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206 Apartments for rent in Oakland, CA

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330 Units Available
The Skylyne at Temescal
3883 Turquoise Way
Oakland, CA | Mosswood
Studio
$2,450
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,476
631 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,381
976 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
We are excited to announce that we are now offering partially self-guided tours, by appointment only. Move-ins starting in August 2020. Schedule your tour today!
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190 Units Available
19th & Harrison
1889 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$2,195
536 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,397
834 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,256
1054 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
19th and Harrison's studio, one and two-bedroom apartments are designed to be a beacon for East Bay's passionate residents. From Michelin-starred restaurants and big business to funky boutiques and hungry startups, Oakland is where it's at.
Verified
109 Units Available
The Union
532 Union Street
Oakland, CA | Cypress Village
Studio
$2,430
510 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,540
661 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,530
963 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
Uncover a brand new living experience right in the middle of it all at The Union Apartments. You'll find apartment living that is unmatched, with modern finishes and bold design.
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85 Units Available
17th & Broadway
447 17th St
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
1 Bedroom
$2,694
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,388
1109 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,224
1338 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
Innovative, upscale style with a comfortable, social atmosphere, 17th & Broadway's 34-story high rise defines a new era inspired by the spirit of the city.
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203 Units Available
MacArthur Commons
539 39th Street
Oakland, CA | Mosswood
Studio
$2,370
507 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,390
691 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,470
1037 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
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12 Units Available
Telegraph Arts Uptown Oakland
471 26th St
Oakland, CA
Studio
$2,025
541 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,731
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,295
1069 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Telegraph Arts Uptown Oakland in Oakland. View photos, descriptions and more!
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14 Units Available
The Moran
570 21st Street
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$2,025
441 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,295
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,195
960 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
The Moran is named in honor of a family who called this very spot home for generations. Our new community of boutique apartments now offers you a place to create your own history in this exceptional neighborhood.
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181 Units Available
The Broadway
3093 Broadway
Oakland, CA | Glen Highlands
Studio
$2,646
565 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,704
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,706
1140 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! It's Modern - High-end finishes and amenities paired with spacious floor plans.
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55 Units Available
Domain Oakland
1389 Jefferson St
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$1,949
567 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,113
868 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,084
1267 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:41 PM
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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2 Units Available
472 Jean Street
472 Jean Street
Oakland, CA | Grand Lake
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,095
690 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:00 PM
This neutral yet modern apartment is nestled among the trees at the end of a cul-de-sac in the popular Grand Lake neighborhood. A couple of blocks from the vibrant Grand Avenue shops and restaurants.
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9 Units Available
Vue De Lac Apartments
1600-1612 3rd Avenue
Oakland, CA | Merritt
Studio
$1,695
232 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,995
365 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,795
820 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:00 PM
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.
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2 Units Available
640 Brooklyn Avenue
640 Brooklyn Avenue
Oakland, CA | Cleveland Heights
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,195
563 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:00 PM
640 Brooklyn is in the perfect stretch of Cleveland Heights. Take a stroll by Lake Merritt or shop and dine on Lakeshore Avenue. This location offers a plethora of great food, lively energy and incredible culture.
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1 Unit Available
4231 Montgomery St
4231 Montgomery Street
Oakland, CA | Piedmont Avenue
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,395
639 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 25 at 01:00 PM
Nested in the heart of the Piedmont District in Oakland, this classic apartment offers access to a vibrant life. You'll never go hungry as you stroll along Piedmont Avamong the boutique shops.
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1 Unit Available
888 Vermont Street
888 Vermont Street
Oakland, CA | Lakeshore
1 Bedroom
$2,495
556 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 01:00 PM
888 Vermont is an amenity-filled, mid-century modern gem in an exceptional Oakland location. Built in 1968, it straddles the border between the Grand Lake and Lakeshore neighborhoods, each full of bars, restaurants, shopping, and other attractions.
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89 Units Available
Lydian
268 13th Street
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$2,375
451 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,645
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,810
1186 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Up to 8 Weeks Free + $2000 Look & Lease! Call for Details! Lydian is the place where the music comes together. A place to live, work, breathe, sweat, contemplate, and mingle.
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126 Units Available
Lantana Uptown
625 16th St
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$1,980
480 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,340
628 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,790
897 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Welcome to Lantana Uptown Lantana Uptown apartments in Oakland is a brand new community that offers curated modern living perfectly designed to flow with Oakland’s vibe.
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9 Units Available
Idora Apartments
5239 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA | Shafter
1 Bedroom
$2,390
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,563
981 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
This upscale, modern community offers easy access to the AC Transit and BART. On-site bike repair system, resident lounge and storage units. Each home includes a private balcony, full-size washer and dryer and hardwood floors.
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12 Units Available
Baxter on Broadway
4901 Broadway
Oakland, CA | Piedmont Avenue
Studio
$2,016
445 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,180
597 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Authentic yet dynamic, Baxter on Broadway offers an exceptional living experience in the Bay Area.
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12 Units Available
4801 Shattuck
4801 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA | Temescal
Studio
$1,919
438 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,574
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,854
937 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 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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183 Units Available
Atlas
385 14th Street
Oakland, CA | Downtown Oakland
Studio
$2,399
518 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,635
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,540
1025 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available.
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17 Units Available
Aqua Via
125 2nd St
Oakland, CA | Produce and Waterfront
Studio
$2,363
790 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,488
1012 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,296
1238 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Easy commute to the Jack London Shuttle, Oakland/Alameda Ferry and BART. Pet-friendly apartment community with an elevator, a gym and covered parking. Newly renovated interiors feature expansive closets, in-home laundry and plank floors.
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4 Units Available
Rowhaus
2500 Webster Street
Oakland, CA | Koreatown-Northgate
Studio
$1,760
510 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,887
971 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Uncover the ideal mix of function and flow at Rowhaus, home to 30 uniquely urban apartments in Uptown's historic Auto Row. Designed with everything you need and nothing you don't. Rowhaus is less the stuff of life and more about style.
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30 Units Available
Alta Waverly
2302 Valdez Street
Oakland, CA | Koreatown-Northgate
Studio
$2,570
546 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,105
702 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,025
1086 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Two Months Free for a limited time!! See Leasing Specialist for details.
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13 Units Available
Alexan Webster
2330 Webster Street
Oakland, CA | Koreatown-Northgate
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,535
726 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,615
1045 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 12:43 PM
Now Open! Stop in today to tour our apartments! Alexan Webster is perfectly located just minutes north of the dynamic uptown/downtown districts, and only a few blocks from beautiful Lake Merritt.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Oakland?
In Oakland, the median rent is $1,412 for a studio, $1,735 for a 1-bedroom, $2,180 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,933 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Oakland, check out our monthly Oakland Rent Report.
How much is rent in Oakland?
In Oakland, the median rent is $1,412 for a studio, $1,735 for a 1-bedroom, $2,180 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,933 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Oakland, check out our monthly Oakland Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Oakland?
You can filter cheap apartments in Oakland by price: under $1,700, under $1500, under $1,400, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Oakland?
You can filter cheap apartments in Oakland by price: under $1,700, under $1500, under $1,400, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Oakland?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Oakland apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Oakland?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Oakland apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Oakland properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Oakland properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Oakland?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Oakland.
How much should I pay for rent in Oakland?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Oakland.
How can I find off-campus housing in Oakland?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Oakland. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Mills College, Samuel Merritt University, Laney College, California College of the Arts, and University of California-Hastings College of Law.
How can I find off-campus housing in Oakland?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Oakland. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Mills College, Samuel Merritt University, Laney College, California College of the Arts, and University of California-Hastings College of Law.

Median Rent in Oakland

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Oakland is $1,735, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,180.
Studio
$1,412
1 Bed
$1,735
2 Beds
$2,180
3+ Beds
$2,933
City GuideOakland
"Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day." - Tom Hanks
"Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day." - Tom Hanks

Having trouble with Craigslist Oakland? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Enjoy the East Bay Life

Many people move to San Francisco without ever venturing into the wonderfully local vibe of Oakland. But doesn’t that just make your new home that much better? Everything is a little more chill on the east bay, and much more affordable. This, I think you will enjoy.

Transportation. Car owners beware! Traffic and parking will become a great source of stress.Traffic gets really bad around downtown, Lake Merritt, 580, and the Bay Bridge. So when that rush hour highway begins to look like an insane asylum with turn signals, just settle into an apartment near the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The BART is a heavy rail commuter system, which is just fancy talk for subway. It runs through Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the east bay communities. For those without a car, there are Zipcars available throughout the downtown area. You just pay an annual fee and get a card, which you use to unlock your zipcar from the nearest location. This service is much less expensive than owning or renting a car, and it’s great for getting groceries, or going on a beer run after dark.

“Creative Types”. Do you define yourself as an interactive artistic revolutionary, or maybe just a humble dharma bum? Find salvation in creative collaborations with other artists, musicians, street performers, eccentric techies, and the like. Search craigslist and the classifieds for shared live/work warehouses. Rent is much less when split between a group of like-minded people, and the environment will be like an incubator of creative inspirations.

The Hills $$$$$

Welcome to sunshine and lollie pop land. Here, the neighborhoods are quiet.

  • Montclaire. Scenic, and an easy commute. If you can afford it, you will love it!

  • Piedmont. Slightly more affordable, and experiencing a little renaissance.

  • Rockridge. Upscale, with quirky shops, a burgeoning art scene, and just a few blocks to BART.

The Lower Hills

The lower hills are a great middle ground. Here you’ll find the bridge to the upscale. Here, you can find both quiet neighborhoods and areas of young singles seizing the day, night, and early morning.

  • Grand Lake. Right by the lake and jam-packed with joggers.

  • Trestle Glen. Tight-knit and walkable.

  • Glenview. Absolutely charming.

  • Oakmore. A quiet haven for the upper middle class.

  • Diamond District. Everything you need within walking distance: groceries, bank, park, and bus.

  • Lincoln Highlands. Nice and family-oriented.

  • Adams Point. Seriously affordable for the hills, seriously close to Lake Merritt and downtown, and seriously interesting things going on all the time. Seriously.

  • Redwood Heights. Hilltop views, upscale diversity, and family-oriented neighbors… all bordered by Highway 13, which is a straight shot to Berkeley.

The Flatlands

  • Uptown. Great nightlife scene and home to Oaksterdam University.

  • Downtown. Urban-hipster-land.

  • Old Oakland. A quirky neighborhood, an awesome farmers market, and walking distance entertainment.

  • Chinatown. Exactly how it sounds, plus walking distance to downtown… just spring for a cab ride home at night.

  • Jack London Square. High-rise living with bayside dining, jazz, and a funky weekend Artisan Marketplace.

  • Lake Merritt. Lots of fun, and many cultures blended together beautifully.

  • Fruitvale. A community of renaissance people.

  • West Oakland. A gem in transition: diverse projects, luxury condos, and work/live spaces with delightfully eccentric neighbors.

Enjoy the East Bay Life
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Many people move to San Francisco without ever venturing into the wonderfully local vibe of Oakland. But doesn’t that just make your new home that much better? Everything is a little more chill on the east bay, and much more affordable. This, I think you will enjoy.

Transportation. Car owners beware! Traffic and parking will become a great source of stress.Traffic gets really bad around downtown, Lake Merritt, 580, and the Bay Bridge. So when that rush hour highway begins to look like an insane asylum with turn signals, just settle into an apartment near the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The BART is a heavy rail commuter system, which is just fancy talk for subway. It runs through Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the east bay communities. For those without a car, there are Zipcars available throughout the downtown area. You just pay an annual fee and get a card, which you use to unlock your zipcar from the nearest location. This service is much less expensive than owning or renting a car, and it’s great for getting groceries, or going on a beer run after dark.

“Creative Types”. Do you define yourself as an interactive artistic revolutionary, or maybe just a humble dharma bum? Find salvation in creative collaborations with other artists, musicians, street performers, eccentric techies, and the like. Search craigslist and the classifieds for shared live/work warehouses. Rent is much less when split between a group of like-minded people, and the environment will be like an incubator of creative inspirations.

The Hills $$$$$

Welcome to sunshine and lollie pop land. Here, the neighborhoods are quiet.

  • Montclaire. Scenic, and an easy commute. If you can afford it, you will love it!

  • Piedmont. Slightly more affordable, and experiencing a little renaissance.

  • Rockridge. Upscale, with quirky shops, a burgeoning art scene, and just a few blocks to BART.

The Lower Hills

The lower hills are a great middle ground. Here you’ll find the bridge to the upscale. Here, you can find both quiet neighborhoods and areas of young singles seizing the day, night, and early morning.

  • Grand Lake. Right by the lake and jam-packed with joggers.

  • Trestle Glen. Tight-knit and walkable.

  • Glenview. Absolutely charming.

  • Oakmore. A quiet haven for the upper middle class.

  • Diamond District. Everything you need within walking distance: groceries, bank, park, and bus.

  • Lincoln Highlands. Nice and family-oriented.

  • Adams Point. Seriously affordable for the hills, seriously close to Lake Merritt and downtown, and seriously interesting things going on all the time. Seriously.

  • Redwood Heights. Hilltop views, upscale diversity, and family-oriented neighbors… all bordered by Highway 13, which is a straight shot to Berkeley.

The Flatlands

  • Uptown. Great nightlife scene and home to Oaksterdam University.

  • Downtown. Urban-hipster-land.

  • Old Oakland. A quirky neighborhood, an awesome farmers market, and walking distance entertainment.

  • Chinatown. Exactly how it sounds, plus walking distance to downtown… just spring for a cab ride home at night.

  • Jack London Square. High-rise living with bayside dining, jazz, and a funky weekend Artisan Marketplace.

  • Lake Merritt. Lots of fun, and many cultures blended together beautifully.

  • Fruitvale. A community of renaissance people.

  • West Oakland. A gem in transition: diverse projects, luxury condos, and work/live spaces with delightfully eccentric neighbors.

Read More
City GuideOakland
"Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day." - Tom Hanks
"Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day." - Tom Hanks

Having trouble with Craigslist Oakland? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Enjoy the East Bay Life

Many people move to San Francisco without ever venturing into the wonderfully local vibe of Oakland. But doesn’t that just make your new home that much better? Everything is a little more chill on the east bay, and much more affordable. This, I think you will enjoy.

Transportation. Car owners beware! Traffic and parking will become a great source of stress.Traffic gets really bad around downtown, Lake Merritt, 580, and the Bay Bridge. So when that rush hour highway begins to look like an insane asylum with turn signals, just settle into an apartment near the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The BART is a heavy rail commuter system, which is just fancy talk for subway. It runs through Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the east bay communities. For those without a car, there are Zipcars available throughout the downtown area. You just pay an annual fee and get a card, which you use to unlock your zipcar from the nearest location. This service is much less expensive than owning or renting a car, and it’s great for getting groceries, or going on a beer run after dark.

“Creative Types”. Do you define yourself as an interactive artistic revolutionary, or maybe just a humble dharma bum? Find salvation in creative collaborations with other artists, musicians, street performers, eccentric techies, and the like. Search craigslist and the classifieds for shared live/work warehouses. Rent is much less when split between a group of like-minded people, and the environment will be like an incubator of creative inspirations.

The Hills $$$$$

Welcome to sunshine and lollie pop land. Here, the neighborhoods are quiet.

  • Montclaire. Scenic, and an easy commute. If you can afford it, you will love it!

  • Piedmont. Slightly more affordable, and experiencing a little renaissance.

  • Rockridge. Upscale, with quirky shops, a burgeoning art scene, and just a few blocks to BART.

The Lower Hills

The lower hills are a great middle ground. Here you’ll find the bridge to the upscale. Here, you can find both quiet neighborhoods and areas of young singles seizing the day, night, and early morning.

  • Grand Lake. Right by the lake and jam-packed with joggers.

  • Trestle Glen. Tight-knit and walkable.

  • Glenview. Absolutely charming.

  • Oakmore. A quiet haven for the upper middle class.

  • Diamond District. Everything you need within walking distance: groceries, bank, park, and bus.

  • Lincoln Highlands. Nice and family-oriented.

  • Adams Point. Seriously affordable for the hills, seriously close to Lake Merritt and downtown, and seriously interesting things going on all the time. Seriously.

  • Redwood Heights. Hilltop views, upscale diversity, and family-oriented neighbors… all bordered by Highway 13, which is a straight shot to Berkeley.

The Flatlands

  • Uptown. Great nightlife scene and home to Oaksterdam University.

  • Downtown. Urban-hipster-land.

  • Old Oakland. A quirky neighborhood, an awesome farmers market, and walking distance entertainment.

  • Chinatown. Exactly how it sounds, plus walking distance to downtown… just spring for a cab ride home at night.

  • Jack London Square. High-rise living with bayside dining, jazz, and a funky weekend Artisan Marketplace.

  • Lake Merritt. Lots of fun, and many cultures blended together beautifully.

  • Fruitvale. A community of renaissance people.

  • West Oakland. A gem in transition: diverse projects, luxury condos, and work/live spaces with delightfully eccentric neighbors.

Enjoy the East Bay Life
+

Many people move to San Francisco without ever venturing into the wonderfully local vibe of Oakland. But doesn’t that just make your new home that much better? Everything is a little more chill on the east bay, and much more affordable. This, I think you will enjoy.

Transportation. Car owners beware! Traffic and parking will become a great source of stress.Traffic gets really bad around downtown, Lake Merritt, 580, and the Bay Bridge. So when that rush hour highway begins to look like an insane asylum with turn signals, just settle into an apartment near the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The BART is a heavy rail commuter system, which is just fancy talk for subway. It runs through Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the east bay communities. For those without a car, there are Zipcars available throughout the downtown area. You just pay an annual fee and get a card, which you use to unlock your zipcar from the nearest location. This service is much less expensive than owning or renting a car, and it’s great for getting groceries, or going on a beer run after dark.

“Creative Types”. Do you define yourself as an interactive artistic revolutionary, or maybe just a humble dharma bum? Find salvation in creative collaborations with other artists, musicians, street performers, eccentric techies, and the like. Search craigslist and the classifieds for shared live/work warehouses. Rent is much less when split between a group of like-minded people, and the environment will be like an incubator of creative inspirations.

The Hills $$$$$

Welcome to sunshine and lollie pop land. Here, the neighborhoods are quiet.

  • Montclaire. Scenic, and an easy commute. If you can afford it, you will love it!

  • Piedmont. Slightly more affordable, and experiencing a little renaissance.

  • Rockridge. Upscale, with quirky shops, a burgeoning art scene, and just a few blocks to BART.

The Lower Hills

The lower hills are a great middle ground. Here you’ll find the bridge to the upscale. Here, you can find both quiet neighborhoods and areas of young singles seizing the day, night, and early morning.

  • Grand Lake. Right by the lake and jam-packed with joggers.

  • Trestle Glen. Tight-knit and walkable.

  • Glenview. Absolutely charming.

  • Oakmore. A quiet haven for the upper middle class.

  • Diamond District. Everything you need within walking distance: groceries, bank, park, and bus.

  • Lincoln Highlands. Nice and family-oriented.

  • Adams Point. Seriously affordable for the hills, seriously close to Lake Merritt and downtown, and seriously interesting things going on all the time. Seriously.

  • Redwood Heights. Hilltop views, upscale diversity, and family-oriented neighbors… all bordered by Highway 13, which is a straight shot to Berkeley.

The Flatlands

  • Uptown. Great nightlife scene and home to Oaksterdam University.

  • Downtown. Urban-hipster-land.

  • Old Oakland. A quirky neighborhood, an awesome farmers market, and walking distance entertainment.

  • Chinatown. Exactly how it sounds, plus walking distance to downtown… just spring for a cab ride home at night.

  • Jack London Square. High-rise living with bayside dining, jazz, and a funky weekend Artisan Marketplace.

  • Lake Merritt. Lots of fun, and many cultures blended together beautifully.

  • Fruitvale. A community of renaissance people.

  • West Oakland. A gem in transition: diverse projects, luxury condos, and work/live spaces with delightfully eccentric neighbors.

Oakland Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

Here’s how Oakland ranks on:

D
Overall satisfaction
C
Jobs and career opportunities
D
Recreational activities
D
Affordability
C+
Social Life
A
Weather
C
Commute time
D
State and local taxes
A
Public transit
D
Pet-friendliness

Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Oakland’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Oakland renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received above average scores, but many received below average scores."

Key Findings in Oakland include the following:

  • Oakland renters gave their city a D overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Oakland were public transit and weather, which both received scores of A.
  • The areas of concern to Oakland renters are quality of local schools and safety and low crime, which both received F grades.
    • Oakland did relatively poorly compared to nearby cities like San Francisco (B+), San Jose (C) and Sunnyvale (A).
  • Oakland earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide, including Riverside (D), Tucson (D) and Tulsa (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "In Oakland, everything I could possibly need is nearbyL public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and parks." -Stephanie P.
  • "I love the diversity, proximity to other big cities, and the culture. But I dislike the crime, high cost of living, and the lack of parking options." -Rachael N.
  • "There’s a lot to do here and there’s easy access to other places. Oakland has a lot of character, great shops and food, and great people." -Katrina G.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

View our national survey results here.
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Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released Oakland’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Oakland renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment L...

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Here’s how Oakland ranks on:

D
Overall satisfaction
C
Jobs and career opportunities
D
Recreational activities
D
Affordability
C+
Social Life
A
Weather
C
Commute time
D
State and local taxes
A
Public transit
D
Pet-friendliness

Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Oakland’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Oakland renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received above average scores, but many received below average scores."

Key Findings in Oakland include the following:

  • Oakland renters gave their city a D overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Oakland were public transit and weather, which both received scores of A.
  • The areas of concern to Oakland renters are quality of local schools and safety and low crime, which both received F grades.
    • Oakland did relatively poorly compared to nearby cities like San Francisco (B+), San Jose (C) and Sunnyvale (A).
  • Oakland earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide, including Riverside (D), Tucson (D) and Tulsa (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "In Oakland, everything I could possibly need is nearbyL public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and parks." -Stephanie P.
  • "I love the diversity, proximity to other big cities, and the culture. But I dislike the crime, high cost of living, and the lack of parking options." -Rachael N.
  • "There’s a lot to do here and there’s easy access to other places. Oakland has a lot of character, great shops and food, and great people." -Katrina G.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

View our national survey results here.