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66 apartments for rent in Oakland, CA

Merritt on 3rd
1130 3rd Ave
1 Bed
$2,379
2 Bed
$3,581
901 Jefferson
901 Jefferson St
1 Bed
Ask
2 Bed
$2,990
30 Starview Drive
Claremont Hills
3 Bed
$4,800
3520 Brighton Avenue 1A - 1A
Glenview
2 Bed
$1,695
685 30th Street - #3
Hoover - Foster
1 Bed
$1,350
2 Windward Hill
Claremont Hills
3 Bed
$4,500
5753 Chelton Drive
Sheperd Canyon
2 Bed
$2,500
824 Erie St. - #5
Lakeshore
1 Bed
$1,950
1981 Linden St
Ralph Bunche
4 Bed
$3,050
545 37th Street
Mosswood
3 Bed
$3,695
2233 7th Avenue, Apartment B
Ivy Hill
1 Bed
$1,650
1717 Wellington St.
Glenview
2 Bed
$3,200
180 Caldecott Lane #102
Claremont Hills
2 Bed
$3,095
2000 Filbert Street - 10 Unit 10
Ralph Bunche
2 Bed
$1,500
3761 High Street 61-04
Redwood Heights
1 Bed
$1,725
3 Bed
$1,995
7620 Hilllside St. Unit D
Eastmont
2 Bed
$1,350
8252 Skyline Cir
Sequoyah
4 Bed
$5,500
6716 MacArthur Blvd Unit 5
Millsmont
2 Bed
$1,250
841 Santa Ray Ave.
Lakeshore
4 Bed
$5,800
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City Guide
Oakland
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, much more affordable, and completely lacking in hoards of obnoxious tourists. 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, when the subway gets a little sketchier.

Slumlords. Many Oakland apartments have horrible, ridiculously sketchy reviews on sites like city-data and yelp. Complaints such as rudeness, laziness, and unprofessionalism give way to stronger accusations of sexism, racism, loss of privacy and money, as well as straight up creepiness. So, go into your apartment search with the skepticism you would use with a used car salesman. Before the meeting, check out your landlord on landorslum.com, a landlord rating system. Or, just simply google the apartments and see what comes up. When viewing the apartment, make sure you actually see the one you will be living in. Often times, a crummy landlord will show the one nice unit in the whole building and claim, “It looks just like this one”. Sure it does. When you see the lease, keep an eye out for completely ridiculous things in the fine print, such as not being able to have guests, or giving the landlord the right to come into the apartment whenever he feels like it. Also, make sure all the promises about maintenance, rent prices, and deposits are in the lease. That way you will have legal recourse if your slumlord never gets around to fixing your toilet, trash chute, or that window in the lobby that has become a doggy door for junkies and thieves.

“Creative Types”. Do phrases like “creative types” make you cringe? 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. Places that attract a bad element, such as rundown bars and liquor stores, are all far, far away… which is how the residents here like it.

  • 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 with the drunken intensity of their age.

  • 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 confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Oakland ranks on:
B Plans for homeownership
C- City satisfaction
A- Confidence in the local economy
F Safety and crime rate
D Access to recreational activities
C- Quality of schools
D State and local taxes
F Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Oakland's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Renters are generally dissatisfied with Oakland, ranking it in the bottom quartile of our study for overall satisfaction," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Oakland's particularly low ratings for safety should be cause for concern for local leaders."

Key findings in Oakland include the following:

  • Oakland renters give their city a C- overall, which ranks 77th out of the 100 cities we surveyed.
  • The city's highest grade is an A- for the local economy, with 32% of renters saying that it's on the right track.
  • Oakland earned a B for future homeownership, which is typically correlated with confidence in the local economy. 61% of respondents say they plan to purchase an apartment or home in the future.
  • One of Oakland's worst grades was an F for safety where only 26% of renters report satisfaction, putting the city in the bottom decile of cities we surveyed.
  • Oakland also received an F for satisfaction with the local commute, ranking nearly dead last at #97.
  • Among Northern California cities in our study, San Francisco topped the list for overall satisfaction with an A+ followed by Sacramento (A-), San Jose (B+), Hayward (C+), Santa Rosa (C), Vallejo (C), Oakland (C-), and Modesto (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.