Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various cities across the U.S. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $1,600/month.
↑ Oakland, CA (1 bed, 1 bath)—Whereas $1,700/month gets you a very sad studio in San Francisco proper, $1,600/month can rent a charming one-bedroom cottage in the northern part of Oakland, a more affordable city a bridge and 12 miles away. Though Oakland has a rather seedy reputation, it might soon become a new tech hotspot, as companies like Uber ditch San Francisco in search of more space at less exorbitant rents. Furnishings shown here won't be included, but do offer a good idea of the space's potential.