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221 Cheap Apartments for rent 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, le... Read Guide >
Del Norte Place Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,144
672 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
901 sqft
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.
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905 Liberty St Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,095
Close to freeways, parks and the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. This is in a quiet area with lot's of possibilities for commuting and schools. • This is an upstairs unit with new double pane windows. • New granite counter tops Rooms and Interior: Recently rehabbed Kitchen and Bath: Kitchen recently updated, Granite kitchen counters Utilities and Extras: Gas furnace Building and Surroundings: Small building, Back porch Lease Terms: Tenant pays gas and electric, No smoking building, No dogs, No cats, Tenant pays water
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4216 Nevin Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,850
4216 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94805 - Renovated one bedroom one bathroom upstairs unit in a multi-plex. One car garage & one off street parking space in front of garage. Stove/oven & refrigerator. Fresh paint. Recess lighting in living room. New laminate flooring t/o. Shared fence backyard. Shared coin operated laundry. Near shopping, freeway & BART. Owner pays garbage. No pets. No smoking. ONE YEAR LEASE Please drive by to preview outside of property BEFORE calling for appointment CALL DURING BUSINESS HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED DRE LIC# 00808840 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7722813)
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660 Ventura #660 Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,000
Two Bedroom One Bathroom - 2 bedroom 1 bath in Richmond. Close to freeway, ideal for commuters. Unit is freshly painted, with new carpet/ laminate flooring. Washer and dryer included! Granite sink, and a gas stove. Detached 1 car garage. No pets. No smoking. Security deposit -$2000 Tenant responsible for PG&E and Internet. Owner pays water and garbage. 1 year lease. Renters insurance of $300K in liability along with owner listed as additional insured required. For More information and viewing please call/email: Jana'y 510 area code 201.0214 ext. 102 Janay @ Feagleyrealtors.com FMI Inc. Jan Feagley, Certified Property Manager - DRE 00777442 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7326338)
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Results within 5 miles of El Cerrito
Bella Vista at Hilltop Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,859
704 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,320
906 sqft
Coming to Bella Vista at Hilltop is like coming home. Our newly-renovated apartments in Richmond CA feature one and two bedroom apartment homes; enjoy the panoramic view of the San Pablo Bay from your new penthouse. Our residents will enjoy extravagant interior features like hardwood cabinets, brushed nickel accents, inviting wood burning fireplaces*, full-size washer/dryers in each home with convenient built-in shelving, spacious patio/ balconies and much more. Along with having easy access to a variety of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, our community offers four lighted tennis courts, a heated indoor pool, heated outdoor pool, three additional outdoor pools, 4 Jacuzzi's, dry sauna, state-of-the-art fitness and cardio center, professional business center, and more. Bring your friendly creatures as well to enjoy it all in our pet-friendly apartments. We look forward to helping your Richmond apartment search end here at Bella Vista at Hilltop. Contact our leasing team today and discover your new home.
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Artistry Emeryville Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
18 Units Available
Studio
$1,872
486 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,094
635 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,822
935 sqft
Great location for commuters, close to I-80 and BART. Residents enjoy communal parking, sauna, garage and gym. Units feature washer/dryer hookup, fireplace, hardwood floors and dishwasher.
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4801 Shattuck Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
11 Units Available
Studio
$2,075
404 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,550
619 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
899 sqft
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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The Tides Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,048
865 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,604
970 sqft
Schedule a tour today! In-person, self-guided, and virtual tours available.
The Villas at Harbor Pointe Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,000
665 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,550
950 sqft
Arrive home to The Villas at Harbor Pointe where sweeping bay views await you in a reserved hilltop setting. The Villas at Harbor Pointe offers a peaceful environment in historic Pinole. We are in close proximity to schools, shopping, and recreational areas. You will appreciate being within 30 minutes of exciting San Francisco.\n\nFind the charm of our newly remodeled one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes and townhomes that will delight you with designer details. Our seven comfortable, spacious and airy floor plans will intrigue you. Savor the tranquility of your private patio or balcony, available in most of our apartment homes. If you love cooking youll love our gourmet kitchens which include all new electric appliances.\n\nRevel in the serenity of the poolside patio or a stroll in one of the many nearby parks. Enjoy fun in the sun relaxing on our patio or in our sparkling blue swimming pool. Experience the ambiance of a bayside resort community. Come and see why you will love your new home at The Villas at Harbor Pointe.
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3900 Adeline Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
9 Units Available
Studio
$1,999
326 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,349
717 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,724
800 sqft
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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Co-Living - Common Bosco Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,115
90 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,217
Looking for a furnished room to call home, with utilities included, and additional benefits? Then keep reading, we have the place for you! Get more for your rent at Common Bosco: a private bedroom in a fully-furnished shared suite, WiFi, utilities, household essentials (from pots and pans to toilet paper), free laundry, community events and so much more — all for 20% less than a nearby studio. At our home in Berkeley, you'll get: • Private, furnished bedroom • On-site washer and dryer • High- end stainless steel kitchen appliances (Pots, pans, utensils, etc.) • Stocked household essentials (Laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.) • ALL utilities included in the rent, including heat, hot water, wifi, and electric • Lounge and terrace • Rooftop Deck • Weekly cleaning of all shared spaces included • Flexible lease terms (3 months+) • Access to Connect by Common.. Connect is your central hub for all things community related, including member events. You’ll also gain access to exclusive perks in the form of deals from local and national brands. Common Bosco is located a short walk from the red and orange BART Lines at Downtown Berkeley, as well as access to the area’s eponymous campus, UC Berkeley, at the west gate at Oxford Street only a ¼ mile walk away. Hop on the BART to arrive in San Francisco in a half hour, or Oakland in twenty minutes. Common Bosco’s central location also gives you easy access to ACTransit Bus and numerous side street trails. Off nearby Ohlone Park, you can walk and bike directly to North Berkeley and explore areas like Hopkins Ave to Gilman or head up Shattuck Ave to the Gourmet Ghetto. Common helps you save money on rent and everything else you love with exclusive discounts to local and national brands. Save on comfortable, beautiful bedding at Brooklinen, grocery and beverage delivery from GoPuff, meal prep from BlueApron, wine from Winc, and so much more! Alongside these exclusive savings, you’ll also enjoy curated community events across the city — think cooking lessons, museum nights, and exercise classes.
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Co-Living Common Cottage Photo Gallery 1
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Co-Living
Studio
$1,336
88 sqft
*Net Effective Rent | Up to 1 Month Free* COLIVING: Fully furnished all-inclusive housing in a shared suite. Utilities and extras included Get more for your rent at Common Cottage with coliving: a private bedroom in a fully-furnished shared suite, WiFi, utilities, household essentials (from pots and pans to toilet paper), free laundry, community events and so much more — all for 20% less than a nearby studio. At our home in Point Richmond, you'll get: • Private, furnished bedroom • Rooms with private bathroom may be available • Fully furnished shared spaces • On-site washer and dryer • High- end stainless steel kitchen appliances (Pots, pans, utensils, etc.) • Stocked household essentials (Laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.) • Fully furnished community spaces • Free wifi • ALL utilities included in the rent, including heat, hot water, gas, and electric • Keyless access and tech-enabled spaces • Weekly cleaning of all shared spaces included • Flexible lease terms (3 months+) • Access to Common Connect. Connect is your central hub for all things community related, including member events. You’ll also gain access to exclusive perks in the form of deals from local and national brands. • Two large community lounges, and backyard • Bike storage Enjoy the open-concept kitchens and living space with stainless steel dishwasher, microwave, stove, hardwood floors, large windows, and in unit washer/dryer appliances. Only 30 minutes to downtown San Francisco with ample public transportation around. Step outside and jump on your bike to the Richmond BART station where the orange and red lines stop or jump on the bus at Tewksbury Av/Castro St for bus 72M and 40. *Restrictions apply
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2732 Martin Luther King Junior Way #3 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,775
This property is managed by Castle Rock Realty only, do not speak to anybody else and do not send money ever! We will never ask you to send money by Zelle, Cryptocurrency, mail etc.. Only correspond with Castle Rock Realty at info@castlerockrealty.com we will not ask you to contact us by phone. Centrally located Berkeley one bedroom apartment - near Ashby Bart station Laundry on site includes Water and Garbage $1,775 rent $2,650 security deposit One year lease then month to month Self Showing only. .Please click the "request showing" link above For further information contact us through Rently.com. Castle Rock Realty Keith Carroll CA DRE #00769521 This property allows self guided viewing without an appointment. Contact for details.
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13700 San Pablo Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,900
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Seet Thang - Agt: 510-8126999 - BRIGHT AND AIRY FIRST FLOOR ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH CONDO LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE CIY OF SAN PABLO. CLOSE TO SHOPPING CENTERS, FREEWAY, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONS.
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107 Martina  #C Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
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2 Bedrooms
$2,100
$2,100 / 2br - 2 Bed 1 Bath in Hidden City in Point Richmond!! (richmond / point / annex) - Lower unit in 4 - plex but does have stairs to the front door. Comfortable 2 bedroom with a balcony. Eating area in the kitchen. Electric Stove, refrigerator, carpeted. Coin-laundry, shared backyard area, assigned carport parking. It's only 2 blocks to Point Richmond. Beach, parks, walking trails, local stores, and ferry service near by. $1900 Security Deposit. 1 year lease. Small Pet Negotiable with a higher security deposit. Renters insurance of $300K in liability along with owner listed as additional insured required. For More information and viewing please call/email: Jana'y 510 area code 201.0214 ext. 102 Janay @ Feagleyrealtors.com FMI Inc. Jan Feagley, Certified Property Manager - DRE 00777442 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7713893)
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1190 Ocean Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,043
540 sqft
A Available 10/09/22 This property is available. Please inquire on this site to schedule a showing. GROUND FLOOR available 10/9! Junior 1 bedroom w/full bath. Nicely updated unit with hardwood floors, spacious kitchen w/all appliances (microwave, gas range, refrigerator) and plenty of cabinet room. Modern recessed lighting and shared laundry. Security deposit equal to 1 months rent. Pet OK w/additional $25-50 pet rent depending on pet. Owner occupies front property. PG&E, water, and trash billed to tenant at $100/month per person. Disclaimer: Ziprent is acting as the agent for the owner. Information Deemed Reliable but not Guaranteed. All information should be independently verified by renter. (RLNE7684863)
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1095 66th St # B Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,995
3 Bedrooms
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1095 66th Street #B, (Rear Unit) · Rent: $1995 · Rooms: 1BR/1BA · Type: Duplex · Availability: Now accepting back up applications · City/Neighborhood: Oakland · Showing: By Appointment Only · Utilities: Paid by tenant (not included in rent amount) · Parking: Shared Parking · Pets: Small dogs and cats are okay; Large dogs may require pet insurance with bite coverage and certain breeds are restricted · Features: New Floors while the kitchen comes equipped with a stainless-steel stove, microwave, refrigerator, washer dryer in unit · 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. (RLNE7666393)
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2615 Stuart St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,975
Available 10/20/22 Remodeled apartment 1b/1b in Elmwood district - Property Id: 1004824 Clean apartment 1b/1b in Elmwood district on Stuart near College Ave., Bart and bus in walking distance, plenty off street parking. Hardwood floors, new double pane windows, unfurnished, intercom system, clean well-kept building has structural retrofitting. Lots of sun and windows (windows have screen), quiet street. Quick access to major highways 13 , 24 , 80 , 580 , and 880 . 20 min drive to San Francisco and Walnut Creek; Walking distance to CAL Berkeley Campus. Rent includes water and garbage. 1st month rent required and security deposit of $2500. Laundry facilities on site, no pets, no smoking, and cable ready. Quiet, clean and safe neighborhood, 1.2 Miles to Rockridge Bart Station. 3 minutes' walk to shops, cafes and restaurants on College Ave. Movie Theater, Library, Willard Park, Whole foods Market, Berkeley Bowl foods Market, Safeway and Trader Joe's also in walking distance. One year lease required; the lease does not allow subletting. text 510-409-8586 Thank you. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/2615-stuart-st-berkeley-ca/1004824 Property Id 1004824 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7730605)
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1347 Sanford Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,695
500 sqft
A Available 11/07/22 This property is available. Please inquire on this site to schedule a showing. Adorable 1 bedroom unit - completely renovated! Home hard hardwood vinyl flooring and recessed lighting for a chic modern feel. Single story home in duplex with "house" feel and uncovered parking for 2 cars. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances and fresh white cabinets. Large living/dining area. Completely renovated bathroom. Home also includes private shed for additional storage. Garbage included. Security Deposit: Equal to 1 months rent. Disclaimer: Ziprent is acting as the agent for the owner. Information Deemed Reliable but not Guaranteed. All information should be independently verified by renter. (RLNE7721907)
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442 5th St. Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,950
1168 sqft
Lovely Downstairs 2-Bedroom Duplex Unit Available in Richmond - This Renovated 2-Bedroom, 1-Bath Apartment features; 1. Hardwood Flooring throughout 2. Beautiful Dark Gray Interior Paint 3. Large Living Room Windows Provide Excellent Source of Natural Light 4. Updated Tiled Counter Space + Freshly Painted Cabinets 5. Additional Bonus Room for Office or Playroom 6 Washer / Dryer Hookups 7. Two Bedrooms are split by a Shared Bathroom 8. Access to Shared Backyard 9. Street Parking Only 10. Extra Security Gate at Street Level 11. 1/2 Block Walk to Nevin Park & Community Center 12. Less than 1 Mile to Richmond Kaiser 13. Easy Access to I-580 via Richmond Pkwy 14. Short Drive to the Shore Line & Knox-Miller Regional Park 15. Local Shopping and Dining Nearby School District: West Contra Costa USD Lincoln Elmentary [0-6] DeJean Middle School [7-8] Kennedy High School [9-12] Rent: $1,950.00 Deposit; $2,000.00 Owner Pays Garbage Tenant pays Water & PGE NO Pets ***Available Showing Times*** Tuesday 10/3: 4:00 -4:30 PM Satuday 10/8: 2:00 - 2:30 PM To schedule an appointment to view this rental, please contact Ben Johnson @ 510-680-3026 or reply to ben.johnson.spre@gmail.com Not what you're looking for? Please visit www.spre.com/our-rentals! (RLNE7707504)
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556 19th St Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,995
1261 sqft
556 - 19th St., Richmond, CA 94801 - Two bedroom one bathroom upstairs unit in a duplex with one off street parking spot. Stove/oven. Refrigerator, washer & dryer are all as-is. Hardwood, linoleum, & tile flooring. Some window coverings. Fenced back yard. Spacious with room for at home office. Candle use not allowed. Close to schools, BART & freeway. Small pet negotiable with extra deposit. No smoking. ONE YEAR LEASE Please drive by to preview outside of property BEFORE calling for appointment CALL DURING BUSINESS HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED DRE LIC# 00808840 (RLNE7696378)
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1434 Sixth St, Berkeley, CA 94710 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,100
500 sqft
This property is available. Please inquire on this site to schedule a showing. Unique 1 bed 1 bath ground floor unit in a charming Victorian fourplex! Bright and sunny interior with tile flooring, full kitchen with appliances and ample cabinet space. Easy access to the 580 and 80 freeways. Located in the flats of Berkley, close to the 4th street markets, Whole Foods, many trendy microbreweries and music venues. Shared laundry and nice shared backyard for relaxing and entertaining, plus access privileges to 1,000 square foot greenhouse! The security deposit is equal to one month's rent. Water, trash, and sewer is included, and all other utilities are the tenant's responsibility. Small pets are welcomed. Landscaping is included as the owner's 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. This property is listed by Ziprent on behalf of the property owner for tenant placement services only. (RLNE7655472)
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3827 West St, Oakland, CA 94608 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,840
475 sqft
This property is available. Please inquire on this site to schedule a showing. Available now - Don't miss this 1 bed 1 bath unit with historic character completely remodeled in 2020. Upgraded kitchen, cabinetry, backsplash, and appliances include refrigerator, gas range, and dishwasher. New vinyl plank flooring and lighting. Enjoy the shared backyard. Private laundry room with top end LG washer and dryer (pictured). Located in the NOBE area of Oakland. Close to both downtown Oakland and Bay Street Emeryville. Easy access to freeways, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. Security deposit is equal to one month's rent. Pets may be accepted with an additional $500 deposit. All utilities are the tenant's responsibility. Off-street parking negotiable. Disclaimer: Ziprent is acting as the agent for the owner. Information Deemed Reliable but not Guaranteed. All information should be independently verified by renter. (RLNE7404701)
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603 57th St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,200
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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Cheap apartments in El Cerrito start at $2,050 per month.

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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.