The Most Affordable Neighborhoods in Oakland

Moving to Oakland to be near family or looking for an affordable spot to live that’s commuting distance from San Francisco? You might be slack-jawed by all the reports about the Bay Area’s real estate market, with skyrocketing prices and low availability, but rest assured: there are still affordable neighborhoods available, and some of the best are located right in Oakland. 

Jack London Square

The eclectic Jack London Square neighborhood on the west side of Oakland was originally developed to be an entertainment district and waterfront tourist attraction. It has since grown into a trendy neighborhood with ‘50s-themed coffee shops, historic warehouses, and quirky bars. You’ll enjoy easy access to Downtown Oakland, Downtown San Francisco, and the Oakland International Airport. You can also take ferries from the square straight to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more.

South Stonehurst

Located in the East 14th Street Business District, South Stonehurst is a prime destination for commuters. It’s situated between Interstates 580 and 880, giving residents easy access to other job hubs in the Bay Area. Residents also like the convenient grid system, which gives the neighborhood a city-like atmosphere. Those who want to avoid suburban life and instead opt for city living will find their place in this neighborhood.

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This neighborhood encompasses North Oakland, South Berkeley, and East Emeryville. The area has seen a increase in real estate prices recently, but the neighborhood is still more affordable than the buzzier parts of Oakland. NoBe also offers a unique mix of gourmet restaurants, exciting nightlife, and family-friendly attractions. It’s also highly walkable, thanks to its central location.

Oak Tree

For many interested home buyers, this neighborhood is a haven in a sea of expensive Bay Area housing. The Oak Tree neighborhood is situated conveniently close to the bay and Alameda Island, and its central location makes it an especially attractive option for commuters.


As one of the most historic in the city, this neighborhood is now an up-and-coming area attracting an influx of new residents. People are moving to Jefferson for its post-World War II charm, excellent school district, and affordable real estate prices. Located in the Fruitvale district, Jefferson is also situated close to job hubs, which commuters will find convenient.


This Fruitvale district neighborhood is perhaps the most affordable in all of Oakland. With many schools and parks in the vicinity, Harrington is a great spot for families to set up their home. The area is also pretty residential, so those who want a quiet street to call home will likely feel comfortable here.

Photo of gondola at nearby Oakland Zoo


Residents looking to live in Oakland on a budget will likely find a great home in Eastmont. Outdoorsy folks will love that it’s located close to Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve, as well as the Oakland Zoo. As for commuters, they will find convenience in the easy access to Interstate 580.

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