4) Oakland, CA
Apartment prices in San Francisco are continuing to rise, and so many people are leaving the city for the relatively cheaper rents of Oakland across the bay. Even though rent is still cheaper in Oakland than it is in San Francisco, it’s not really “cheap” anymore. The median price for a one-bedroom apartment in Oakland is $2,280. Oakland is filled with outdoor spaces, including picturesque Lake Merritt, which is the oldest wildlife refuge in the United States. There’s also the gorgeous Morcom Rose Garden, featuring a reflecting pool, waterfalls, and thousands of different roses. Oakland has a booming cultural scene as well. Take in a show at the newly refurbished Fox Theater, or learn about California’s history at the Oakland Museum of California. When living in Oakland, you’ll be able to experience the city’s unique historical sites, beautiful parks, and diverse culture, with easy access to San Francisco.
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