What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?

A review of recent listings reveals options for renters with resources.


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courtesy of Sean Carroll

801 53rd St., Apt. 6, at Martin Luther King Jr. St., Oakland

Price: $2,100

Description: “Remodeled Designer Large 1 Bedroom”

Size: 1 Bedroom, 775 Square Feet

This gem of an apartment has many nice touches: period molding, new double-paned windows, elegant high ceilings, hardwood floors, and a French door opening to a room with a bay window view. The kitchen, set off with practical black-and-white linoleum tile, is appointed with top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances that fit in well with the Bosch dishwasher and Grohe faucets. Benjamin Moore Paint, a Toto toilet, and parking availability for two cars outweigh the inconvenience of having to leave to do laundry (possibly coming in the future). The listing touted the property’s location on the edge of trendy Temescal.

Room To Breathe

Wyngaard by Tim Browne

Wyngaard Avenue at Estates Drive, Piedmont

Price: $2,995

Description: “Great Upper Piedmont Rental”

Size: Two Bedrooms

Yes, you can rent in Piedmont. In this upper Piedmont location, you’ll be living in a basement in-law unit. It’s a two-bedroom, one-bath arrangement with a “functional kitchen,” “two good-sized bedrooms” and a “large deck/porch area that flows into the living room” among other features. Piedmont is virtually crime-free and has great schools, both of which are draws for families with kids. This rental, which has a two-car garage, is close to the commercial districts of Montclair Village and Park Boulevard. It also offers access to freeways, buses, and carpools, but not BART.

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