Temescal has come a long way since the construction of State Route 24 in the late 1990s. The state highway redefined Temescal’s borders, costing the neighborhood many of its original landmarks. Today, SR24 provides easy access to and from Temescal, opening up the neighborhood to exciting opportunities.
Temescal is now known as one of Oakland’s hippest neighborhoods, and is buzzing with activity that reflects its highly diverse and creative culture.
This has given Temescal real estate a tremendous boost, as families and individuals from different parts of the country moved to this vibrant neighborhood to make it their home.
The Temescal lifestyle
Temescal boasts two major commercial hubs – Telegraph Avenue and Temescal Alley.
Telegraph Avenue is a historic stretch of road that has become the neighborhood’s main business corridor. The recent influx of restaurants in the area has made it a mecca for foodies, who delight in old-time favorites like Mama’s Royal Café and Dona Tomas, as well as in the many new gastronomic destinations like Bakesell Betty, Burma Superstar and Pizzaiolo.
Temescal Alley embodies the neighborhood’s hipster vibe, and has been called the East Bay’s hippest street by Conde Nast Traveler. This charming historic thoroughfare used to house horse stables, which have since been converted into delightful independent shops and dining spots.
Oakland’s Korean and Eritrean populations and Temescal’s own Italian and Hispanic roots have all made an impact on Temescal’s culture, resulting in a rich and diverse mix not found anywhere else.
The community has a lively arts scene, with a number of art centers offering classes and staging regular exhibits and events. And each year, residents and visitors get together for the Temescal Street Fair to celebrate and showcase the neighborhood’s fascinating diversity.
Homes in Temescal are a mix of the historical and the modern.
A good number of Temescal homes were built in the 1920s – charming Craftsman bungalows and Victorian homes enhanced with period architectural details, such as window seats, coved ceilings, moldings and hardwood floors.
Luxury buyers will especially love to own one of the few Victorian mansions in the neighborhood.
Many of Temescal’s single-family homes come with two to three bedrooms and ample yards, built along peaceful, tree-lined streets.
Temescal has also seen a growing number of condominiums and townhomes, many of which were converted from traditional apartment buildings. They boast sought-after contemporary features that include open floor plans, stainless steel appliances, and high ceilings. Many units come with private patios or balconies.
Areas of interest
In addition to the shops, restaurants and night spots in Telegraph Avenue and Temescal Alley, Temescal boasts other attractions that include:
Temescal Creek – The city government has recreated a creek bed above the culvert where the actual Temescal Creek runs. Adjacent to the creek are several small parks, featuring children’s playgrounds, a dog run, an Old West town re-creation, and many more
Temescal Branch Library and Tool Lending Library – a branch of the Oakland Public Library, it features Tudor Revival-style exteriors and a cozy interior with wood features. The Tool Lending Library is found at the basement, and lends out all kinds of tools – like drills, pruners, and sanders – for three days.
Studio One and the Temescal Pool – Located in a historic building, Studio One offers classes of various interests for residents of all ages. It features a pool that’s open all year to adults, and offers swimming lessons in summer.