Plaza, this community offers package service, on-site laundry facilities, pool and renters' insurance. Apartments feature balconies, hardwood flooring, window coverings and additional storage.
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Jones Berkeley
1080 Jones St
Berkeley, CA | West Berkeley
Studio
$2,100
549 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,930
714 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,785
1103 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 05:08 PM
Jones Berkeley offers studio, one, two and three bedroom apartment and townhome rentals in Westbrae, and the neighborhood pretty much has it all. You can get to Acme Bread, Tokyo Fish, Gilman Brewery, Fieldwork Brewery and the Westbrae Biergarten without making a dent in your 10,000 daily steps. Start exploring your new neighborhood and your new home today!
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Parker Apartments
2038 Parker St
Berkeley, CA | South Berkeley
Studio
$1,979
570 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,202
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,574
1090 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 05:08 PM
Minutes to Ashby and Downtown Berkeley BART stations. Artisan apartments outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-style floors, custom kitchen backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. On-site co-working space, fitness center, pet spa and bike repair station.
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17 Units Available
Higby
3015 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA | West Berkeley
Studio
$1,730
503 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,896
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,625
729 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
Luxurious community has lobby and lounge with a bar, controlled-access indoor bike storage, and bocce ball court. Units offer electric ovens, washers and dryers, and dishwashers. Located within walking distance of restaurants and bars.
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76 Units Available
Allston + Stadium
2312 Fulton Street Suite C
Berkeley, CA | Downtown Berkeley
Studio
$2,850
443 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,100
471 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,963
534 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
Just steps from the University of California, Berkeley campus, Allston + Stadium provides modern living in a convenient location. Allston + Stadium boasts spacious floor plans with planned, updated units and brand-new amenity spaces.
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11 Units Available
The Tides
3185 Garrity Way
Richmond, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,069
795 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,810
1047 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
TOUR YOUR WAYMeet your new community, on your terms. Our doors are open by appointment only for both virtual tours and self-guided tours We are no longer offering in-person tours at this time. That's right, you can safely and securely be granted access to a model unit to envision in-person your new life at our property, on your own terms or video chat with our leasing team. Come see for yourself what life is like at The Tides! Want to learn more about how to schedule a Self-Guided Tour or an In-Person Private Tour? Call or email us today.
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2 Units Available
4801 Shattuck
4801 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA | Temescal
Studio
$2,050
438 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
Smaller community with ample privacy. On-site amenities include a deck with dining area, lounge and lemon trees. Apartments feature stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances, washers and dryers, and open floor plans.
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8 Units Available
Bayside
530 Sunnyview Dr
Pinole, CA | Bay Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
898 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
Near San Pablo Bay, I-80 and I-580. Energy-efficient appliances, upgraded flooring, on-site laundry and private patios. Pet-friendly community with pool, basketball court and children's play area.
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2 Units Available
Westridge at Hilltop Apartments
2490 Lancaster Dr
Richmond, CA | Fairmede-Hilltop
Studio
$1,828
207 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated March 6 at 04:50 PM
Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Bay at Westridge at Hilltop. With spacious floor plans ranging from studios to one-bedroom apartment homes, these pet-friendly apartments in Richmond have several options to suit your particular needs. Each home offers custom design features, high-end amenities, and proximity to a variety of dining, shopping, and recreation opportunities unique to the Hilltop neighborhood. Welcome home to resort-style living here at Westridge at Hilltop.
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4 Units Available
47Hundred
4700 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA | Temescal
Studio
$2,050
476 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,795
754 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 04:49 PM
Lease with 47Hundred and come to know a rich Temescal lifestyle. Offering beautifully designed apartment homes in a culturally rich neighborhood, our community blends gracefully into the surrounding environment to which we warmly belong. As a resident, you will enjoy spacious interiors, fine amenities, pleasant architecture, and desirable proximity to myriad hallmarks of Oakland’s long history, along with local marketplaces, niche restaurants, and delightful boutique shops.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in El Cerrito?
The average rent for a studio apartment in El Cerrito is $2,750.
How expensive are one-bedroom apartments in El Cerrito?
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in El Cerrito is $2,157.
How much is rent for two-bedroom apartments in El Cerrito?
The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in El Cerrito is $2,194.
Are there any properties that are currently offering move-in specials in El Cerrito?
Yes, you can filter your apartment search to only include properties in El Cerrito that are offering move-in specials.
City Guide for El Cerrito, CA

Founded by San Francisco residents that survived the 1906 earthquake, El Cerrito means "little knob" or hill.

Situated along the East Bay, El Cerrito is considered part of the much larger San Francisco Bay Area. The city in Contra Costa County was founded by San Francisco residents displaced after the devastating 1906 earthquake that all but leveled the city. They settled first on ranch land, and then built a town around it. When a post office was established on the ranch in 1909, the settlement was named Rust after its first postmaster. The residents weren't happy with that name and by 1916 the area was known as El Cerrito.

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

Finding cheap apartments in El Cerrito 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 El Cerrito 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 El Cerrito 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 El Cerrito.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in El Cerrito. 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 El Cerrito.