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Living in Oakland

Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore. With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own. The ethnically diverse population makes it a cultural playground for food, art, music, and more.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and a well connected bus line make Oakland accessible from San Francisco, the East and South Bay. Want cred? The NRDC ranked Oakland as a sustainable city, recognizing Fruitvale as an icon of walkable and transit friendly living.

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Walk Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Fox Theater

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USS Potomac

Oakland is the 9th most walkable large city in the US with 390,724 residents.

Oakland has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Oakland's most walkable neighborhoods: Civic Center, Chinatown and Downtown.

Oakland Apartments for Rent

View all Oakland apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,995 and the average home price is $479,800.

Rental info for Archstone Emeryville in the Oakland area
from $2,035
Studio
Walk Score 77
Rental info for Berkeley Apartments - Gaia in the Oakland area
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1 bed
Walk Score 100
Rental info for Berkeley Apartments - Fine Arts in the Oakland area
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Rental info for The Landing at Jack London Square in the Oakland area
from $2,268
Rental info for Avenue 64 in the Oakland area
from $2,387
Studio
Walk Score 83
Rental info for Apartment at Berkeley in the Oakland area
$1,115
2 bed
Walk Score 89
Rental info for Guesthouse at Oakland in the Oakland area
$1,600
1 bed
Walk Score 42
Rental info for House at Oakland in the Oakland area
$1,200
2 bed
Walk Score 69

To view Oakland homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Oakland Neighborhoods

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1 Civic Center 98 84 85 1,500
2 Chinatown 97 85 80 2,950
3 Downtown 97 82 82 1,636
4 Lakewide 96 83 90 4,813
5 Waverly 95 73 94 797
6 Northgate 95 75 95 1,850
7 San Pablo Gateway 95 81 81 2,943
8 Old City 94 83 74 2,552
9 Piedmont Avenue 93 54 70 6,292
10 Pill Hill 91 70 89 1,813
11 Fruitvale Station 90 72 67 1,598
12 Hawthorne 90 70 57 2,158
13 Temescal 90 67 86 4,418
14 Shafter 89 63 84 3,470
15 St. Elizabeth 88 70 59 6,294
16 Produce & Waterfront 88 80 83 2,771
17 Merritt 88 68 86 4,371
18 Mosswood 87 71 87 2,257
19 Lake Merritt 87 65 90 660
20 Fairview Park 87 63 82 3,625
21 Rockridge 86 59 70 3,375
22 Oakland Ave/Harrison St 85 62 80 5,776
23 Bushrod 84 63 82 6,343
24 Grand Lake 83 51 67 4,418
25 Golden Gate 83 50 73 1,995
26 Oak Tree 83 67 56 4,680
27 Adams Point 82 61 83 7,973
28 Laurel 82 50 58 1,541
29 Dimond 82 54 58 1,796
30 East Peralta 81 58 78 2,080
31 Hoover/Foster 81 71 90 4,188
32 Sausal Creek 81 58 51 2,316
33 Cleveland Heights 81 60 74 7,068
34 Lakeshore 80 48 58 4,636
35 Gaskill 80 56 81 1,888
36 Peralta Hacienda 80 59 52 1,691
37 Patten 80 57 49 2,750
38 Clinton 79 58 64 7,583
39 Acorn 79 72 86 2,787
40 Santa Fe 79 59 85 3,457
41 Ralph Bunche 78 68 83 1,982
42 School 78 55 54 2,007
43 Oak Center 78 71 81 3,209
44 North Kennedy Tract 78 67 74 956
45 Ivy Hill 77 60 61 3,359
46 McClymonds 77 64 87 2,840
47 Paradise Park 77 55 76 2,317
48 Longfellow 77 68 87 5,994
49 South Kennedy Tract 76 67 84 1,352
50 Fremont 75 55 53 5,292
51 Rancho San Antonio 74 56 58 5,391
52 Durant Manor 73 49 55 1,861
53 Melrose 73 56 52 1,848
54 Glenview 72 53 52 5,511
55 Clawson 72 59 79 3,069
56 Frick 72 54 56 3,254
57 Upper Dimond 72 51 50 6,370
58 Havenscourt 71 57 60 6,781
59 Meadow Brook 71 60 48 5,625
60 Harrington 71 58 53 3,913
61 Woodland 71 54 48 2,260
62 North Stonehurst 71 47 47 4,329
63 Hegenberger 70 59 58 1,791
64 Trestle Glen 70 52 46 3,300
65 Bella Vista 70 56 52 1,506
66 Upper Peralta Creek 69 53 55 2,545
67 Iveywood 69 53 56 3,558
68 Lynn 69 54 59 1,421
69 Arroyo Viejo 69 57 60 5,062
70 Wentworth Holland 69 52 56 2,236
71 Allendale 69 49 54 4,785
72 Highland 68 49 47 2,511
73 Highland Park 68 55 46 1,151
74 Bartlett 67 51 54 1,908
75 Prescott 66 62 88 4,689
76 Las Palmas 66 51 58 2,337
77 Jefferson 66 58 49 3,822
78 Fitchburg 66 61 49 2,388
79 Elmhurst Park 66 48 47 2,694
80 Webster 65 53 56 5,531
81 Foothill Square 64 48 41 1,316
82 Eastmont 64 55 60 3,466
83 Reservoir Hill 63 56 44 1,355
84 Seminary 63 56 55 5,584
85 Lockwood Tevis 63 62 49 2,422
86 Cox 62 52 57 3,575
87 Fairfax 62 51 42 2,178
88 South Prescott 62 64 86 764
89 Highland Terrace 61 56 44 4,293
90 Redwood Heights 61 45 37 8,948
91 Coliseum 59 66 46 3,172
92 Maxwell Park 58 50 38 5,505
93 Tuxedo 58 55 47 2,487
94 Sheffield Village 57 32 42 753
95 Columbia Gardens 57 39 53 1,140
96 Coliseum Industrial 57 56 45 2,185
97 Brookfield Village 56 38 46 4,185
98 South Stonehurst 55 44 43 1,041
99 Millsmont 55 52 30 4,597
100 Castlemont 53 52 54 3,620
101 Mountain View Cemetery 52 46 48 950
102 Toler Heights 51 49 29 1,966
103 Mills College 49 49 27 888
104 Montclair 45 28 30 4,213
105 Eastmont Hills 44 49 20 3,551
106 Lincoln Highlands 43 44 27 1,817
107 Crocker Highland 42 46 25 1,218
108 Sobrante Park 41 38 42 3,293
109 Oakmore 41 41 23 2,236
110 Upper Rockridge 38 37 38 6,078
111 Crestmont 31 32 11 1,257
112 Leona Heights 30 39 13 1,112
113 Glen Highlands 30 21 25 1,769
114 Woodminster 27 32 12 1,270
115 Oak Knoll-Golf Links 26 43 11 1,850
116 Shepherd Canyon 24 18 24 1,804
117 Merriwood 23 17 17 3,266
118 Sequoyah 19 19 9 4,403
119 Piedmont Pines 18 20 12 3,135
120 Claremont 18 21 18 2,348
121 Chabot Park 18 21 10 2,959
122 Hiller Highlands 11 19 18 739
123 Caballo Hills 11 30 6 2,074
124 Forestland 7 4 13 1,690
125 Skyline - Hillcrest Estates 3 18 4 1,151

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,343 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Oakland.

People in Oakland can walk to an average of 2 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Jack London Square

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Telegraph Beer Garden

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thumbnail for FairylandFairyland has been a wonderful resource to the family-based community for as long as I can remember. In a Storybook-esque environment, Fairyland offers its patrons a whimsical experience. Plus they have adult nights once a year opening the park up to a 21 and up audience with adult beverages!

Sean Delizo
on Fairyland

Transit Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Oakland apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Oakland has good public transportation and about 46 bus, 4 rail and 5 subway lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Oakland on public transit.

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Oakland has about 116 car shares from City CarShare, RelayRides, Zipcar and Getaround.

Neighborhood Guides

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Oakland? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

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9th and Washington, Oakland, CA 94607

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The Bookmark Bookstore

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Preservation Park

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canondill graffiti

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Jack London Square

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Lake Merritt

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Bike Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland is Bikeable

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Crime in Oakland

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Each year in Oakland, 51 violent crimes and 82 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Oakland neighborhood.

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What's It Like to Live in Oakland?

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Fitzgerald Park

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Martin Luther King Super Stop

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Martin Luther King, Junior Elementary School

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Fentons Creamery

Overview

Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore. With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own. The ethnically diverse population makes it a cultural playground for food, art, music, and more. While the city still struggles with its crime issues, it’s also working hard at remodeling itself around sustainable development principals. The NRDC ranked Oakland as a sustainable city, recognizing Fruitvale as an icon of walkable and transit friendly living.

Oakland is just six miles across the Bay from San Francisco and it’s close to academic Berkeley, the waterfront city of Emeryville where Pixar makes its home. Oakland was the end of the line for the Transcontinental Railway and remains a busy hub for shipping via land and sea – it’s the fifth most active port city in the United States.

Kaiser Permanente is here, insurance giant GEICO, Dreyer’s ice cream, and cleaning products company Clorox. The tech scene is growing – Pandora Radio, Ask.com, and more and more startups are eyeing Oakland as an alternative to pricy San Francisco. The city’s tax incentives to new businesses are attracting players in high tech and digital media.

It would be naive to ignore Oakland’s crime; you need a lock on your bike and a lock on your door. The city continues to invest in public safety and police services. Oakland is a city that is changing for the better, and people who choose to make their lives here love the diversity, the way it’s connected to the greater Bay Area, and its affordability.

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Piedmont Grocery

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canondill graffiti

Getting Around

Oakland’s international airport is a great alternative to SFO – flights often leave Oakland with no problem while SFO is cloaked in fog. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and a well connected bus line make Oakland accessible from San Francisco, Fremont, Richmond, and points East. BART allows bicycles on their trains, so a bike and public transit commute is very doable. BikeLink, a service that provides secure bike lockers, has services at most of the regional BART stations if you don’t want to take your bike with you. The region is hilly, so you’ll need strong legs to be a bike commuter. Oakland plans to lay down over 200 miles of designated bike lanes, so they’re serious about making it a good place for cyclists.

AC Transit operates bus service in Oakland and throughout the East Bay. There are express lines from Oakland to Berkeley and to Contra Costa College and TransBay bus lines will take you to San Francisco.

Trains run from Oakland south to San Jose or east to Sacramento from Oakland’s Amtrak station. For now, most residents moving to Oakland will probably want a car from time to time, but CityCar Share has hundreds of car share stations throughout the Bay Area, so you don’t really need to have your own.

thumbnail for Pasta Shop WholesaleThis farmers market is hosted by Phat Beets. Although small, the produce is great and plentiful. The restaurant is also open, so grab some food, enjoy the weather and your produce all in one go! #paradisepark

Julee Lee
on Pasta Shop Wholesale

Neighborhoods

Downtown Oakland is connected to everything you want – you can walk everywhere, you’re never far from transit, and there’s good street life – restaurants and cafes, shopping – here. You’ll find some nice condos in new buildings – studios up to two bedrooms, some of them in gated complexes or security buildings.

Close to downtown, surrounding Lake Merritt, you can find attractive remodeled apartments in smaller buildings, places with bay windows, hardwood floors, some of them with nice city views.

The award winning Fruitvale Village has one and two bedroom apartments in this intentionally developed community that’s right on the BART line. The area was developed with street level business and residential units from the second floor up.

If you’re willing to compromise on walkability, there are some lovely neighborhoods in the Oakland Hills; they’ve got a completely different vibe from the urban heart of the city. Piedmont has classic single family homes, you can find a four bedroom house with a fireplace, or a big craftsman style property with a stone patio and plenty of privacy.

A bit north, in Emeryville, is where you’ll find the brand new condos, green built complexes with gourmet kitchens, or loft like spaces with lots of shared amenities like onsite gyms or swimming pools. To the south, there are some newer complexes at Produce and Waterfront, located right near Oakland’s famous Jack London Square. And to the southwest, there’s Alameda, an island in the bay that’s got adorable little stucco duplexes, some attractive Spanish California style single family homes, and some spectacular waterfront palaces with remarkable views across the bay.

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People Of Oakland: The Gardener

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Oakland Flower Market

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Jack London Square

Photo of Jack London Square in Oakland

Jack London Square

Piedmont Avenue, Temescal, and Rockridge are becoming Oakland’s hipster magnets, the kind of neighborhoods where you’ll find artisanal sandwiches next to organic coffee bars next to independent galleries next to comic book shops. Piedmont will cost you more than downtown, but you might find that perfect studio in an apartment with Spanish style tile detailing. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, and cafes in Temescal, all easy to walk to. Rockridge, in North Oakland, claims that the main drag, College Avenue, is home to the cities finest dining and wine bars. Rockridge is also one Oakland’s wealthier neighborhoods.

Understanding Oakland neighborhoods is, well, it’s complicated. There are beautiful historic mansions in the Oakland hills, warehouses converted into super chic new lofts along the water, and a gritty but exciting downtown. There are some tradeoffs around walkablity – some of the most walkable neighborhoods are those with the highest crime rates. But Oakland is evolving and those who choose to live there now may find they’re investing in the future of California’s next great city.

thumbnail for Oakland's Prettiest CrosswalkA decorated crosswalk in Oakland Chinatown that makes crossing the street feel special.

Jessica Pfeifer
on Oakland's Prettiest Crosswalk

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Lake Merritt

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Lake Merritt Lakeshore

thumbnail for Fox TheaterAn Art Deco lover's dream live music venue. The architectural details inside this theater make seeing concerts here a memorable experience.

Jessica Pfeifer
on Fox Theater

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