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Old 10-31-2018, 11:28 PM
 
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I'll be visiting the Oakland area in a couple/few months.

I'm interested in the general rent prices for studios (which are hard to find?) and 1-bedroom.

I understand Oakland and its surrounded communities vary, but I'm looking for a general estimate.

Have SF COL creeped into Oakland more and more?

We've all been following the "gentrification" of the area.


This article below is from 2015 so it may (is?) dated but what's your opinion on general rents. I'm grateful that folks on the ground can give their opinion. TIA.


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By Roland Li – Reporter, San Francisco Business Times
Dec 4, 2015

Last month, the real estate research firm website Zumper reported that Oakland became the fifth-most expensive rental market in the country — now pricier than Washington, D.C. — based on the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...hborhoods.html
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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Last I checked, Oakland was third most expensive in the state. SF first, San Jose second, Oakland third. People typically take on roommates since there aren't many studios. Latest I've heard from my friends in North Oakland is $2200-2400 or so for a rent-controlled 2-bedroom with no amenities. You usually don't save more than a few hundred dollars on studios or 1 bedrooms, and newer construction can be as much as twice as expensive.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:49 PM
 
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Here's a 1-br. in a decent area near Berkeley border: $1675. Assume that's on the cheap end of the scale.
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...738137948.html

Here's one in a better nabe, close to $2000/mo.https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...727033528.html
Same nabe, slightly better quality: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...716576486.html

Looking for something better? Shop around. Take a look at Alameda, too; slightly lower rents there, more bang for your buck. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...712673416.html

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...727769380.html
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...736764751.htmlhttps://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...736868947.html. (some utilities included, located across st. from park)

2 br./1 ba. Alameda, $2100. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...737034622.html

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Old 11-02-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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davan, thanks.

Ruth: thank you. I'll check out your listings. Much appreciated.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:10 PM
 
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Oakland has really rich areas and really poor areas, areas that don't have too much crime, and areas that have regular gunfire. So, there is no way to answer your question without taking into consideration the neighborhood. You want cheap, you're going to probably have to deal with crime and watching your back. You want expensive, you're still going to have to watch out if you park your car on the street, because the criminals know where the nicer cars are parked. But, maybe you'll have a security guard as part of your rental payment.

But, this isn't any different than any other city. Is there one generic price for a rental in New York, or Chicago? No.
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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Oakland has really rich areas and really poor areas, areas that don't have too much crime, and areas that have regular gunfire. So, there is no way to answer your question without taking into consideration the neighborhood. You want cheap, you're going to probably have to deal with crime and watching your back. You want expensive, you're still going to have to watch out if you park your car on the street, because the criminals know where the nicer cars are parked. But, maybe you'll have a security guard as part of your rental payment.

But, this isn't any different than any other city. Is there one generic price for a rental in New York, or Chicago? No.
Yes, I should have been more specific.

I'm not looking for cheap and I can't afford expensive.

I won't have roommates. Gotta have my own place.

I was looking (since studios are hard to come by) for a 1- bedroom in the $1,000 range, low crime.
I'm not sure if surrounding towns / areas fit this category. I don't think it's feasible.

I doubt this is possible from the responses and listings.


Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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Yes, I should have been more specific.

I'm not looking for cheap and I can't afford expensive.

I won't have roommates. Gotta have my own place.

I was looking (since studios are hard to come by) for a 1- bedroom in the $1,000 range, low crime.
I'm not sure if surrounding towns / areas fit this category. I don't think it's feasible.

I doubt this is possible from the responses and listings.


Thanks.
OP, $1000 won't even get you a room in a shared apartment or house, except with great luck. A couple of years ago, there were actually some decent rooms near the Berkeley campus that were under $1000, but that was then, who knows what they go for now. You could look around Alameda.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:53 AM
 
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OP, $1000 won't even get you a room in a shared apartment or house, except with great luck. A couple of years ago, there were actually some decent rooms near the Berkeley campus that were under $1000, but that was then, who knows what they go for now. You could look around Alameda.
Thanks again, Ruth.

I'll poke around Alameda (online) but I probably will forgo the entire Bay area.

Too costly.

I'll still take the trip to travel around and enjoy myself. It's been 20 years since I've been to the Bay Area.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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Thanks again, Ruth.

I'll poke around Alameda (online) but I probably will forgo the entire Bay area.

Too costly.

I'll still take the trip to travel around and enjoy myself. It's been 20 years since I've been to the Bay Area.
When you visit, the main thing to remember, is to avoid driving around in the two commute periods of the day: morning (you're fine after about 9:00 a.m. or 9:30, depending on where you want to go), and the evening commute, which starts as early as 3:30. Between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. --fuggetaboutit.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:47 PM
 
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Yeah, the days of $1000 rent are over. When I moved into my rent-controlled Berkeley apartment in 2009, it cost me $1040 then. Could have gotten a smaller place for $950-1000 with a little perseverance, but I liked having the elbow room anyway. A similar apartment one block from my old place is currently listed for $2295.
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