Your best bet is to work with a rental agent from a property management company who can help you find a suitable location.
If you go to Craigslist, you can find several rental agents posting their listings. Or google oakland property management companies. Choose one or two to talk with.
Also, not all rentals show up on apartments.com or homes.com. And not all rentals are apartments. I just rented my duplex to a nice lady with a medium-sized dog...and she found my place through the rental agency I used to publicize my vacancy.
Also, you may want to consider other cities besides Oakland, such as Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley --- all of which offer commuting options.... more
Oakland cannot be generalized. There are many very good area's in Oakland, most San Franciscans may not know. What is a great, good or average or bad area, depends on your personal requirements, and if you want to live in the property or not. You should really interview an agent, and talk it through.
Downtown is thriving with new businesses, and there are many new condos/lofts available. Easy access to BART and other public transportation. By the Jack London area, you can also hop on the ferry or Amtrak
You can also look in to the Lake Merritt/Grand Lake area to enjoy the many restaurants, shops, farmer's market, theater
Rockridge, Piedmont Ave -- many choices of restaurants and shops as well as easy access to BART
Or consider Alameda. Believe it or not, we have a lot of things to do here, too. There are excellent reasons to move here.
If you're buying -
Most lenders are allowing up to a 55% back end debt to income ratio. Which means - Lenders take you're monthly expenses and divide it into your gross monthly income. The loan program will determine what maximum debt to income ratio you're allowed. It also factors down payment closing cost, etc. I recommend getting pre-approved for that solid answer. Sounds complicated but is very simple process.
If you're renting - Use the same basic concept. From there, we can work backwards to determine your max monthly amount versus whats is available in the market for that price range.
I can help you in both area - if you're renting or buying. feel free to contact me.... more
There are lots of historical and great areas in the city of Oakland. West Oakland is really coming up ..a lot of warehouses there have been turned into awesome lofts....near jack london square....and the prices are still reasonable.
We can not comment on the safety or crime rate of any area as it is unethicial for us to do so.
Here is a great link to look up areas you might be interested in....:)
Please let me know if you would like to view anything in person to help you get started.... more
We, as Realtors are prohibited by ethics to make comments on any type of area but here is a link for you to check out...it details the crime rates and such in any area....you can even type in a house address and it will run a check for you.
Please let me know if you would like to receive information on properties to get started :)
Many San Francisco residents think Oakland and Piedmont is the place you move to when you have a family and want more home for your money. Also, the weather is so much nicer along with incredible views of San Francisco from Oakland neighborhoods of Upper Rockridge which is close to BART and Piedmont. San Francisco residents also like Oakland because there are many alternative ways to commute into the City.... more
Most of those properties are not listed for sale. When a notice of default is filed, Realty Trac and similar sites pick these homes up as foreclosures. I get many calls about these properties.
Good luck... more
Redwood Heights, Crocker Highlands, Montclair, Piedmont Pines, Skyline, Rockridge and Upper Rockridge. They have pretty much held their value or dropped less than the other areas, and they are going to stay popular and in demand.... more
There are many online tools for finding out who owns the homes near you, or physical places to go to research such as the Country Recorder's office..... but I recommend an old fashioned way. Try catching your neighbors when they are outside and say hello, strike up a conversation. You might even knock on the door on a Sat. afternoon and introduce yourself. It's a nice way to form neighborly relationships.... more
There are some areas that could work for you, but you may have some sticker shock moving from Texas. What is your definition of semi-affordable? Please contact me if you would like to discuss it further.... more
Since you're from the Seattle area you may find it slightly tolerable - but probably not. In miles, the commute would be shorter if you took the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, which takes you into Oakland, then on surface streets to get to Lake Merritt. This route is usually quite/very impacted in places, unless you're going against the commute. Even then, there are big slowdown, especially going through San Francisco.
The other route is longer and crowded in some places but has only one bridge (San Rafael/Richmond) to cross. Then, you'd take Interstate 80 down into Oakland, which can be a parking lot, though less so since the unemployment rates went up. Nevertheless you would have to plan for at least an hour - more like an hour and a half (or more), to make this commute (one way).
About the going nuts part - the commute wouldn't be worth it to me, and I'm a real calm gal. But that's just me. Lots of people do it - obviously! On the plus side, the views on any route you take are spectacular in the extreme. That compensates for a lot, if you like nature and can enjoy it as you go along. The often-changing weather and beautiful skyline also provide delightful diversions. Good Luck in your search! Jescie... more
It is street by street. You can check out the crime statistics at the Police Dept web site - Google it
I lived in New Chinatown for some years, and found the diversity wonderful, and my block was quiet and we had nothing but the occasional car break in - the difficulty now would be on a street or block with lots of foreclosures and vacant houses. Drive by the street you are considering on a Friday evening or Saturday evening, you can get a hint of the street life - some street life is wonderful - kids, and families, etc. Other street life is less comforting. all the best... more
Well, first of all the name New Chinatown is an informal name that some people have used for a general area of Oakland east of the lake.. the problem is if you ask Realtors or even neighors "where" this area is exactly, you will get different areas. There is no real New Chinatown, that is it is not on any map.. it was a name made up by some realtors in 1999. If you are referring to the area between E.18th St. and approximately E.12th St. from Park Blvd to 14th Ave. or a bit higher, that area is Eastlake, Clinton and lower San Antonio, and the crime rates vary block to block. I would check the City of Oakland Crime map (just google, there are a couple of different sites). Prices there have taken a big hit due to the foreclosures, but now there are multi-offers on many of the homes there. If you are referring to the neighborhoods between E.18th and MacArthur, and between Park and 14th Ave or a bit higher, these neighborhoods include part of Eastlake, Brooklyn, Ivy Hill, Bella Vista, Highland Heights and then into San Antonio. Prices creep up the closer you get to MacArthur and the closer you are to Park Blvd as well. Crime varies greatly throughout these neighborhoods and blocks as well. I have two pending sales there now and both involved multi-offers on the homes, but these homes are still relatively lower than many other areas. It is important to see what other homes are selling for in these various neighborhoods.. and I can tell you from experience the prices are very fluid right now. There is a slight uptick in prices. I had an appraisal done on a short sale three months ago, and then one done last week on the same property. It was valued at $30,000 more last week, because of a couple of higher priced homes that just sold.... more
Fruitvale is a unique area, how close is it to the bart station? Is it a single family or a condo? Also what is the draw of Fruitvale for you?
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