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101 Apartments for rent in Oakland, CA

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Last updated September 19 at 4:13pm UTC
Nook on Valdez
2425 Valdez Street
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 4:00pm UTC
Studio
$1,820
Rose on Bond
1638 47th Avenue
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:21pm UTC
Studio
$1,598
1 Bedroom
$1,898
2 Bedrooms
$2,348
401 Derby
401 Derby Avenue
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:14pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,500
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
3 Bedrooms
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B3 Bakery Apartments
4600 Adeline St
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 1:15pm UTC
Studio
$2,345
1 Bedroom
$2,539
Telegraph Lofts
2633 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:17pm UTC
Studio
$2,900
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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8009 Greenridge Dr Unit 3,
Sequoyah
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 4:13pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
592 59th St Apt 1
Bushrod
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 4:11pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
17 Camelford Place
Piedmont Pines
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:37pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$5,500
1915 Linden
Ralph Bunche
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:34pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
924 East 20th Street
Clinton
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:33pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,599
1227 107th Ave
North Stonehurst
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:33pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
9849 MacArthur Blvd
Las Palmas
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 9:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
3760 Park Blvd Way
Trestle Glen
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 9:36am UTC
Studio
$1,699
3030 Chapman
3014 Chapman Street
Oakland, CA
Updated September 19 at 1:57pm UTC
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,625
2 Bedrooms
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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.

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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View full Oakland Renter Confidence Survey
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
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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.