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145 Apartments for rent in Oakland, CA

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Last updated November 16 at 8:20am UTC
Fourth Street East
180 Third St
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 4:19am UTC
Studio
$2,775
1 Bedroom
$3,152
2 Bedrooms
$4,125
Exchange Studios
527 23rd Avenue
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 6:06am UTC
Studio
$2,135
1 Bedroom
$2,800
B3 Bakery Apartments
4600 Adeline St
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 6:39am UTC
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$2,535
Lampwork Lofts
1614 Campbell St
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 7:30am UTC
Studio
$2,125
1 Bedroom
$2,625
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
Nook on Valdez
2425 Valdez Street
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 4:18am UTC
Studio
$1,625
401 Derby
401 Derby Avenue
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 6:02am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,450
2 Bedrooms
$2,680
3 Bedrooms
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Hollis Oak
3250 Hollis Street
Oakland, CA
Updated November 16 at 7:00am UTC
Studio
$2,135
1 Bedroom
$2,585
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
Lakeview Towers
201 E 12th St
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 8:35pm UTC
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,995
2 Bedrooms
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1316 106th Ave
North Stonehurst
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 5:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1560 Jackson St Apt 31
Lakeside
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 3:20pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,449
1829 6th Ave Apt 102
Ivy Hill
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 3:15pm UTC
Studio
$1,825
8009 Greenridge Dr Unit 3,
Sequoyah
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 3:13pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
438 West Grand Avenue
Koreatown-Northgate
Oakland, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:05pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,250
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.

November 2018 Oakland Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 Oakland Rent Report. Oakland rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Oakland rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Rent Report
Oakland

November 2018 Oakland Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 Oakland Rent Report. Oakland rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Oakland rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Oakland rents decline sharply over the past month

Oakland rents have declined 1.4% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Oakland stand at $1,790 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,250 for a two-bedroom. Oakland's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.3%, as well as the national average of 1.1%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Oakland, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,680, while one-bedrooms go for $2,130.
  • Over the past month, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,080, while one-bedrooms go for $2,450.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,250; rents fell 1.4% over the past month but rose 1.9% over the past year.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,430; rents increased 3.4% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Oakland

As rents have increased slightly in Oakland, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Oakland is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.7% in San Jose, 1.3% in Los Angeles, and 0.9% in San Diego.
  • Oakland's median two-bedroom rent of $2,250 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 1.9% rise in Oakland.
  • While Oakland's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Oakland than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,050, where Oakland is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,470 $3,100 -0.3% 1.2%
Oakland $1,790 $2,250 -1.4% 1.9%
Fremont $2,960 $3,710 0.3% 3.6%
Hayward $2,290 $2,880 0.2% 3.0%
Concord $2,450 $3,080 -1.9% 2.5%
Berkeley $2,060 $2,590 0.7% 1.2%
Richmond $2,130 $2,680 -1.0% 4.4%
Antioch $2,870 $3,610 -0.5% -0.5%
Daly City $2,470 $3,110 0.2% 4.1%
San Mateo $3,520 $4,430 0.0% 3.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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 List. "Some categories received above average scores, but many received below average scores."

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Oakland Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Oakland ranks on:
D Overall satisfaction
F Safety and crime rate
C Jobs and career opportunities
D Recreational activities
D Affordability
F Quality of schools
C+ Social Life
A Weather
C Commute time
D State and local taxes
A Public transit
D Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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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.