Temescal – Oakland Neighborhood
Temescal is one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods, with a history dating all the way back to the Peralta Grant of 1820. It started out as an independent village but joined the city of Oakland in 1897.
Temescal suffered a setback with the construction of State Route 24, which cost the neighborhood some of its long-established landmarks and businesses. But the area is now experiencing a dramatic turnaround and has been generating buzz as “the up and coming neighborhood of Oakland”.
Today, State Route 24 offers great access to Temescal. Feeding directly into I-580, it allows residents a quick 20-minute drive to San Francisco.
Living in Temescal
Temescal’s renaissance is mostly attributed to the array of old and new businesses and restaurants along historic Telegraph Avenue – the community’s main strip. Old local dining favorites like Dona Tomas and Genova Delicatessen have been joined by new popular restaurants like Hog’s Apothecary and Bakesell Betty – said to serve the best fried chicken sandwich in the world.
In addition to Telegraph Avenue, Temescal Alley is also proving to be a major draw. With its quaint shops and eateries, Temescal Alley has been described by Condé Nast as “a hotbed of creativity and development.”
Temescal’s diverse population is also making a major impact on the local cultural and social scene. Part of Oakland’s Koreatown is found on the southern part of the neighborhood, while the northern part has a rich Eritrean heritage. Historically, Temescal has strong Mexican and Italian roots as well.
These cultures’ influences, along with the influx of new establishments and the community’s homegrown ones have earned for Temescal its current distinction of being one of Oakland’s hippest and coolest neighborhoods.
In addition to Route 24, proximity to the MacArthur BART station and the Rockridge station makes commuting around the area easy for residents.
Many families have moved to Temescal in the last few years, attracted by the community’s relatively lower housing and living costs, and convenient location.
Temescal, Oakland Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Single-family homes dominate the real estate scene in Temescal. Most of these were built in 1939 or earlier, giving them a distinct historical flavor. The early 20th century homes and Craftsman bungalows that dot the area boast interior architectural details such as as moldings, wainscoting and window seats.
Most of these properties have two to three bedrooms and are considered the perfect starter homes, particularly since their prices are more affordable than most other homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. They feature small but ample yards and colorful stucco finishes that lend charm to neighborly tree-lined streets.
A few Victorian mansions can also be found in Temescal, appealing to those seeking luxury properties with character. There’s also a limited number of mixed-use buildings and condos, particularly in lower Temescal.
Attractions and Amenities
Temescal’s hip and cool lifestyle is what makes it a sought-after residential location. In addition to the famous Telegraph Avenue and Temescal Alley attractions, other features and events in and around the community include:
- Edible Excursions – a three-hour food tour led by food writer Sarah Henry
- Lake Temescal – while officially located in Rockridge, this has strong historical links to Temescal. It features a 1940 stone house, and opportunities for swimming at the lake
- Temescal Branch Library and Tool Lending Library – a branch of the Oakland Public Library, it has an impressive Tudor Revival exterior and a cozy interior with natural lighting and wooden panels