What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?

What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?


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

From the looks of Craigslist, there are many rental options to be found in the East Bay. Whether one can actually rent one of them, however, is quite another matter, since West Bay refugees keep migrating east and housing options are limited. This exercise in what’s available for rent involved three price thresholds—$1,500, $2,000, and $3,000—and included apartment, condo, cottage/cabin, duplex, flat, house, in-law unit, loft, and townhouse options, but no manufactured homes or assisted-living options. The geographic reach was from Richmond to Hayward, and the list considered properties with images available.


Pinching Pennies

Ivy Drive and Eighth Avenue, Oakland

Price: $1,450

Description: “Cozy Studio Apartment with Brand New Granite!”

Size: 480 Square Feet

Welcome to the Ivy Hill neighborhood off Park Boulevard, where apartment hunters can live in a 1920s building, Arbor Villa, in an updated apartment with 10-foot ceilings, radiant heating, and gas cooking. New granite has been added to the bathroom and kitchen as upgrades, and the layout includes a large walk-in closet (possibly a makeshift office, the ad suggests) off the main living/bedroom. This apartment is on the top floor facing Eighth Avenue. However the neighborhood is a short drive or long walk between the Merritt and Glenview commercial districts.


Alameda Park Apartments, 547 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda

Price: $1,490

Description: “Spacious 1 Bedroom Apartment”

Size: 825 Square Feet

If the notion of living in Alameda with easy tube access to Oakland appeals, this apartment complex, located behind gates, could be a good fit. For $1,490 per month, a tenant gets a roomy one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in a mixed-use neighborhood near the new Target, an in-progress Safeway, and other commercial and residential developments. The cozy kitchen has tiled floors, granite countertops, lots of cabinets, a breakfast nook and the standard fridge, range, and garbage disposal. Downstairs units with the “Cove floor plan” also feature a private patio. Other amenities include three laundry centers, two swimming pools, and assigned parking. Ferry access is relatively close, and the apartment complex is behind gates.


This article appears in the January-February 2015 issue of Oakland Magazine

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